First Man into Space
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French title : Le pionnier de l'espace
Marshall Thompson (Commander Charles "Chuck" Prescott)
Marla Landi (Tia Francesca)
Bill Edwards (Lt. Dan Milton Prescott)
Robert Ayres (Captain Ben Richards)
With a shape closest to the Bell X-1 than the Bell X-2, the Y-13 has performance close to the North American X-15 which has not yet fly (movie's premiere was in February 1959 when the X-15 maiden flight occured on 8 June 1959).
Cockpit of the Y-13 with a joystick instead the usual yoke found on aircraft of the fifties.
The Bell X-2 (46-674) drops away from its Boeing EB-50A mothership (shot used flipped).
Bell X-2 serial 46-674.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing section).