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This 1967 file image provided by NASA shows research pilot Bill Dana in front of the X-15 on the dry lake bed at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Dana, the famed research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014. He was 83.

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This 1967 file image provided by NASA shows research pilot Bill Dana in front of the X-15 on the dry lake bed at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Dana, the famed research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014. He was 83.