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Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM PST
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5:30 pm - 6:50 pm Check-in, Networking, Dinner
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Introduction

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Networking
9:30 pm                     Adjourn


The Proud Bird (1st Floor, The Mission Room)
11022 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

(Free Parking)
(East of LAX & Pacific Coast Hwy 1, North of 105/Imperial Hwy, West of 405 Hwy, South of W. Century Blvd./Hwy 10)

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Events/Programs Chair, LA
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section

Ticket Information

  $4.95 Presentation Only - No Dinner: Full Time Student with ID and children over age of 6
  $9.95 Presentation Only - No Dinner: Regular
$23.95 Dinner Ticket - Full Time Student with ID and children over age of 6

$28.95 Dinner Ticket - Regular

(No Refund within 7 days of the event or afterwards)

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Business or Business Casual

Dinner (Buffet)

(a) Non-Vegetarian: Little Italy Buffet, Served with Warm Rolls and Butter
(b) Vegetarian: Plated vegetarian dinner, no buffet access

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AIAA LA-LV 1/30 Dinner Meeting

Thursday, January 30 , 2020
In the Line of Duty:
Michael Adams and the X-15

Michelle Evans

Author, Bestseller "The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space"
Founder and President, Mach 25 Media (
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Writer, Photographer, and Communications Specialist in aerospace

The Topic:
The X-15 rocket plane was America’s premiere experimental research aircraft. It became the first manned craft to reach hypersonic velocities, and to create a new class of astronauts, ones who flew wings into space rather than rockets. The twelfth and final of these pilot/astronauts was Major Michael Adams from the US Air Force.

As soon as the first group of American astronauts was announced in 1959, Adams knew where his career would take him. He was twice forestalled in his attempts to reach space. First by losing a slot in the second group of American astronauts because of injuries sustained in an F-104 ejection, then by being chosen for the Air Force’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory, which was canceled when politics entered the fray.

Adams saw the X-15 as his new pathway to space, and was quickly accepted into that elite group, which included such legendary test pilots as Scott Crossfield, Joe Walker, and Neil Armstrong. Mike Adams was the only X-15 pilot to lose his life while flying the program. Because of this, few people know of him today.

Michelle Evans’ research for her book, “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” led her to interview nearly 70 people connected to the program, including Adams’ wife, children, brother, and friends. Her unique perspective has been able to honor Major Michael J. Adams, and to bring him to life as one of the X-15 astronauts in her fascinating presentation.

The Speaker:
Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media ( and is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their “Outward Odyssey, People's History of Spaceflight” series.

Michelle's background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing for systems used in airliners and spacecraft. Her current work with Mach 25 Media provides education and display services for astronaut appearances and other space-related events at government facilities, science centers, schools, and other venues across the country and overseas.

Michelle is a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her book on the X-15 was a finalist for the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Michelle received the Diverse Community Leader Award from Orange County Human Relations, and was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. She has appeared in numerous publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Ad Astra, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Michelle was also a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.”