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EC00-0198-85 Aerospace industry representatives view actual and mock-up versions of 'X-Planes' intended to enhance access to space during a technical exposition on June 22, 2000 at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. From left to right: NASA's B-52 launch aircraft, in service with NASA since 1959; a neutral-buoyancy model of the Boeing's X-37; the Boeing X-40A behind the MicroCraft X-43 mock-up; Orbital Science's X-34 and the modified Lockheed L-1011 airliner that was intended...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California, Where -- Marshall Space Flight...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Fleet-2000s/EC00-0198-85.html
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E-62131961 view of F-104A (56-0734) on Rogers Dry Lake. The small, thin wings of the aircraft are apparent. 1960 NASA Photo & F-104 Project Description
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Read News Release 09-04 NASA Dryden's NF-15B tail number 837's canards are tilted down during a pre-flight control check prior to a Lancets project flight. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center accomplished a series of flight tests to measure shock waves generated by an F-15 jet in support of the Lift and Nozzle Change Effects on Tail Shock, or Lancets, project. The research flights, flown December 2008 through January 2009, were aimed at providing data to help validate computer models that...
Topics: F-15B #837 Lancets Project, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-15B_837/ED09-0008-25.html
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EC86-33491-09 NASA 834, an F-14 Navy Tomcat, seen here in flight, was used at Dryden in 1986 and 1987 in a program known as the Variable-Sweep Transition Flight Experiment (VSTFE). This program explored laminar flow on variable sweep aircraft at high subsonic speeds. An F-14 aircraft was chosen as the carrier vehicle for the VSTFE program primarily because of its variable-sweep capability, Mach and Reynolds number capability, availability, and favorable wing pressure distribution. The variable...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-14/EC86-33491-09.html
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Overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop
Topic: Overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop003.html
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Sheet Metal Shop
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ECN-1814 This photo shows the XB-70A parked on a ramp at Edwards Air Force Base in 1967. Originally designed as a Mach 3 bomber, the XB-70A never went into production and instead was used for flight research involving the Air Force and NASA's Flight Research Center FRC, which was a predecessor of today's NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft's shadow indicates its unusual planform. This featured two canards behind the cockpit, followed by a large, triangular delta wing. The outboard...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/XB-70/ECN-1814.html
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A fleet of lifting-body research vehicles were flown at Dryden from 1963 to 1975 to validate the concept of flying a wingless craft back to Earth from space and landing it like a conventional aircraft at a pre-determined site. Aerodynamic lift - essential to flight in the atmosphere - was obtained from the shape of the vehicles rather than from wings, as on a normal aircraft. In 1962, Flight Research Center director Paul Bikle approved a program to build a lightweight, unpowered lifting body as...
Topics: Lifting Body Aircraft, What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Edwards Air Force...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/lifting_body_aircraft.html
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NASA Dryden engineer and photographer Tom Bunce captured one of NASA«És T-38 mission support aircraft flown by NASA research pilots Troy Asher and Mark Pestana as they made a low-level flyby over the town of Tehachapi, Calif., during a recent pilot proficiency flight. (Photo courtesy of Tom Bunce)
Topic: Who -- Mark Pestana
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/T-38_863_flyby.html
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Photo Description An HD display is mounted on top of the rear instrument panel in NASA's F-18 SRA, as NASA is partnering with Gulfstream on the External Vision System project. Project Description NASA Dryden partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on the External Vision System project to demonstrate the use of a high definition video camera and monitor system on the F-18B Systems Research Aircraft to identify human factor aspects associated with reduced visibility from the cockpit. September...
Topic: An HD Display is Mounted on Top of the Rear Instrument Panel in NASA's F-18 SRA.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-18/ED08-0252-06.html
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NASA Dryden's T-38 Talon trainer aircraft in flight near Edwards Air Force Base. Formerly at NASA's Langley Research Center, this Northrop T-38 Talon is now used for mission support and pilot proficiency at the Dryden Flight Research Center. May 5, 2006 NASA / Photo Jim Ross ED06-0072-4
Topics: NASA Dryden's T-38 Talon Trainer Aircraft in Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED06-0072-4.html
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ECN-13222 View of the cockpit of NASA's F-14, tail number 991. This aircraft was the first of a series of post-Vietnam fighters, followed by the F-15, F-16, and F-18. They were designed for maneuverability in air-to-air combat. The F-14s had a spin problem that posed problems for its ability to engage successfully in a dogfight, since it tended to depart from controlled flight at the high angles of attack that frequently occur in close-in engagements. July 2, 1980 NASA Photo / NASA photo &...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-14/ECN-13222.html
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EC79-12055 The HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) subscale research vehicle, seen here after landing to conclude a research flight, was flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from mid 1979 to January 1983. The aircraft demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft. HiMAT Project Description January 3, 1980 NASA photo
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/HiMAT/EC79-12055.html
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EC97-44165-149 A collection of NASA's research aircraft on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center in July 1997: X-31, F-15 ACTIVE, SR-71, F-106, F-16XL Ship #2, X-38, Radio Controlled Mothership and X-36. July 16,1997 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-31/EC97-44165-149.html
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The Flight Research Center attempted the 200th X-15 flight, but it was cancelled when a snowstorm enveloped Edwards AFB. The pilot was Major William J. ''Pete'' Knight. The X-15 never flew again. When the X-15 program was approved in 1954, experts in aviation medicine were not sure that a pilot could withstand the two minutes of weightlessness of a high altitude mission. This was four times longer than that experienced by a jet pilot flying a parabolic trajectory. NASA Photo E-6186
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The sun rises on the Space Shuttle Discovery as it rests on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, after a safe landing August 9, 2005 to complete the STS-114 mission. Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 5:11:22 a.m. PDT this morning, following the very successful 14-day STS-114 return to flight mission. During their two weeks in space, Commander Eileen Collins and her six crewmates tested out new...
Topics: Shuttle Discovery on the Runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California., Who -- Eileen Collins,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ED05-0166-07.html
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The Digital Fly-By-Wire project pioneered the use of an electronic flight-control system coupled with a digital computer to replace conventional mechanical flight controls. A modified F-8 DFBW Crusader was the first to be used to validate the concept in 1972 at the Flight Research Center (now Dryden). It was the forerunner of the fly-by-wire flight control systems now used on the space shuttles and on today's military and civil aircraft to make them safer, more maneuverable and more efficient....
Topics: F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire, What -- WIRE, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Enterprise
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/digital_fly_by_wire.html
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ED98-44831-4 An artist's conception of the X-33 in flight, with the aerospike engine firing. The X-33 demonstrator was designed to test a wide range of new technologies including the aerospike engine, that would be used in a future single-stage-to-orbit reusable launch vehicle called the VentureStar. Due to technical problems with the liquid hydrogen tank, however, the X-33 program was cancelled in February 2001. 1998 NASA Photo
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E-16695 This side view shows the #1 XB-70A 62-0001 during take-off rotation. The high angle of attack is a result of the combined effects of aircraft weight along with the performance of the propulsion system. The XB-70A, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, was the world's largest experimental aircraft in the 1960s. Two XB-70A aircraft were built, serial numbers 62-0001 and 62-0207. Ship #1 was flown by NASA Flight Research Center now NASA Dryden, Edwards, Calif., in a high speed...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/XB-70/E-16695.html
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E55-2078This photograph shows a NACA research pilot running up the engine of the F-51D Mustang on the taxiway adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake at the NACA High-Speed Flight Station in 1955. A P-51D Mustang, redesignated an F-51 Mustang, was transferred from the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory to the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station (now the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, in 1950. The P-51D Mustang was the first aircraft to employ the NACA...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/329442main_E55-2078_full.jpg
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E54-1228 This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows a side-view of the X-3 Stiletto research aircraft on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base in 1954. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered nose, manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The X-3's primary mission was to investigate the design features of an aircraft suitable for sustained supersonic speeds, which included the first use of titanium in major airframe components. It...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Douglas
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/341359main_E54-1228_full.jpg
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ED06-0202-001One of NASA's two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is silhouetted against the morning sky at sunrise on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base. October 28, 2006 NASA Photo / Tony Landis SCA Project Description
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/SCA/ED06-0202-001.html
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ED10-0007-19 The first of NASA's two ER-2 high-altitude Earth science aircraft is maneuvered into place beside NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy 747SP in the cavernous Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility hangar in Palmdale, Calif. The two ER-2s, a civilian version of the military U-2S, have been transferred from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base to the Palmdale facility, their new base of operations for science...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/ER-2/ED10-0007-19.html
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ECN-4245 Two chase aircraft, a Learjet and a Cessna T-37, are shown in formation with a Boeing B-747 jetliner in this 1974 NASA Flight Research Center (FRC) photograph. The two chase aircraft were used to probe the trailing wake vortices generated by the airflow around the wings of the B-747 aircraft. The vortex trails were made visible by smoke generators mounted under the wings of the B-747 aircraft. September 20, 1974 NASA Photo / NASA B-747 Project Description
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Topic: Where -- California
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EC96-43831-6 A special ''shock fence'' installed beneath the leading edge of the left wing is visible in this underside aerial view of NASA's F-16XL #2 research aircraft. The small structure assisted researchers in NASA's Supersonic Laminar Flow Control (SLFC) program in controlling the shock wave coming off the F-16XL's engine air inlet when the craft flew at speeds above Mach 1, or the speed of sound. The two-seat F-16XL, one of two ''XLs'' flown by NASA's Drdyen Flight Research Center,...
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-16XL2/EC96-43831-6.html
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ED09-0253-04 Trailing its drag chute, Space Shuttle Discovery slows to a stop after landing at Edwards Air Force Base to conclude its almost 14-day, 5.7-million-mile journey to the International Space Station on mission STS-128. September 11, 2009 NASA photo / Tony Landis
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Discovery, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/STS-128/ED09-0253-04.html
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Samuel Shenton, the Secretary of the International Flat Earth Society, announced that despite the recent photos from the Apollo 8 mission, the Earth was definitely flat. Shenton added that while the Moon itself was circular, there was no proof it was a globe. NASA Photo GPN-2001-000009
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Apollo 8, What -- Moon
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ED06-0202-076Crowds thronged around NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and an Air Force B-1B Lancer at the Edwards Air Force Base open house Oct. 28-29, 2006. October 28,2006 NASA Photo / Tony Landis SCA Project Description
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/SCA/ED06-0202-076.html
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Photo Description Gulfstream G-III instrument panel. ED08-0172-19 Project Description NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is operating a Gulfstream III aircraft for program support. Carrying the registration N803NA, the G-III is primarily used for proficiency of pilots assigned to NASA Dryden's large science aircraft, such as the SOFIA observatory, the DC-8 flying laboratory and the center's other G-III research aircraft for which it has the same or similar operational characteristics. The...
Topics: What -- SOFIA, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
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ED07-0137-29 Technicians attach the tail cone to the Space Shuttle Atlantis in preparation for its return to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Photo / Carla Thomas June 28, 2007
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Atlantis, What -- STS-117, Where -- Kennedy Space Center...
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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe
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ECN-2059 ARichard C. Eldredge, Dale Reed, James O. Newman, Bob McDonald with the mothership top and other models. Over the years, the Dryden Flight Research Center and its predecessors has flown various models to gather data for various purposes. The mothership has been used to launch the models. The Flight Research Center ,FRC--as Dryden was named from 1959 until 1976, already had experience with testing small-scale aircraft using model-airplane techniques, but the first true remotely piloted...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- Langley Research Center LaRC, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/M2-F2/ECN-2059.html
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ECN-33403-2 NASA 834, an F-14 Navy Tomcat, seen here in flight, was used at Dryden in 1986 and 1987 in a program known as the Variable-Sweep Transition Flight Experiment (VSTFE). This program explored laminar flow on variable sweep aircraft at high subsonic speeds. An F-14 aircraft was chosen as the carrier vehicle for the VSTFE program primarily because of its variable-sweep capability, Mach and Reynolds number capability, availability, and favorable wing pressure distribution. The variable...
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Additional overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop.
Topic: Additional overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop.
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Support for the space shuttle program had been provided at Dryden in many ways, some of which predate the very design of the orbiters. More than a decade before the Enterprise research flights, Dryden pilots and engineers were testing and validating design concepts of lifting body aircraft that provided data for development of the shuttle's configuration. Dryden also made significant contributions to development of the shuttle's thermal protection system, solid rocket booster recovery system,...
Topics: Approach and Landing Tests, Space Shuttle Support, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/approach_landing_tests.html
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ED10-0190-125 An S-64 heavy-lift helicopter operated by Erickson Air-Crane carried the ALHAT lidar equipment during recent flight tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The helicopter flew over a varied obstacle course set up on Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to NASA Dryden at Edwards Air Force Base to test the sensor's ability to distinguish the various materials, sizes, shapes and colors while providing precision vehicle velocity and position. July 26, 2010 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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EC98-44585-3A long, slender wing and a pusher propeller at the rear characterize the Perseus B remotely piloted research aircraft, seen here during a test flight in June 1998. June 5, 1998 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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EC87-0029-02 The Voyager aircraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, to complete it's record breaking, nonstop unfueled flight around the world. The Voyager landed at Edwards at 8:06 a.m. PST Dec. 23, 1987, after a nine-day flight. The 9 day, 3 minute, 44 sec. flight nearly doubled the previous distance record set in 1962 by a USAF/Boeing B-52H. 23 Dec 1986 NASA Photo / Thomas Harrop
Topics: What -- Voyager, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Voyager/EC87-0029-02.html
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NASA research pilot Joe Walker flew the X-15 rocket plane to an altitude of 271,000 feet, or 51 miles high, becoming the first civilian test pilot to exceed 50 miles altitude. The flight was a precursor to his record altitude flights in July and August of the same year, the latter of which rocketed the X-15 to an unofficial world altitude record of 354,200 feet or 67 miles, a record that stood for more than 40 years until broken by Scaled Composites' Space Ship One in 2004. Although both...
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A mass ascent of hundreds of hot-air balloons fill the skies at the International Balloon Fiesta. The balloons take off in waves in order to accommodate the more than 500 balloonists. October 3, 2010 NASA Photo / Jay Levine
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EC97-44177-15 The F-15B ACTIVE is shown flying at low altitude during a High Stability Engine Control (HISTEC) research flight in August of 1997. Aug 1997 NASA Photo & F-15 ACTIVE Project Description
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E-2889 A 1953 photo of some of the research aircraft at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station now known as the the Dryden Flight Research Center. The photo shows the X-3 center and, clockwise from left: X-1A Air Force serial number 48-1384, the third D-558-1 NACA tail number 142, XF-92A, X-5, D-558-2, and X-4. Aug. 4, 1953 NASA Photo / NASA photo
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
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E-10962 The M2-F1 Lifting Body is seen here being towed behind a C-47 at the Flight Research Center (later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. In this rear view, the M2-F1 is flying above and to one side of the C-47. This was done to avoid wake turbulence from the towplane. Lacking wings, the M2-F1 used an unusual configuration for its control surfaces. It had two rudders on the fins, two elevons (called ''elephant ears'') mounted on the outsides of the fins,...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
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EC90-357-4 This look-down view of NASA's two X-29 research aircraft shows the aircraft lit by the golden rays of early morning on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility later Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Aircraft No. 1 flew from 1984 to 1988 and investigated general handling qualities, performance, and systems integration. The second aircraft flew from 1989 until 1992 in a program to investigate high angle-of-attack characteristics. Angle...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
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ED10-0298-10 Bob Meyer, program manager of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, highlights some of the technical features of the German-built infrared telescope mounted inside the SOFIA 747SP to members of the NASA Advisory Council during their tour of the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., Oct. 5, 2010. The council, which advises NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden on major agency programs and policy issues, toured NASA Dryden facilities in Palmdale and...
Topics: What -- SOFIA, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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ED11-0055-23 NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver outlined NASA's current goals in keeping with the 2010 NASA Authorization Act and the Fiscal 2012 budget proposal during a town hall presentation at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Feb. 22, 2011. February 22, 2011 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
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JSC2010e078962 Cocooned in a high-altitude pressure suit, research pilot Denis Steele conducts a pre-flight checkout in the cockpit of a NASA's ER-2 Earth resources aircraft prior to conducting a survey flight over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill May 13, 2010 NASA / Regan Geeseman
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Gulf of Mexico
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E-959 The aircraft in this 1953 photo of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) hangar at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base showed the wide range of research activities being undertaken. On the left side of the hanger are the three D-558-2 research aircraft. These were designed to test swept wings at supersonic speeds approaching Mach 2. The front D-558-2 is the third built (NACA 145/Navy 37975). It has been modified with a leading-edge chord extension. This was one of a...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Douglas
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E-1004 Boeing B-47A Stratojet NACA 150 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The drag chute was used on landings to help brake the airplane's speed. The B-47A fuselage was 106 feet 11 inches in length. The average gross weight was 115,000 pounds. Accommodations were for two pilots and a navigator with the aircraft being instrumented for aeroelasticity studies. August 12, 1953 NASA Photo / B-47A Project Description
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
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EC95-43339-03NASA's two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft #911 left and #905 right were nose-to-nose on the ramp at NASA Dryden in this 1995 photo. November 8,1995 NASA Photo / Tony Landis SCA Project Description
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E-24741The Apollo hardware jammed into the F-8C. The computer is partially visible in the avionics bay at the top of the fuselage behind the cockpit. Note the display and keyboard unit in the gun bay. To carry the computers and other equipment, the F-8 DFBW team removed the aircraft's guns and ammunition boxes. June 18,1971 NASA Photo / NASA photo
Topic: What -- WIRE
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ED09-0286-056 Tamera Eakes, 6, has her picture taken at a NASA photo kiosk with an assist from her dad Joseph and NASA exhibits staff member Kimberly Buter. October 3, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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E-998X-3 center, and clockwise from left: X-1A, D-558-I, XF-92A, X-5, D-558-II, and X-4. August 4, 1953 NASA Photo
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E76-30317 The Aero Spacelines B377SGT Super Guppy was at Dryden in May, 1976 to ferry the X-24 and HL-10 lifting bodies from the Center to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The oversized cargo aircraft is a further modification of the B377PG Pregnant Guppy, which was built to transport outsized cargo for NASA's Apollo program, primarily to carry portions of the Saturn 5 rockets from the manufacturer to Cape Canaveral. The original Guppy modification incorporated the...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where...
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Project Description Before the Space Shuttle could safely return to flight, engineers needed data on how insulating foam debris or "divots" behaved when these small pieces were shed from the Shuttle's external fuel tank during launch. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center conducted a series of flight tests of the divots as part of the Return to Flight team effort. The Lifting Insulating Foam Trajectory (LIFT) flight test series at Dryden used the center's F-15B Research Testbed...
Topics: F-15B #836 Research Testbed, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center...
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EC01-0267-4 Flying an Autonomous Formation Flight mission, two F/A-18's from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, gain altitude near Rogers Dry Lake. The Systems Research Aircraft (tail number 845) and F/A-18 tail number 847 are flying the second phase of a project that is demonstrating a 15-percent fuel savings of the trailing aircraft during cruise flight. Project goal was a 10-percent savings. The drag-reduction study mimics the formation of m igrating birds....
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
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Read Feature Bill Rogers, physics lab technician at Antelope Valley College, demonstrates static electricity to a group of middle school students with a Van de Graaff electrostatic generator at the Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey. February 6, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED09-0032-24
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EC95-43199-7 Created from a 1/16th model of a German World War II tank, the TAV (Tire Assault Vehicle) was an important safety feature for the Convair 990 Landing System Research Aircraft, which tested space shuttle tires. It was imperative to know the extreme conditions the shuttle tires could tolerate at landing without putting the shuttle and its crew at risk. In addition, the CV990 was able to land repeatedly to test the tires. The TAV was built from a kit and modified into a radio...
Topic: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter
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NASA Dryden's T-38 Talon trainer jet in flight over the main base complex at Edwards Air Force Base. Formerly at NASA's Langley Research Center, this Northrop T-38 Talon is now used for mission support and pilot proficiency at the Dryden Flight Research Center. May 5, 2006 NASA / photo Jim Ross ED06-0072-2
Topics: Dryden's T-38 Talon Trainer Jet in Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Langley...
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M2-F1 and M2-F2 lifting bodies are side by side on the ramp in this 1966 image. Photo courtesy of Wen Painter
Topic: M2-F1 and M2-F2
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ED11-0289-46 Retired space shuttle carrier aircraft maintenance chief Pete Seidl autographs a poster-size photo of the first landing of the shuttle Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base during a tribute luncheon for present and former NASA, Air Force and Naval personnel and their guests September 14, 2011 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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ED09-0266-09 Disney«És space ranger Buzz Lightyear returned from space on Sept. 11 aboard space shuttle Discovery«És STS-128 mission after 15 months aboard the International Space Station. His time on the orbiting laboratory will be celebrated in a ticker-tape parade together with his space station crewmates and former Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Oct. 2 at Walt Disney World in Florida. September 11, 2009 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: Who -- Buzz Aldrin, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Ranger, What -- STS-128, What --...
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ET64-0319 A North American Aviation A-5A Vigilante (Navy serial number 147858/NASA tail number 858) arrived from the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, on December 19, 1962, at the NASA Flight Research Center (now, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA). The Center flew the A-5A in a year-long series of flights in support of the U.S. supersonic transport program. The Center flew the aircraft to determine the let-down and approach conditions of a supersonic transport flying into a...
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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The X-15 program is widely considered the most successful research aircraft program in U. S. history, leaving a legacy of scientific data and aeronautical firsts that remains unparalleled. Between June 8, 1959, and Oct. 24, 1968, a dozen pilots flew three rocket-powered X-15 research vehicles 199 times. The program contributed to numerous advances in aerospace technology, including those in materials, hypersonic aerodynamics, astronomy and spaceflight. Researchers generated more than 760...
Topics: X-15, Who -- Joseph A. Walker
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EC88-0180-1The X-15 #2 56-6671 launches away from the B-52 mothership with its rocket engine ignited. The white patches near the middle of the ship are frost from the liquid oxygen used in the propulsion system, although very cold liquid nitrogen was also used to cool the payload bay, cockpit, windshields, and nose.early 1960s NASA Photo / NASA photo
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E-5442 After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on 1 May 1960 NASA issued a press release with a cover story about a U-2 conducting weather research that may have strayed off course after the pilot reported difficulties with his oxygen equipment. 6 May 1960 NASA Photo
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E-23927 This is a photograph of the Martin B-57 Canberra light bomber in flight. The aircraft has a bare-metal finish. The ''V'' insignia is from use in the Viking Mars Lander parachute test program. December 9, 1971 NASA Photo / B-57B Project Description
Topics: What -- Viking, What -- Mars, Where -- Canberra
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NASA's specially modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, is positioned under the Space Shuttle Discovery to be attached for their ferry flight to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After its post-flight servicing and preparation at NASA Dryden in California, Discovery's return flight to Kennedy aboard the 747 will take approximately 2 days, with stops at several intermediate points for refueling. August 18, 2005 NASA / Photo Carla Thomas ED05-0166-30
Topics: 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is Positioned Under the Shuttle Discovery, What -- Space Shuttle...
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E-3009Y F-104A (Serial # 55-2961) on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB. July 9, 1957 NASA Photo & F-104 Project Description
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E56-02452 McDonnell F-101 Voodoo August 10, 1956 NASA Photo & F-101 Project Description
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President Lyndon Johnson presents the Harmon International Aviator's Trophy to Major William J. Knight for his X-15A-2 flight to 4,520 mph (Mach 6.7) on October 3, 1967. This was the highest speed reached in the joint Air Force/NASA X-15 program. The experience gained with the X-15 and the lifting body programs would be used in designing the space shuttle. NASA Photo ECN-1025
Topics: Who -- Lyndon B. Johnson, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter
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EC98-44817- 2SR-71A on ramp with dual max afterburner engines firing. 1998 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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NASA's Crew Transport Vehicle, or CTV, pulls up to the Space Shuttle Discovery to offload the crew after a successful landing August 9, 2005 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The landing marked the end of the STS-114 mission. Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 5:11:22 a.m. PDT this morning, following the very successful 14-day STS-114 return to flight mission. During their two weeks in space, Commander...
Topics: NASA's Crew Transport Vehicle Pulls Up to the Shuttle Discovery., Who -- Eileen Collins, What --...
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E-4384 F-107A on NACA High-Speed Flight Station ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, California in 1958. The photo is of the right side of the airplane with a view of the large inlet located above the fuselage and aft of the cockpit. Two North American F-107A airplanes were flown at NACA/NASA High-Speed Flight Station starting November 1957 and continuing until September 1959. The F-107A was an aircraft possessing some interesting features that NACA wished to examine in detail. NACA acquired the...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
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E-37135 Technicians check instrumentation and systems on NASA 808, a PA-30 aircraft, prior to a research flight. The aircraft was used as the testbed in development of control systems for remotely piloted vehicles that were ''flown'' from the ground. The concept led to highly successful programs such as the HiMAT and the subscale F-15 remotely piloted vehicles. Over the years, NASA 808 has also been used for spin and stall research related to general aviation aircraft and also research to...
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