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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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ECN-11648 NASA 991, an F-14 Navy Tomcat designated the F-14 (1X), is seen here in banked flight over the desert on a research flight at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The F-14 was used at Dryden between 1979 and 1985 in extensive high-angle-of-attack and spin-control-and-recovery tests. The NASA/Navy program, which included 212 total flights, acheived considerable improvement in the F-14 high-angle-of-attack flying qualities, improved departure and spin resistance,...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-14/ECN-11648.html
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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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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'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...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED06-0072-2.html
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ED03-0152-2 The first flight of a large aircraft to be powered by electric fuel cells began with a takeoff at 8:43 a.m. HST today from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Helios Prototype flying wing, built by AeroVironment, Inc., of Monrovia, Calif., as part of NASA's Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology ERAST program, used solar panels to power its 10 electric motors for takeoff and during daylight portions of its planned 20-hour shakedown flight. As sunlight diminishes, Helios...
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope HST, What -- Sun, Where -- Monrovia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Helios/ED03-0152-2.html
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ECN-12451 NASA's F-14 (tail number 991, Navy serial number 157991) in 1980, soon after its arrival at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft has its landing gear down and its wings swept forward. At the nose, the hydraulically actuated canards are extended. Other modifications for high angle of attack and spin tests were an auxiliary power unit, a nose boom, and an emergency spin chute. Following the loss of several F-14s in spins, due to their automatic flight-control system's control...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-14/ECN-12451.html
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BACK-SEAT DRIVER ED10-0230-07 Former NASA space shuttle astronaut and noted air race pilot Robert ''Hoot'' Gibson was all smiles after getting some stick-and-rudder time in a NASA F/A-18 Hornet mission support aircraft during a pilot proficiency flight with NASA Dryden research pilot Jim Smolka. Although Gibson had been a carrier-qualified Navy fighter pilot early in his career before joining NASA's astronaut corps, he had never previously flown in an F/A-18. Gibson was at NASA's Dryden Flight...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/475556main_ED10-0230-07_full_full.jpg
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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...
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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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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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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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Agricultural fields spread out beyond NASA's DC-8 airborne science flying laboratory during a flight from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. November 8, 2007 NASA / Photo Jim Ross ED07-0256-17
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/2009/ED07-0256-17.html
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Photo Description NASA research pilot Jim Smolka prepares to take off in NASA's F-18 Systems Research Aircraft for an External Vision System project flight. 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 30, 2008 NASA /...
Topic: NASA's F-18 Systems Research Aircraft Ready for an External Vision System Project Flight.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-18/ED08-0252-28.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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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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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...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-14/ECN-33403-2.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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NASA Dryden's two T-38A mission support aircraft fly in tight formation while conducting a pitot-static airspeed calibration check near Edwards Air Force Base. September 26, 2007 NASA / Photo Jim Ross ED07-0222-29
Topics: Two T-38A mission support Aircraft Fly in Tight Formation., Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED07-0222-29.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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EC02-0264-01 The Active Aeroelastic Wing F-18A lifts off on its first checkout flight November 15, 2002, from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. › Read Project Description November 15, 2002 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/AAW/EC02-0264-01.html
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EC01-0136-17 Wing Deployment Sequence #3: The deployable, inflatable wing technology demonstrator experiment aircraft's wings fully deployed during flight following separation from its carrier aircraft during a flight conducted by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Californiaornia. The inflatable wing project represented a basic flight research effort by Dryden personnel. April 25, 2001 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Inflatable Wing Project Description
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/InflatableWing/EC01-0136-17.html
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EC96-43656-2 The F-15B ACTIVE (NASA 836 on the viewer's right) and the F-15A chase plane (NASA 837) are shown preparing for in-flight refueling. Nov 1996 NASA Photo & F-15 ACTIVE Project Description
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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 --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/d ryden/multimedia/imagegallery/STS-128/ED09-0266-09.html
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E-USAF-X-15 On 15 November 1967, Ship #3 was launched over Delamar Lake, Nevada with Maj. Michael J. Adams at the controls. The vehicle soon reached a speed of Mach 5.2, and a peak altitude of 266,000 feet. During the climb, an electrical disturbance degraded the aircraft's controllability. Ship #3 began a slow drift in heading, which soon became a spin. Adams radioed that the X-15 ''seems squirrelly'' and then said ''I'm in a spin.''Through some combination of pilot technique and basic...
Topics: What -- Mercury, What -- Gemini, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Nevada, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-15/E-USAF-X-15.html
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EC96-43862-4 NASA 831, an SR-71B operated by the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, cruises over the Mojave Desert with an F/A-18 Hornet flying safety chase. They were photographed on a 1996 mission from an Air Force refueling tanker The F/A-18 Hornet is used primarily as a support aircraft at Dryden, in such roles as safety chase, pilot proficiency and aerial photography.1996 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Fleet-1990s/EC96-43862-4.html
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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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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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E-4559 The F-107A (Serial # 55-5120) airplane on Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. F-107A characteristics are: Wing span, feet 36.58 Fuselage length, feet 56.57 Airplane weight, pounds Basic (without fuel, pilot) 27,600. Two North American F-107 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...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-107A/E-4559.html
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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe
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EC05-0203-16 An Air Force C-17 flew a variety of landing profiles at Edwards Air Force Base as part of a NASA noise mitigation study conducted Sept.10, 2005. September 10, 2005 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida C-17 Project Description
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/C-17/EC05-0203-16.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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EC95-43258-1 This photo shows workers installing the full-scale mock-up of X-15 #3 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, in September 1995. The mock-up is now on a pedestal outside the main gate at the Center. The original X-15 #3, serial number 56-6672, was destroyed on 15 November 1967, in a crash that also fatally injured pilot Maj. Michael J. Adams. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 ft long with a wingspan of 22 ft. It was a missile-shaped vehicle with an...
Topics: What -- Mercury, What -- Gemini, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-15/EC95-43258-1.html
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ECN-3448 NASA research pilot John A. Manke is seen here in front of the M2-F3 Lifting Body. Manke was hired by NASA on May 25, 1962, as a flight research engineer. He was later assigned to the pilot's office and flew various support aircraft including the F-104, F5D, F-111 and C-47. After leaving the Marine Corps in 1960, Manke worked for Honeywell Corporation as a test engineer for two years before coming to NASA. He was project pilot on the X-24B and also flew the HL-10, M2-F3, and X-24A...
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Sheet Metal Shop
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E-3996 The F-86F performed both pitch-up research and duties as a chase aircraft for the D-558-2. Its stay at the HSFS was brief. It arrived on June 23, 1954, and left on September 10 the same year. The F-86 had a 35 degree sweptwing and a wing span of 37 feet 1 inch with a General Electric J47-GE engine. It was the first U.S. sweptwing fighter and saw extensive action in the Korean War. It could slightly exceed Mach 1 in a dive. The NACA High-Speed Flight Station flew several North American...
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E-1573 On the left is NACA High-Speed Flight Station's North American F-100A (52-5778) Super Sabre with a modified vertical fin. On the right is an Air Force's North American F-100A (52-5773) with the original vertical fin configuration. 1955. NACA added a larger vertical fin to the airplane in December 1954, adding 10 percent more surface area. Later North American installed an even larger fin, having 27 percent greater area, as well as wingtip extensions. The modifications solved the...
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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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EC05-0148-31 NASA's two modified F-15B research aircraft joined up for a fly-over of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB, Calif., after a research mission. July 22, 2005 NASA Photo / Tony Landis & F-15B Project Description
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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EC99-44962-4 Electronics technician Joe Ciganek was responsible for operation and maintenance of the SR-71 simulator while it was at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. March 25, 1999 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Simulator/EC99-44962-4.html
ED11-0321-18 The rear fuselage of NASA's ER-2 No. 809, the area that holds the engine's exhaust pipe, resembles an aluminum cave in this front-to-back view. October 18, 2011 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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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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EC95-43271-5 The Lockheed Martin/Boeing Tier III- minus unpiloted aerial vehicle is inspected by NASA personnel September 14, 1995, following its arrival at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. September 14, 1997 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
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EC98-44749-12A front view of the Tupolev Tu-144LL supersonic flying laboratory at the Zhukovsky Air Development Center near Moscow, Russia. The plane nose droops down for take off and landing and is then raised for high-speed flight.September 1998 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
Topics: Where -- Moscow, Where -- Russia
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EC01-0055-2 NASA space shuttle Columbia hitched a ride on a special 747 carrier aircraft for the flight from Palmdale, California, to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on March 1, 2001. A half hour behind Columbia's takeoff, the shuttle Atlantis departed the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, also bound for Kennedy Space Center. March 1, 2001 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Columbia, Where -- California, Where -- Kennedy Space Center...
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ECN-14273 The HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) subscale research vehicle, seen here during 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 December 30, 1980 NASA photo
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
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ECN-1008 This is a close-up photo of an XB-70A taken from a chase plane. The XB-70 had a movable windshield and ramp. These were raised during supersonic flight to reduce drag. When the pilot was ready to land, he lowered the assembly to give both him and his copilot a clear view of the runway. 1965 NASA Photo
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E-21533The M2-F3 Lifting Body is seen here on the lakebed next to the NASA Flight Research Center (later the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. Redesigned and rebuilt from the M2-F2, the M2-F3 featured as its most visible change a center fin for greater stability. While the M2-F3 was still demanding to fly, the center fin eliminated the high risk of pilot induced oscillation (PIO) that was characteristic of the M2-F2. June 19,1970 NASA Photo
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EC87-0035-03 Space Shuttle tiles were mounted on a pylon on the right wing, not shown of this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA WP-3D for tests conducted off the eastern coast of Southern Florida and at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility NASA conducted extensive in-flight rain damage tests of the Shuttle Thermal Protection System TPS tiles on an F-104 at Dryden, while the NOAA conducted the tests on the WP-3D. P-3 testing concentrated on observing the effects of larger...
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EC87-0100-4 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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ED09-0284-8 The Differential Absorption CO Measurement, or DACOM, instrument developed at NASA«És Langley Research Center is mounted in NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory in preparation for the Operation Ice Bridge deployment to the Antarctic. Glen Sachse of NASA Langley prepares the DACOM for its air-sampling mission to South America and the Antarctic. September 29, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
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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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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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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 --...
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E-2889A 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 X-3 Project Description
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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E-29374 This photo shows Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Michael V. Love in front of the X-24B lifting body research vehicle at Edwards Air Force Base in 1976. Love was assigned as a project pilot on the joint NASA-USAF X-24B Lifting Body flight test program at the NASA Flight Research Center. He made a total of 12 flights in the plane from October 4, 1973 until July 15, 1975. Love flew it to a speed of Mach 1.76 on October 25, 1974, a record for the X-24B. Love attended the USAF Test Pilot School...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Vietnam, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
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EC98-44803-110 The long, curved wing of the Centurion remotely piloted flying wing is clearly visible in this photo, taken during an initial series of low-altitude, battery-powered test flights in late 1998 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. November 1998 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Centurion Project Description
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Project Description: NASA's two F-15 research aircraft don't get a lot of flight hours, and it's even rarer to have them in the air together on the same mission. But research pilots Jim Smolka and Craig Bomben from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center put the highly modified aircraft through their paces during a mission over the Edwards Air Force Base test range in late July that supported the Intelligent Flight Control System's (IFCS) project. > The canard-equipped F-15B tail number...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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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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All six divots of thermal insulation foam have been ejected from the flight test fixture on NASA's F-15B testbed as it returns from a LIFT experiment flight. February 14, 2005 Nasa Photo / Carla Thomas EC05-0028-18
Topic: F-15B #836 Research Testbed
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Following a successful five-minute, 28-second unpowered second free flight of the Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests on Sept. 13, 1977, a formation of six aircraft, including five T-38s and the specially modified NASA 747 that had carried Enterprise aloft for the test, fly overhead to commemorate the event. Enterprise had been perched on top of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft until explosive bolts separated the two aircraft. NASA Photo ECN-8604
Topics: Shuttle Approach and Landing Test, What -- Enterprise
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Alternative Jet Fuels Put to the Test at NASA Dryden › Read Feature Alternatives Aviation Fuels Experiment project scientist Bruce Anderson of NASA's Langley Research Center repairs a malfunctioning instrument shortly before an emissions test during synthetic fuels engine testing at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. January 27, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED09-0015-75
Topics: DC-8, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
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EC00-0198-102 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...
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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...
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EC03-0210-1 Northrop-Grumman Corporation's modified U.S. Navy F-5E Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration SSBD aircraft. August 2, 2003 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas Read SSBD Project Description
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EC94-42513-3 The three thrust-vectoring aircraft at Edwards, California, each capable of flying at extreme angles of attack, cruise over the California desert in formation during flight in March 1994. They are, from left, NASA's F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle HARV, flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center; the X-31, flown by the X-31 International Test Organization ITO at Dryden; and the Air Force F-16 Multi-Axis Thrust Vectoring MATV aircraft. March 15, 1994 NASA Photo
Topics: Where -- California, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
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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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EC75-4839 NASA test pilot Bill Dana, resplendent in pink boots and pressure suit, was all smiles following the last powered flight of the X-24B on Sept. 23, 1975. September 23,1975 NASA Photo / NASA
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Photo Description The sleek lines of NASA's Gulfstream III program support aircraft N2NA (now N803NA) are in evidence during a low-level flyover at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. ED08-0172-04 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...
Topics: What -- SOFIA, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
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JSC2010-E-068745 The undamaged Pad Abort-1 flight test crew module rests in the desert after a successful Pad Abort-1 flight test May 6 at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. May 6, 2010 NASA photo
Topic: Where -- New Mexico
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ECN-18899 An F-15A used by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California, for digital electronic flight and engine control systems development carries NASA aircraft number 835 (USAF Serial #71-0287). The aircraft, obtained by NASA in 1976, was used to develop the digital electronic engine control (DEEC) system now used on many current fighter aircraft. Research programs flown on the testbed aircraft have demonstrated improved rates of climb, fuel savings, and engine thrust by...
Topic: Where -- California
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ED09-0183-28 NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently conducted a flight test of an airflow measurement device mounted underneath its F-15B research aircraft in the Rake Airflow Gage Experiment, or RAGE. August 5, 2009 NASA photo / Tony Landis
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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ED09-0253-13 Mission specialist Jose Hernandez waves as Space Shuttle Discovery's crew board a Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft for the trip back to Houston from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Discovery had landed at Edwards the preceding evening to conclude mission STS-128 to the International Space Station. September 12, 2009 NASA photo / Jim Ross
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Discovery, What -- STS-128, What -- International Space...
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EC01-0136-15 Wing Deployment Sequence #2: The deployable, inflatable wing technology demonstrator experiment aircraft's wings continue deploying following separation from its carrier aircraft during a flight conducted by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. April 25, 2001 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Inflatable Wing Project Description
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
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HAMSR This image from NASA's Real Time Mission Monitor shows the flight track of NASA's Global Hawk over the Pacific Ocean during the first part of the final Atmospheric Rivers Mission flight March 9, 2011. The long "spaghetti" line is from JPL's HAMSR instrument.
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