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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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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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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
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-104/E-6213.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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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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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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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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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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Photo Description The boilerplate Orion crew module for the Orion Launch Abort System Pad Abort-1 flight test is tilted on jacks during weight and balance testing at NASA Dryden. Project Description NASA Dryden Flight Research Center has a critical role in the early development of the Constellation systems. Applying Dryden's expertise with testing unique flight configurations, Dryden is helping to manage and implement the abort flight tests for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Dryden will...
Topics: Orion Crew Module for the Orion Launch Abort System Pad Abort-1 Flight Test is Tilted on Jacks,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Orion/ED08-0230-236.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
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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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E-2952 This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph of the Century Series fighters in formation flight was taken in 1957. The F-100 lower center had originally been built as a day fighter. The later versions were built as fighter bombers, with some seeing combat in Vietnam. The F-101 top center was designed as a long-range escort, but saw service as a fighter bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, and interceptor. The F-102 right was designed from the start as an all-weather interceptor, and was...
Topic: Where -- Vietnam
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Fleet-1950s/E-2952.html
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E-860 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the XF-92A was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph shows the pitot-static probe, used to measure airspeed, Mach number, and altitude, mounted on a noseboom protruding from the aircraft's nose engine inlet. Also attached to the pitot-static-probe portion of the noseboom are flow direction vanes for sensing the aircraft's angles of attack and sideslip. The Convair XF-92A aircraft was powered by a...
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/359545main_E-860_full.jpg
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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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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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ED09-0157-03 NASA Dryden's F-18 #853 research aircraft that was the centerpiece of the Active Aeroelastic Wing project several years ago took to the skies again June 18 for the first time since 2007. The flight was a functional check following the extended downtime. The aircraft will replace Dryden's now-retired NF-15B #837 as the full-scale flight research test bed for NASA's Integrated Resilient Aircraft Controls (IRAC) program. NASA Photo / Tony Landis June 18, 2009
Topic: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/2009/ED09-0157-03.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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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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EC94-42528-1This is Dr. Leonard Weinstein's Schlieren photograph of a T-38 at Mach 1.1, altitude 13,700 feet, taken at NASA Wallops in 1993. December 13,1993 NASA Photo / Dr. Leonard Weinstein Read Schlieren Project Description
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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
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/B-47/E-1004.html
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ECN-30326 NASA research pilot Edward T. Scheider is shown standing in the cockpit of a two-seat F-104. He is wearing a full pressure suit, which is required on all flights above 50,000 feet. Ed served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1983. He attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and graduated in 1973. He was then assigned as an engineering test pilot, and as an instructor at the Naval Test Pilot School. He first arrived at what was then called the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (now the...
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-104/ECN-30326.html
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ED09-0157-02 NASA Dryden's F-18 #853 research aircraft that was the centerpiece of the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project several years ago took to the skies again June 18, 2009, for the first time since the AAW project ended in 2005. The flight was a functional check following the extended downtime. The aircraft will replace Dryden's now-retired NF-15B #837 as the full-scale flight research test bed for NASA's Integrated Resilient Aircraft Controls (IRAC) program. June 18, 2009 NASA...
Topic: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/441641main_ED09-0157-02_full_full.jpg
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ECN-2353The wingless, lifting body aircraft sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at what is now NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from left to right are the X-24A, M2-F3 and the HL-10. The lifting body aircraft studied the feasibility of maneuvering and landing an aerodynamic craft designed for reentry from space. These lifting bodies were air launched by a B-52 mother ship, then flew powered by their own rocket engines before making an unpowered approach and landing. They helped...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/HL-10/ECN-2353.html
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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
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/AFF/EC01-0267-4.html
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May 2011 Theme: Food Dragon Roll Photograph by Ryan Stillwater
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/xnet/employeeinfo/exchange/picture_this/May_2011.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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NASA's Ikhana unmanned science demonstration aircraft, a civil variant of General Atomics' Predator B, lifts off from Grey Butte airfield in California. March 5, 2007 NASA Photo / Tony Landis ED07-0038-074
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
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EC86-33385-04 This photograph shows a modified General Dynamics AFTI/F-111A Aardvark with supercritical mission adaptive wings (MAW) installed. The AFTI/F111A is seen banking towards Rodgers Dry Lake and Edwards Air Force Base. With the phasing out of the TACT program came a renewed effort by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory to extend supercritical wing technology to a higher level of performance. In the early 1980s the supercritical wing on the F-111A aircraft was replaced with a wing...
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-111AFTI/EC86-33385-04.html
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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
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/X-15.html
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ECN-1505 Bruce A. Peterson standing beside the M2-F2 lifting body on Rogers Dry Lake. Peterson became the NASA project pilot for the lifting body program after Milt Thompson retired from flying in late 1966. Peterson had flown the M2-F1, and made the first glide flight of the HL-10 heavy-weight lifting body in December 1966. On May 10, 1967, Peterson made his fourth glide flight in the M2-F2. This was also the M2-F2's 16th glide flight, scheduled to be the last one before the powered flights...
Topic: Who -- Bruce A. Peterson
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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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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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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 &...
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Sporting a fresh paint job, NASA's first Orion full-scale abort flight test crew module awaits avionics and other equipment installation. April 1, 2008 NASA / Tony Landis ED08-0085-105
Topics: Orion Crew Module, What -- Orion
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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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ED09-0253-09 Members of the STS-128 mission crew line up behind Space Shuttle Discovery in front of the Mate DeMate Device at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center prior to their departure. From left are Jose Hernandez, Kevin Ford, Christer Fuglesang, Rick Sturckow, Danny Olivas and Patrick Forrester. Not pictured- Tim Kopra). Discovery had landed the preceding evening at Edwards Air Force Base after an almost 14-day mission to the International Space Station. September 12, 2009 NASA photo / Jim...
Topics: Who -- Christer Fuglesang, Who -- Patrick Forrester, What -- STS-128, What -- Space Shuttle...
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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
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E-9XS-1 on the ramp with the B-29 mothership in 1949. This is the second XS-1 built; it later was converted into the X-1E. Unlike the XS-1-1, which was flown by the Air Force, the XS-1-2 was flown mostly by Bell and NACA pilots. It gathered much more research data than the more famous XS-1-1, known as ''Glamorous Glennis.'' 1949 NASA Photo / NASA B-29 Project Description
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E49-005The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the viewer's left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. Champine made a total of 13 flights in the X-1, plus 9 in the D-558-1 and 12 in the D-558-2. Hoover made 14 flights in the X-1. On March 10, 1948, he reached Mach 1.065, becoming the first NACA pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound. Sep 1949 NASA Photo / NASA photo
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E-1546 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph, the X-3 Stiletto is seen illuminated by sunlight off the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. This photograph illustrates why, of all the early NACA test aircraft, the X-3 was called the ''best looking of the lot.'' 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...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Douglas
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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...
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E-2274 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph, the X-3 Stiletto is seen being towed behind the NACA hangar (located on Edwards Air Force base) towards the lakebed. 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...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Douglas
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E56-2499 D-558-2 #143 LOX jettison with P2BS in background August 30, 1956 NASA Photo / unknown Read Project Description
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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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EC02-0282-3 A NASA F/A-18 flies over the Dryden Flight Research Center and Rogers Dry Lake on December 11, 2002. The aircraft participated in the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) project. The 300-gallon aerial refueling store seen on the belly of the aircraft carries fuel and a refueling drogue. This aircraft acted as a tanker in the study to develop an aerodynamic model for future automated aerial refueling, especially of unmanned vehicles. › Read Project D escription December 11, 2002 NASA...
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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ECN-2367 HL-10 touches down on its main landing gear, while the pilot was holding the nose up to slow the vehicle. The F-104 in the background was used as a chase plane. Its pilot would give the HL-10's pilot calls on his altitude above the lakebed as well as warnings about any problems. The NASA F-104s were also used for lifting-body training. With the landing gear extended and flaps lowered, the F-104 could simulate the steep, high-speed descent and landing of a lifting body. The HL-10 was...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California,...
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EC97-44293-3 Four different versions of the F-16 were used by Dryden in the 1990s. On the left and right sides are two F-16XLs. On the left is the F-16XL #2 (NASA 848), which is the two-seat version, used for advanced laminar flow studies until late 1996. On the right is the single-seat F-16XL #1 (NASA 849), used for laminar flow research and sonic boom research. (Laminar flow refers to smooth airflow over a wing, which increases lift and reduces drag compared to turbulent airflow). Between...
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E-17346 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the XF-92A was taken around 1953 near Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph shows an aft view of the XF-92A in flight above a layer of clouds. The Convair XF-92A aircraft was powered by a Allison J33-A turbojet engine with an afterburner, and was unique in having America's first delta wing. The delta wing's large area, thin airfoil cross section, low weight, and structural strength gave this design a great potential for a...
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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ECN-3931 This photograph shows a modified General Dynamics TACT/F-111A Aardvaark with supercritical wings installed. The aircraft, with flaps and landing gear down, is in a decending turn over Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base.Starting in 1971 the NASA Flight Research Center and the Air Force undertook a major research and flight testing program, using F-111A (#63-9778), which would span almost 20 years before completion. Intense interest over the results coming from the NASA F-8...
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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EC96-43595-4 The final flight for the F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV) took place at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, on May 29, 1996 and was flown by NASA pilot Ed Schneider. The highly modified F-18 airplane flew 383 flights over a nine year period and demonstrated concepts that greatly increase fighter maneuverability. May 29 1996 NASA Photo / & F-18 HARV Project Description
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
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ED08-0253-01Mark C. Dickers on September 30, 2008 NASA Photo / Tony Landis Dryden People Description
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E51-593 The third X-1 46-064, known as ''Queenie,'' is mated to the EB-50A 46-006 at Edwards AFB, California. Following a captive flight on 9 November 1951, both aircraft were destroyed by fire during defueling. This particular X-1 only flew twice, the first flight occurring on 20 July 1951. Bell pilot Joseph Cannon was the pilot on both flights, although the second flight was only a captive flight. Cannon was injured in the fire. Nov 1951 NASA Photo
Topic: Where -- California
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TPT9183 Actress Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series, recapped her career in acting and in promoting equal opportunities for minorities before an appreciative audience at NASA Dryden Jan. 10. January 10, 2012 NASA / Tom Tschida
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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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E-5071J F-104A (Serial #56-0749) on the ramp at the NASA Flight Research Center (now the Dryden Flight Research Center) at Edwards AFB. The aircraft is shown with the Air Launched Sounding Rocket (ALSOR) attached to the underside. NASA test pilot Milton O. Thompson ejected from this aircraft on 20 December 1962, after an asymmetrical flap condition made the jet uncontrollable. December 16, 1959 NASA Photo & F-104 Project Description
Topics: Who -- Milton O. Thompson, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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EC62-144 North American JF-100C (53-1709) Super Sabre airplane on lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California in 1962. NASA Flight Research Center's variable-stability North American JF-100C #709 was used for a range of airborne simulation studies. It was on loan from Ames Research Center. 1962 NASA Photo & F-100 Project Description
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California, Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC)
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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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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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EC02-0224-1 NASA Dryden F-18 #843 in flight October 1, 2002 NASA Photo / Jim Ross & F-18 Project Description
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E-21115 The wingless, lifting body aircraft sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at what is now NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from left to right are the X-24A, M2-F3 and the HL-10. December 18,1969 NASA Photo
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ED10-0083-33 SOFIA program officials representing NASA, the Universities Space Research Association USRA and Deutsches SOFIA Institut DSI line up on the access stairs to the open telescope cavity housing the 2.5-meter infrared telescope in the SOFIA 747SP. From top to bottom are DSI telescope assembly / science instrument manager Thomas Keilig, NASA's SOFIA program manager Bob Meyer, deputy program manager Eddie Zavala and aircraft project manager John Carter, and USRA's SOFIA science mission...
Topic: Where -- Sofia
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ED10-037-07 Absent their vertical tails, the two X-34 aircraft were convoyed from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to the north gate of Edwards Air Force Base via Rosamond Boulevard on Nov. 16, 2010, and then overnight on Highway 58 to the Mojave Air and Spaceport the following morning. The two X-34s were hauled to a National Test Pilot School hangar at the Mojave facility for inspections by Orbital Sciences personnel to determine their viability for potential future flight programs....
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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ED09-0070-21 The U.S. Air Force's F-16D Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) aircraft flies over Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. NASA«És Dryden Flight Research Center is working with the Air Force Research Laboratory in the ACAT Fighter Risk Reduction Project to develop collision avoidance technologies for fighter/attack aircraft that would reduce the risk of ground and mid-air collisions. March 24, 2009 NASA Phot o / Jim Ross
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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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
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E54-1230 This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows a rear-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
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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
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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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E-799 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the X-5 was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph shows the X-5 on the ramp in-front of the NACA hangar. 1952 NASA Photo / NACA/NASA
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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Four of NASA's F/A-18 support aircraft fly in a tight formation over Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. NASA Dryden operates two single-seat F/A-18A models and a like number of two-seat F/A-18B models in a variety of mission support and flight research roles. (NASA photo / Carla Thomas)
Topics: Four F-18s in Echelon Formation, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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EC79-11484 The KC-135 with the winglets in flight over the San Gabriel mountains, south of Edwards AFB. While wind tunnel tests suggested that winglets - developed by NASA Langley's Richard Whitcomb - would significantly reduce drag, flight research proved their usefulness. Winglets were installed on an Air Force KC-135 and research flights were made in 1979 and 1980. These showed drag in flight was reduced by as much as 7 percent. Winglets soon appeared on production aircraft, although these...
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ECN-225 The M2-F1 Lifting Body is seen here under tow, high above Rogers Dry Lake near the Flight Research Center (later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. R. Dale Reed effectively advocated the project with the support of NASA research pilot Milt Thompson. Together, they gained the support of Flight Research Center Director Paul Bikle. After a six-month feasibility study, Bikle gave approval in the fall of 1962 for the M2-F1 to be built. October 15, 1963 NASA...
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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E-2412 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph, the X-3 Stiletto is seen on the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. 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 was delivered to the NACA...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Douglas
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