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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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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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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...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ED05-0166-30.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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 837, NASA's...
Topics: F-15B #836 Research Testbed, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-15B_836/EC05-0148-31.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)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/383209main_ED08-0172-19_full_full.jpg
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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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EC86-33555-2One of the most unusual experimental flight vehicles appearing at NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility later redesignated Dryden Flight Research Center in the 1980s was the Rotor Systems Research Aircraft RSRA X-Wing aircraft, seen here on the ramp. The craft was developed originally and then modified by Sikorsky Aircraft for a joint NASA-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA program and was rolled out 19 August 1986. Taxi tests and initial low-altitude flight tests...
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-Wing/EC86-33555-2.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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Additional overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop.
Topic: Additional overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop004.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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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
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Fleet-1950s/E-959.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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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 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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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 Rests on the Runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California., Who -- Eileen...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ED05-0166-06.html
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E-2820 The Bell Aircraft Company X-2 (46-674) drops away from its Boeing B-50 mothership in this photo. Lt. Col. Frank ''Pete'' Everest piloted 674 on its first unpowered flight on 5 August 1954. He made the first rocket-powered flight on 18 November 1955. Everest made the first supersonic X-2 flight in 674 on 25 April 1956, achieving a speed of Mach 1.40. In July, he reached Mach 2.87, just short of the Mach 3 goal.The other X-2, 675, was written off prior to making any powered flights. An...
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft flies over California's Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec 10, 2008. › Read STS-126 Status Report December 10, 2008 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas ED08-0306-148
Topics: STS-126, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- STS-126, Where -- Kennedy Space...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/STS-126/ED08-0306-148.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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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EC95-43247-4 A transport aircraft lands for the first time under engine power only, as this McDonnell Douglas MD-11 touches down at 11:38 a.m., Aug. 29, 1995, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The milestone flight, flown by NASA research pilot and former astronaut Gordon Fullerton, was part of a NASA project to develop a computer-assisted engine control system that enables a pilot to land a plane safely when its normal control surfaces are disabled. The...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center LaRC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/MD-11PCA/EC95-43247-4.html
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ED08-0252-10 An HD camera is mounted behind the head-up display of NASA's F-18 SRA aircraft. NASA is partnering with Gulfstream on the External Vision System project. September 30, 2008 NASA Photo / Tony Landis & F-18 SRA Project Description
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ED08-0252-06 An HD display is mounted on top of the rear instrument panel in NASA's F-18 SRA aircraft, as NASA is partnering with Gulfstream on the External Vision System project. September 30, 2008 NASA Photo / Tony Landis & F-18 SRA Project Description
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ED10-0157-38 The Orion Pad Abort-1 flight test crew module is unloaded from a Mississippi Air Guard C-17 at NASA Dryden after a ferry flight from Holloman Air Force Base near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The boilerplate module was undamaged in the PA-1 test of the Launch Abort System at White Sands Missile Range on May 6 2010. June 15 2010 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: What -- Orion, Where -- Mississippi, Where -- New Mexico
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Read News Release 09-04 With afterburners blazing, NASA's unique NF-15B research aircraft accelerates rapidly after taking off on its final flight from Edwards Air Force Base. The highly modified jet in its brilliant red, white and blue plumage was the test aircraft for several research projects during its 14 years with NASA, among them the Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles and Intelligent Flight Controls System research efforts. January 30, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida...
Topics: F-15B #837 Final Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-15B_837/ED09-0023-28.html
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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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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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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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Boeing Phantom Works has partnered with NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory to study the structural, aerodynamic and operational advantages of the 'Blended Wing Body' advanced aircraft concept, a cross between a conventional plane and a flying wing design. The Air Force has designated the prototype the X-48B based on its interest in the design's potential as a multi-role, long-range, high-capacity military transport aircraft. October 24, 2006 NASA / Tony Landis ED06-0198-06
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EC97-43969-1 Robert McCall's 1997 mural ''Accepting the Challenge of Flight'' at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., is focused on portraits of actual Dryden employees. Flight research aircraft of that era fly above, and his ever-optimistic view of the final frontier is in view at the top. 1997 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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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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ECN-24931AGrumman OV-1C in the hangar used at the time by the Army at Edwards Air Force Base. July 1983 NASA Photo / Jim Moran Read OV-1C Mohawk Project Description
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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EC89-0300-1The mission control Gold room is seen here during a research flight of the X-29 at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. All aspects of a research mission are monitored from one of two of these control rooms at Dryden.Dryden and its control rooms are part of the Western Aeronautical Test Range WATR. The WATR consists of a highly automated complex of computer controlled tracking, telemetry, and communications systems and control room complexes that are capable of...
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EC97-44354-2 An image of the F-16XL #1 during its functional flight check of the Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) on December 16, 1997. The mission was flown by NASA research pilot Dana Purifoy, and lasted 1 hour and 25 minutes. The tests included pilot familiarly, functional check, and handling qualities evaluation maneuvers to a speed of Mach 0.6 and 300 knots. Purifoy completed all the briefed data points with no problems, and reported that the DFCS handled as well, if not better than...
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ED03-0197-01 Robert McCall's 2003 ''Celebrating One Hundred Years of Powered Flight'' mural graces the entrance of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center's main building. In it, the famed aerospace artist painted a timeline beginning with the dawn of powered flight, and topped it off with flight's progress into space. 2003 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: What -- Dawn, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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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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EC95-43251-2 This McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is taxiing to a position on the flightline at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, following its completion of the first and second landings ever performed by a transport aircraft under engine power only on Aug. 29, 1995. The milestone flight, with NASA research pilot and former astronaut Gordon Fullerton at the controls, was part of a NASA project to develop a computer-assisted engine control system that enables a pilot to land a...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- Langley Research Center LaRC, Where --...
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EC97-44165-149 Dryden 1997 Research Aircraft Fleet on Ramp - 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
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft lifts off from Edwards Air Force Base on the first leg of its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center just after sunrise on Dec. 10, 2008. › Read STS-126 Status Report December 10, 2008 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED08-0306-114
Topics: STS-126, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- STS-126, Where -- Edwards Air...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/STS-126/ED08-0306-114.html
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Space Shuttle Discovery, accompanied by a convoy of recovery vehicles, is towed up the taxiway at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, following its landing on August 9, 2005. 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...
Topics: Shuttle Discovery, with recovery Vehicles, is to the Taxiway, Who -- Eileen Collins, What -- Space...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ED05-0166-11.html
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EC98-44471-1 The F-18 simulator cockpit was used for the F-106 simulation and Eclipse Tow Launch Demonstration project. In this project to demonstrate a reusable launch vehicle, a modified F-106 was towed aloft behind a C-141. The simulator was used in support of this study. The six tow flights occurred between December 1997 and February 1998 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. February 17, 1998 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas Eclipse Project Description
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
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E-1526 This 1954 photograph shows a Douglas D-558-2 under the P2B-1S (Navy designation for a B-29) launch aircraft. The P2B-1S has been lifted on mechanical jacks in the hangar for a possible âfit checkâ or the attachment of the Skyrocket for a flight. The P2B-1S had the nickname ''Fertile Myrtle.'' On the side of its fuselage is a series of images indicating 41 launches by the mothership of D-558-2 #2 (NACA 144) and 44 by D-558-2 #3 (NACA 145). 1954 NASA Photo / NASA photo B-29 Project...
Topic: Where -- Douglas
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/B-29/E-1526.html
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EC97-44203-2 The modified Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic flying laboratory touches down and deploys a trio of drag chutes following a test flight at the Zhukovsky Air Development Center near Moscow, Russia, in July 1997. July 1997 NASA Photo / NASA/IBP
Topics: Where -- Moscow, Where -- Russia
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ED09-0320-02 Famed artist Robert McCall in his home studio in September 2009 with one of his last works of art, a portrait of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong. Called ''The Real Right Stuff,'' the painting depicts Armstrong during his early NASA career when he was an X-15 research pilot at NASA's Flight Research Center, now the Dryden Flight Research Center. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden unveiled the portrait during a visit to NASA Dryden in November 2009. November 2009 (Photo Courtesy of...
Topics: Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, What -- Apollo 11, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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Read News Release 09-64 Artist«És drawing of the new Consolidated Information Technology Center to be constructed at NASA«És Dryden Flight Research Center. October 2009 Courtesy of Development One, Inc.
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/2009/CITC_building.html
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E-997X-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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ED08-0024-2Bradley C. Flick portrait January 14, 2008 NASA Photo / Dryden People Description
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NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's chief pilot Gordon Fullerton in the cockpit of the center's T-38 Talon mission support aircraft. February 24, 2005 NASA / Photo Tony Landis EC05-0041-5
Topics: Chief pilot Gordon Fullerton in the cockpit of the Dryden's T-38 Aircraft., Where -- Dryden Flight...
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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe
Topic: Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe
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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
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ED07-0026-02 Range safety and phased-array range user system antennas validated in the ECANS project can be seen just behind the cockpit on NASA's NF-15B research aircraft.February 26, 2007 NASA Photo / Lori Losey F-15B SBRDC/ECANS Project Description
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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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Photo Description Gulfstream project pilot Tom Horne readies to fly an External Vision System project flight from the backseat of NASA's F-18 Systems Research Aircraft. 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,...
Topic: Pilot Tom Horne Readies to Fly an External Vision System Project Flight.
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Hydraulic shear (6' Bed) at DAOF Fabrication Shop. August 29, 2008 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED08-0196-09
Topic: DAOF Fabrication Shop
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E-2097 North American F-100A (52-5778) Super Sabre sitting on the Rogers dry lakebed, 1959. Pitch-up could be overcome by several ''fixes'', but the problems and cost outweighed the potential benefits. The obvious conclusion from NACA High-Speed Flight Station testing as to the desirability of the low horizontal tail surface led to that configuration's becoming standard on the first-generation supersonic sweptwing fighters such as the F-100 Super Sabre. 1959 NASA Photo / & F-100 Project...
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Read Feature Eric Hensley, an eighth-grade student at Rosamond«És Tropico Middle School, explains the design of the model glider he designed and built at the Bohn-Meyer Math and Science Odyssey. February 6, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED09-0032-19
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NASA Dryden's T-38 trainer aircraft in flight over Cuddeback Dry Lake in Southern California. 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 ED06-0072-8
Topics: Northrop T-38 Talon During Mission Support Flight, Where -- California, Where -- Langley Research...
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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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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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EC66-01181 Lunar Landing Research Vehicle U.S. Army test pilot Col. Emil "Jack" Kluever stands in front of the Apollo-era Lunar Landing Research Vehicle No. 1 on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base in 1966. Col. Kluever, who flew numerous LLRV test flights, died on April 23, 2011. 1966 NASA photo
Topic: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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Dryden researchers conducted several programs involving aircraft capable of attaining altitudes above 70,000 feet and cruising at Mach 3 (more than 2,000 mph, or three times the speed of sound). Airplanes such as the XB-70, YF-12 and SR-71 served as unique assets for research in the areas of propulsion, heating and aerodynamics because their performance characteristics exceeded those of conventional jet aircraft. The B-70 Valkyrie was designed to be the ultimate high-altitude, high-speed...
Topics: Missions at Mach 3, What -- SST
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E76-30764 This 1976 photograph of the Oblique Wing Research Aircraft was taken in front of the NASA Flight Research Center hangar, located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In the photograph the noseboom, pitot-static probe, and angles-of-attack and sideslip flow vanes, covered-up, are attached to the front of the vehicle. The clear nose dome for the television camera, and the shrouded propellor for the 90 horsepower engine are clearly seen. August 2,1976 NASA Photo / NASA FRC Read Oblique...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
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EC95-43114-69 U.S. and German personnel of the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Technology Demonstrator aircraft program removing the right wing of the aircraft, which was ferried from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Europe on May 22, 1995 aboard an Air Force Reserve C-5 transport. The X-31, based at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center was ferried to Europe and flown in the Paris Air Show in June. The wing of the X-31 was removed on May 18, 1995, to allow the aircraft to fit...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-31/EC95-43114-69.html