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NASA Lifting Bodies on Lakebed, Armstrong flight research center

NASA Lifting Bodies on Lakebed, Armstrong flight research center

(November 30, 1968) 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.... More

NACA Research Aircraft-Bell X-1A, D-558-1, XF-92A, X-5, D-558-2, X-4, and X-3

NACA Research Aircraft-Bell X-1A, D-558-1, XF-92A, X-5, D-558-2, X-4, ...

(August 4, 1953) A 1953 photo of some of the research aircraft at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station, later renamed the Dryden Flight Research Center, and now the Armstrong Flight Research Center. The ... More

Wing chord extension on D-558-2 E53-0927

Wing chord extension on D-558-2 E53-0927

Wing chord extension on D-558-2

B-47A on ramp E53-1044
Scott Crossfield in cockpit of the Douglas D-558-2 after first Mach 2 flight. E53-1090

Scott Crossfield in cockpit of the Douglas D-558-2 after first Mach 2 ...

Scott Crossfield in cockpit of the Douglas D-558-2 after first Mach 2 flight.

High-Speed Research Station Director Walter C. Williams, NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield, and Director of Flight Operations Joe Vensel in front of the Douglas D-558-2 after the first Mach 2 flight. E53-1096

High-Speed Research Station Director Walter C. Williams, NACA pilot A....

High-Speed Research Station Director Walter C. Williams, NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield, and Director of Flight Operations Joe Vensel in front of the Douglas D-558-2 after the first Mach 2 flight.

NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield next to the D-558-2 after first Mach 2 flight. E53-1113

NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield next to the D-558-2 after first Mach 2 ...

NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield next to the D-558-2 after first Mach 2 flight.

Scott Crossfield talks to newsmen in front of NACA South Base hangar after his first flight to Mach 2 in the Douglas D-558-2. E53-1109

Scott Crossfield talks to newsmen in front of NACA South Base hangar a...

Scott Crossfield talks to newsmen in front of NACA South Base hangar after his first flight to Mach 2 in the Douglas D-558-2.

D-558-2 being mounted to P2B-1S launch aircraft in hangar. E54-1526

D-558-2 being mounted to P2B-1S launch aircraft in hangar. E54-1526

D-558-2 being mounted to P2B-1S launch aircraft in hangar.

Stan Butchart climbing into B-47. E54-1317

Stan Butchart climbing into B-47. E54-1317

Stan Butchart climbing into B-47.

NASA E54-1403, Armstrong flight research center

NASA E54-1403, Armstrong flight research center

B-47A Stratojet on ramp with pilots and crew. In 1954 after a research flight in the Boeing B-47A Stratojet Crew Chief Wilbur McClenaghan (center) asks of the pilots if there are any "squawks" that should be t... More

D-558-2 Aircraft on lakebed E54-1442

D-558-2 Aircraft on lakebed E54-1442

D-558-2 Aircraft on lakebed

D-558-2 Aircraft on lakebed E54-1441

D-558-2 Aircraft on lakebed E54-1441

D-558-2 Aircraft on lakebed

NASA E56-2499, Armstrong flight research center

NASA E56-2499, Armstrong flight research center

D558-2 #143 LOX jettison with P2BS in background

NASA E56-2666, Armstrong flight research center

NASA E56-2666, Armstrong flight research center

B-29 mothership with pilots - Dick Payne, Stan Butchart, Joe Walker, Charles Littleton, and John Moise

B-29 #800 with X-1B attached taxi's in off of the lakebed. E58-3663A

B-29 #800 with X-1B attached taxi's in off of the lakebed. E58-3663A

B-29 #800 with X-1B attached taxi's in off of the lakebed.

NASA Armstrong Celebrates 70 Years of Flight Research

NASA Armstrong Celebrates 70 Years of Flight Research

The X-1B reaction control system thrusters are tested in 1958 and later proven on the X-15 as a way to control a vehicle in the absence of dynamic pressure. Monroe Conner

Aero Spacelines B-377PG Pregnant Guppy on ramp in preparation for flight tests and pilot evaluation E62-8887

Aero Spacelines B-377PG Pregnant Guppy on ramp in preparation for flig...

Aero Spacelines B-377PG Pregnant Guppy on ramp in preparation for flight tests and pilot evaluation

NASA A-5A on lakebed., Armstrong flight research center

NASA A-5A on lakebed., Armstrong flight research center

A North American Aviation A-5A Vigilante (Navy serial number 147858/NASA tail number 858) arrived from the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, on December 19, 1962, at the NASA Flight Research Center (no... More

NASA A-5A on lakebed., Armstrong flight research center

NASA A-5A on lakebed., Armstrong flight research center

A North American Aviation A-5A Vigilante (Navy serial number 147858/NASA tail number 858) arrived from the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, on December 19, 1962, at the NASA Flight Research Center (no... More

D-558-I in flight. E67-17347
M2-F3 In-Flight Launch from the B-52 Mothership

M2-F3 In-Flight Launch from the B-52 Mothership

(1971) This photo shows the M2-F3 lifting body being launched from NASA's B- 52 mothership at the NASA Flight Research Center (FRC--now the Armstrong Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. A fleet of lif... More

B-57B in flight E71-23927
NASA EC75-4724, Armstrong flight research center

NASA EC75-4724, Armstrong flight research center

Air flow testing on aerodynamic truck

Aero Spacelines B377SGT Super Guppy on Ramp Loading the X-24B and HL-10 Lifting Bodies for Transportation to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio E76-30317

Aero Spacelines B377SGT Super Guppy on Ramp Loading the X-24B and HL-1...

Aero Spacelines B377SGT Super Guppy on Ramp Loading the X-24B and HL-10 Lifting Bodies for Transportation to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

First Shuttle/747 Captive Flight EC77-6887

First Shuttle/747 Captive Flight EC77-6887

First Shuttle/747 Captive Flight

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) captive flight on NB-52B EC77-7428

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) captive...

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) captive flight on NB-52B

First Captive Flight of DAST Mated to B-52 - Close-up from Below EC77-8113

First Captive Flight of DAST Mated to B-52 - Close-up from Below EC77-...

First Captive Flight of DAST Mated to B-52 - Close-up from Below

F-104B #819 flies chase on the NB-52B #008 during the first DAST captive flight. EC77-8122

F-104B #819 flies chase on the NB-52B #008 during the first DAST capti...

F-104B #819 flies chase on the NB-52B #008 during the first DAST captive flight.

Don Mallick in Bell 47 #822 (N822NA) EC77-8296

Don Mallick in Bell 47 #822 (N822NA) EC77-8296

Don Mallick in Bell 47 #822 (N822NA)

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) first release from NB-52B EC77-8184

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) first r...

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) first release from NB-52B

Enterprise - Free Flight after Separation from 747 EC77-8611

Enterprise - Free Flight after Separation from 747 EC77-8611

Enterprise - Free Flight after Separation from 747

Enterprise - Free Flight after Separation from 747 EC77-8607

Enterprise - Free Flight after Separation from 747 EC77-8607

Enterprise - Free Flight after Separation from 747

Enterprise - First Tailcone Off Free Flight EC95-43116-26

Enterprise - First Tailcone Off Free Flight EC95-43116-26

Enterprise - First Tailcone Off Free Flight

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) with chutes open after release from NB-52B EC79-10168

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) with ch...

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) with chutes open after release from NB-52B

DAST Mated to B-52 on Ramp - Close-up EC79-10247

DAST Mated to B-52 on Ramp - Close-up EC79-10247

DAST Mated to B-52 on Ramp - Close-up

The cockpit and instrument panel of the AD-1 aircraft. Due to the small size of the AD-1, instrumentation was limited and the cockpit was cramped. E79-36067

The cockpit and instrument panel of the AD-1 aircraft. Due to the smal...

The cockpit and instrument panel of the AD-1 aircraft. Due to the small size of the AD-1, instrumentation was limited and the cockpit was cramped.

TF-104G #824 flies chase on NB-52B durng a DAST ARW-1 captive flight. 9/14/79 EC79-11687

TF-104G #824 flies chase on NB-52B durng a DAST ARW-1 captive flight. ...

TF-104G #824 flies chase on NB-52B durng a DAST ARW-1 captive flight. 9/14/79

Assembling the Gossamer Albatross II in hangar EC80-12454

Assembling the Gossamer Albatross II in hangar EC80-12454

Assembling the Gossamer Albatross II in hangar

Gossamer Albatross on ramp with crew EC80-12557

Gossamer Albatross on ramp with crew EC80-12557

Gossamer Albatross on ramp with crew

Multiple exposure image showing wing movement on AD-1. EC80-12694

Multiple exposure image showing wing movement on AD-1. EC80-12694

Multiple exposure image showing wing movement on AD-1.

DAST in Flight. Last Flight EC80-14090

DAST in Flight. Last Flight EC80-14090

DAST in Flight. Last Flight

Solar-powered Gossamer Penguin in flight with Janice Brown and Ray Morgan riding chase bicycle. EC80-13413

Solar-powered Gossamer Penguin in flight with Janice Brown and Ray Mor...

Solar-powered Gossamer Penguin in flight with Janice Brown and Ray Morgan riding chase bicycle.

Air flow testing on aerodynamic truck E81-38096

Air flow testing on aerodynamic truck E81-38096

Air flow testing on aerodynamic truck

The AD-1 aircraft with its wing swept. Visible are the twin jet engines that powered the aircraft and the fixed landing gear. EC81-14632

The AD-1 aircraft with its wing swept. Visible are the twin jet engine...

The AD-1 aircraft with its wing swept. Visible are the twin jet engines that powered the aircraft and the fixed landing gear.

AD-1 in flight. Flight #30. The AD-1 aircraft in flight with its wing swept at 60 degrees, the maximum sweep angle. EC81-15846

AD-1 in flight. Flight #30. The AD-1 aircraft in flight with its wing ...

AD-1 in flight. Flight #30. The AD-1 aircraft in flight with its wing swept at 60 degrees, the maximum sweep angle.

Research pilot Richard E. Gray, standing in front of the AD-1 Oblique Wing research aircraft. EC82-17954

Research pilot Richard E. Gray, standing in front of the AD-1 Oblique ...

Research pilot Richard E. Gray, standing in front of the AD-1 Oblique Wing research aircraft.

Bell-47 Helicopter #822 on ramp EC82-18422A

Bell-47 Helicopter #822 on ramp EC82-18422A

Bell-47 Helicopter #822 on ramp

B-57B on ramp EC82-20732
Controlled Impact Demonstration instrumented test dummies installed in plane. EC84-28307

Controlled Impact Demonstration instrumented test dummies installed in...

Controlled Impact Demonstration instrumented test dummies installed in plane.

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft fireball after wing cutter impact. EC84-31809

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft fireball after wing cutte...

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft fireball after wing cutter impact.

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft skid after wing cutter impact. EC84-31806

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft skid after wing cutter im...

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft skid after wing cutter impact.

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft fireball after wing cutter impact. EC84-31808

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft fireball after wing cutte...

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft fireball after wing cutter impact.

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft in practice flight above target impact site with wing cutters. EC84-31672A

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft in practice flight above ...

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft in practice flight above target impact site with wing cutters.

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft prior to wing cutter impact during lakebed skid. EC84-31805

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft prior to wing cutter impa...

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft prior to wing cutter impact during lakebed skid.

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft lakebed skid. EC84-31803

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft lakebed skid. EC84-31803

CID (Controlled Imact Demonstrator) Aircraft lakebed skid.

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) mated to NB-52B in snow EC84-32107

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) mated t...

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Drop Test Vehicle (SRB-DTV) mated to NB-52B in snow

Daedalus Project's Light Eagle - Human powered aircraft EC87-0014-8

Daedalus Project's Light Eagle - Human powered aircraft EC87-0014-8

Daedalus Project's Light Eagle - Human powered aircraft

Daedalus - Last Dryden flight with Glenn Tremml EC88-0059-002

Daedalus - Last Dryden flight with Glenn Tremml EC88-0059-002

Daedalus - Last Dryden flight with Glenn Tremml

Space shuttle EC93-01211-2

Space shuttle EC93-01211-2

B-52 Flight Mission Symbology on Side of Craft

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft Accompanied by an F-18 Safety Chase Commemorating 40th Anniversary of Research Flights EC95-43205-1

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft Accompanied by an F-18 Safety Chase Commem...

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft Accompanied by an F-18 Safety Chase Commemorating 40th Anniversary of Research Flights

Apex high-altitude research sailplane mock-up EC95-43311-1

Apex high-altitude research sailplane mock-up EC95-43311-1

Apex high-altitude research sailplane mock-up

B-52B Cockpit Instrument Panel EC96-43814-1

B-52B Cockpit Instrument Panel EC96-43814-1

B-52B Cockpit Instrument Panel

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft on Edwards AFB Runway EC96-43808-4

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft on Edwards AFB Runway EC96-43808-4

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft on Edwards AFB Runway

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft on Dryden Ramp EC96-43808-2

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft on Dryden Ramp EC96-43808-2

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft on Dryden Ramp

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight over Dryden EC96-43808-1

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight over Dryden EC96-43808-1

Dryden B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight over Dryden

ERAST Demonstrator 2 (D-2) in flight EC97-44102-2

ERAST Demonstrator 2 (D-2) in flight EC97-44102-2

ERAST Demonstrator 2 (D-2) in flight

Computer generated image of Apex high-altitude research sailplane in flight ED97-44119-2

Computer generated image of Apex high-altitude research sailplane in f...

Computer generated image of Apex high-altitude research sailplane in flight

Eclipse program F-106 aircraft in flight, front view. EC97-44159-8

Eclipse program F-106 aircraft in flight, front view. EC97-44159-8

Eclipse program F-106 aircraft in flight, front view.

Altus I aircraft in flight, retracting landing gear after takeoff EC97-44175-14

Altus I aircraft in flight, retracting landing gear after takeoff EC97...

Altus I aircraft in flight, retracting landing gear after takeoff

Altus I aircraft taking off from lakebed runway EC97-44175-13

Altus I aircraft taking off from lakebed runway EC97-44175-13

Altus I aircraft taking off from lakebed runway

Altus I aircraft on lakebed EC97-44175-21
Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23 EC97-44175-20

Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23 EC97-44175-20

Altus I aircraft landing on Edwards lakebed runway 23

Closeup of QF-106 release hook for Eclipse program EC97-44233-4

Closeup of QF-106 release hook for Eclipse program EC97-44233-4

Closeup of QF-106 release hook for Eclipse program

Eclipse project closeup of QF-106 under tow on takeoff on first flight December 20, 1997 EC97-44357-9

Eclipse project closeup of QF-106 under tow on takeoff on first flight...

Eclipse project closeup of QF-106 under tow on takeoff on first flight December 20, 1997

Eclipse project QF-106 and C-141A climbs out under tow on first tethered flight December 20, 1997 EC97-44357-13

Eclipse project QF-106 and C-141A climbs out under tow on first tether...

Eclipse project QF-106 and C-141A climbs out under tow on first tethered flight December 20, 1997

Eclipse project QF-106 and C-141A takeoff on first tethered flight December 20, 1997 EC97-44357-8

Eclipse project QF-106 and C-141A takeoff on first tethered flight Dec...

Eclipse project QF-106 and C-141A takeoff on first tethered flight December 20, 1997

Eclipse project F-106 under tow on January 23, 1998 EC98-44393-52

Eclipse project F-106 under tow on January 23, 1998 EC98-44393-52

Eclipse project F-106 under tow on January 23, 1998

The Eclipse projectís modified QF-106 under tow by a USAF C-141A. EC98-44398-10

The Eclipse projectís modified QF-106 under tow by a USAF C-141A. EC98...

The Eclipse projectís modified QF-106 under tow by a USAF C-141A.

Pilot Mark Stucky in Eclipse Simulator EC98-44471-1

Pilot Mark Stucky in Eclipse Simulator EC98-44471-1

Pilot Mark Stucky in Eclipse Simulator

Apex wing section undergoing loading test. EC98-44487-9

Apex wing section undergoing loading test. EC98-44487-9

Apex wing section undergoing loading test.

Advanced Data Acquisition and Telemetry System

Advanced Data Acquisition and Telemetry System

A NASA King Air successfully tested the Advanced Data Acquisition and Telemetry System during a recent series of three research flights. Monroe Conner

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert EC98-44684-3

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert EC98-44684-3

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert EC98-44684-2

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert EC98-44684-2

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert EC98-44684-1

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert EC98-44684-1

Altus II aircraft flying over southern California desert

Apex wing section undergoing loading test preparation by Mark Nunnelee and Eliseo Sanchez EC98-44811-1

Apex wing section undergoing loading test preparation by Mark Nunnelee...

Apex wing section undergoing loading test preparation by Mark Nunnelee and Eliseo Sanchez

B-52 008 landing on runway 04 at Edwards Air Force Base after first free flight of X-38 vehicle #131R EC00-0318-1

B-52 008 landing on runway 04 at Edwards Air Force Base after first fr...

B-52 008 landing on runway 04 at Edwards Air Force Base after first free flight of X-38 vehicle #131R

Two F/A-18B aircraft involved in the AFF program return to base in close formation with the autonomous function disengaged. EC01-0050-17

Two F/A-18B aircraft involved in the AFF program return to base in clo...

Two F/A-18B aircraft involved in the AFF program return to base in close formation with the autonomous function disengaged.

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight EC01-0084-9

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight EC01-0084-9

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight EC01-0084-2

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight EC01-0084-2

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight EC01-0084-5

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight EC01-0084-5

B-52 Launch Aircraft in Flight

A modified F/A-18A undergoes wing torsion testing in the Flight Dynamics Laboratory at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California EC01-0112-2

A modified F/A-18A undergoes wing torsion testing in the Flight Dynami...

A modified F/A-18A undergoes wing torsion testing in the Flight Dynamics Laboratory at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California

A B-52H, tail number 61-0025, arrives at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center after landing July 30, 2001. EC01-0220-6

A B-52H, tail number 61-0025, arrives at NASA's Dryden Flight Research...

A B-52H, tail number 61-0025, arrives at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center after landing July 30, 2001.

A B-52 "H" model, on loan to NASA Dryden from the U.S. Air Force, touches down at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 30, 2001. EC01-0220-3

A B-52 "H" model, on loan to NASA Dryden from the U.S. Air Force, touc...

A B-52 "H" model, on loan to NASA Dryden from the U.S. Air Force, touches down at Edwards Air Force Base, California, July 30, 2001.

A B-52H, on loan to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, makes a pass down the runway prior to landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. EC01-0220-1

A B-52H, on loan to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, makes a pass...

A B-52H, on loan to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, makes a pass down the runway prior to landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

A newly arrived B-52H is seen here alongside NASA Dryden's venerable B-52 "B" model during its arrival ceremony on August 1, 2001. EC01-0223-1

A newly arrived B-52H is seen here alongside NASA Dryden's venerable B...

A newly arrived B-52H is seen here alongside NASA Dryden's venerable B-52 "B" model during its arrival ceremony on August 1, 2001.

Two NASA Dryden F/A-18's land on the Edwards Air Force Base runway after completion of an Autonomous Formation Flight (AFF) mission. EC01-0267-6

Two NASA Dryden F/A-18's land on the Edwards Air Force Base runway aft...

Two NASA Dryden F/A-18's land on the Edwards Air Force Base runway after completion of an Autonomous Formation Flight (AFF) mission.

These two NASA F/A-18 aircraft are flying a test point for the Autonomous Formation Flight project over California's Mojave Desert. EC01-0267-1

These two NASA F/A-18 aircraft are flying a test point for the Autonom...

These two NASA F/A-18 aircraft are flying a test point for the Autonomous Formation Flight project over California's Mojave Desert.

Flying an Autonomous Formation Flight mission, two F/A-18s from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, gain altitude near Rogers Dry Lake. EC01-0267-4

Flying an Autonomous Formation Flight mission, two F/A-18s from the NA...

Flying an Autonomous Formation Flight mission, two F/A-18s from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, gain altitude near Rogers Dry Lake.

This modified F/A-18A is the test aircraft for the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. EC01-0288-1

This modified F/A-18A is the test aircraft for the Active Aeroelastic ...

This modified F/A-18A is the test aircraft for the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

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