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The NACA Test Force NASA history collection

The NACA Test Force NASA history collection

The fleet of NACA test aircraft are assembled in front of the hangar at the High Speed Flight Station, (later renamed the Dryden Flight Research Center) in Edwards, California. The white aircraft in the foregro... More

X-1E Loaded in B-29 Mothership on Ramp

X-1E Loaded in B-29 Mothership on Ramp

(1955) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1E airplane being loaded under the mothership, Boeing B-29. The X-planes had originally been lowered into a loading pit and the launch aircraft towed over the pit, where t... More

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

Pilot Milt Thompson and the M2-F2 Lifting Body

Pilot Milt Thompson and the M2-F2 Lifting Body

(February 1, 1966) Jay L. King, Joseph D. Huxman and Orion D. Billeter assist NASA research pilot Milt Thompson (on the ladder) into the cockpit of the M2-F2 lifting body research aircraft at the NASA Flight Re... More

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

Retired NASA Dryden research pilot Ed Schneider served as master of ceremonies at the retirement ceremony for NASA's B-52B, on Dec. 17, 2004. ED04-0362-01

Retired NASA Dryden research pilot Ed Schneider served as master of ce...

Retired NASA Dryden research pilot Ed Schneider served as master of ceremonies at the retirement ceremony for NASA's B-52B, on Dec. 17, 2004.

DFRC director Kevin Petersen speaks to an audience of NASA and Air Force visitors, employees and special guests at the retirement ceremony for NASA's B-52B. ED04-0362-07

DFRC director Kevin Petersen speaks to an audience of NASA and Air For...

DFRC director Kevin Petersen speaks to an audience of NASA and Air Force visitors, employees and special guests at the retirement ceremony for NASA's B-52B.

NASA's venerable B-52B mothership launch aircraft served as the backdrop at its retirement ceremony on Dec. 17, 2004. ED04-0362-02

NASA's venerable B-52B mothership launch aircraft served as the backdr...

NASA's venerable B-52B mothership launch aircraft served as the backdrop at its retirement ceremony on Dec. 17, 2004.

Dryden Center director Kevin Petersen shakes hands with AFFTC commander, Brig. Gen. Curtis Bedke, at the retirement ceremony for NASA's B-52B. ED04-0362-08

Dryden Center director Kevin Petersen shakes hands with AFFTC commande...

Dryden Center director Kevin Petersen shakes hands with AFFTC commander, Brig. Gen. Curtis Bedke, at the retirement ceremony for NASA's B-52B.

A small boat being towed by a suspected pirate mothership

A small boat being towed by a suspected pirate mothership

A small boat being towed by a suspected pirate mothership is destroyed by weapons fire from the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen after Momsen disrupted an attack on a commercial oil tanker in the Arabian Sea... More