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X-1-3 Being Mated To EB-50A Superfortress

X-1-3 Being Mated To EB-50A Superfortress

(November 9, 1951) 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 November 9, 1951, both aircraft were destroyed by fire d... More

X-15 #2 just after launch

X-15 #2 just after launch

Description: The X-15 #2 (56-6671) launches away from the B-52 mothership with its rocket engine ignited. The white patches near the middle of the ship are frost from the liquid oxygen used in the propulsion sy... More

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

XB-32 model wing with 15% chord sealed gap aileron. Flaps extended to 40 degrees.  The first wind-tunnel report published by Ames Covered the XB-32 Test in the 7-by-10 No. ! and was authored by Roy P. Jackson and George L. Smith Jr. ARC-1969-AAL-1443

XB-32 model wing with 15% chord sealed gap aileron. Flaps extended to ...

XB-32 model wing with 15% chord sealed gap aileron. Flaps extended to 40 degrees. The first wind-tunnel report published by Ames Covered the XB-32 Test in the 7-by-10 No. ! and was authored by Roy P. Jackson a... More

Bell XP–59A Airacomet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

Bell XP–59A Airacomet in the Altitude Wind Tunnel

The secret test of the Bell YP–59A Airacomet in the spring of 1944 was the first investigation in the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory’s new Altitude Wind T... More

X-1-1 In Flight

X-1-1 In Flight

(1947) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-1 (#46-062) in flight. The shock wave pattern in the exhaust plume is visible. The X-1 series aircraft were air-launched from a modified Boeing B-29 or B-50 Superfortres... More

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.Modified Bell X-1 mode... More

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel

Bell X-1 Research Model on Single Support Strut in 7 x 10 Foot Wind Tu...

Modified Bell X-1 model pioneered variable-sweep studies in 1947. Photograph published in Sixty Years of Aeronautical Research 1917-1977 By David A. Anderton. A NASA publication, page 52.

X-1 On Display, NASA history collection

X-1 On Display, NASA history collection

Description (1948) A Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1 series aircraft on display at an Open House at NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit or High-Speed Flight Research Station hangar on South Base of Edwards Air Force Base... 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, ...

A 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... More

X-1-2 on Ramp with Boeing B-29

X-1-2 on Ramp with Boeing B-29

(1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 sitting on the ramp at NACA High- Speed Flight Research Station with the Boeing B-29 launch ship behind. The B-29 was fondly referred to as "Fertile Myrtle." The paint... More

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

Description (1949) In this 1949 photograph a D-558-2 is being towed across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft is still equipped with a jet engine, used for ground takeoffs. On the tail o... More

X-1-2 with Pilots Robert Champine Herb Hoover

X-1-2 with Pilots Robert Champine Herb Hoover

(September 1, 1949) The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. The X-1-2 was also equipped... More

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

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 NASA Identifier: 370420main_E-997

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

E-1433In 1954 this photo of two swept wing airplanes was taken on the ramp of NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station. The Douglas D-558-ll is a research aircraft while the Boeing B-47A Stratojet is a productio... More

X-3, NASA history collection

X-3, NASA history collection

E-17348 This in-flight NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph of the X-3 Stiletto illustrates the aircraft's long slender fuselage and the small wings. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet-powered researc... More

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

E-1914Early NACA research aircraft on the lakebed at the High Speed Research Station in 1955: Left to right: X-1E, D-558-II, X-1B August 12,1955 NASA Photo / NACA/NASA1950s Fleet Description NASA Identifier: 37... More

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

E-1152These people and this equipment supported the flight of the NACA D-558-2 Skyrocket at the High-Speed Flight Station at South Base, Edwards AFB. Note the two Sabre chase planes, the P2B-1S launch aircraft,... More

D-558-2 in flight with F-86 chase

D-558-2 in flight with F-86 chase

Description (1950) This 1950s photograph shows the Douglas D-558-2 and the North American F-86 Sabre chase aircraft in-flight. Both aircraft display early examples of sweptwing airfoils. The Douglas D-558-2 "Sk... More

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

In this 1949 photograph a D-558-2 is being towed across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft is still equipped with a jet engine, used for ground takeoffs. On the tail of the Skyrocket is ... More

D-558-2 launch from B-29 mothership

D-558-2 launch from B-29 mothership

The D-558-2 is launched from the Navy P2B-1S in this 1950s photograph. The early Douglas and NACA flights of the D-558-2s used only the airplane's jet engine and took off from the runway. This limited the aircr... More

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

D-558-2 being towed on lakebed

In this 1949 photograph a D-558-2 is being towed across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft is still equipped with a jet engine, used for ground takeoffs. On the tail of the Skyrocket is ... More

NACA Aircraft in hangar 1953 - clockwise from front center: YF-84A, D-558-1, D-558-2, B-47, X-1 ship

NACA Aircraft in hangar 1953 - clockwise from front center: YF-84A, D-...

In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A (NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490) used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1954. Beside it is t... More

NASA Research Aircraft - D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, X-4

NASA Research Aircraft - D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, X-4

NACA High Speed Flight Station at Edwards AFB South Base. Aircraft are (left to right): D-558-2, D-558-1, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, and X-4. This is an early 1950s color photo of NACA research aircraft in front of the ... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

E-960 In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A (NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490) used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1954. Beside i... More

NACA Aircraft in hangar 1953 - clockwise from front center: YF-84A, D-558-1, D-558-2, B-47, X-1 ship

NACA Aircraft in hangar 1953 - clockwise from front center: YF-84A, D-...

In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A (NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490) used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1954. Beside it is t... More

D-558-2 in flight with F-86 chase

D-558-2 in flight with F-86 chase

This 1950s photograph shows the Douglas D-558-2 and the North American F-86 Sabre chase aircraft in-flight. Both aircraft display early examples of sweptwing airfoils. The Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrockets" were amon... More

X-3 on Ramp, NASA history collection

X-3 on Ramp, NASA history collection

In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph the X-3 Stiletto is viewed from above and looking at the left side. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered ... More

X-2 with Collapsed Nose Wheel

X-2 with Collapsed Nose Wheel

(1952) This photograph shows the X-2 #2 with a collapsed nose landing gear after landing on the first glide flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft pitched at landing, slid along its main skid and contac... More

B-52 with X-15

B-52 with X-15

NARA RG342-B..17 July 62, White's record flight

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

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 ... More

X-3 Being Towed to Lakebed on Ramp

X-3 Being Towed to Lakebed on Ramp

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 ai... More

X-3 on Ramp from Above

X-3 on Ramp from Above

This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows an aft, look-down view of the X-3 Stiletto on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, in 1955. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircr... More

NACA Aircraft on Ramp: X-Planes

NACA Aircraft on Ramp: X-Planes

Description (1952) NACA High Speed Flight Station aircraft at South Base. Clockwise from far left: D-558-II, XF-92A, X-5, X-1, X-4, and D-558-I...Image # E-842

X-3 Being Towed to Lakebed on Ramp

X-3 Being Towed to Lakebed on Ramp

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 ai... More

X-3 on Ramp from Above

X-3 on Ramp from Above

This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows an aft, look-down view of the X-3 Stiletto on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, in 1955. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircr... More

X-3 on Ramp, NASA history collection

X-3 on Ramp, NASA history collection

In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph the X-3 Stiletto is viewed from above and looking at the left side. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered ... More

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side

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 slen... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

ET61-0145NASA Research Aircraft - D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, X-430 March 1952 NASA Photo / NASA 1950s Fleet Description NASA Identifier: 370444main_ET61-0145

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Front

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Front

This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows a front-view of the X-3 Stiletto research aircraft. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered nose, manufac... More

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side

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 slen... More

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

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 aircraf... More

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

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 aircraf... More

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

X-3 on Lakebed, NASA history collection

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 ... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

E-998X-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 NASA Identifier: 370432main_E-998

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

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 t... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

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... 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, ...

A 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... 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

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

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 ... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

E-1239A group picture of Douglas Airplanes, taken for a photographic promotion in 1954, at what is now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The photo includes the X-... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-1239 A group picture of Douglas Airplanes, taken for a photographic promotion in 1954, at what is now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The photo includes the X... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-1996 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph the X-3 Stiletto is viewed from above and looking at the left side. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long t... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E55-01994 This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows an aft, look-down view of the X-3 Stiletto on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, in 1955. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

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... More

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side

Description (April 1, 1954) 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-pl... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

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 t... More

NASA Research Aircraft - D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, X-4

NASA Research Aircraft - D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, X-4

NACA High Speed Flight Station at Edwards AFB South Base. Aircraft are (left to right): D-558-2, D-558-1, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, and X-4. This is an early 1950s color photo of NACA research aircraft in front of the ... More

Stan Butchart climbing into B-47. E54-1317

Stan Butchart climbing into B-47. E54-1317

Stan Butchart climbing into B-47.

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

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

Description (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 ... More

X-2 After Drop from B-50 Mothership

X-2 After Drop from B-50 Mothership

(1955) 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 August 5 1954. He made the firs... 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

X-5

X-5

Description 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, a multiple exposure, illustrates the X-5's variably swept wi... More

X-3 Being Towed to Lakebed on Ramp

X-3 Being Towed to Lakebed on Ramp

Description (1956) 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 ... More

X-3 on Lakebed NASA history collection

X-3 on Lakebed NASA history collection

Description (1956) 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 ... More

X-1E On Rogers Dry Lake With Collapsed Nose Gear

X-1E On Rogers Dry Lake With Collapsed Nose Gear

(June 18, 1956) This photo was taken June 18, 1956 on Rogers Dry Lake bed after Flight 7 of the Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1E with NACA High-Speed Flight Station test pilot Joseph Joe Walker at the controls. T... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

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 ... More

Vought XF-8U Crusader NASA history collection

Vought XF-8U Crusader NASA history collection

A technician prepares dynamic models of the Bell X-1E and the Vought XF-8U Crusader for wind tunnel testing in 1957. The Crusader was then the Navy's fastest aircraft (maximum speed Mach 1.75 at 35,000 feet). .... More

Bell X-1E and Vought XF-8U Dynamic Models in 1957

Bell X-1E and Vought XF-8U Dynamic Models in 1957

L57-660 A technician prepares dynamic models of the Bell X-1E and the Vought XF-8U Crusader for wind tunnel testing in 1957. The Crusader was then the Navy's fastest aircraft- maximum speed Mach 1.75 at 35,000 ... More

Overhead view of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane

Overhead view of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane

Overhead view of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane. First tilt rotor tested in the 40 x 80 wind tunnel. Transition aerodynamics studied; shown in hover mode. Don Richey

North American X-15 Model

North American X-15 Model

A one-twentieth scale model of the X-15, originally suspended beneath the wing of a B-52, is observed by a scientist as it leaves the bomber model in tests to determine the release characteristics and drop moti... More

"Little Joe" NASA history collection

"Little Joe" NASA history collection

Description: (1958) A photo of the X-1E with pilot Joe Walker suited up at the NASA High-Speed Flight Station, Edwards, California. The dice and "Little Joe" are prominently displayed under the cockpit area. (L... More

Joe Walker in pressure suit with X-1E

Joe Walker in pressure suit with X-1E

Description: Joe Walker in a pressure suit beside the X-1E at the NASA High-Speed Flight Station, Edwards, California. The dice and "Little Joe" are prominently displayed under the cockpit area. (Little Joe is ... More

X-15 Studies at Langley, 1958

X-15 Studies at Langley, 1958

(January 18, 1958) Attitude control simulator for X-15 studies at Langley, 1958. ..Image # : L-1958-00114

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

X-15 landing on lakebed

X-15 landing on lakebed

The North American X-15 settles to the lakebed after a research flight from what is now the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 ft long with a wing... More

X-15 2 on lakebed after engine failure forced pilot Jack McKay to make an emergency landing at Mud

X-15 2 on lakebed after engine failure forced pilot Jack McKay to make...

On 9 November 1962, an engine failure forced Jack McKay, a NASA research pilot, to make an emergency landing at Mud Lake, Nevada, in the second X-15 (56-6671); its landing gear collapsed and the X-15 flipped ov... More

Pilot Neil Armstrong and X-15 1

Pilot Neil Armstrong and X-15 1

(November 30, 1959) Dryden pilot Neil Armstrong is seen here next to the X-15 ship 1 (56-6670) after a research flight. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 feet long with a wingspan of 22 feet. It was a m... More

X-15 2 on lakebed after a hard landing by pilot Scott Crossfield

X-15 2 on lakebed after a hard landing by pilot Scott Crossfield

A series of ground and in-flight accidents occurred during the X-15's contractor program, fortunately without injuries or even greatly delaying the program. On 5 November 1959 a small engine fire -- always extr... More

X-15 2 on lakebed after a hard landing by pilot Scott Crossfield

X-15 2 on lakebed after a hard landing by pilot Scott Crossfield

A series of ground and in-flight accidents occurred during the X-15's contractor program, fortunately without injuries or even greatly delaying the program. On 5 November 1959 a small engine fire -- always extr... More

X-15 ship 3 on lakebed

X-15 ship 3 on lakebed

The X-15-3 (56-6672), seen here on the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 ft long with a wingspan of 22 ft. It was a missile-shaped vehicle with an unusual ... More

X-15 landing on lakebed

X-15 landing on lakebed

The North American X-15 settles to the lakebed after a research flight from what is now the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 ft long with a wing... More

XV-3 HOVERING ON RAMP.  Flight Test of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane.  Bell VTOL tilt-rotor aircraft hovering in front of building N-211 at Moffett Field. The XV-3 design combined a helicopter rotor and a wing. A 450 horsepower Pratt & Whitney piston engine drove the two rotors. The XV-3, first flown in 1955 , was the first tilt-rotor to achieve 100% tilting of rotors. The vehicle was underpowered, however, and could not hover out of ground effect. Note the large ventral fin, which was added to imrpove directional stability in cruse (Oct 1962) ARC-1959-AC-25685

XV-3 HOVERING ON RAMP. Flight Test of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane. Bell ...

XV-3 HOVERING ON RAMP. Flight Test of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane. Bell VTOL tilt-rotor aircraft hovering in front of building N-211 at Moffett Field. The XV-3 design combined a helicopter rotor and a wing. A 450... More

XV-3 HOVERING ON RAMP.  Flight Test of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane.  Bell VTOL tilt-rotor aircraft hovering along side Hangar One at Moffett Field. The XV-3 design combined a helicopter rotor and a wing. A 450 horsepower Pratt & Whitney piston engine drove the two rotors. The XV-3, first flown in 1955 , was the first tilt-rotor to achieve 100% tilting of rotors. The vehicle was underpowered, however, and could not hover out of ground effect. Note the large ventral fin, which was added to imrpove directional stability in cruse (Oct 1962) ARC-1959-A-25685-14

XV-3 HOVERING ON RAMP. Flight Test of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane. Bell ...

XV-3 HOVERING ON RAMP. Flight Test of Bell XV-3 Convertiplane. Bell VTOL tilt-rotor aircraft hovering along side Hangar One at Moffett Field. The XV-3 design combined a helicopter rotor and a wing. A 450 hors... More

X-15 ship 1 on lakebed from back

X-15 ship 1 on lakebed from back

The X-15 (56-6670), seen here on the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, was still equipped with two XLR-11 engines pending installation of the XLR-99 engine, which first flew on November 15... More

X-15 ship 1 on lakebed

X-15 ship 1 on lakebed

The X-15 aircraft, ship #1 (56-6670), sits on the lakebed early in its illustrious career of high speed flight research. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 ft long with a wingspan of 22 ft. It was a miss... More

XB-70A landing with drag chutes deployed

XB-70A landing with drag chutes deployed

(1960's) This photo shows the XB-70A #1 rolling out after landing, employing drag chutes to slow down. In the photo, the outer wing panels are slightly raised. When the XB-70 was flying at high speed, the panel... More

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