[ Read the Article: Pioneering Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies At Age 83 ]
One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers, former NASA research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana, has passed away. Dana died on May 6, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Dana’s long and illustrious career at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, formerly the Dryden Flight Research Center, spanned more than 48 years, during which Dana logged more than 8,000 hours in over 60 different aircraft ranging from helicopters and sailplanes to the hypersonic X-15. Several of the unique research aircraft he flew are displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.