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Looking Back At X-29A Aircraft In 'Sweeping Forward'
2014-02-14 13:56:40

Jim Banke - Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA It looked like someone had installed the wings on backwards, and it was so unstable in flight that no pilot could fly it without the help of a computer, but the X-29A was a marvel in its day and provided research information useful for many aircraft designs still to come. A pair of the Grumman-built X-29A experimental aircraft flew 436 times between December 1984 and August 1992, with all but 14 of those trips into the air...


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2010-11-17 16:29:14

Michael Adams was an American aviator, engineer and USAF astronaut. He was born Michael James Adams on May 5, 1930 in Sacramento, California. He graduated from Sacramento Junior College, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950. Two years later he earned his pilot wings and commission at Webb Air Force Base in Texas. He served as a fighter-bomber pilot during the Korean War, as well as with the 813th Fighter-Bomber Squadron at England Air Force Base in Louisiana and rotational duty at...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'