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HiMAT subscale research aircraft
2014-06-13 03:00:08

[ Watch The Video: Structural Loads Tests Conducted For ACTE Flight Research On NASA G-III ] Alan Brown, Public Affairs, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center From mid-1979 to January 1983, two remotely piloted, experimental Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) aircraft were flown at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center – now the Armstrong Flight Research Center -- at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to develop high-performance fighter technologies that would be applied to...

NASA Test Pilot Bill Dana Passes Away
2014-05-08 03:05:13

[ Watch the Video: Retired NASA Research Test Pilot Bill Dana Dies ] NASA Bill Dana was an aeronautical engineer, a test pilot. He was an astronaut. His career at the NASA High-Speed Flight Station (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) began on October 1, 1958; coincidentally the same day NASA came into being. He piloted some of the agency's most remarkable craft and was with us from the agency's infancy through the maturity of the Space Shuttle and the creation of the International...

dryden research center
2014-03-01 06:05:58

NASA Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. The agency's center of excellence for atmospheric flight research is being renamed in honor of the late Neil A. Armstrong, a former research test pilot at the center and the first man to step on the moon during the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The late Hugh L. Dryden,...

2014-02-28 16:21:14

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The agency's center of excellence for atmospheric flight research is being renamed in honor of the late Neil A. Armstrong, a former research test pilot at the center and...

NASA's Dryden Facility Being Renamed After First Man On The Moon
2014-01-17 13:18:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center is being renamed after the first man to walk on the moon. President Barack Obama has signed the congressional resolution known as HR 667, renaming Dryden to the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center. This resolution also means that Dryden's Western Aeronautical Test Range will be renamed as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range. “Both Hugh Dryden and Neil Armstrong are...

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2009-09-16 11:03:46

Fifty years ago in 1959, test pilot Scott Crossfield threw the switch to ignite the twin XLR-11 engines of his North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane and begin the storied test program's first powered flight. It was a real kick in the pants. "The drop from the B-52 carrier aircraft was pretty abrupt, and then when you lit that rocket a second or two later you definitely felt it," said Joe Engle, another X-15 test pilot and member of the same exclusive fraternity of flyboys that included...

2006-04-20 15:55:31

By Deborah Zabarenko) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scott Crossfield, a pioneer test pilot who was the first to fly at twice the speed of sound, died when his single-engine plane crashed in Georgia, the Civil Air Patrol reported on Thursday. Crossfield, 84, was flying from Alabama to Virginia when his plane disappeared from radar on Wednesday. The air patrol's Georgia Wing located the wreckage of the plane and confirmed the death on Thursday in a statement. NASA also noted the death on its...

2006-04-20 14:55:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scott Crossfield, a pioneer test pilot who was the first to fly at twice the speed of sound, died when his single-engine plane crashed in Georgia, the Civil Air Patrol reported on Thursday. Crossfield, 84, was flying from Alabama to Virginia when his plane disappeared from radar on Wednesday. The air patrol's Georgia Wing located the wreckage of the plane and confirmed the death on Thursday in a statement. NASA also noted the death on its Web site,...

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2004-12-15 17:30:00

NASA -- With a penchant for chasing tomorrow, NASA's B-52B "008" always carried the future of flight under its wing. First taking to the air in June of 1955, the venerable aircraft began its illustrious, nearly 50-year U.S. Air Force and NASA career as a bomb navigation system test airplane for the Air Force's B-52 fleet. Ironically, the bomb/nav system test bomber spent its career dropping flight research vehicles rather than bombs.In 1959 it became one of two mothership launch aircraft for...


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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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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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