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Wingless Flight

Author : R. Dale Reed
ISBN : UIUC:30112040264241
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"Wingless flight" tells the dramatic story of the most unusual flying machines ever flown. Eight different lifting body configurations were flown at the NASA Flight Reserach Center (FRC) at Edwards, California over a 12 year period from 1963 to 1975. These wingless wonders were all considered flying prototypes or models of future spacecraft that could land like an airplane after the searing heat of reentry from space. Precursors of today's Shuttle, the X-33, and the X-38, the lifting bodies provided technical and operational engineering data that shaped all three space vehicles. The eight different configurations varied considerably from the bulbous, unpowered, lightweight plywood M2-F1 to the very sleek, rocket-powered, all-metal supersonic X-24B. Some of these configurations, such as the M2-F2, pushed the limits of both design engineers and test pilots capabilities and were dangerous to fly. Control of the M2-F2 was eventually lost by the test pilot. Movie footage of the resulting crash was later used for the lead-in to each episode of the popular TV series., "The six million dollar man". This book is written as a continuing story which puts the reader behind the eyes and ears of a young creative NASA engineer, R. Dale Reed, as he goes day to day working with technicians, engineers, pilots, managers, and politicians in an exciting environment of flight research at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where FRC is a tenant. This book is as much about the "Real Stuff" (people who create and service the flying machines) as it is about Tom Wolfe's "Right Stuff" (the pilots who fly the machines).

Wingless Flight

Author : R. Dale Reed
ISBN : 9780813161600
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Most lifting bodies, or "flying bathtubs" as they were called, were so ugly only an engineer could love them, and yet, what an elegant way to keep wings from burning off in supersonic flight between earth and orbit. Working in their spare time (because they couldn't initially get official permission), Dale Reed and his team of engineers demonstrated the potential of the design that led to the Space Shuttle. Wingless Flight takes us behind the scenes with just the right blend of technical information and fascinating detail (the crash of M2-F2 found new life as the opening credit for TV's "The Six Million Dollar Man"). The flying bathtub, itself, is finding new life as the proposed escape-pod for the Space Station.

Expanding The Envelope

Author : Michael H. Gorn
ISBN : 9780813158945
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Expanding the Envelope is the first book to explore the full panorama of flight research history, from the earliest attempts by such nineteenth century practitioners as England's Sir George Cayley, who tested his kites and gliders by subjecting them to experimental flight, to the cutting-edge aeronautical research conducted by the NACA and NASA. Michael H. Gorn explores the vital human aspect of the history of flight research, including such well-known figures as James H. Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, and A. Scott Crossfield, as well as the less heralded engineers, pilots, and scientists who also had the "Right Stuff." While the individuals in the cockpit often receive the lion's share of the public's attention, Expanding the Envelope shows flight research to be a collaborative engineering activity, one in which the pilot participates as just one of many team members. Here is more than a century of flight research, from well before the creation of NACA to its rapid transformation under NASA. Gorn gives a behind the scenes look at the development of groundbreaking vehicles such as the X-1, the D-558, and the X-15, which demonstrated manned flight at speeds up to Mach 6.7 and as high as the edge of space.

Wingless Flight

Author : R. Dale Reed
ISBN : UIUC:30112040264241
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"Wingless flight" tells the dramatic story of the most unusual flying machines ever flown. Eight different lifting body configurations were flown at the NASA Flight Reserach Center (FRC) at Edwards, California over a 12 year period from 1963 to 1975. These wingless wonders were all considered flying prototypes or models of future spacecraft that could land like an airplane after the searing heat of reentry from space. Precursors of today's Shuttle, the X-33, and the X-38, the lifting bodies provided technical and operational engineering data that shaped all three space vehicles. The eight different configurations varied considerably from the bulbous, unpowered, lightweight plywood M2-F1 to the very sleek, rocket-powered, all-metal supersonic X-24B. Some of these configurations, such as the M2-F2, pushed the limits of both design engineers and test pilots capabilities and were dangerous to fly. Control of the M2-F2 was eventually lost by the test pilot. Movie footage of the resulting crash was later used for the lead-in to each episode of the popular TV series., "The six million dollar man". This book is written as a continuing story which puts the reader behind the eyes and ears of a young creative NASA engineer, R. Dale Reed, as he goes day to day working with technicians, engineers, pilots, managers, and politicians in an exciting environment of flight research at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where FRC is a tenant. This book is as much about the "Real Stuff" (people who create and service the flying machines) as it is about Tom Wolfe's "Right Stuff" (the pilots who fly the machines).

Developing And Flight Testing The Hl 10 Lifting Body

Author : World Spaceflight News
ISBN : 1549665073
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This NASA history document tells the exciting story of the HL-10 NASA lifting body. From the foreword: The story we want to tell is a bit unique. The story of the development and flight testing of a unique aerospace vehicle--the horizontal lander HL-10--is from our perspective as primary members of the flight test team at the NASA Flight Research Center (now NASA Dryden Flight Research Center). Mr. Kempel was with the program eight months before the first flight and continued through the final (37th) flight. Mr. Painter's association with the HL-10 began approximately three years before the first flight and continued through the final flight. Mr. Thompson flew the first lightweight and heavyweight M2 vehicles. The first heavyweight lifting-body flight, the M2-F2, took place on July 12, 1966, with Mr. Thompson at the controls. Others may be more qualified to relate the story of the birth of the HL-10; however, we have included a section that presents some insight that may not exist elsewhere. This section was compiled using some unpublished notes of Robert W. Rainey and Charles L. Ladson of NASA Langley Research Center. History written by those who did not participate in the events themselves may be inclined to be muted, and this may be the case with this section. Many unnamed pilots, engineers, technicians, mechanics, and support personnel made this program work. The successes of the HL-10 were the result of efforts of the entire team, real people. People made it work. The impressions of the flight operations are ours and we got some help from others who lived it too. We hope, after reading it, that you will also think it is a story worth telling.The origins of the lifting-body idea are traced back to the mid-1950s, when the concept of a manned satellite reentering the Earth's atmosphere in the form of a wingless lifting body was first proposed. Interesting and unusual events in the flight testing are presented with a review of significant problems encountered in the first flight and how they were solved. Impressions by the pilots who flew the HL-10 are included. The HL-10 completed a successful 37-flight program, achieved the highest Mach number and altitude of this class vehicle, and contributed to the technology base used to develop the space shuttle and future generations of lifting bodies.INTRODUCTION * Lifting-Body Concept * Brief Area Description and Some History * GETTING STARTED * CONFIGURING THE HL-10 * Concept and Early Configuration * Final Configuration * FLIGHT VEHICLE DESCRIPTION * FLIGHT VEHICLE MISSION * FLIGHT TEST PREPARATION * M2-F2 Team * HL-10 Team * FLIGHT TESTING * The Maiden Flight * Postflight Analysis * The Second Flight * Simulation of the HL-10 * The First Lifting-Body Powered Flight * The First Supersonic Lifting-Body Flight * The Fastest and the Highest * Flight-Determined Lift and Drag * The Best Flying of the Lifting Bodies * Piloting the HL-10 * Vehicle Dynamics, Control, and Turbulence Response * Training for and Flying Chase for Lifting-Body Missions * The Final Flights * Pilots Participating in the Program * THE FUTURE AND LEGACY OF LIFTING BODIES * SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND LESSONS LEARNED * CONCLUDING REMARKS * REFERENCES * APPENDIX A * Glossary * APPENDIX B * The HL-10 Lifting-Body Team

The Smell Of Kerosene Pilot S Day At The Office

Author : National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ISBN : 9788026877899
Genre : Transportation
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This book puts the reader in the pilot's seat for a "day at the office" unlike any other. The Smell of Kerosene tells the dramatic story of a NASA research pilot who logged over 11,000 flight hours in more than 125 types of aircraft. Donald Mallick gives the reader fascinating first-hand description of his early naval flight training, carrier operations, and his research flying career with NASA. After transferring to the NASA Flight Research Center, Mallick became involved with projects that further pushed the boundaries of aerospace technology. These included the giant delta-winged XB-70 supersonic airplane, the wingless M2-F1 lifting body vehicle, and triple-sonic YF-12 Blackbird. Mallick also test flew the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle and helped develop techniques used in training astronauts to land on the Moon.

The Smell Of Kerosene

Author : Donald L. Mallick
ISBN : 1481990179
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The author gives the reader fascinating firsthand descriptions of his early naval flight training, carrier operations, and his research flying carrer with NASA and its predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

The World Of Wonders A Record Of Things Wonderful In Nature Science And Art Correspondence

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The World Of Wonders A Record Of Things Wonderful In Nature Science And Art Publ In Pts With Correspondence Publ In 11 Suppls Wanting The Wrappers

Author : World
ISBN : OXFORD:591072284
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Recreation

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924094285008
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