In a period of a little more than sixty years since the first flight of the Wright Brothers, the X-15 extended man's exploration of three-dimensional space above the surface of the Earth and beyond the atmosphere. It also set an altitude record of 354, piloting techniques for reentry, human factors, reaction controls for flight above the atmosphere, control and stability at hypersonic speeds, and provided an enormous wealth of data on hypersonic air flow, 1963, aerodynamic heating, 200 feet 67 miles on August 22, and flight instrumentation.
X-15: Reaching for Space The X-Plane Series Book 1 #ad - The highly successful program contributed to the development of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo piloted spaceflight programs as well as the Space Shuttle program. This book brings together a variety of sources to cover all aspects of the X-15 program including the people and the technical achievements. In the early years of our nation's space program, which has been based to a large extent on the unmanned-missile technology that had been developed over the five years prior to Project Mercury, the X-15 has kept in proper perspective the role of the pilot in future manned space programs.
. The x-15 set speed and altitude records in the early 1960s, reaching the edge of outer space and returning with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design. This joint program by nasa, the air Force, the Navy, and North American operated the most remarkable of all the rocket research aircraft.
NASA Research Pilot Stories, XB-70 Tragic Collision, M2-F1 Lifting Body, YF-12 Blackbird, Apollo LLRV Lunar Landing Research Vehicle NASA SP-4108 - The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's OdysseyProgressive Management #ad - Donald mallick gives the reader fascinating firsthand descriptions of his early naval flight training, and his research flying career with NASA and its predecessor agency, carrier operations, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics NACA. Mallick joined the naca as a research pilot at the langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory at Hampton, where he flew modified helicopters and jets, Virginia, and witnessed the NACA's evolution into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
After transferring to the nasa flight research center now NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California, he became involved with projects that further pushed the boundaries of aerospace technology. Even knowing the complexity and risk involved in Shuttle operations, I was shocked by the news.
The shuttle commander, dick scobee, had been an Air Force test pilot at Edwards and flown a number of research missions at NASA Dryden. I grieved for all the crew, but especially Dick, who I knew best. Challenger had been launched against the recommendations of knowledgeable technical personnel who insisted that low temperatures that day increased the chance of hot gas leakage around the seals of the solid rocket boosters.
NASA Research Pilot Stories, XB-70 Tragic Collision, M2-F1 Lifting Body, YF-12 Blackbird, Apollo LLRV Lunar Landing Research Vehicle NASA SP-4108 - The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey #ad - Mallick also test flew the lunar Landing Research Vehicle LLRV and helped develop techniques used in training astronauts to land on the Moon. Excerpt: " i was onboard an airliner, on 28 january 1986, when I heard the news that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded 73 seconds after launch that morning.
After the challenger accident report was released, the public's pride in and respect for NASA diminished.
Always Another Dawn: The Story of a Rocket Test PilotPontoon Books #ad - Clay Blair Jr. Always another dawn provides brilliant insight into the development of this plane, and Crossfield’s impact upon it, which would eventually travel at six times the speed of sound. Scott crossfield was a pioneer and a legend in the world of test flight and space flight, " said Mike Coats, Johnson Space Center Director.
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of aviation after the Second World War as well as the how men like Crossfield risked their lives the early years of the space race in order to further our attempts to reach the stars. Albert scott crossfield was an American naval officer and test pilot.
Always Another Dawn: The Story of a Rocket Test Pilot #ad - . He was instrumental in the development aeronautics and space flight through the 1950s. He co-authored always another Dawn, a story of a rocket test pilot, with Clay Blair Jr. Which was published in 1960 A remarkable record” the sunday timeswhat is it like to fly twice the speed of sound?What does it feel like to be hurtling towards the earth from fifteen miles above the ground?Albert Scott Crossfield’s extraordinary autobiography of his time as a test pilot highlights the fascinating developments that were being made in aviation just after the Second World War.
After a period as a fighter pilot in world war Two and then some time at university studying aeronautical engineering Crossfield joined NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. He quickly showed his talents as a research pilot and before long was training in a variety of aircraft, including the X-1, X-4, X-5, XF-92, D-558-I and D-558-II.
Yet, when he was towed to a height of 72, 000 feet by a boeing p2b superfortress before diving 62, 000 feet and reaching a speed of 1, 1953, Crossfield’s greatest flight came on November 20, 320 miles per hour.
ARCHANGEL: CIA's SUPERSONIC A-12 RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFTGovernment Printing Office #ad - Information was compiled from the cia history staff, the directorate of Intelligence, the Center for the Study of Intelligence, the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation and A-12 program veterans known as the Roadrunners. This is an interesting history of the CIA's Archangel project.
ARCHANGEL: CIA's SUPERSONIC A-12 RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT #ad - Illustrated with color and black and white photos, maps and charts, it tells a grand tale of this secretive part of the cold war. Written by cia chief historian david Robarge, it details the development of the A-12 reconnaissance aircraft, and its use as an intelligence collector. Archangel was to design a replacement spyplane for the U-2 after it became apparent the USSR had tracked the U-2 from its very first mission.
The Projects of Skunk WorksZenith Press #ad - In addition, commissioned color artworks help further illustrate many of these projects featured herein. Pace includes official skunk Works photography of the projects taken both at its headquarters and at test facilities such as Area 51. The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA - all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks.
Hatched in june 1943 after a special request of the us army Air Forces to develop a turbojet-powered fighter to counter growing German threats, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has gone on to develop remarkable aeronautical and space technologies, including stealth. Some have made it into production, while others never quite made it off drafting boards and computer screens, but proved fascinating nonetheless.
This generously illustrated history tackles skunk works programs ranging from jet fighters and jet engines to missiles and rockets, research aircraft, airships, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and recon drones, and even the seagoing stealth ship Sea Shadow - more than 50 in all. Author steve pace examines the historical context which led government organizations to approach the Skunk Works, as well as the technologies and projects developed there often on a handshake and unburdened by bureaucracies, and the anecdotes and legends associated with each program.
The Projects of Skunk Works #ad - In addition to profiling legendary aircraft like the f-80, f-104, f-117, sr-71, and f-35, u-2, f-94, pace takes on more obscure projects from the past as well as those still to come, such as the hypersonic SR-72 and High Speed Strike Weapon, and even offers a peak into what the future might hold with the proposed TR-X.
Valkyrie: The North American XB-70: The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy BomberPen and Sword Aviation #ad - The concept was born as a result of general curtis lemay’s desire for a heavy bomber with the weapon load and range of the subsonic B-52 and a top speed in excess of the supersonic medium bomber, the B-58 Hustler. If lemay’s plans came to fruition there would be 250 Valkyries in the air; it would be the pinnacle of his quest for the ultimate strategic bomber operated by America’s Strategic Air Command.
It is full of unpublished details, photographs and firsthand accounts from those closely associated with the project. However, in april 1961, defense secretary mcnamara stopped the production go-ahead for the B-70 because of rapid cost escalation and the USSR’s newfound ability to destroy aircraft at extremely high altitude using either missiles or the new Mig-25 fighter.
During the 1950s, at the time elvis presley was rocking the world with Hound Dog and the USA was aiming to become the world’s only superpower, plans were being drawn at North American Aviation in Southern California for an incredible Mach-3 strategic bomber. Although never put into full production, this giant six-engined aircraft became famous for its breakthrough technology, and the spectacular images captured on a fatal air-to-air photo shoot when an observing Starfighter collided with Valkyrie A/V-2 which crashed into the Mojave Desert.
Valkyrie: The North American XB-70: The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber #ad - The loss of the $750 million aircraft and two lives stopped future development, although there were several attempts to redesign it as an airliner to compete against the European Concorde. The design was a leap into the future that pushed the envelope in terms of exotic materials, avionics and power plants.
In september 1964 the first valkyrie, now re-coded A/V-1 took to the air for the first time and in October went supersonic. This book is the most detailed description of the design, engineering and research that went into this astounding aircraft.
NASA Apollo Series: Stages to Saturn, A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch VehiclesCia Publishing #ad - Whenever that next challenge comes, we have in the Apollo-Saturn program the basic blueprint for achieving success. It is a story of prior work: of nuts, bolts, and pyrotechnics-and that is the story told in these pages. 535 pages. Saturn was an engineering masterpiece. The narrative approach was largely predicated on questions that might well be asked by future generations: How were the Saturns made? How did they work? The bulk of the text is devoted to the theme of technological development.
Unimaginable; yet in 10 short years the builders of Saturn progressed from the small, single-engine rockets like Redstone to the giant vehicle with clustered engines that put man on the moon. Our earth-to-orbit weight-lifting capability grew in that decade by 10 thousand times. Over 150 photos and illustrations.
NASA Apollo Series: Stages to Saturn, A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles #ad - It not only will point the way but will also give the confidence needed to undertake new and dramatic challenges. Among the other lessons learned from the development of Saturn is the evidence of how much a free society can do and how far a dedicated people can go when they are properly challenged, motivated, led, and supported.
Contents hyperlinked for easy navigation. It was as if the wright brothers had gone from building their original Wright Flyer in 1903 to developing a supersonic Concorde in 1913. This is our legacy from Saturn. This book is a technological history.
The Complete Book of the SR-71 BlackbirdZenith Press #ad - It was withdrawn from use in 1998, when it was superseded by satellite technology. The lockheed sr-71 blackbird spy plane flew more than three-and-a-half times the speed of sound--so fast that no other aircraft could catch it. Twelve of the thirty-two aircraft were destroyed in accidents, but none were ever lost to enemy action.
Throughout its thirty-four-year career, the SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. Above 80, 000 feet, its pilots had to wear full-pressure flight suits similar to what was used aboard the space shuttle. Developed by the renowned Lockheed Skunk Works, the SR-71 was an awesome aircraft in every respect.
The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird #ad - The ultimate sr-71 book which profiles the history, development, modification, manufacture, and active service of all 50 models in the SR-71 program. At the height of the cold war in 1964, President Johnson announced a new aircraft dedicated to strategic reconnaissance. It set world records for altitude and speed: an absolute altitude record of 85, 069 feet and an absolute speed record of 2, 193.
2 miles per hour. The complete book of the sr-71 blackbird covers every aspect of the SR-71's development, manufacture, modification, and active service from the insider's perspective of one of its pilots and is lavishly illustrated with more than 400 photos. Former pilot and author richard graham also examines each of the fifty planes that came out the SR-71 program fifteen A-12s; three YF-12s; and thirty-two SR-71s and tells each plane's history, its unique specifications, and where each currently resides.
B-58A Remembrances#ad - Recollections and true tales from a former B-58 crewman. Varied stories of what it was like to be a proud member of a flight crew aboard that amazing Mach 2 strategic bomber back in the 1960's.
B-52 Remembrances#ad - They are basically true essences of how it was back in the late 1950's in the Cold War days. Recollections of my days as a Strategic Air Command B-52 crewman.
The Navy's Air War Annotated: A Mission CompletedThe War Vault #ad - The navy's air war is the definitive account of the critical role the US Navy's aircraft played in World War 2. Interwoven within these aerial combat narratives is background information on technological innovations, production methods, training programs, and the important players involved. This new edition of the navy's Air War: A Mission Completed includes annotations and photographs from World War 2.
The Navy's Air War Annotated: A Mission Completed #ad - Annotations. Images. Author and historian albert buchanan recreates the engagements of the Pacific and Atlantic combat theaters with near clinical detail, from the Pearl Harbor Attack to the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.