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20:03, 23 August 2016 1952ChevroletStylelineDeluxe2DoorSedan-jun22b.jpg (file) 23 KB Lucasmsp File uploaded with MsUpload 1
14:39, 19 August 2016 Ampex-VR1000-VTR.jpg (file) 319 KB Administrator1   1
13:07, 9 August 2016 02wtiTechHistoryf2-1391189966452-1-.jpg (file) 99 KB Welden   1
13:00, 9 August 2016 115. Armstrong FRC.jpg (file) 3.83 MB Davidboslaugh The Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center in 2016. The original High Speed Flight Station is at center, and the buildings below it are extensions built over the years. Cover of the March 2014 Neil A. Armstrong FRC X-PRESS News Letter 1
12:56, 9 August 2016 114. Hi Hos.jpg (file) 1.02 MB Davidboslaugh Neil Armstrong, center, was the leader of the High Speed Flight Station’s “Hi Hos” singing group. This writer is second from left, singing tenor. From HSFS X-PRESS newsletter Dec 1956 1
10:47, 9 August 2016 113. Bill Dana.jpg (file) 688 KB Davidboslaugh Flight Research Center test pilot William H. Dana at far right made some of the F-107 test flights in support of this writer’s project, and also made the last flight of the X-15 program. He made two X-15 flights above 50 miles altitude, qualifying hi... 1
10:43, 9 August 2016 112. Michael Adams X-15 crash site.jpg (file) 65 KB Davidboslaugh The main part of the X-15-3 fuselage after the 15 November 1957 loss of Major Michael J. Adams. This time the plane was unrepairable, and recovered components were buried at an undisclosed location on the Edwards Air Force Base reservation. NASA photo 1
10:38, 9 August 2016 111. X-15 W scramjet.jpg (file) 295 KB Davidboslaugh X-15A-2 about to drop from the mother B-52 with external tanks and dummy scramjet engine attached. The scramjet is the cylindrical shaped object attached to the ventral fin stub. A white protective layer covers the ablative coating material. NASA photo 1
10:34, 9 August 2016 110. John B. McKay.jpg (file) 104 KB Davidboslaugh Flight Research Center test pilot John B. McKay and X-15-3 in which he made his astronaut qualification flight. NASA photo 1
10:28, 9 August 2016 109. X-15A-2 jpg.jpg (file) 16 KB Davidboslaugh The new configuration of X-15A-2. In addition to a 28-inch fuselage lengthening, changes included: A. cockpit canopy was fitted with oval windows to better withstand heat expansions, B. two external propellant drop tanks, and C. rear skid strut extende... 1
10:24, 9 August 2016 108. X-15 Crash at Mud Lake.jpg (file) 174 KB Davidboslaugh X-15-2 after its crash at Mud Lake, Nevada on 9 November 1962. Thanks to its steel and titanium construction, the plane could be rebuilt, but pilot Jack McKay eventually fared worse, passing away prematurely at the age of 52, attributed to injuries fro... 1
10:21, 9 August 2016 107. Armstrong X-15.jpg (file) 283 KB Davidboslaugh Neil Armstrong with hand on the Q-ball airflow direction sensor. Two reaction control system jet orifices can be seen behind the Q-ball housing. NASA photo 1
10:17, 9 August 2016 106. X-15-3 Explosion.jpg (file) 145 KB Davidboslaugh X-15-3 after its explosion on the rocket engine test stand. What is left of the aft section can be seen still confined in the steel retaining clamp. The XLR99 engine was found not to be the culprit, however it was destroyed. NASA photo 1
10:14, 9 August 2016 105. XLR-99.jpg (file) 145 KB Davidboslaugh The Reaction Motors, Inc. XLR99 rocket engine, capable of 57,00 pounds of thrust. It could be throttled from 30% to full thrust by varying the speed of the propellant pump, and could be restarted a number of times in flight. US Air Force photo 1
15:14, 8 August 2016 104. X-15 Rosamond Lake.jpg (file) 104 KB Davidboslaugh November 5th 1959, the results of Scotty Crossfield’s emergency landing on Rosamond Dry Lake. Despite the appearance of the damage, X-15-2 was repaired in 30 days and was flying again two months after that. NASA photo 1
15:11, 8 August 2016 103. X-15 First Powered.jpg (file) 61 KB Davidboslaugh X-15-1 in one of its first powered drops. NASA photo 1
15:06, 8 August 2016 102. Marian & F-104.jpg (file) 748 KB Davidboslaugh Marian the librarian and an Air Force F-104. Photo by the author 2
14:54, 8 August 2016 101. X-15 Landing.jpg (file) 24 KB Davidboslaugh This is X-15-2 in a fairly normal landing. The X-15-1’s nose was much higher at landing impact of Scotty Crossfield’s first glide flight. NACA photo 1
14:49, 8 August 2016 100. X-15 Simulator.jpg (file) 1.22 MB Davidboslaugh Using the F-107 fighter and a spring-mounted pivoting slide projector in a fairly accurate replication of the X-15’s pitch dynamics while evaluating the X-15s side located controller. Pitch angle was projected as a line on the screen, and pitching mo... 1
14:45, 8 August 2016 99. Side Controller in F-107.jpg (file) 1.46 MB Davidboslaugh The prototype X-15 sidearm controller installed in the HSFS F-107 fighter for flight evaluation. All of the Station’s test pilots had a hand in designing and evaluating the controller. The knob at the top of the handle is for adjusting pitch trim. NA... 1
13:14, 8 August 2016 98. Johnsville Centrifuge.jpg (file) 64 KB Davidboslaugh The gondola of the Naval Air Development Center’s human centrifuge. It was fitted with an X-15 cockpit complete with instruments and controls. NASA photo 1
13:11, 8 August 2016 97. Joe Walker in flight simulator.jpg (file) 35 KB Davidboslaugh NASA test pilot Joe Walker “flies” the Flight Research Center’s X-15 simulator. Even though an actual X-15 flight lasted only ten to twelve minutes, the pilots would train in the simulator from ten to twenty hours preparing for each flight. NASA... 1
13:08, 8 August 2016 96. High range primary control.jpg (file) 100 KB Davidboslaugh The primary High Range control room at the Flight Research Center (previously the High Speed Flight Station). Photo taken on 20 June 1961, and the dejected looks of the team is because the attempted drop flight had just been aborted. NASA photo 1
13:05, 8 August 2016 95. High Range plotter.jpg (file) 46 KB Davidboslaugh The pen recorder plotter at one of the tracking sites. It showed X-15 track over the ground as computed from the tracking radar. Planned flight track would be drawn on the plot before the flight so that the controller could advise the pilot whether he... 1
13:02, 8 August 2016 94. Beatty Nevada Hi Range.jpg (file) 42 KB Davidboslaugh The Beatty, Nevada, High Range tracking site. The water storage tank is at right, and the generator building is above and to the left of it. NACA photo 1
12:59, 8 August 2016 93. Range Diagram.jpg (file) 262 KB Davidboslaugh Layout of the High Altitude Continuous Tracking Range (High Range) that extended from Edwards into Utah. Not all of the emergency landing lake beds are shown. NACA diagram 1
10:23, 8 August 2016 92. Cross MC-2 Test.jpg (file) 424 KB Davidboslaugh Scotty Crossfield tests the David Clark MC-2 full pressure suit. National Archives photo 1
10:20, 8 August 2016 91. Gooddrich XH-5.jpg (file) 317 KB Davidboslaugh The experimental Goodrich XH-5 full pressure suit developed for the U.S. Army in 1943. The laminated rubber and fabric suit weighed only 20 pounds, but sagged when not pressurized, and was found to be constraining and uncomfortable when pressurized. Ph... 1
10:11, 8 August 2016 90. X-15 W XLR11s.jpg (file) 560 KB Davidboslaugh The number one X-15 with two interim XLR11 engines. NACA photo 1
10:06, 8 August 2016 89. X-15 Cockpit.jpg (file) 115 KB Davidboslaugh The 8-ball attitude indicator is shown here at the center of the X-15 instrument panel. The reaction control system controller is the black handle at far left, pilot’s center aerodynamic control stick is at bottom center, and the pilot’s side locat... 1
09:58, 8 August 2016 88. Ball nose.jpg (file) 65 KB Davidboslaugh Cut away view of the Q-ball yaw, angle of attack, and dynamic pressure sensor. Overall length was 16.75 inches and base diameter 13.75 inches. It could be interchanged on the X-15s with the YAPS head instrumentation boom. NACA photo 1
09:51, 8 August 2016 87. X-15 Cutaway.jpg (file) 43 KB Davidboslaugh X-15 interior layout. From front: Ball nose air flow sensor or instrumentation boom, small instrumentation compartment, nose gear well, cockpit, main instrumentation compartment, auxiliary power unit compartment, liquid oxygen tank, small equipment com... 1
09:47, 8 August 2016 86. X-15 Drawing.jpg (file) 375 KB Davidboslaugh X-15 Three View. NACA drawing 1
14:57, 7 August 2016 85. XF-92A Accident.jpg (file) 43 KB Davidboslaugh 85. The end of the XF-92A’s final flight on 14 October 1953. As Scotty Crossfield was taxiing back to the HSFS hangar the under-strength nose gear, borrowed from a WW II Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter, collapsed. NACA management declared the testing pro... 1
14:50, 7 August 2016 84. X planes group photo.jpg (file) 208 KB Davidboslaugh Part of the High Speed Flight Station’s stable of experimental research airplanes in 1953. Clockwise from left: Bell X-1A, Douglas D-558-I Skystreak #3, Convair XF-92A, Bell X-5, Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket #1, Northrop X-4 #2. Center: Douglas X-3. NA... 1
14:43, 7 August 2016 83. XF 92A in flight.jpg (file) 141 KB Davidboslaugh The XF-92A in flight. One of the simplest but most effective forms of instrumentation can be seen here as the string tufts glued on to the right wing to visualize air flow. Note how the flow at the wing leading edge tends inward at the leading edge bef... 1
14:39, 7 August 2016 82. XF-92A Drawing.jpg (file) 17 KB Davidboslaugh Three-view drawing of the Convair XF-92A research airplane, the first turbojet powered delta winged aircraft. NACA drawing 1
14:36, 7 August 2016 81. Stanley Butchart.jpg (file) 558 KB Davidboslaugh High Speed Flight Station test pilot Stanley P. Butchart made his first flight in the X-5 in December 1952. NACA photo 1
14:33, 7 August 2016 80. X-5 in Air.jpg (file) 550 KB Davidboslaugh The X-5 in flight. Some of the detail of the sliding wing root fairing can be seen. NACA photo 1
14:30, 7 August 2016 79. Bell X5 Multiple.jpg (file) 465 KB Davidboslaugh A multiple exposure photo showing the X-5’s three wing sweep positions. NACA photo 1
14:25, 7 August 2016 78. X-5 Drawing.jpg (file) 66 KB Davidboslaugh Three-view drawing of the Bell X-5. NACA drawing 1
14:20, 7 August 2016 77. X-4 J Walker, Don Bellman.jpg (file) 232 KB Davidboslaugh High Speed Flight Station test pilot Joe Walker confers with project engineer Don Bellman before boarding X-4 number two for a flight in 1952. NACA photo 1
14:17, 7 August 2016 76. X-4 Maintenance.jpg (file) 2.29 MB Davidboslaugh The after part of the X-4s fuselage could be separated to allow access to the engines and instrumentation bay. Most maintenance work could be done without stools or ladders. NACA photo 1
14:13, 7 August 2016 75. X-4 No. 2.jpg (file) 1.37 MB Davidboslaugh X-4 number two after instrumentation installation at the High Speed Flight Station. The yaw sensing vane can be seen under the nose boom. NACA photo 1
14:06, 7 August 2016 74. X-4 Drawing.jpg (file) 197 KB Davidboslaugh Northrop X-4 three-view drawing. U. S. Air Force drawing 1
14:01, 7 August 2016 73. X-3 at NACA.jpg (file) 492 KB Davidboslaugh The X-3 after turnover to NACA. Note the NACA logo and number on the tail. NACA photo 1
13:58, 7 August 2016 72. Douglas X-3.jpg (file) 425 KB Davidboslaugh The X-3 in flight before turnover to NACA, NACA photo 1
13:54, 7 August 2016 71. X-3 Drawing.jpg (file) 200 KB Davidboslaugh Douglas X-3 three-view drawing. NASA drawing 1
10:05, 7 August 2016 70. KC-135 Test Plane.jpg (file) 751 KB Davidboslaugh The KC-135 instrumented for Dutch roll flight testing. NASA photo 1
09:53, 7 August 2016 69. F-107 Ready.jpg (file) 927 KB Davidboslaugh The panel over the stability augmentation system bay will be buttoned up in a couple of minutes and Jack McKay will taxi out to the nearby dry lake bed. The station’s B-29 mother plane for the X-1E can be seen in the background. Photo by the author 1
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