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Lake Mead in Drought: Image of the Day

Lake Mead in Drought: Image of the Day

Water is the lifeblood of the western United States. Not only does it sustain municipal drinking supplies and agriculture, it is also one of the primary sources of electricity. Dams along the Colorado and other... More

Timbuktu NASA Image of The Day

Timbuktu NASA Image of The Day

Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali is at the intersection of an east-west and a north-south Trans Saharan trade route across the Sahara. The city-state was an intellectual and spiritual capital in the ... More

Aves Island: Image of the Day

Aves Island: Image of the Day

Named Isla de Aves in Spanish, (meaning ''Island of the Birds'') Aves Island lies west of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It provides a nesting site to green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and, of course, b... More

Gunung Bromo, Indonesia: Image of the Day

Gunung Bromo, Indonesia: Image of the Day

Gunung Bromo (Mount Bromo) is a small but active volcanic cinder cone on the Indonesian island of Java. Bromo is located in the center of the Sandsea Caldera, itself only a portion of the larger www.volcano.si... More

Eta Carinae, NASA history collection

Eta Carinae, NASA history collection

Probing the Last Gasps of Doomed Star Eta Carinae The signature balloon-shaped clouds of gas blown from a pair of massive stars called Eta Carinae have tantalized astronomers for decades. Eta Carinae has a vola... More

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

The historical evolution of airfoil sections from 1908-1944. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar, uninterrupted flow over 60 to 70 percent of chord on both the upper and lower sur... More

Denali, Alaska: Image of the Day

Denali, Alaska: Image of the Day

The 6,194-meter-tall (20,320-foot) Mt. McKinley is a towering double-peaked mountain in the middle of the Alaska Range, made all the more impressive for rising thousands of feet above its neighbors. As the ta... More

Army Corps' connection to Washington, D.C., cherry trees

Army Corps' connection to Washington, D.C., cherry trees

Beginning in the 1880s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) transformed the unsightly Potomac Flats in the District of Columbia by dredging the river channel and dumping the spoil on the Flats, thus creati... More

Aerial photos shot of cherry blossoms, the Washington,

Aerial photos shot of cherry blossoms, the Washington,

Aerial photos shot of cherry blossoms, the Washington, D.C., skyline, Alexandria and the D.C. area during the National Cherry Blossom festival, April 13, 2015. The planting of cherry trees started in 1912 with ... More

Army Corps' connection to District of Columbia cherry trees

Army Corps' connection to District of Columbia cherry trees

Beginning in the 1880s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers transformed the unsightly Potomac Flats in Washington, D.C., by dredging the river channel, dumping the spoil on the Flats, thus creating new land to the... More

The National Christmas Tree remains unlit before the

The National Christmas Tree remains unlit before the

The National Christmas Tree remains unlit before the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2016. The annual tree lighting tradition began in 1923 and has continued every ye... More

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

Many of Langley Laboratory's early experiments focused on ways to reduce aircraft drag. One method was to place a cowling or covering over the engine cylinder heads, much like the hood over the engine of a car.... More

Highest Honors for Game-Changing Innovation

Highest Honors for Game-Changing Innovation

In 1929, President Herbert Hoover presented the Collier Trophy to Joseph Ames, chairman of the NACA, for the development of low-drag cowling for radial air-cooled aircraft engines. The Collier has been awarded ... More

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

In this photo taken on March 15, 1929, a quartet of NACA staff conduct tests on airfoils in the Variable Density Tunnel, which, in 1985, was declared a National Historic Landmark. l to r Eastman Jacobs, Shorty ... More

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

NACA-A Look Back, NASA history collection

Among the famous visitors to NACA facilities: Fred E. Weick, head of the Propeller Research Tunnel section from 1925-1929, in the rear cockpit; aviator Charles Lindbergh, in front cockpit; and Tom Hamilton, avi... More

Pfc. Harold Dickman served in the Marine Corps in 1945

Pfc. Harold Dickman served in the Marine Corps in 1945

Pfc. Harold Dickman served in the Marine Corps in 1945 during World War II at Camp Pendleton, Calif. After his stint with the Marine Corps, Dickman used his GI Bill of Rights, and now holds a doctorate in clini... More

The Army Engineer Spouses Club welcomed a group of

The Army Engineer Spouses Club welcomed a group of

The Army Engineer Spouses Club welcomed a group of more than 30 Michigan-based "Rosie the Riveters" at Ronald Reagan International Airport in Arlington, Virginia, March 22, 2016. Now in their 80s and 90s, these... More

1946, NASA history collection

1946, NASA history collection

Boeing B-29 long range bomber model was tested for ditching characteristics in the Langley Tank No. 2 early in 1946. NASA Identifier: GPN-2000-001253

1946, NASA history collection

1946, NASA history collection

In 1946, the Collier Trophy was awarded to Lewis A. Rodert of Ames Aeronautical Laboratory for the development of an efficient wing deicing system. This Consolidated B-24 Liberator (pictured) was modified by th... More

NASA 1946, NASA history collection, Dryden history gallery

NASA 1946, NASA history collection, Dryden history gallery

Five NACA engineers, headed by Walt Williams, arrived at Muroc Army Airfield (now Edwards AFB) about this date from Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, VA, to prepare for X-1 supersonic research flights i... More

Highest Honors for Game-Changing Innovation

Highest Honors for Game-Changing Innovation

In 1947, the Collier Trophy was awarded to John Stack of Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory for research to determine the physical laws affecting supersonic flight. Lawrence D. Bell and Chuck Yeager also ... More

X-1, NASA history collection

X-1, NASA history collection

E49-007A roll-out of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, bomber with the Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 mated and ready for flight. NACA Flight 33 was flown on September 23, 1949, as a pilot familiarization flight ... More

December 29, 1949, NASA history collection

December 29, 1949, NASA history collection

Samuel Shenton, the Secretary of the International Flat Earth Society, announced that despite the recent photos from the Apollo 8 mission, the Earth was definitely flat. Shenton added that while the Moon itself... More

D-558-1 Skystreak, NASA history collection

D-558-1 Skystreak, NASA history collection

E49-090 This 1949 NACA Muroc Flight Test Unit photograph of the Douglas D-558-1 #3 Skystreak was taken in front of the NACA hangar at South Base, Edwards Air Force. NACA had the color of the Skystreaks changed ... More

D-558-1 Skystreak, NASA history collection

D-558-1 Skystreak, NASA history collection

E49-00204 NACA test pilot Robert Champine is seen in the cockpit of the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak with the ground crew. Robert A. Champine was a research pilot with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronauti... More

D-558-1 Skystreak, NASA history collection

D-558-1 Skystreak, NASA history collection

E-226 The Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak is seen close-up in this 1949 photograph. The D-558-1 made its landing approach at about 210 knots and landed at 143 knots. Despite the (then) high landing speed, the pilots ... More

December 10, 1949, NASA history collection

December 10, 1949, NASA history collection

Women served as the first computers for the Flight Research Center. Hired because of their math degrees or teaching background, they took raw data from the aircraft--beginning with film traces--and generated pa... More

X-1, NASA history collection

X-1, NASA history collection

E-9XS-1 on the ramp with the B-29 mothership in 1949. This is the second XS-1 built; it later was converted into the X-1E. Unlike the XS-1-1, which was flown by the Air Force, the XS-1-2 was flown mostly by Bel... More

X-1, NASA history collection

X-1, NASA history collection

E49-001 The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 sits on the Rogers Dry Lakebed at Muroc Air Force Base, California in 1949. Some airplane characteristics are: Fuselage length, feet 31.0Wing span, feet 28.0Horizonta... More

X-1, NASA history collection

X-1, NASA history collection

E49-005The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 and two of the NACA pilots that flew the aircraft. The one on the viewer's left is Robert Champine with the other being Herbert Hoover. Champine made a total of 13 fli... More

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

E-1433In 1954 this photo of two swept wing airplanes was taken on the ramp of NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station. The Douglas D-558-ll is a research aircraft while the Boeing B-47A Stratojet is a productio... More

X-3, NASA history collection

X-3, NASA history collection

E-17348 This in-flight NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph of the X-3 Stiletto illustrates the aircraft's long slender fuselage and the small wings. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet-powered researc... More

X-4, NASA history collection

X-4, NASA history collection

E-358In this 1950 straight-on view of the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station's X-4 research aircraft, the horizontal tailless design is quite evident. The X-4 Bantam, a single-place, low swept-wing, semi-t... More

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

Aircraft Fleet 1950s, NASA history collection

E-1914Early NACA research aircraft on the lakebed at the High Speed Research Station in 1955: Left to right: X-1E, D-558-II, X-1B August 12,1955 NASA Photo / NACA/NASA1950s Fleet Description NASA Identifier: 37... More

Lake Eildon National Park: Image of the Day

Lake Eildon National Park: Image of the Day

Australia is one of the driest continents on Earth: only Antarctic gets less annual precipitation. It also is the flattest continent, so there are few mountain ranges to wring additional moisture from the atmo... More

Deforestation in Madagascar: Image of the Day

Deforestation in Madagascar: Image of the Day

All over the world humans struggle to provide themselves with food, housing, and comfortable lives, while preserving the natural environment so that it can continue to sustain animals, plants, and other living ... More

X-4, NASA history collection

X-4, NASA history collection

E50-0401In this 1950 view of the left side of the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station's X-4 research aircraft, the low swept wing and horizontal taillest design are seen. The X-4 Bantam, a single-place, low... More

Bumper Wac Liftoff, NASA history collection

Bumper Wac Liftoff, NASA history collection

Bumper Wac liftoff at the Long Range Proving Ground located at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At White Sands, New Mexico, the German rocket team experimented with a two-stage rocket called Bumper Wac, which intended ... More

Highest Honors for Game-Changing Innovation

Highest Honors for Game-Changing Innovation

In 1951, the Collier Trophy was awarded again to John Stack and associates at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory for the development and use of the slotted-throat wind tunnel. Stack, head of Compressi... More

NASA XF-91, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-91, Dryden history gallery

E-475 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor, was taken in 1951 on the South Base ramp at Edwards Air Force Base. The Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor was a sing... More

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

E-960 In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A (NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490) used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1954. Beside i... More

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

E52-0670The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 aircraft on the ramp at NACA High Speed Flight Research Station located on the South Base of Muroc Army Air Field in 1947. The X-1-2 flew until October 23, 1951, comp... More

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

E51-593 The third X-1 46-064, known as ''Queenie,'' is mated to the EB-50A 46-006 at Edwards AFB, California. Following a captive flight on 9 November 1951, both aircraft were destroyed by fire during defueling... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

E-960 In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A (NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490) used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1954. Beside i... More

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

E-595Technicians servicing the Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1 in preparation for a flight. The X-1 is mated with the Boeing B-29. The hooks and strap that holds the X-1 in place under the B-29 can be seen just a... More

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1, Dryden history gallery

E-668 The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 aircraft on the ramp at NACA High Speed Flight Research Station located on the South Base of Muroc Army Air Field in 1947. The X-1-2 flew until October 23, 1951, comple... More

D-558-II in Flight with F-86 chase

D-558-II in Flight with F-86 chase

E-3996 The F-86F performed both pitch-up research and duties as a chase aircraft for the D-558-2. Its stay at the HSFS was brief. It arrived on June 23, 1954, and left on September 10 the same year. The F-86 ha... More

NASA X-2, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-2, Dryden history gallery

E-5749 This 1952 photograph shows the X-2 #2 aircraft mounted on a special transportation dolly at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The dolly was steerable and was used for transporting the X-2 around and fo... More

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

E-866 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the XF-92A was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph shows the large Xs painted on the nose and tail of the aircraft.... More

NACA-A Look Back

NACA-A Look Back

Kitty Joyner, an electrical engineer for the NACA, at work in 1952. Image Credit: NACA NASA Identifier: 430746main_naca_kittyjoyner

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

E-810 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the X-5 was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph, a multiple exposure, illustrates the X-5's variably swept wing cap... More

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

E-653 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the X-5 was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base in 1952. The photograph is a left side view of the aircraft on the ramp. January 19... More

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

E-799 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the X-5 was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph shows the X-5 on the ramp in-front of the NACA hangar. 1952 NASA Ph... More

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

E-648 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the X-5 was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph portrays a left wing side view of the aircraft and also shows the p... More

Krakatau Volcano National Park: Image of the Day

Krakatau Volcano National Park: Image of the Day

Nestled between the large Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra is the Krakatau Volcano National Park. In the fourth century, a single marine volcano stood at this site, but in 416 A.D., the caldera of the v... More

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

E54-01317 From December 10, 1966, until his retirement on February 27, 1976, Stanley P. Butchart served as Chief, then Director of Flight Operations at NASA's Flight Research Center, renamed on March 26, 1976, ... More

NASA Fleet Aircraft, Dryden history gallery

NASA Fleet Aircraft, Dryden history gallery

E-2889 A 1953 photo of some of the research aircraft at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station now known as the the Dryden Flight Research Center. The photo shows the X-3 center and, clockwise from left: X... More

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

E-24911 This photo of the X-1A includes graphs of the flight data from Maj. Charles E. Yeager's Mach 2.44 flight on December 12, 1953. This was only a few days short of the 50th anniversary of the Wright brothe... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1090 Scott Crossfield in cockpit of the Douglas D-558-2 after first Mach 2 flight. November 20, 1953 NASA Photo / Read Project Description NASA Identifier: 304935main_E-1090

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1096 High-Speed Research Station Director Walter C. Williams, NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield, and Director of Flight Operations Joe Vensel in front of the Douglas D-558-2 after the first Mach 2 flight. Novemb... More

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

E-998X-3 center, and clockwise from left: X-1A, D-558-I, XF-92A, X-5, D-558-II, and X-4. August 4, 1953 NASA Photo NASA Identifier: 370432main_E-998

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

NASA Aircraft Fleet 1950s, Dryden history gallery

E-959 The aircraft in this 1953 photo of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) hangar at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base showed the wide range of research activities being undertaken. On t... More

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

E-1044 Boeing B-47A, NACA 150 shown on the ramp near NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1953. The B-47A Stratojet's wing is mounted high on the fuse... More

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-5, Dryden history gallery

E-2889A 1953 photo of some of the research aircraft at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station now known as the the Dryden Flight Research Center. The photo shows the X-3 center and, clockwise from left: X-... More

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

E-954 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the XF-92A was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph is a top view of the aircraft's right side and provides a good v... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-2889A 1953 photo of some of the research aircraft at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station (now known as the the Dryden Flight Research Center). The photo shows the X-3 (center) and, clockwise from left... More

NASA YRF-84F, Dryden history gallery

NASA YRF-84F, Dryden history gallery

E-959The aircraft in this 1953 photo of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics NACA hangar at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base showed the wide range of research activities being undertaken. On the ... More

Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand: Image of the Day

Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand: Image of the Day

All around the world, people live in places where the threat of natural disaster is high. On the North Island of New Zealand, the Mount Ruapehu volcano is just such a threat. A towering, active stratovolcano (t... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1013 This 1953 NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph shows the Douglas D-558-2 #2 Skyrocket (NACA 144), prior to flight, being towed under the P2B-1S launch vehicle (NACA 137) for attachment. The... More

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

E-1004 Boeing B-47A Stratojet NACA 150 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The drag chute was used on landings to help brake the airplane's speed. The B-47A fuselage was 106 feet 11 inches in length.... More

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

E-2889 A 1953 photo of some of the research aircraft at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station (now known as the the Dryden Flight Research Center). The photo shows the X-3 (center) and, clockwise from lef... More

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

E-1005 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the XF-92A was taken at the South Base of Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph is a close-up view showing an engineer calibrating the trailing... More

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

NASA XF-92A, Dryden history gallery

E-17346 This NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station photograph of the XF-92A was taken around 1953 near Edwards Air Force Base. The photograph shows an aft view of the XF-92A in flight above a layer of clouds.... More

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photo-sts079-782-050

STS079-782-050 The Island of Cyprus September 1996 Covering an area of 3578 sq. miles (9267 sq. km) and located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the island of Cyprus can be seen in this northeast-looking view.... More

The Netherlands: Image of the Day

The Netherlands: Image of the Day

Along the southern coast of the Netherlands, sediment-laden rivers have created a massive delta of islands and waterways in the gaps between the coastal dunes. After unusually severe spring tides devasted thi... More

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

E-2490 The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1A 48-1384 returning from an Air Force test flight over Edwards Air Force Base, California in late 1953. A North American F-86A Sabre as chase plane will follow the X-1A t... More

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

E55-01799 The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1A 48-1384 is photographed in July 1955 sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This view of the left side of the aircraft shows the change to... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1113 NACA pilot A. Scott Crossfield next to the D-558-2 after first Mach 2 flight. November 20, 1953 NASA Photo / Read Project Description NASA Identifier: 304971main_E-1113

Korean Demilitarized Zone: Image of the Day

Korean Demilitarized Zone: Image of the Day

On July 27, 1953, an armistice agreement brought fighting, though not the war itself, to an end in Korea. One legacy of that 50-year-old ceasefire has been the 250-km-long (148-mile) truce line bisecting the K... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1109 Scott Crossfield talks to newsmen in front of NACA South Base hangar after his first flight to Mach 2 in the Douglas D-558-2. *Note the words ''National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics'' which were ad... More

NASA January 7, 1953, Dryden history gallery

NASA January 7, 1953, Dryden history gallery

The Bell X-1A (serial no. 48-1384) arrived at Edwards Air Force Base. Following completion of contractor testing and some modifications to the airplane, it was turned over to the Air Force for speed and altitud... More

NASA X-2, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-2, Dryden history gallery

E-2820 The Bell Aircraft Company X-2 (46-674) drops away from its Boeing B-50 mothership in this photo. Lt. Col. Frank ''Pete'' Everest piloted 674 on its first unpowered flight on 5 August 1954. He made the fi... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1526 This 1954 photograph shows a Douglas D-558-2 under the P2B-1S (Navy designation for a B-29) launch aircraft. The P2B-1S has been lifted on mechanical jacks in the hangar for a possible âfit checkâ or the... More

Sarychev Volcano NASA Image of The Day

Sarychev Volcano NASA Image of The Day

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev volcano (Russia's Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. S... More

NASA X-2, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-2, Dryden history gallery

ET-128X-2 Number 1 (#674) in flight over Southern CaliforniaX-2 Number 1 made its first unpowered glide flight on Aug. 5, 1954, and made a total of 17 (4 glide and 13 powered) flights before it was lost Sept. 2... More

NASA Fleet Aircraft, Dryden history gallery

NASA Fleet Aircraft, Dryden history gallery

E-1239 A group picture of Douglas Airplanes, taken for a photographic promotion in 1954, at what is now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The photo includes the X... More

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

NASA B-47A Stratojet, Dryden history gallery

E-1403 In 1954 after a research flight in the Boeing B-47A Stratojet Crew Chief Wilbur McClenaghan, center, asks of the pilots if there are any ''squawks'' that should be taken care of before the next flight. P... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-1546 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph, the X-3 Stiletto is seen illuminated by sunlight off the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. This photograph illustrates why, of all the early NACA test ... More

NASA F-100 Super Sabre, Dryden history gallery

NASA F-100 Super Sabre, Dryden history gallery

E-1366 A NACA High-Speed Flight Station hangar wall meets the nose of a North American F-100A Super Sabre airplane on 8 September 1954. On the first NACA research flight of airplane #52-5778, pilot Scott Crossf... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-1996 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph the X-3 Stiletto is viewed from above and looking at the left side. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long t... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E55-01994 This NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph shows an aft, look-down view of the X-3 Stiletto on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, in 1955. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-2274 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph, the X-3 Stiletto is seen being towed behind the NACA hangar (located on Edwards Air Force base) towards the lakebed. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place... More

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-3, Dryden history gallery

E-2412 In this NACA High-Speed Flight Station photograph, the X-3 Stiletto is seen on the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The X-3 Stiletto was a single-place jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long t... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1441 Viewed in this 1954 photograph is the NACA High Speed Flight Research Station's D-558-2 #2 (144), an all rocket powered Skyrocket. Like the X-1, the D-558-2 had a fuselage shaped like a .50 caliber bulle... More

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1A, Dryden history gallery

E-1758Cowboy Joe NACA High-Speed Flight Station test pilot Joseph Walker and his steed Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1A A happy Joe was photographed in 1955 at Edwards, California. The X-1A was flown six times by... More

NASA Facilities, Dryden history gallery

NASA Facilities, Dryden history gallery

EC92-10204-2 The concrete aircraft parking and taxiway facilities show prominently in an aerial photograph of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, located on the northwest edge of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards ... More

NASA F-100 Super Sabre, Dryden history gallery

NASA F-100 Super Sabre, Dryden history gallery

E55-02094 North American F-100A (52-5778) Super Sabre is parked on the Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, 1955. This photo shows the large tail on the F-100A. When the basic research was ... More

Tyulin and Korolev During A-4 Missile Recovery Operations

Tyulin and Korolev During A-4 Missile Recovery Operations

A rare photo showing artillery Colonel Georgiy Tyulin (left) and Sergey Korolev, the father of the Soviet space program, in Germany in 1946 during the A-4 missile recovery operations. Tyulin would rise swiftly ... More

NASA X-1E, Dryden history gallery

NASA X-1E, Dryden history gallery

E55-02072The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1E airplane being loaded under the mothership, Boeing B-29. The X planes had originally been lowered into a loading pit and the launch aircraft towed over the pit, where... More

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

NASA D-558-2 Skyrocket, Dryden history gallery

E-1442 Viewed in this 1955 photograph is the NACA High Speed Flight Station D-558-2 #2 (144) Skyrocket, an all-rocket powered vehicle. The Skyrocket is parked on Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. Th... More

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