On the Frontier: Experimental Flight at NASA Dryden

On the Frontier: Experimental Flight at NASA Dryden

by Michael H. Gorn, Richard P. Hallion


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588341341
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Pages: 554
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.64(d)

About the Author

From The Author: Hello, I’m Michael Gorn, and I’m a native Californian living in the Los Angeles area with my wife, Christine. My writing specialty is the history of aeronautics and spaceflight, which I’ve been pursuing for nearly 40 years.

I’ve been fortunate to publish a number of books in the field. My latest, due out in September 2018, is Spacecraft: 100 Iconic Rockets, Shuttles, and Satellites that Put Us in Space (Quarto Publishing Group, 2018).

Spacecraft is timed to commemorate two of the most historic events of the space age: the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA in 2018, and in 2019, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11—the first landing by human beings on the Moon. Illustrated with over 300 beautiful, original artworks by my collaborator Giuseppe de Chiara of Naples, Italy, Spacecraft is an oversize, lavishly illustrated book that depicts the world’s great space vehicles, from Sputnik 1 in 1958 to the massive James Webb Space Telescope in 2020. I contributed concise and, I hope, original historical essays that accompany the images.

Some of my previous books include the well-received NASA: The Complete Illustrated History (Merrell Publishers, 2005, revised 2008) and Expanding the Envelope: Flight Research at NACA and NASA (The University Press of Kentucky, 2001). I also wrote The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life in Aeronautics (Smithsonian, 1992), Superstructures in Space: From Satellites to Space Stations, A Guide to What’s Out There (Merrell Publishers, 2008), and I was a contributing author to Spyplanes: The Illustrated Guide to Manned Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft from World War I to Today (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016).

During my career I served as a federal historian for nearly thirty years, beginning in 1981 with the Department of the Air Force in Washington, D.C. There I held a variety of staff and management positions over 13 years, culminating in Deputy Chief Historian of the U.S. Air Force. I also served for three years as the first historian of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I then worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for 13 years, eventually becoming the Chief Historian of the NASA Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California.

I’ve been fortunate to receive several awards for my work, most notably the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award for Expanding the Envelope, presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I also received the Alfred V. Verville Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and was selected for the Fellowship in Aerospace History by the American Historical Association.

I spent my early years growing up in the San Fernando Valley—a suburb of L.A.--and attended the University of Southern California, where I earned a doctorate in history. Aside from the pleasures of writing about aeronautics and spaceflight, I’ve had a lifelong passion for morning walks, amateur (very amateur!) gardening, and for wood carving birds and other wildlife.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Editionx
Prologue: A Most Exotic Placexiv
Introduction: An Indispensible Rolexxiii
I.Exploring the Supersonic Frontier1
1.Confronting the Speed of Sound: 1944-19482
2.Pioneer Days at Muroc: 1948-195021
3.Testing the Shapes of Planes to Come: 1950-195638
4.Through Mach 2 and 3: 1951-195959
5.Testing Service Aircraft: 1953-195981
II.Into Space and Back Again95
6.The X-15 Era: 1959-196896
7.Serving Gemini and Apollo: 1962-1967126
8.Return from Space: The Lifting Bodies: 1962-1975143
9.Aeronautics, the First "A" in NASA: 1966-1976172
III.Pragmatic Pursuits197
10.A Mansion of Many Rooms: 1970-1976198
11.Shifting Sand: 1976-1981232
12.An Uneasy Marriage: 1981-1991254
13.A Fresh Start, 1991-1999288
Epilogue: "I Hadn't Missed It After All"336
A Note on Sources338
About the Authors341
Appendix AOrganizational Charts, 1948-1999344
Appendix BPersonnel Summary for FRC/DFRC, Other Aeronautical Centers, and NASA as a Whole355
Appendix CHSFS/FRC/DFRC Technical Facilities357
Appendix DAuthorized Funding for Research and Program Management at FRC/DFRC, Other OART/OAST/OAT Centers, and NASA Dryden360
Appendix EMuroc Flight Test Unit-DFRC Research Aircraft, 1947-1999362
Appendix FX-1 Program Flight Chronology, 1946-1958378
Appendix GDouglas D-558 Program Flight Chronology, 1947-1956386
Appendix HX-2 Program Flight Chronology, 1954-1956396
Appendix IX-3 Program Flight Chronology, 1954-1956397
Appendix JX-4 Program Flight Chronology, 1950-1953399
Appendix KX-5 Program Flight Chronology, 1952-1955401
Appendix LXF-92A Program Flight Chronology, 1953405
Appendix MX-15 Program Flight Chronology, 1959-1968406
Appendix NLifting Body Program Flight Chronology, 1966-1975415
Appendix OXB-70A Program Flight Chronology, 1967-1969421
Appendix PYF--12 Program Flight Chronology, 1969-1978423
Appendix QSpace Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests Flight Chronology, 1977430
Appendix RAccident Statistics, 1954-1999432
Appendix SBoeing 720B Controlled Impact Demonstration Flight Chronology435
Appendix TNF-111A (63-9778) Flight Chronology436
Appendix UNKC-135A (55-3129) Flight Chronology444
Appendix VF--18 #840 HARV Flight Chronology446
Appendix WX-29 Flight Chronology488
Appendix XX-31 Flight Chronology519
Appendix YSR-71 Flight Chronology541

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