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Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story
     

Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story

by R. Dale Reed, Darlene Lister, General Chuck Yeager (Foreword by)
 

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Tells the story of the most unusual flying machines ever flown, the lifting bodies. Covers the 12-year period from 1963 to 1975 in which 8 different lifting-body configurations flew. A lifting body is basically a wingless vehicle that flies due to the lift generated by the shape of its fuselage. Over those 12 years, Reed experienced the story as it unfolded day by

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Tells the story of the most unusual flying machines ever flown, the lifting bodies. Covers the 12-year period from 1963 to 1975 in which 8 different lifting-body configurations flew. A lifting body is basically a wingless vehicle that flies due to the lift generated by the shape of its fuselage. Over those 12 years, Reed experienced the story as it unfolded day by day at a remote NASA facility . Benefits from this effort immediately influenced the design & operational concepts of the winged NASA Shuttle Orbiter. The full benefits were realized in the 1990s when new spacecraft such as the X-33 & X-38 would fully employ the lifting-body concept. Photos & drawings.

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"An excellent study.... A particularly rewarding aspect of this book is the clarity of the description of the sequential testing which has made the United States the world leader in space." — Air Power History

"Reed carefully blends technical detail into this in-depth account of the entire NASA/USAF lifting-body program." — Space Times

"Presents an in-depth account of the entire NASA/Air Force lifting-body program written by the engineer who initiated it." — Aviation History

"Provides a human and insightful story of an unusual and very important aerospace technology that has shaped and will continue to shape our future in space." — Technology and Culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410221223
Publisher:
University Press of the Pacific
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

R. Dale Reed retired from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in 1985 but still works with NASA as a contract engineer. He has authored numerous articles and technical reports, managed nineteen NASA programs, including the flight test of a prototype Mars airplane, and acquired four patents.

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