Tag: NASA

719 Days of Orbital Spaceflight and Counting: the Mysterious X-37B Set New Spaceflight-Duration Record
The current X-37B mission has broken a new spaceflight-duration record that was previously set at 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes during the previous mission. With 719 days of orbital spaceflight and counting, the current X-37B mission – known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) – has broken a new spaceflight-duration record that...
Cool Video Shows Starfighters’ TF-104G Intercepting Gulfstream G650ER Business Jet during World Record Flight “One More Orbit”
Starfighters’ operates the world’s only fleet of flight-ready F-104 supersonic aircraft. Taken on Jul. 9-11, 2019 the cool video in this post features a TF-104G belonging to Starfighters Aerospace flown by Piercarlo Ciacchi intercepting Gulfstream G650ER during World Record Flight "One More Orbit" from the Kennedy Space Center and back through the poles.
NASA Releases unique photos of T-38 Talon Trainers Flying at Supersonic Speeds
NASA Captures First Air-to-Air Images of Supersonic Shockwave Interaction in Flight. The unique images in this post were brought to my attention by Giuseppe Volpicelli, a reader of The Aviation Geek Club. NASA has successfully tested an advanced air-to-air photographic technology in flight, capturing the first-ever images of...
The WB-57 is reported to have nose wheel problem while rolling down the runway. As the video in this post shows a NASA WB-57 veered off the runway after the pilot aborted take off at Ellington Field, Huston on Mar. 6, 2019. The aircraft is reported to have...
This F-106B was struck by Lightning 714 Times
In a single flight in 1984 F-106B N816NA was struck 72 times in the space of only 45 minutes while penetrating a thunderstorm at 38,000 feet! The interesting photo in this post features F-106B 57-2516, known as NASA 816 Lightening Strike Burns. As JP Santiago explains in an...
Bailing Out at Hypersonic Speed: the X-15 Ejection Seat
Because of its hypersonic speed and extreme altitude performance, the X-15 required one of the most complex ejection seats ever put into service The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts...
The Story of Mike Adams, the only Pilot to lose his life during the X-15 Flight-Test Program
The loads on the airplane built up beyond the structural limits, and the X-15-3 aircraft broke up at approximately 62,000 feet and about 3,800 feet-per-second speed... The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts would face. It made...
Video shows first of three “new” F/A-18B Hornets arriving at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center
The second F/A-18B is coming from NAS Patuxent River and is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. The third Hornet is coming from the U.S. Naval Air Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, in early 2019 Brought to my attention by Christian Nentwig, an aviation enthusiast and a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting video in...
NASA Uses Shape Memory Alloys to Fold F/A-18 Wing
Using shape memory alloys to move a full-sized wing section could increase aircraft performance by reducing weight and drag, while improving aircraft control Engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Boeing have successfully used shape memory alloys (SMA) to move a full-sized wing section of an F/A-18 Hornet. According to the news release the 300-pound wing...
'The Blackbird can't fire a gun and doesn't carry a bomb, and I don't want it:' why USAF killed the SR-71 program
"The termination of the SR-71 Blackbird was a grave mistake and could place our nation at a serious disadvantage in the event of a future crisis," Senator John Glenn The SR-71, unofficially known as the Blackbird, was a long-range, advanced strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place on Dec. 22, 1964,...

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