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March 25, 2016
 

This week in Edwards flight test history

Air Force photograph

March 26, 1958: The first launch of the Zero Length Launch (ZEL) program, of an F-100D took place from a truck-mounted launcher. North American test pilot Albert W. Blackburn was at the controls. A follow-on to the ZELMAL program, ZEL was designed to launch tactical fighter planes after loss of their normal runways in wartime.




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Photograph by Dennis Anderson

‘I’ve been shot at in a lot of countries’

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., pins the Purple Heart on Master Sgt. Robert Mahoney. Medals gathered for a veteran’s veteran PALMDALE, Calif.–After Vietnam War service as a Seabee (Naval ...
 
 
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X-56A suppresses flutter with two controllers

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich The control room for the remotely piloted X-56A has a feature that most do not – the pilot and co-pilot are in the front of the room, seen at left. The X-56A team has suppressed flutter, which i...
 
 
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Experimental wing verified during loads testing

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich The Passive Aeroelastic Tailored (PAT) wing bends under pressure from the highest loads applied during testing at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Structural tests on a uni...