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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NASA photograph by Lauren Hughes

NASA Armstrong successfully flies new subscale aircraft

The Subscale Research Lab at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently introduced a new addition to their fleet of miniature aircraft. The not-so-small MicroCub is a Bill Hempel 60-percent-scale super cub...
SOFIA/DSI photograph

SOFIA return to flight delayed

SOFIA/DSI photograph SOFIA in the hangar at Lufthansa Tecknik. NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, remains in Hamburg, Germany, to address a repair that was discovered during a routine inspection a...
Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds

Antelope Valley Board of Trade Business Outlook Conference had something for everyone

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