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NACA/NASA Langley Field Aircraft Log Books

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics  Search this
Extent:
2.18 Cubic feet ((2 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Logs (records)
Date:
1923-1964
bulk 1934-1940, 1951-1960
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of original aircraft, engine, and equipment log books of aircraft operated by NACA and NASA from Langley Research Center. Each log represents a history of the aircraft/engine/equipment from its manufacture, through its pre-NACA/NASA service, and during its operation by that agency.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics [NACA], created by act of Congress, 3 March 1915, and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA] operate an aeronautical research center on Langley AFB, Hampton, VA. Work at the Langley Research Center has ranged over a wide variety of aeronautical subject intended to extend performance, efficiency, and capability of aircraft. Operations at Langley extend from theoretical and wind-tunnel experiments through full scale flight testing.
Provenance:
NASA, Transfer, 1969, XXXX-0056
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Wind tunnels  Search this
Genre/Form:
Logs (records)
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0056
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0056

Rockwell HiMAT RPRV Documentation

Creator:
Rockwell International  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Rockwell International  Search this
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)  Search this
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio). Flight Dynamics Laboratory  Search this
Extent:
5.68 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box) (5 records center boxes) (2 flatboxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Photographs
Correspondence
Software
Punched cards
Date:
1976-1981
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of documentation on the NASM HiMAT. The material includes correspondence, color photographs, test information, computer programs, printouts, punch tapes, and schematics.
Biographical / Historical:
The Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) program was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, CA and the USAF Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH to decrease the time needed to flight test advanced design technology by providing a low-cost, low-risk test bed vehicle. Following control technical development in 1975, NASA awarded a contract to Rockwell International for two HiMAT Remotely-Piloted Research Vehicles (RPRV). The Rockwell HiMAT consisted of a basic core vehicle containing the power plant, control, and telemetry systems and modular main wings, canard and tail surfaces, and engine intake and afterburner/exhaust structures to allow flight testing of alternate designs. The first of the HiMATs was delivered to NASA in March 1978 and the second in June, with the first free flight occurring in July 1979. The Rockwell HiMAT was controlled by a ground-based pilot through television, radar, and telemetry links to the vehicle with backup systems on chase aircraft and a self-righting system on the RPRV in the event of ground control loss. One HiMAT was donated to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and placed on display in May 1989.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
NASA/Dryden FRC, Transfer, 1989, 1989-0059, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerodynamics  Search this
Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT)  Search this
HiMAT Remotely-Piloted Research Vehicles (RPRV)  Search this
Drone aircraft  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Photographs
Correspondence
Software
Punched cards
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0059
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1989-0059

Writings: "What is This Thing Called Soaring", US Air Service

Collection Creator:
Junkin, Hattie Meyers, 1896-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1931-11
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
See more items in:
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers
Hattie Meyers Junkin Papers / Series 3: General materials of Hattie Meyers Junkin
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0171-ref130
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
North American Aviation, Inc.  Search this
Whitcomb, Richard, 1921-  Search this
Extent:
5.85 Cubic feet (13 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Drawings
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Notes
Photographs
Publications
Date:
1964-1972
Summary:
The supercritical wing concept was developed by Dr. Richard T. Whitcomb of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Whitcomb's airfoil was designed to delay formation of shock waves at high speeds.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains documents gathered from Langley Research Center on the development of the supercritical wing concept and the F-8 test bed program. The material primarily consists of notes and reports covering the wind tunnel development, flight testing, and evaluation of the concept. The collection also includes general and press information about the program.
Series and Subseries Organization:
The NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection is divided into four series:

Series 1 - Background Information

The Background Information Series contains publicity material, articles, general information, and technical reports. The technical reports are then arranged chronologically.

Series 2 - Wind Tunnel Testing

Test reports of the Wind Tunnel Testing Series are arranged numerically, and reports are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 3 - Development and Flight Testing

The Development and Flight Testing Series begins with work statements and requests for proposal (RFP) information. These are followed by notes arranged in chronological order. Developmental technical reports are in alphabetical order by folder title. The flight test reports are arranged chronologically. These reports are then followed by photographs.

Series 4 - Evaluation of the Supercritical Wing

Evaluation reports on the Supercritical Wing Series are in chronological order
Biographical Note:
Richard T. Whitcomb (1921- ) was born in Evanston, Illinois. His family later moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, where Whitcomb attended public schools. He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1943. Following graduation he accepted a position with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the forerunner of NASA) at Langley Laboratories, Virginia. Whitcomb devoted much of his career to research in the problems of supersonic flight.

In the early 1950s Whitcomb discovered the transonic area rule concept. This rule amounts to a sensitive balance of fuselage and wing volume, which minimizes drag at transonic speeds. This concept was applied to post World War II fighters and resulted in operational military aircraft capable of supersonic flight.

Whitcomb earned international acclaim through his accomplishments with the area rule concept and the supercritical wing. Until his retirement from NASA he worked on aircraft energy efficiency and new winglet configurations.
Historical Note:
The supercritical wing concept was developed by Dr. Richard T. Whitcomb of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Whitcomb's airfoil was designed to delay formation of shock waves at high speeds.

In comparison with conventional wing cross sections, the supercritical wing was flattened on top, delaying the formation of shock waves and moving them further aft along the wing to increase total wing efficiency. To compensate for the lift lost with the flattened wing top, the rear lower surface was shaped with a deeper, more concave curve. The Mach number (the speed of the aircraft calculated as a percentage of the speed of sound) at which the relative airflow reaches the speed of sound at some point on the airframe is called the critical Mach number. Below the critical Mach number the flow is said to be subcritical, and above the critical Mach number it is called supercritical. The initial wind tunnel tests of the supercritical wing indicated that the new airfoil shape could allow highly efficient flight near the speed of sound of approximately 660 mph at cruising altitudes.

Initial designs for the supercritical wing were produced in 1964. The development of the supercritical airfoils included three phases: slotted (1964-1966); integral (1967); and thickened trailing edge integral (1968-1969). Flight testing of the supercritical wing began in 1971 and ended in December 1972. A Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) F-8 aircraft modified with the supercritical wing was used in these tests, making its first flight on 25 March 1955. The LTV F-8 was a single place land or carrier based supersonic aircraft equipped with radar to provide an all-weather capability. Its most unusual feature was the hydraulically operated variable incidence wing.

The blunt leading edge of the supercritical wing led to better takeoff, landing, and maneuvering characteristics. Subsonic transports, business jets, STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft, and remotely piloted vehicles made use of the supercritical wing technology, using less fuel and flying more efficiently than aircraft with conventional wings.

The F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection was received by the National Air and Space Museum in July 1984 from NASA's Langley Research Center. The collection was assembled originally by Dennis W. Bartlett Richard Whitcomb's colleague at Langley's 8-Foot Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. The material in the collection came from the offices and warehouses of the tunnel facility.
Provenance:
NASA, gift, 1984, XXXX-0104, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Vought F-8 (F8U) Crusader Family  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
Transonic wind tunnels  Search this
Aerodynamics, Transonic  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Drawings
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Notes
Photographs
Publications
Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0104
See more items in:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104
Online Media:

Unmanned Aircraft Engineering Data

Creator:
Nevinger, Donald  Search this
Names:
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Co.  Search this
Extent:
0.72 Cubic feet ((2 letter document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Notes
Articles
Date:
[ca. 1960s-1980s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of engineer's data and notes relating to mostly unmanned (drone) aircraft. Included in the notebooks are also articles, papers, and reports gleaned from a variety of sources.
Biographical / Historical:
Donald Nevinger was a mass properties engineer with Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, Ling-Temco-Vought, General Dynamics, and General Dynamics, Convair. He worked mainly on proposals for unmanned (drone) aircraft, including Teledyne Models 305 and 303.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Don Nevinger, Gift, 2000, 2001-0012, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Teledyne Ryan Model 305 (unmanned aircraft)  Search this
Teledyne Ryan Model 303 (unmanned aircraft)  Search this
Drone aircraft  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Notes
Articles
Identifier:
NASM.2001.0012
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2001-0012

Robert E. Johnson Collection (1939-1958)

Creator:
Johnson, Robert E., 1903-  Search this
Names:
Curtiss-Wright Corporation  Search this
Johnson, Robert E., 1903-  Search this
Extent:
4.95 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox) (4 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Date:
1939-1958
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains Johnson's profession papers during his tenure as Chief Field Engineer at Wright Aeronautical. It consists of correspondence relating to flight and engine testing, engine production, and civil aviation.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert E. Johnson (1903- ) was an aeropropulsion expert with Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. and Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Following his graduation from Worchester Polytechnic Institute (BS(CS), 1927) Johnson worked as a draftsman for Curtiss in Garden City, NJ. He rose to become Chief of the Aerodynamic Section, first at Garden City (1929-31) then at Curtiss' Buffalo, NY plant (1931-32). Moving to the Wright Aeronautical Division of Curtiss-Wright, Johnson worked as a Field Engineer (1934-37) with Curtiss-Wright's airline customers, then as Chief Field Engineer (1937-58).
Provenance:
No donor information, gift, unknown, XXXX-0054
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Motor industry  Search this
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0054
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0054

Test flying at Old Wright Field / by the "Wright Stuff" pilots and engineers ; stories collected by Ken Chilstrom ; edited and typeset by Penn Leary

Author:
Chilstrom, Ken  Search this
Leary, Penn  Search this
Physical description:
222 pages ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Ohio
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
Date:
1991
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics--History  Search this
Call number:
TL671.1 .T34 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_450772

Firsts in Flight : Alexander Graham Bell and his innovative airplanes / Terrance W. MacDonald

Author:
MacDonald, Terrance W.  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922  Search this
Physical description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Nova Scotia
Baddeck
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Airplanes--Design and construction--History  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104168

Glenn L. Martin letter to Henry Woodhouse, dated Glenn L. Martin Company, Los Angeles, California, 11 December 1914

Correspondent:
Martin, Glenn L (Glenn Luther) 1886-1955  Search this
Addressee:
Woodhouse, Henry 1884-  Search this
Former owner:
Lende, H. W. Jr. DSI  Search this
Associated name:
Glenn L. Martin Company  Search this
United States Army  Search this
Author:
H.W. Lende, Jr. Manuscript Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 sheets (2 unnumbered pages) : illustration ; 26 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Manuscripts (documents)
Date:
1914
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics--Competitions  Search this
Call number:
MSS 002099 A
Restrictions & Rights:
Use by appointment with Dibner Library staff.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1101755

Instrumentation in the aerospace industry

Author:
Instrument Society of America  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1968
1987
C1987
Topic:
Aeronautical instruments--Congresses  Search this
Astronautical instruments--Congresses  Search this
Aerospace telemetry--Congresses  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing--Congresses  Search this
Aerodynamic measurements  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_506818

Testbeds, motherships & parasites : Astonishing aircraft from the golden age of flight test / Frederick A. Johnsen

Title:
Testbeds, motherships, and parasites
Author:
Johnsen, Frederick A.  Search this
Physical description:
203 pages : illustration 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
2018
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Aeronautics--Research--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091943

Testing to the limits : british test pilots since 1909

Author:
Ellis, Ken 1953-  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
2015
2016
Topic:
Test pilots  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1075381

Testing aircraft, exploring space : an illustrated history of NACA and NASA / Roger E. Bilstein

Author:
Bilstein, Roger E  Search this
Subject:
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration History  Search this
United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics History  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 218 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Outer space
Date:
2003
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Astronautics--History  Search this
Exploration  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_710985

German secret flight test centres to 1945 : Johannisthal, Lipetsk, Rechlin, Travemu╠łnde, Tarnewitz, Peenemu╠łnde-West / Heinrich Beauvais ... [et al.] ; in co-operation with Heinz Borsdorff ... [et al.]

Author:
Beauvais, Heinrich 1908-  Search this
Borsdorff, Heinz  Search this
Physical description:
248 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Date:
2002
20th century
1918-1945
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
TL526.G3 G47 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714045

Hypersonic : the story of the North American X-15 / Dennis R. Jenkins & Tony Landis

Author:
Jenkins, Dennis R  Search this
Landis, Tony  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 264 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Edwards Air Force Base
Date:
2003
Topic:
X-15 (Rocket aircraft)  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Aerodynamics, Hypersonic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714225

The spoken word : recollections of Dryden history : the early years / edited by Curtis Peebles

Title:
Recollections of Dryden history, the early years
Author:
Peebles, Curtis  Search this
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office  Search this
Subject:
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center History  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 136 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Interviews
Place:
California
Rogers Lake (Kern County)
United States
Date:
2003
Topic:
Aeronautics--Research--History  Search this
Aeronautical engineers  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719491

Flight research at Ames : fifty-seven years of development and validation of aeronautical technology, 1940-1997 / Paul F. Borchers, James A. Franklin, and Jay W. Fletcher

Title:
Fifty-seven years of development and validation of aeronautical technology, 1940-1997
Author:
Borchers, Paul F  Search this
Franklin, James A  Search this
Fletcher, Jay W  Search this
Ames Research Center  Search this
Subject:
Ames Research Center History  Search this
Physical description:
v, 113 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
United States
Date:
1999
[1999]
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing--History  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing--History  Search this
Aeronautics--Research--History  Search this
Aeronautics, Military--Research--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719832

The times of my life : a pilot's story / by Al White

Author:
White, Al  Search this
Subject:
White, Al  Search this
Physical description:
ii, 193, iv p. : ill., photos. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Test pilots  Search this
Air pilots, Military  Search this
Airplanes--Flight testing  Search this
B-70 bomber--History  Search this
Call number:
TL540.W44 W45 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746823

The secret years : flight testing at Boscombe Down 1939-1945 / Tim Mason

Author:
Mason, Tim  Search this
Subject:
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (Great Britain) History  Search this
Physical description:
320 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1998
C1998
20th century
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military--Research--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Airplanes, Military--Flight testing  Search this
Airplanes, Military  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_604148

A general flight test program for the transport category

Title:
Flight engineering reports, 9-17
Author:
United States Civil Aeronautics Administration Flight Engineering & Factory Inspection Division  Search this
Physical description:
[2], 133 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1944
Topic:
Airplanes--Flight testing  Search this
Transport planes  Search this
Call number:
TL685.7 .U55 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_605930

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