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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dryden Aircraft Photo Collection

This collection contains digitized photos of many of the unique research aircraft flown at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
at Edwards, California. These images date from the 1940s to the present. No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs. See Using NASA Imagery and Linking to NASA Web Sites for more information. Multiple resolutions are available. All are 24-bit color JPEGs. The FAQ will answer some frequently asked questions.

Dryden Aircraft Slideshow feature the best photos of various aircraft. What's New lists photos recently added to the collection.

Aircraft Research Program Flight Dates #Images
A-5A Vigilante (Historical) A-5A SST & Sonic Boom Research 1963 1
Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) (Historical)AAW Active Aeroelastic Wing Research 2001 - present 25
AD-1 (Historical)AD-1 Oblique Wing Research 1979 - 1982 7
Aero-Commander (Historical)Aerocommander Unswept Fuselage Study 1968 2
Aerospike Rocket TestAerospike Rocket First know data from a solid fueled aerospike rocket in flight Present 3
AltairAltair Remotely operated, uninhabited aircraft program Present 24
Altus (Historical)Altus ERAST Program - High Altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 1996 - 1997 10
Apex (Historical)Apex ERAST Program - High Altitude Sailplane 1995 - 1998 3
APV-3 NUAVT (Historical)APV-3 NUAVT Auto Piloted Vehicle (APV-3) Networked Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 2005 3
Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) (Historical)AAR F/A-18 #845 Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) project 2002 - 2003 10
Autonomous Airborne Refueling
Demonstration (AARD)
AARD F/A-18 #845 Autonomous Airborne Refueling 2006 - present 12
Autonomous Formation Flight (AFF) (Historical)AFF Autonomous Formation Flight Control 2000 - 2001 8
Autonomous Soaring ProjectAutonomous Soaring model in flight Thermal Lift Tests to Extend UAV Flight Range and Endurance 2005 3
B-29 Superfortress (Historical)B-29 Air Drop Mothership 1940s - 1960s 10
B-47A Stratojet (Historical)B-47A Landing Drag Chute Study and Dynamic Response Research 1953 - 1957 7
B-52 Stratofortress B-52 Air Drop Mothership (Historical) 1959 - 2004 44
F-111 chute drop F-111 Chute Drop Test (Historical) 1989 2
HiMat drop HiMAT Mothership (Historical) 1979 - 1983 2
Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (Historical) 1970s - 1980s 6
Drag chute tests STS Drag Chute Tests (Historical) 1990 - 1991 5
X-38 drop X-38 Mothership (Historical) 1997 - 2000 11
B-57B Canberra (Historical)Apex Atmospheric Research 1982 3
Bell 47 (Historical) Bell 47 Support and LLRV Chase/Training early 1960s - 1985 3
Boeing 720 (Historical) Boeing 720 CID - Controlled Impact Demonstration 1984 7
Boeing 727 (Historical)Boeing 727 Vortex study 1974 1
Boeing 747 (Historical)Boeing 747 Vortex study 1974, 1979 4
C-17 Globemaster III C-17 Propulsion Health Management (PHM) 2003 - present 11
C-140 Jetstar (Historical) C-140 General purpose airborne simulator 1963 - 1988 5
C-141A (Historical) C-141A Eclipse tow aircraft 1997 1
Centurion (Historical)Centurion High Altitude Solar Powered Aircraft 1997 30
CV-990 (Historical) LSRA LSRA - Landing Systems Research Aircraft 1993 - 1996 17
D-558-1 Skystreak (Historical) D-558-1 Transonic Flight Research 1947 - 1953 11
D-558-2 Skyrocket (Historical) D-558-II Transonic and Supersonic Flight Research 1949 - 1956 18
Daedalus (Historical) Daedalus Human Powered Aircraft 1987 - 1988 2
DC-8 DC-8 Airborne Laboratory 1997 - present 129
Demonstrator 2 (Historical) Demonstrator 2 ERAST Research 1996 1
E-2C Hawkeye E-2C Hawkeye Loads Lab weight tests for planned modifications 2005 3
Eclipse (Historical) Eclipse Towed aircraft launch 1997 16
ER-2 ER-2 High altitude Research 1997 - present 34
F-4A Phantom (Historical) F-4A Navy fighter 1965 1
F-4C Phantom II (Historical) F-4C Air flow tests 1984 2
F4D Skyray (Historical) F4D N/A 1950s 1
F5D-1 Skylancer (Historical) F-5D Develop Dyna-soar launch pad abort procedures 1961 - 1970 6
F-8A Crusader (Historical) F-8A SCW - Supercritical Wing 1971 - 1973 7
F-8C Crusader (Historical) F-8C DFBW - Digital Fly-By-Wire 1972 - 1985 8
F-14 Tomcat (Historical) F-14 Variable Sweep Transition flight experiment 1986 - 1987 8
F-15 Eagle F-15B ECANS in flight F-15B SBRDC/ECANS 2007 - present 7
F-15 IFCS F-15B #837 Intelligent Flight Control System 2002 - present 9
Quiet Spike taking off F-15B #836 Quiet Spike (Historical) 2006 - present 19
F-15B F-15B #836 Research Testbed Aircraft 1993 - present 38
F-15 F-15 #837 ACTIVE - Thrust Vectoring (Historical) 1993 - 1998 27
F-15rprv F-15A - Flight Research (Historical) 1976 - 1981 12
F-15rprv F-15A RPRV/SRV: Remotely Piloted Research Vehicle/Spin Research Vehicle (Historical) 1975 - 1977 2
F-15 HIDEC Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control (HIDEC) (Historical) 1976 - 1993 7
F-16 AFTI (Historical) F-16 AFTI AFTI - Advanced Fighter Technology Integration 1983 11
F-16XL (Historical) F-16XL #1 Ship #1 (Historical) 1991 - 1996 39
F-16XL #1 Ship #1 CAWAP - Cranked Aero Wing Aerodynamics Project (Historical) 1994 - 1996 13
F-16XL #2 Ship #2 - Supersonic Laminar Flow (Historical) 1992 - 1996 30
F-18 Hornet
F-18 Chase Airborne Astronomy 1999 - present 4
F-18 Mission Mission Support Aircraft 1990 - present 28
F-18 SRA SRA - Systems Research Aircraft 1993 - 1998 22
F-18 HARV HARV - High Alpha Research Aircraft (Historical) 1987 - 1997 33
F-86 Sabre (Historical) F-86 Sabre Chase Aircraft 1950s 37
F-100 Super Sabre (Historical) F-100 Inertial Coupling (stability) 1954 - 1956 9
F-101 Voodoo (Historical)F-101 Air Force fighter 1956 1
F-104 Starfighter (Historical)F-104 Inertial coupling, reaction controls, noise research 1956 - 1973 28
F-105 Thunderchief (Historical) F-105 Various flight research projects 1959 - 1968 1
F-106 Delta Dart (Historical) F-106 Eclipse air tow 1997 - 1998 11
F-107A (Historical) F-107 Evaluate sidestick flight control system 1957 - 1959 3
F-111 Aardvaark (Historical) F-111A F-111A (Historical) 1968 2
F-111 AFTI F-111 AFTI - Advanced Fighter Technology Integration (Historical) 1974 - 1986 6
F-111 IPCS F-111E IPCS - Integrated Propulsion Control System (Historical) 1975 1
F-111 TACT F-111 TACT - Transonic Aircraft Technology
(Historical)
1972 - 1984 3
Firebee Drone (Historical) Firebee drone DAST - Drone for Aeroelastic Structures Testing 1977 - 1984 7
Gossamer Albatross (Historical) Gossamer Albatross Human Powered Aircraft 1980 5
Global Hawk Globa Hawk Unmanned aircraft 2007-present 7
Gulfstream III C-20A General project support aircraft 2002 - present 5
Guppy Guppy Pilot study and system transport 1962-present 10
HL-10 (Historical)HL-10 Lifting Body 1966 - 1970 29
Helios Helios Solar Powered Aircraft 1999 - present 36
HiMAT (Historical) HiMat RPV - Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology 1979 - 1983 6
Hyper III (Historical) Hyper III RPV - Lifting Body reentry configuration 1969 4
Ikhana Inflatable Wing Long-endurance, high-altitude unmanned research aircraft Present 41
Inflatable Wing (Historical) Inflatable Wing Inflatable Wing Technology Demonstrator 2001 9
Iron Cross Attitude
Simulator
(Historical)
Iron Cross Reaction Flight Control Systems 1956 3
KC-135A Stratotanker (Historical) KC-135A Evaluate capabilities of jet aircraft in air traffic control system and Winglet Study 1958 and 1979 5
KingAir King Air Support aircraft 1997 - present 7
L-1011 L-1011 Adaptive Performance Optimization 1995 - present 5
Wing Vortex Study Wing Vortex Study (Historical) 1977 1
Lear 24 (Historical) Lear 24 Jet transport 2001 1
LLRV (Historical) LLRV Lunar Landing Research Vehicle 1964 - 1967 9
LRV (Historical) LRV Low Reynolds Vehicle 1981 - 1982 2
M2-F1 (Historical) M2-F1 Lifting Body 1963 - 1964 22
M2-F2 (Historical) M2-F2 Lifting Body 1966 - 1967 18
M2-F3 (Historical) M2-F3 Lifting Body 1970 - 1972 10
MD-11 (Historical) MD-11 Propulsion Controlled Aircraft 1995 10
Mini-Sniffer (Historical) Mini-Sniffer Air sample gathering 1974 - 1977 4
Morphing Airplane Morphing airplane Inflight Configuration Changes present 1
Oblique Wing Research
Aircraft
(Historical)
Oblique Wing Research Aircraft Oblique Wing Research 1976 2
Orion Crew Module Orion crew module Orion crew module 2007 - present 16
OV-1C (Historical) OV-1C Stall speed warning system 1983 2
P-3D Orion (Historical)P-3D Shuttle Tile Flight Tests Fixture 1987 2
P-38 Lightning (Historical) P-38 World War II fighter mid 1940s 1
P-51 Mustang (Historical) P-51 Chase (X-1A), Pilot proficiency 1950s, 2000 4
PA-30 TwinComanche (Historical) PA-30 NASA 808 RPRV - Remotely Piloted Research Vehicle 1979 - 1980 2
Paresev (Historical) Paresev Spacecraft landing control systems 1962 - 1964 10
Pathfinder (Historical) Pathfinder Solar Powered Aircraft 1994 - 1997 35
Pathfinder-Plus Pathfinder-Plus Solar Powered Aircraft 1998 - present 32
Pegasus (Historical) Pegasus Air-launched space booster 1989 - 1994 9
Perseus (Historical) Perseus Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor
Technology
1993 - 1994, 1998 23
Phoenix Missile Phoenix Missile Hypersonic testbed 2007 - present 3
PIK-20E (Historical) PIK-20 Sailplane Research Aircraft - airflow over lifting surfaces 1981 - 1991 2
Power-Beaming Power-Beaming Continuous flight using beamed laser energy 2002-present 10
Propulsion Controlled Aircraft
(PCA)
MD-11 aircraft taking off Propulsion Controlled Aircraft (PCA) 1993-present 9
Proteus Proteus Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor
Technology
1999- present 7
Quiet Spike Quiet Spike taking off Sonic boom research 2006 - present 19
R4D Skytrain (Historical) R4 Support aircraft 1950s 3
RF-84F (Historical) RF-84-F Pitch up studies 1965 1
RSRA (Historical) RSRA Rotor Systems Research Aircraft 1980 - 1981 2
Schweizer 1-36 (Historical) Schweizer 1-36 Deep Stall Research 1983 - 1984 3
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferrys the Shuttle back to Florida Space shuttle ferry flights 1981 - present 7
SOFIA 747SP aircraft Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy 2006 - present 68
Spacewedge (Historical) Spacewedge Spacecraft Autoland Project 1991 - 1996 6
SRV (Historical) SRV RPV - Spin Research Vehicle 1973 - 1981 2
Shaped Sonic Boom
Demonstration (SSBD)
F-5 Reducing sonic boom intensity 2003 - 2004 12
SR-71 Blackbird SR-71 High speed flight and sonic boom studies (Historical) 1990 - 1999 43
LASRE Linear Aerospike SR Experiment (LASRE) (Historical) 1996 - 1999 21
F-5 Ultraviolet Experiment 1994 1
T-33A (Historical) T-33A Support and Flight Research 1958 - 1973 4
T-34C T-34C Chase, pilot proficiency 1996 - present 10
T-37 (Historical) T-37 Chase Aircraft, Wake Vortex Studies 1974 2
T-38 T-38 Chase, pilot proficiency 1970s - present 15
Theseus Theseus RPV 1996 - present 16
Tier 3- Darkstar (Historical) Tier-3 RPV 1995 - 1999 2
TU-144LL (Historical) TU-144LL Supersonic Research 1996 - 1999 16
U-2 (Historical) U-2 Never flown - CIA Cover Story 1960 1
Voyager (Historical) Voyager Globe circling flight 1987 1
X-1 (Historical)X-1 Supersonic flight 1946 - 1958 19
X-1A (Historical)X-1A Supersonic flight 1946 - 1958 7
X-1B (Historical) X-1B Supersonic flight 1946 - 1958 11
X-1E (Historical)X-1E Supersonic flight 1946 - 1958 12
X-2 (Historical)X-2 Supersonic swept wing 1955 - 1956 8
X-3 (Historical)X-3 Sustained flight at Mach 2+, low aspect ratio wings,titanium construction 1953 - 1956 11
X-4 (Historical)X-4 Semi-tailless aircraft 1954 9
X-5 (Historical)X-5 Variable sweep wings 1952 - 1955 10
X-15 (Historical)X-15 Hypersonic flight at high altitude 1959 - 1968 55
X-24 (Historical)X-24 Lifting body flight research 1969 - 1975 30
X-29 (Historical) X-29 Forward Swept Wing 1984 - 1992 18
X-31 (Historical) X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Demonstrator 1992 - 1995 27
X-33 (Historical)X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator 1996 - 1999 25
X-34 (Historical)X-34 Technology Testbed Demonstrator 1998 - 2000 30
X-36 (Historical)X-36 Tailless Aircraft Research 1996 - 1997 27
X-37X-37 Advanced Technology Demonstrator 1999 - present 5
X-38 (Historical)X-38 Experimental Crew Return Vehicle 1995 - 2001 78
X-40A (Historical)X-40 Space Maneuvering Vehicle 1996 - 2001 14
X-43A / Hyper-XX-43A Unpiloted Hypersonic Research Vehicle 1996 - present 82
X-45AX-45A X-45A Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems
(J-UCAS)
2001 - present 25
X-48BX-48B in wind tunner Blended Wing Body Present 18
X-Wing (Historical)X-Wing Rotor System Research Aircraft 1986 - 1988 3
XB-70A Valkyrie (Historical)XB-70A Stability and handling of large delta-wing aircraft at high speed 1967 - 1969 12
XF-91 Thunderceptor
(Historical)
XF-91 Prototype fighter early 1950s 1
XF-92A (Historical)XF-92A Evaluate delta wing concept 1953 9
XV-15 Tilt Rotor Aircraft
(Historical)
XV-15 Improve design and efficiency of rotorcraft using
tilt rotors
1980 - 1981 4
YF-12 Blackbird (Historical)YF-12 High speed, high altitude research, aerodynamic and thermal loads 1970 - 1978 10
YF-17 Cobra (Historical)YF-17 Prototype aircraft (future F-18) mid 1970s 3
YF-23 (Historical)YF-23 Never flown at Dryden - US Air Force photo 1994 1
YF-102
Delta Dagger
(Historical)
YF-102 Delta wing research 1954 - 1958 4
YO-3AYO-3A In-Flight Acoustics Research 1997 - 2004 5
YRF-84F (Historical)YRF-84-F Pitch-up research 1954 - 1956 3

Aircraft Fleet Images
Fleet imagesFleet All Dryden aircraft fleet photos 1950 - present 50
Fleet Images from the 1950s
(Historical)
1950s Fleet Dryden aircraft fleet photos 1950 - 1959 11
Fleet Images from the 1960s
(Historical)
1960s Fleet Dryden aircraft fleet photos 1960 - 1969 14
Fleet Images from the 1970s
(Historical)
1970s Fleet Dryden aircraft fleet photos 1970 - 1979 2
Fleet Images from the 1980s
(Historical)
1980s Fleet Dryden aircraft fleet photos 1980 - 1989 4
Fleet Images from the 1990s
(Historical)
1990s Fleet Dryden aircraft fleet photos 1990 - 1999 15
Fleet Images from the 2000s2000s Fleet Dryden aircraft fleet photos 2000 - present 4

STS - Space Shuttle
ALT (Historical)ALT STS Approach and Landing Tests late 1970s 6
Ferry FlightsFerry Flights STS - SCA Ferry Flights 1981 - present 9
LandingsShuttle landings STS Dryden/Edwards Landings 1981 - present 39
MDDMDD STS Mate-Demate Device 1978 - present 7
STS-1 Landing (Historical)STS-1 STS-1 Landing at Edwards April 14, 1981 20
STS-76 Landing (Historical)STS-76 STS-76 Landing at Edwards March 31, 1996 7
STS-92 Landing (Historical)STS-92 STS-92 Landing at Edwards October 24, 2000 15
STS-98 Landing (Historical)STS-98 STS-98 Landing at Edwards February 20, 2001 8
STS-100 Landing (Historical)STS-100 STS-100 Landing at Edwards May 1, 2001 10
STS-111 Landing (Historical)STS-111 STS-111 Landing at Edwards June 19, 2002 8
STS-114 Landing (Historical)STS-114 Landing STS-114 Discovery Space Shuttle landing at Edwards Air Force Base August 9, 2005 32
STS-117 LandingSTS-117 Landing STS-117 Atlantis Space Shuttle landing at Edwards Air Force Base June 22, 2007 12
STS-MiscellaneousSTS-111 STS-Miscellaneous 2005 9

Dryden Center Research Facilities Images
Dryden Research FacilitiesFacilities Dryden laboratories and buildings 1946 - present 30
Flight SimulatorsSimulators Dryden flight simulators 1958 - present 17
Flight Loads LaboratoryFlight Loads Lab Stress testing of aircraft under conditions expected in flight 1970 - present 16
Flow Visualization FacilityFlow visualization Water Tunnel Flow Studies 1983 - present 3

Other Dryden Images
Aerodynamic Truck Research
(Historical)
Truck Air Flow Research 1975 - 1981 2
DirectorsDirector Dryden Center Directors portraits 1946 - present 19
MiscellaneousMiscellaneous Miscellaneous Dryden photos N/A 14end of skip site  content
PeopleDryden people Dryden people 1946 - present 56
PilotsDryden pilots Dryden Research Pilots and their aircraft 1946 - present 79
Schlieren PhotographySchlieren photography Shock Wave Visualization Research 1993 - present 1
VisitorsVisitors to Dryden Guest speakers, visiting dignitaries, etc 2002 - present 22

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