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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2B1W_x-29_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
Researchers flew the X-29 to explore the use of advanced composite materials in aircraft construction, variable-camber wing surfaces, forward-swept wings with a thin supercritical airfoil, close-coupled canards, and digital fly-by-wire controls. T…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2B1V_lockheed-f-104_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
NASA Dryden operated a fleet of F-104 Starfighters between 1956 and 1994. These were used as chase aircraft, for pilot training and proficiency, and to practice X-15 approaches and landings. They were also configured to carry flight-test fixtures …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2B1U_nf-15b_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
In 1993 Dryden acquired the NF-15B, a two-seat jet fighter that had undergone significant modifications including the addition of canards and a pair of thrust-vectoring nozzles. Dryden engineers used the aircraft as a test bed for research on Inte…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2B1T_lockheed-sr-71a-blackbird_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
Marker 1:The SR-71 Blackbird served NASA as a high-speed, high-altitude research aircraft capable of attaining altitudes above 85,000 feet with a cruising speed up to Mach 3.32 (2,193 mph). To enable it to withstand high temperatures generated by …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2B1S_himat_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
This Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology demonstrator, the second of two built, was designed to test technologies that would improve the maneuverability of future U.S. fighters. NASA, the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory, and Rockwell Inte…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2AOD_united-states-post-office_Bakersfield-CA.html
In 1924, Bakersfield was the twenty-first city in California to receive a Federal Post Office Building. Built at a cost of $130,000, the Mission architecture style building, constructed of masonry and concrete and reinforced with steel, was the of…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2AG2_tehachapi-depot_Tehachapi-CA.html
Erected in 1904 to replace a former depot destroyed by fire, the Tehachapi Depot served the community until its use as a station was discontinued in 1971. In 2004, a local group began the process of obtaining the depot from Union Pacific. Upon suc…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2A9D_f-8-digital-fly-by-wire-aircraft_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
This research aircraft was the first airplane to fly using a digital fly-by-wire electronics flight-control system with no mechanical backup system. The initial system utilized components from the Apollo spacecraft guidance and control system. …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2A9C_f-8-dfbw_Edwards-Air-Force-Base-CA.html
For the Digital Fly-By-Wire project, NASA technicians replaced cables and push rods in this F-8 Crusader with an electronic flight-control system coupled to a digital computer. The computer interpreted the pilot's control inputs and transmitted th…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2A84_saab-tf-35xd-draken_Mojave-CA.html
This aircraft was used to train future Test Pilots & Flight Test Engineers from around the world by NTPS here at Mojave from 1994 - 2009.
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