Retiring center director Kevin L. Petersen received a speedy and splashing sendoff April 2 as he wrapped up a more than 37-year career as a research engineer, manager and center director at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.
Keeping a long-standing tradition alive, Petersen is splashed with buckets of water by Dryden employees following his final flight in the F/A-18. Petersen officially retired from NASA on April 3, 2009. (NASA Photo / Tom Tschida)
An F-16 piloted by Air Force Flight Test Center commander Maj. Gen. David Eichhorn joins up in tight formation with a NASA Dryden F/A-18 flown by NASA research pilot Frank Batteas on a pilot proficiency sortie with Petersen riding along in the rear cockpit. The flight included a short segment above Mach 1 - the speed of sound – over the Edwards Air Force Base test range. (NASA Photo / Jim Ross)
› View video
› Center director Kevin Petersen announces retirement