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Dana D. Purifoy
October 7, 2010
 

Dana D. PurifoyDana D. Purifoy

Dana D. Purifoy is project manager of NASA's Aeronautics Test Program activity at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., responsible for Dryden's test assets that include the test range facilities, support aircraft, flight loads and simulation laboratories.

A former research test pilot, Purifoy remains on flight duty at NASA Dryden, piloting aircraft as the T-34C in support of the X-48B project.

A former Air Force test pilot, Purifoy initially came to NASA as a research test pilot in August 1994. During 11 years with NASA, Purifoy piloted a number of significant projects and aircraft. Among them were the F/-18 Active Aeroelastic Wing research, the Advanced Control Technology for Integated Vehicles project on a highly modi-fied NF-15B, research experiments on NASA Dryden's F-15B aeronautics test bed and the Supersonic Laminar Flow Control project on a modified F-16XL. He also flew the NB-52 mothership during launches of the X-38 prototype crew return vehicle and the X-43 hypersonic scramjet vehicles, experiments on the F/A-18 Systems Research Aircraft, the Convair 990 space shuttle tire tests, and worked on the X-36 tailless fighter agility project.

Purifoy left NASA in 2005 to become the chief research pilot for Calspan Corporation. During five years with Calspan, he completed several unique test efforts related to operation of unmanned aircraft in the national air space, the F-16 Autoland, Automated Air Refueling and Automated Multiple Intruder Avoidance projects. He also was an instructor test pilot in Calspan's variable stability Learjet, the VISTA NF-16D and F-16D aircraft for all major test pilot schools.

Purifoy returned to NASA Dryden in 2010. He has accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flight time in more than 100 different aircraft.

While still in the Air Force, Purifoy served as a project pilot in the joint NASA/Air Force X-29 Forward Swept Wing research program conducted at Dryden from 1984 to 1992 and also served as project pilot and joint test force director with the AFTI F-16 (Advanced Fighter Technology Integration/F-16) program, also located at Dryden. Prior to those assignments, Purifoy was chief of the Systems Evaluation Branch at the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards, where he also served as an instructor on the T-38, F-16, and A-37. Prior to becoming a test pilot, he flew F-111 and F-16 aircraft in Great Britain and Germany. His last assignment in the Air Force was flying U-2 aircraft as a test pilot at Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, Calif.

Purifoy began his flying career with Air Force pilot training in 1978 after graduating with honors from the University of Michigan with a master of science degree in aerospace engineering. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering (Summa Cum Laude) a year earlier. Purifoy is a 1987 distinguished graduate of the French Test Pilot School, which he attended as an Air Force exchange pilot, and is a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute from which he holds a French language certificate.

September 2010
 

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