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Uniquely Dryden
October 18, 2011
 

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, foreground, and No. 911, background, fly in formation over the Rio Tinto borax mine west of Boron, Calif.NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, foreground, and No. 911, background, fly in formation over the Rio Tinto borax mine west of Boron, Calif. The NASA 747s carried shuttles from California to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and will continue operations delivering the retired spacecraft to museums coast to coast. (NASA Photo by Carla Thomas)

The F-8 Digital-Fly-by-Wire aircraft created a revolution in aircraft design. This control system is used on most modern aircraft, including the shuttles, and complex aircraft would not be flyable without it.The F-8 Digital-Fly-by-Wire aircraft created a revolution in aircraft design. This control system is used on most modern aircraft, including the shuttles, and complex aircraft would not be flyable without it. (NASA Photo)

This CV-990 was modified with installation of a shuttle landing gear system between the two main sets of landing gear. The 155 test missions flown with the aircraft led to the orbiters' capability to land in higher crosswinds.This CV-990 was modified with installation of a shuttle landing gear system between the two main sets of landing gear. The 155 test missions flown with the aircraft led to the orbiters' capability to land in higher crosswinds. (NASA Photo)

Dryden's F-15B test bed aircraft flew a series of flights in the Lifting Insulating Foam Trajectory, or LIFT, research as part of the center's contributions to NASA's return-to-flight activity.Dryden's F-15B test bed aircraft flew a series of flights in the Lifting Insulating Foam Trajectory, or LIFT, research as part of the center's contributions to NASA's return-to-flight activity. (NASA Photo by Carla Thomas)

NASA F-104G No. 826 carried shuttle thermal protection system materials on the sides of an underbelly pylon. The flights exposed the materials to greater aerodynamic loads than would be encountered during a shuttle launch.NASA F-104G No. 826 carried shuttle thermal protection system materials on the sides of an underbelly pylon. The flights exposed the materials to greater aerodynamic loads than would be encountered during a shuttle launch. (NASA Photo)

the space shuttle solid rocket booster drop test vehicle is released from the NB-52B.The space shuttle solid rocket booster drop test vehicle is released from the NB-52B. (NASA Photo)

An experimental drag chute is deployed in a cloud of dust behind NASA's B-52 research aircraft just after landing on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to Dryden. Tests with the NB-52B led to development of a drag chute that improved the shuttle's capability to land safely and easily.An experimental drag chute is deployed in a cloud of dust behind NASA's B-52 research aircraft just after landing on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to Dryden. Tests with the NB-52B led to development of a drag chute that improved the shuttle's capability to land safely and easily. (NASA Photo)

 

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