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Fact Sheets

Downloadable pdfs about the aircraft, flight test and research projects, facilities, people, and history of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.  

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Overview

Armstrong Flight Research Center

The center is NASA's primary center for high-risk, atmospheric flight research and test projects. FS-2021-08-001 AFRC

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Large group of people in front of a building.
NASA Armstrong group photo taken outside Building 4800 at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.
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Aircraft

B200 Super King Air Research Support Aircraft

Armstrong's Beechcraft B200 Super King Air aircraft serves as a testbed for various aeronautical research and airborne science projects. This B200 also serves as a pilot proficiency aircraft as part of NASA’s support aircraft fleet. FS-2022-11-099 AFRC

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NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, flew the B200 King Air in support of the Signals of Opportunity Synthetic Aperture Radar (SoOpSAR) campaign.
NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, flew the B200 King Air in support of the Signals of Opportunity Synthetic Aperture Radar (SoOpSAR) campaign on Feb. 27, 2023.
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Programs & Projects

Commercial Supersonic Technology Project

This project focuses on sonic boom reduction methods and approaches. Its primary goal is to develop and validate tools, technologies, and concepts to overcome the barriers to practical supersonic commercial aircraft. FS-107 AFRC

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A red colorized schlieren image of a small-scale model of NASA’s X-59 aircraft.
A schlieren image of the X-59 small-scale model captured inside NASA Glenn’s 8- by- 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel. These images are used to predict sonic booms and verify computer-based modeling.
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Historical

Active Aeroelastic Wing Flight Research

The center researched a high-tech adaptation of the Wright Brothers rudimentary "wingwarping" approach to aircraft flight control. FS-2005-03-061 DFRC

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First Check-Flight of F/A-18 Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW)
How differential deflection of the inboard and outboard leading-edge flaps affected the handling qualities of this modified F/A-18A was evaluated during the first check flight in the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.