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Volume 46 | Issue 3 | April 2004

Research Roundup

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Lakebed Legacies

April 6, 1951 - Capt. Charles "Chuck" Yeager made a flight in the NACA's X-1 (46-063) for the motion picture Jet Pilot.

April 24, 1961 - Essex Movie Productions began filming scenes at Edwards Air Force Base and NASA Flight Research Center (FRC) for the motion picture X-15, starring James Gregory, Charles Bronson and Mary Tyler Moore. Milt Thompson served as a technical advisor.

April 1, 1963 - First non-airborne ground tow of M2-F1. Pilot: Milt Thompson.

April 5, 1963 - First airborne ground tow of M2-F1. Pilot: Milt Thompson.

April 23, 1963 - First M2-F1 free flight from ground tow. Pilot: Milt Thompson.

April 16, 1964 - Bell Aircraft delivered Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) No. 1 to NASA FRC.

April 13, 1967 - Series creator Gene Roddenberry and cast members James Doohan and DeForest Kelley from the Star Trek television series visited NASA FRC.

April 1, 1970 - Don Mallick made his first flight in YF-12A (60-6935) with U.S Air Force Maj. Sam Ursini.

April 14, 1971 - Rocketry pioneer Werner von Braun visited NASA FRC.

April 26, 1976 - The NB-52B (52-0008) was transferred to NASA on permanent loan.

April 2, 1980 - Tom McMurtry made the first 15-degree wing sweep flight in the AD-1 oblique-wing research airplane, to evaluate stability at high angle of attack.

April 8, 1984 - Einar Enevoldson and Marta Bohn-Meyer delivered F-14A (158613) from NAS Patuxent River, Md., to NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility (DFRF).

April 9, 1985 - Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis (OV-104) arrived at NASA DFRF following land rollover from Palmdale.