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Volume 46 | Issue 7 | August 2004

Research Roundup

photo: NASA 008 Workhorse
Dryden's mothership known as NASA 008 has a new paint job.
NASA Photo / Carla Thomas

NASA's Workhorse Sports New Markings

By By Gray Creech
Dryden Public Affairs

Dryden's venerable NB-52B mothership, known as NASA 008, is sporting a new paint job - well, sort of.

The new livery reflects for the first time identification of the workhorse aircraft as a Dryden asset.

"Dryden Flight Research Center" appears in black lettering and "NASA" is painted in larger, red script on the starboard (right) side of the nose.

Most of the aircraft's markings are the original U.S. Air Force markings dating to the mid-1950s. A prominent yellow band with "NASA" featured in black on the aircraft's vertical tail dates to that era, and has been used on many NASA aircraft from the Agency's inception in 1958 through the early 1970s.

NASA 008, acquired by Dryden in July 1975, turns 50 years old and is slated for retirement next year. In the meantime, the historic aircraft will launch the last scramjet-powered X-43A this fall.