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A top view shows the wing loading test configuration of a F/A-18.
NASA's F/A-18 taking off.

Flight Demonstrations and Capabilities Project

This Flight Demonstrations and Capabilities (FDC) project conducts complex and integrated flight research demonstrations in support of Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) programs. FDC also operates, sustains and enhances the specific flight research and test capabilities – from test and support aircraft to a full test range – needed to achieve technical goals in ARMD’s Strategic Plan, other NASA mission directorate activities, and national strategic needs.

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project manager

Tom Horn

deputy project manager for capabilities

Karla Shy

Deputy Project Manager for Strategy and Planning

Dan Williams

Flight Research Facilities

The FDC project validates benefits associated with critical technologies through focused flight experiments. Through the integration of appropriate flight test capabilities and assets – whether from NASA, other government agencies or industry – FDC campaigns focus on aggressive, success-oriented schedules using the best collection of assets. The FDC project supports tests of technology at all phases of maturation. These activities support research within all six aeronautics strategic thrust areas outlined in ARMD's Strategic Implementation Plan.

airplane being tested inside a hangar

Flight Loads Laboratory

X-43A Hypersonic Experimental Vehicle

Simulation Lab

Dryden Communications Facility with COMM 1 and COMM 2 Dishes

Dryden Aeronautical Test Range

NASA's SOFIA aircraft in flight with the F/A-18 airplane underneath it.

Support Aircraft & Maint. Ops

NASA’s Chase Aircraft Gets a Facelift

An F/A-18 aircraft received from the U.S. Navy in 2021 has been rejuvenated, had its NASA colors added, and is close to flight certification at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Edwards, California.

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NASA 862, which is an F/A-18D, departs with its fresh colors from the U.S. Air Force Corrosion Control Facility on Edwards Air Force Base in California for its nearby home at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center.