Testbeds, Motherships & Parasites: Astonishing Aircraft From the Golden Age of Flight Test

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Specialty Press, 15 gen 2018 - 204 pagine

Filling a void in major works about rare and exotic flight test aircraft, this book is the definitive work on the converted bombers and transports that served as the critically important launch vehicles to the headline-grabbing X-Planes. Covered are scores of aircraft of all types converted for use as "flying laboratories" to test engines, wings, cockpits, and aerodynamic devices all in the name of aviation progress. Also included are the "parasite" aircraft carried aloft to be launched and recovered by their motherships.

The 12 detailed chapters in this book thoroughly cover every aspect of mothership, testbed, and parasite aircraft. Also featured are detailed appendices containing extensive reference material for modelers, historians, and enthusiasts, including a complete listing of known engine testbeds; a complete listing of known airframe mods and systems-test aircraft; and all combinations of U.S. and foreign motherships and parasite-carrying aircraft.

Aviation history is filled with legendary aircraft, but in many cases, the design and development of these brilliant machines were dependent on significant inflight testing of new engines, advanced airframe structures, and the latest in flight control and flight-related systems. The availability of already-flying airframes that could be modified easily for specific airborne test work saved years of engineering time, not to mention the lives of countless test pilots who did not have to face airborne risks of the unknown. 

 

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Indice

Acknowledgments
4
Preface
5
Old School
6
Parasites with a Purpose
10
Bomber Bonus Testbeds
32
Transport Testbeds
69
Canadian Testbeds
78
PostWar Motherships
84
Scaled Composites Motherships
124
Airframe Mods and Systems Tests
128
Miscellanea
158
Epilogue
181
Testbed Aircraft
182
Mothership Aircraft
185
Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
186
The X15A2 Report
187

Motherships in the Jet Age
95
Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
109
Underwing and Useful
117
Selected Reading
198
Index
201
Copyright

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Frederick A. Johnsen recently retired from a lengthy career at the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center and NASA's famed Dryden Flight Research Center, both located on the historic desert site known as Edwards Air Force Base. During his time there, Johnsen amassed a wealth of knowledge related to the Golden Age of Flight Test Research at Edwards. He has written numerous books about aircraft and aviation history.  

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