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• Armstrong's F-18
• Lockheed X-59 in Flight
1. In 2007, Armstrong's F-18 conducted the first successful automated aerial refueling demonstration without pilot assistance.
2. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronamy (SOPHIA) makes a low pass over NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in celebraton of its arrival.
3. An artist's conception shows the Lockheed X-59 in flight. The X-plane's shape is designed to reduce sonic booms and lead to supersonic flight over land.
•X-31, The World's First International X-Plane
•F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft
1. The X-31, the world's first international X-plane, demonstrates controlled flight at high alpha courtesy of its canards and thrust vectoring paddles in the exhaust stream.
2. The F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire aircraft had its hydro-mechanical control systems replaced by an Apollo Guidance Computer for the first such control system to fly.
•Aerial Map of Palmdale (West to East)
1. SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched, rocket-powered aircraft manufactured by Scaled Composites that has a hybrid rocket motor allowing it to be capable of sub-orbital spaceflight
2. Map of Palmdale
3. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s
•William J. "Pete" Knight
•Lt. Col. Jacqueline Cochran
•Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager posing in front of his Bell X-1
1. Born Florence Leontine Lowe, "Pancho Barnes" broke Amelia Earhart’s speed record during the 1930 Women’s Air Derby. She worked as a Hollywood stunt pilot in the early 1930s, and purchased 180-acres of barren land adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake bed and Muroc Army Airfield (later known as EAFB) in 1935. It was here she established Happy Bottom Riding Club, where her hospitality towards the airmen at Muroc eventually lead to her becoming referred to as the “Mother of Edwards Air Force Base.”
2. William John “Pete” Knight, who holds world record for flight speed in a winged vehicle, graduated from the Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot at EAFB in 1958. After more than sixteen flights in the X-15A-2, Knight became one of five people to earn astronaut wings by flying an airplane into space.
3. Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran owner of Jacqueline Cochran Cosmetics, who became a world-class competitive pilot, was the woman to break the sound barrier, she flew a Northup T-38 with Chuck Yeager flying beside her. She also designed the first oxygen mask.
4. Chuck Yeager became a pilot in 1942 during WWII though he had originally joined as an aircraft mechanic. On several occasions he was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base. While at Edwards, he broke the sound barrier by traveling faster than the speed of sound in a Bell X-1 named "Glamorous Glennis" after his wife.