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  Seatback graphic on an airplane at the window seat, showing the NASA logo and below it Aeronautics with you when you fly.
Holiday Season Makes Most of NASA Aeronautics Gifts
Holiday travel is here but that's okay because NASA's with you when you fly.
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  Cave of the Winds. The Remarkable History of the Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel book cover.
Full-Scale Tunnel story told in new NASA book
NASA captures the history of what, for a time, was the largest wind tunnel in the world.
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  NASA's DC-8 research aircraft leads one of the ACCESS II sampler aircraft across the early morning California sky.
ACCESS II Confirms Jet Biofuel Burns Cleaner
ACCESS II research confirms biofuels offer a cleaner future for aviation.
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  New air traffic control software is one potential end use for the IKOS analyzer.
IKOS Debugger Zaps Error Rate for Aviation Software Developers
Aviation and other software developers can benefit from NASA's smarter debugger.
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  NASA celebrates National Aviation Day on August 19. In this photo, research pilot Denis Steele sets up a camera in the cockpit of an ER-2 aircraft at 65,000 feet over the Alaskan mountains.
Remembering ‘First Flights’ on National Aviation Day
Celebrating flight is a great way to observe National Aviation Day on August 19.
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  As seen in this image, Terminal Sequencing and Spacing technology enables air traffic controllers to better manage the spacing between aircraft as they save both time and fuel and reducing emissions, flying more efficient approaches into airports.
NASA Turns Over Next-Generation Air Traffic Management Tool to Federal Aviation Administration
A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony Monday at the agency's headquarters in Washington.
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  NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden talks to airlines about NASA's work to reduce aviation's environmental impact.
NASA Administrator Talks Green Aviation with Global
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden had a rare opportunity to address the representatives responsible for environmental compliance at U.S. and international airlines during a recent industry event in Seattle.
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  Computer graphic of a future vehicle and it shows the pressure coefficient levels.
Seeking Reality in the Future of Aeronautical Simulation
Will aircraft designers have the tools they need to design a future for aviation that is far different from today?
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  The HU-25C Guardian aircraft will look like this when it flies behind NASA's DC-8 as seen in this image from ACCESS I flights in 2013.
NASA Aeronautics Set to Premiere High-Flying Sequel
A spring sequel finds Canada and Germany joining our ACCESS II flying fleet to study alternative jet fuel environmental impacts.
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  A New Twist in Flight Research, shwoing the F-18 Active Aeroelastic Wing in flight.
New NASA Book Reveals Fascination with Wing Twist
Sometimes the inspiration for innovative technological solutions comes from unexpected places; in this case, how birds twist their wings in flight.
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  A 40-ton crane carefully lowers the aircraft tail from the rafters down through the open doors of the tunnel's roof.
NASA Aces Delicate Operation with Aircraft Tail
They made it look easy. NASA engineers pulled off a tricky installation of a two-story aircraft tail in a wind tunnel.
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  This view isolates the flow-through inlet on the Boeing model inside the wind tunnel at NASA Glenn.
NASA Centers Team Up to Tackle Sonic Boom
Every NASA supersonic testing facility and high speed researcher is engaged in finding ways to lower the level of sonic booms.
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  A French jet is part of an Australian flight test to better understand icing weather conditions that can impact aircraft engines while a plane is flying at altitude.
NASA Goes Down Under to Tap High-Altitude Ice
NASA researchers are supporting a flight campaign in Australia that's hunting down the causes of an engine icing phenomenon.
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  X-29 in flight over the Mojave Desert.
Looking Back at X-29A in 'Sweeping Forward'
Wait! Who put the wings on backwards? It's one of the strangest looking airplanes ever flown in modern times.
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  Thinking Obliquely Title, book cover.
Looking Back at How NASA Looked Ahead during 2013
During 2013, NASA Aeronautics managed to roll out a new vision for aviation research while completing numerous activities that will improve the way we fly.
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  Thinking Obliquely Title, book cover.
'Thinking Obliquely' Tells Story of NASA's Scissors Wing Airplane
They called it the "scissors wing" airplane and it could cut through the air as smoothly as a warm knife slices through a cold stick of butter.
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  Using a touchscreen in the cockpit of an airplane.
Cockpit Software Could Help Pilots Plot Best Path
Flight tests are underway of new Electronic Flight Bag software that could help pilots plot more efficient routes while in the air.
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  Quieting the Boom Top portion of the cover.
NASA's Sonic Boom Research Takes "Shape"
If an airplane flies overhead at supersonic speed and no one below can hear it, did it make a sonic boom?
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  Image composite showing the lego designed aircraft putting out wildfires.
NASA/LEGO Contest Names Winning Designs
NASA/LEGO summer contest winners prove that the future can be built from the imagination, brick by brick.
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  NASA Dryden engineers Martin Hoffman (foreground) and Jamie Wilhite monitor LVC-DE displays during recent system testing.
LVC-DE Simulation Aids UAS in the NAS Integration
Software incorporates real and simulated aircraft to test technologies and procedures for flying manned and unmanned aircraft in the same airspace.
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  NASA's Langley Research Center successful crash test on a former Marine helicopter at the historic Landing and Impact Research facility.
Teamwork Makes Chopper Drop a Success
NASA's helicopter drop test makes successful hard landing for the sake of safety.
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  NASA's Langley Research Center engineers are scheduled to crash test a former Marine helicopter at the historic Landing and Impact Research facility. The fuselage is painted in black polka dots as part of a high speed photographic technique.
NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety
A helicopter crash test is a huge team effort that yields valuable data and tools to help design better-performing rotorcraft.
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  Graphic illustration showing a globe with present day and futuristic airplane concepts flying around the globe.
NASA Introduces New Blueprint for Transforming Global Aviation
NASA responds to global events changing aviation with a strategy that puts "vision" back in aeronautics research.
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  The PDRC software is transferred to the FAA. (l to r) Pam Whitley, FAA; Jaiwon Shin, NASA; David Grizzle, FAA.
NASA Transfers Delay-Reducing Software to FAA
This NASA technology, now with the FAA, streamlines part of the aircraft departure sequence and can reduce delays.
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  NASA logo built with LEGO blocks.
July 31 is Deadline for NASA/LEGO Competition
There's still time to build and submit your future aircraft creation to the NASA/LEGO "Future Missions" competition.
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  NASA's S-3 Viking in flight.
NASA Tests Prototype Radio for Unmanned Aircraft Operations
NASA is flight testing a radio that could be used for communications with remotely piloted vehicles.
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  Puffy white exhaust contrails stream from the engines of NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory in this photo taken from an HU-25 Falcon flying in trail about 300 feet behind.
NASA Researchers Sniff Out Alternate Fuel Future
A unique team studies ways to prevent insect impact remains from sticking to an aircraft's wing in flight.
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  Some of more than 100 speakers that make the boom room boom for test subject.
NASA Books Reveal Wisdom Gained from Failure
The latest in NASA Aeronautics' Book Series tells sevens stories of what NASA learned from accidents or failures involving remotely piloted or autonomous aircraft.
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  Some of more than 100 speakers that make the boom room boom for test subject.
Listening for the Boom and Rattle of Supersonic
Flight

NASA engineers test people's reactions to simulated sonic booms to help develop technologies that might allow supersonic passenger jets to fly over land.
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  A semi-span jet model is scheduled to be tested in NASA Langley's 14-by-22 Foot Subsonic Wind Tunnel this winter.
NASA Researchers Work to Turn Blue Skies Green
A big part of NASA's work to reduce the environmental impact of aircraft has moved into phase two.
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  Ideas for how to more seamlessly change the shape of an aircraft wing's edge to achieve greater aerodynamic performance are on the AHLLE table.
NASA Seeks It All: High Lift, Low Drag
NASA and its industry partners have been working to prove you can have your aerodynamic cake and eat it, too.
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  Sector 33 is lined up and ready for takeoff for participants at a recent event.
Sector 33 Game App Goes Android
Up to the challenge of playing a game where you're in control of airplanes in a piece of the nation's skies? Yup, there's an app for that.
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  NASA-developed technology is onboard nearly every commercial aircraft flying today or in use at every major airport.
NASA Is With You When You Fly
When you board a plane this holiday season, or anytime, realize that NASA works every day to make flying more efficient and safe.
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  Dressing for Altitude Book Cover.
NASA Book Reveals the Stunning Science Behind Suits
Protecting a pilot or astronaut from sudden changes in pressure requires a suit designed, tested and sewn to perfection.
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  Students from two NASA internship programs visited NASA Headquarters to present highlights of their summer research projects.
Student Ideas for Aviation Wow NASA Audience
During Ideas in Flight, college students prove the future for U.S. aviation is promising.
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  The X-48C, transformed from the X-48B, recently took its first flight over the Mojave Desert in California.
X-48C: An X-Plane Transformer
A transformed remotely piloted aircraft could lead the way to a future of flight that is much quieter.
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  This artist's concept depicts the interaction of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the upper atmosphere of Mars during entry, descent and landing.
Hitchhiking Sensors Capture Curiosity's Entry
NASA scientists specializing in hypersonic flight can't wait to get their hands on data that'll be captured during Curiosity's high-speed Mars landing.
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  This computer rendering of AMELIA shows its unique configuration, a combination of blended wing body but with a tail.
AMELIA's Innovations Inspire Unusual Dedication
AMELIA proves to be one future aircraft design that that inspires awesome innovation and acts of dedication.
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  Sector 33 App Icon.
New NASA Book Tells Why Aerospace Accidents Happen
Some of the most well-known accidents in aviation and space history are remembered in this book detailing the non-technical, human-related events that led to each incident.
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  Sector 33 App Icon.
8 Questions about NextGen, Pt. 2
Don't get too used to the airplanes you see today because things are changing.
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  Sector 33 App Icon.
Sonic Boom Heads for a Thump
NASA is closer to defining how loud a sonic boom can "boom" without becoming a bother.
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  Sector 33 App Icon.
Sector 33 Puts You in the Control Tower
Players flock to a new NASA app that requires the brain to be in full throttle to make sure passenger airplanes land safely at a California airport.
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  Polar opposites attract in the puzzling case of ice crystal engine icing, where the frozen crystals can be ingested into the core of a jet engine.
Preps Continue for Launching Engine Icing Research
NASA scientists are getting closer to launching a research campaign to solve the mystery of ice crystal engine icing.
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  (l to r) Dr. Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, presents the EDA 3D-PAM technology to Victoria Cox, assistant administrator for NextGen at the FAA, and David Grizzle, chief operating officer for the FAA's Air Traffic Organization.
NASA/FAA Partnership "Greens" Arriving Aircraft
NASA aeronautics officially transferred to the FAA a new air traffic management tool that makes aircraft descents more environmentally friendly.
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  Artist concept images of vehicles in flight.
New Ideas Sharpen Focus for Greener Aircraft
New aircraft design ideas confirm NASA's green goals are challenging, but ultimately do-able.
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  A FACET image showing aircraft flying in the US air space.
8 Questions about NextGen, Part 1
NextGen is a technology modernization effort that will make air travel safer, more flexible and more efficient. NASA is one of several U.S. government agencies that play a crucial role in helping to plan, develop and implement NextGen.
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  NASA Dryden’s F-15B research testbed aircraft flew the CCIE experimental jet engine inlet to speeds up to Mach 1.74, or about 1.7 times the speed of sound.
New Inlet Design Could Improve Engine Efficiency
Channeled center body inlet could improve airflow and fuel efficiency of jet engines at a wide variety of speeds.
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  NASA Dryden WSPR project principal investigator Larry Cliatt, Wyle's Christopher Hobbs, Gulfstream's Joseph Salamone and NASA Dryden engineer Erin Waggoner install one of 13 remote sonic boom sensors.
Quiet Sonic Boom Research Ends in a Whisper
NASA researchers recently gathered data from a select group of volunteers on their perception of sonic booms created by aircraft in supersonic flight.
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  MARS icon
MSL Entry, Descent and Landing Instrumentation (MEDLI)
Sensors in MSL's heat shield feed NASA researchers' curiosity about high-speed flight in out-of-this-world atmospheres.
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  International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., 2011.
Balloon Fiesta Exhibit Highlights NASA Aeronautics
NASA reaches out to members of the original "flight club" with exhibits, displays and educational programs at the International Balloon Fiesta.
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  Artist computer rendering of ice going into an airplane engine.
Airplane Plus Heat Plus Ice Equals Mystery
The mystery of high ice water content engine icing is propelling NASA into a multi-national effort to find the cause.
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  A new subject has taken over the blackboard at an Alexandria, Va., school on the first day of NASA aeronautics' week-long visit early in the spring of 2011.
Imagination Fascination, Alive and Well
NASA has proof that kids still get excited by the basics of science. Let their energy inspire you.
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  Screenshot of the FACET video.
The Big Picture Wins Big
A powerful NASA simulation software wins Government Invention of the Year, along with the hearts and minds of air traffic managers and researchers.
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  Artist's concept of an aircraft that could enter service in 2025 from the team led by The Boeing Company.
A First Look at Flight in 2025
NASA has just tasked three companies to look into the future and design a more "green" aircraft for 2025.
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  NASA partnered with industry many times during years of chevron testing, including these tests of nozzles on a specially-adapted GE engine mounted on a Boeing 777.
NASA Helps Create a More Silent Night
A NASA aeronautics researcher revisits the road to creating a simple-looking device that creates a quieter flight.
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  At NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California, Herman Posada (right) focuses intently on chat questions while Carmen Arevalo helps translate his responses. Public affairs staffers Gray Creech (left) and Kevin Rohrer (standing) look on.
Kentucky Students Join Chat with NASA Pilot
Students from a rural Kentucky school are happy to "stay after" so they can participate in an online chat with NASA pilot Herman Posada.
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  Screen shot of the Dashlink interface.
Technology Readiness Levels Demystified
Technology readiness levels, or TRLs, give innovators a roadmap to follow as they try to take a technology from an idea to a proven benefit that's ready to go to work in the real world.
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  Screen shot of the Dashlink interface.
Dashlink is Online Home for Collaborative Research
An online community allows NASA and non-NASA researchers with a special interest in a particular aircraft safety challenge to share their latest ideas real-time.
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  Pilots hang on in the cockpit as the 737 aircraft is about to enter a microburst wind shear cell in 1992.
Wind Shear Accident Was Catalyst for Technology
In the wake of a series of fatal airliner crashes due to microburst wind shear between 1975 and 1985, NASA and the FAA researched the phenomenon and evaluated a series of instruments that could help pilots and ground control handle - or avoid - the problem.
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  The Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research, or SUGAR, Volt design concept. Image credit: NASA/The Boeing Company.
Beauty of Future Aircraft is More than Skin Deep
A NASA research effort to visualize future passenger airplanes produces ideas dominated by familiar shapes but inspired by surprises underneath.
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  The micro-electric sensor flush mounted into a printed circuit board package.
The Sheer Delight of Tackling Shear Stress
A tiny new micro-electric sensor that measures a type of stress holds huge promise for more fuel-efficient vehicles and maybe even more healthy hearts.
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  Image of NACA Metal Workers
From NACA to NASA: 95 Years of Innovation of Flight
Ninety-five years ago on March 3, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics - NASA's ancestor - revved the nation's engine on aviation innovation.
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  Image of an ebook with the X-15 cover on display.
Now Online: Aeronautics Goes E-Book
Books that tell the stories of historic aeronautics moments are being made available for your Kindle and other digital devices.
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  Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are testing the deployable energy absorber with the help of a helicopter donated by the Army, a crash test dummy contributed by the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., and a 240-foot (73.2 m) tall structure once used to teach astronauts how to land on the moon.
Chopper Drop Tests New Technology
NASA researchers dropped a small helicopter from 35 feet to see if a deployable energy absorber could lessen the destructive force of a crash.
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  Icon for the X-15 Interactive with an illustrated drawing of the X-15.
Aviation Pioneer Richard Whitcomb Dies
Richard T. Whitcomb has been called the most significant aerodynamic contributor of the second half of the 20th century.
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  Icon for the X-15 Interactive with an illustrated drawing of the X-15.
From Nothing, Something: One Layer at a Time
A manufacturing process using electron beams works sort of like a Star Trek replicator and could mean big cost and environmental benefits for aviation.
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  Icon for the X-15 Interactive with an illustrated drawing of the X-15.
The X-15, the Pilot and the Space Shuttle
Fifty years later, X-15 test pilot and former space shuttle commander Joe Engle recalls the highs and lows of a unique, high-speed research aircraft.
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  Greg Papp on the left and Reid Berdanier on the right in front of NASA HQ.
My Summer at NASA
Three NASA aeronautics scholarship recipients spent the summer working at NASA and tell us what it was like.
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  A scale model of a blended wing body aircraft prior to testing in a NASA wind tunnel.
Shhhh! Keep It Down, Please
New technologies and aircraft designs could help lower the volume around busy airports.
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  The light line at the 2009 Paris Air Show.
Look, Up in the Sky
Air shows are great places to see aircraft, but they're also an opportunity to learn about NASA's work to improve aviation efficiency and safety.
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  Aviation Safety Collier Winners accepting the trophy
Aviation Safety Takes Center Stage
At a black-tie event near Washington, NASA researchers were recognized for their contributions to reducing the risk of fatal commercial aircraft accidents.
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  Amy Pritchett
NASA Aviation Safety Manager Helps Put Students on New Trajectory
Amy Pritchett, director of NASA's Aviation Safety Program, now has a scholarship named after her by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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  Jon Montgomery and his son Jack looking up a the BWB model during the opening of "How Things Fly" at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
NASA Model Flies at Air and Space
A futuristic aircraft model that flew in a NASA wind tunnel is the centerpiece of a newly renovated gallery in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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  Smart Rotorcraft in a testing facility.
Future Helicopters Get SMART
Helicopters today are considered a loud, bumpy and inefficient mode for day-to-day domestic travel, but NASA research could change that view.
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  This is an artist's concept of a blended wing body aircraft that could become a prototype by the year 2020.
The Quest: A Silent, Carbonless Airplane
It's a simple goal, really. A silent airplane that sends no carbon into the atmosphere. Getting there is the quest on which NASA embarked years ago and figures to continue working on into mid-century.
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  Test instrumentation is set up behind the inboard engines of NASA’s DC-8.
Alternative Jet Fuels Put to the Test
NASA and 11 other research groups are testing two non-petroleum-based jet fuels in the pursuit of alternative fuels that can power commercial jets and address rising oil costs.
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  Dennis Fitch, pilot and trainer who helped guide the successful emergency crash landing of United Airlines 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989.
Aviation Experts Hear from Eyewitness to Disaster
Dennis Fitch will never forget the safety lessons he learned one tragic day in July 1989. The former United Airlines captain and flight instructor helped pilot a DC-10 to a crash landing in Sioux City, Iowa, after the airplane's tail engine exploded in flight.
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  Test subject Maciej Mac Zborowski wears headgear with optical sensors to measure his brain activity.
Study Investigates Mental Overload in Pilots
Have you ever felt as if your brain was so full of information that you couldn't process another thing? Mental overload creates confusion and frustration, and for airline pilots, the consequences can be disastrous.
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  Gulfstream pilot Tom Horne readies to fly an XVS flight from the backseat of NASA's F-18 SRA
NASA and Gulfstream Flying in High Def
NASA is partnering with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on a project that could aid visibility for pilots of future supersonic business jets.
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  The Bell X-1 in flight.
Marking 61 Years of Supersonic Curiosity
Sixty-one years after a sonic boom first rolled across the roof of the high desert in southern California, there are still things yet to be discovered about supersonic flight.
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