Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story (Paperback)

Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story By R. Dale Reed, Darlene Lister Cover Image

Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story (Paperback)

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Most lifting bodies, or "flying bathtubs" as they were called, were so ugly only an engineer could love them, and yet, what an elegant way to keep wings from burning off in supersonic flight between earth and orbit. Working in their spare time (because they couldn't initially get official permission), Dale Reed and his team of engineers demonstrated the potential of the design that led to the Space Shuttle. Wingless Flight takes us behind the scenes with just the right blend of technical informa.
R. Dale Reed retired from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in 1985 but still works with NASA as a contract engineer. He has authored numerous articles and technical reports, managed nineteen NASA programs, including the flight test of a prototype Mars airplane, and acquired four patents.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813156279
ISBN-10: 0813156270
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Pages: 256
Language: English