Lane E. Wallace is a professional writer who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of three other books: Flights of Discovery: 50 Years at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center; Airborne Trailblazer, a history of the Langley Research Center's 737 testbed aircraft, which won the 1994 Washington Edpress Silver Award for Excellence in Print, and a commemorative history of the Defense Technical Information Center. She is also one of the authors of From Engineering Science to Big Science, an anthology published in 1998 about the NACA and NASA Collier Trophy award-winning projects.
In addition to her books, Ms. Wallace has written and co-produced a 3-part video documentary series entitled Test Flights: Flights of Discovery, exploring the human drama and adventure of flight research. She has also published over 200 articles on a wide variety of aviation and aerospace topics ranging from biplanes and air racing to new developments in NASA research and military aircraft technology. Her writing has appeared in a number of national and international magazines, including AOPA Pilot and Flight International, and she is a regular columnist for Flying magazine. Her work has also earned her an honorary membership in the United States Air Force Society of Wild Weasels, as well as a citation for "Outstanding Contributions to Preserve General Aviation" by the Torrance, California Airport Association.
Ms. Wallace graduated with honors from Brown University in 1983, with a degree in Semiotics. She is a private pilot and has owned a 1946 Cessna 120 as well as her current plane, a 1977 Grumman Cheetah. In addition to her own airplane projects, she has also worked as a volunteer for the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California and both the "Tsunami" and "Pond Racer" Unlimited air racing crews.