SP-4220 Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story

 

APPENDIX

Lifting Body Flight Log

 

Part One: Light Weight, M2-F1

Light Weight Lifting Body Flight Log (M2-F1)

[193]

Date

GRD Tow

Air Tow

Pilot

Free Flight Sec

Tow Vehicle

Tow Vehicle Pilot

Remarks

.

3/1/63

2

.

Thompson

None

PONTIAC

.

First Ground Tow

4/5/63

11

.

Thompson

None

PONTIAC

.

First Airborne Time

4/23/63

10

.

Thompson

0:00:13

PONTIAC

.

First Free Flight

8/16/63

.

1

Thompson

0:02:00

R4D

Mallick/Dana

First Air Tow

8/28 63

.

1

Thompson

0:22:09

R4D

Mallick Dana

.

8/29/63

.

1

Thompson

0:02:25

R4D

Mallick Dana

.

8/30/63

.

2

Thompson

0:04:42

R4D

Mallick Dana

.

9/3/63

.

2

Thompson

0:04:50

R4D

Mallick Dana

.

10/7/63

.

1

Thompson

0:01:26

R4D

Butchart/Dana

.

10/9/63

.

1

Thompson

0:01:51

R4D

Haise/McKay

.

10/15/63

.

1

Thompson

0:02:20

R4D

Butchart/?

.

10/23/63

.

1

Thompson

0:03 :00

R4D

Butchart/McKay

.

10/25/63

.

2

Thompson

0:03:52

R4D

Butchart/Mallick

.

11/8/63

.

3

Thompson

0:07:45

R4D

Mallick McKay/Butchart

.

12/3/63

.

1

Thompson

0:01:00

R4D

Dana/Mallick

.

12/3/63

.

1

Yeager

0:01:35

R4D

Dana/Mallick

.

12/3/63

.

2

Peterson

0:03:15

R4D

Dana/Mallick

Broke Main Wheels

1/29/64

.

2

Thompson

.

R4D

Dana/McKay

.

1/29/64

.

2

Peterson

0:04:44

R4D

Dana/McKay

.

1/29/64

.

2

Yeager

.

R4D

Dana/McKay

.

1/30/64

.

2

Yeager

.

R4D

Dana/McKay

.

[194]

1/30/64

.

2

Mallick

.

R4D

Dana/McKay

.

2/28/64

.

2

Thompson

.

R4D

Butchart/Peterson

.

3/30/64

.

1

Peterson

0:02:25

R4D

Butchart/Kluever

Fired Landing Rocket

4/9/64

.

2

Thompson

.

R4D

Butchart/Kluever

.

4/9/64

.

3

Peterson

0:08:00

R4D

Butchart/Kluever

.

5/19/64

.

2

Peterson

0:04:08

R4D

Butchart/McKay

Rocket Landing Asst.

6/3/64

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Dana/Peterson

.

7/24/64

.

3

Peterson

0:06:50

R4D

Dana/Haise

2-Flts, Rockets Used

8/18 64

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Dana/Peterson

.

8/21/64

.

4

Thompson

.

R4D

Dana/Haise/Walker

.

2/16/65

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Dana/Peterson

Airspeed Calib.

5/27/65

.

4

Thompson

.

R4D

Butchart/Haise

.

5/27/65

.

3

Sorlie

0:06:00

R4D

Butchart/Peterson

.

5/28/65

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Haise/Peterson

.

5/28/65

.

2

Sorlie

0:04:30

R4D

Peterson/Haise

.

7/16/65

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Haise/Kluever

.

7/16 65

.

1

Dana

.

R4D

Haise/Kluever

.

7/1665

.

1

Gentry

0:00:09

R4D

Haise/Kluever

1st Slow Roll

8/30/65

.

3

Thompson

.

R4D

Peterson/Haise

.

8/31/65

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Hose/Peterson

.

10/6/65

.

2

Thompson

.

R4D

Peterson/Haise

.

10/8/65

.

1

Thompson

.

R4D

Haise/Peterson

.

3/28 66

.

2

Thompson

.

R4D

Peterson/Butchart

.

8/4/66

.

1

Peterson

0:02:00

R4D

Butchart/Fulton

.

8/5/66

.

3

Peterson

0:04:00

R4D

Butchart/Fulton

.

8/10/66

.

.

Gentry

.

PONTIAC

.

Final CarTow

8/16/66

.

1

Gentry

.

R4D

Butchart/Fulton

2nd Slow Roll

8/18/66

Project Cancelled by Paul Bikle

 

Note: There were approximately 400 tows by the Pontiac, but not all of them were recorded

Compiled by Betty Love, converted to Pagemaker format by Dennis DaCruz.

 

 

[195] Part Two: Heavy Weights, M2-F2, M2-F3, HL-10, X-24A, X-24B

 

Veh.

Date

Pilot

Mach Number

Miles Per Hour*

Altitude

Remark.

.

M2-F2

7/12/66

Thompson

0.646

452

45,000

First Lifting Body (L B) Free-flight

M2-F2

7/19/66

Thompson

0.598

394

45,000

.

M2-F2

8/12/66

Thompson

0.619

430

45,000

.

M2-F2

8/24/66

Thompson

0.676

446

45,000

.

M2-F2

9/2/66

Thompson

0.707

466

45,000

Thompson's last L/B flight, 360 degree approach

M2-F2

9/16/66

Peterson

0.705

466

45,000

Peterson's 1st L/B flight

M2-F2

9/20/66

Sorlie

0.635

421

45,000

Sorlie's 1st L/B flight

M2-F2

9/22/66

Peterson

0.661

436

45,000

.

M2-F2

9/12/66

Sorlie

0.672

443

45,000

.

M2-F2

10/5/66

Sorlie

0.615

430

45,0 0

Sorlie's last L/B flight

M2-F2

10/12/66

Gentry

0.662

436

45,000

Gentry's 1st L/B flight

M2-F2

10/26 66

Gentry

0.605

399

45,000

.

M2-F2

11/14/66

Gentry

0.681

445

45,000

.

M2-F2

11/21/66

Gentry

0.695

457

45,000

.

HL-10

12/22/66

Peterson

0.693

457

45,000

Limit Cycle/Flow Unmodified HL-10

M2-F2

5/2/67

Gentry

0.623

411

45,000

.

M2-F2

5/10/67

Peterson

0.612

403

45,000

Peterson's last L/B Flight; Landing Accident

HL-10

3/15/68

Gentry

0.609

425

45,000

Mod II- Gentry's 1st HL-10 flight

HL-10

4/3/68

Gentry

0.690

455

45,000

.

HL-10

4 25/68

Gentry

0 697

459

45,000

.

HL-10

5/3/68

Gentry

0.688

454

45,000

.

HL-10

5/16/68

Gentry

0.678

447

45,000

.

[
196]

HL-10

5/28/68

Manke

0.657

434

45,000

Manke's 1st L/B flight

HL-10

6/11/68

Manke

0.635

433

45,000

.

HL-10

6/21/68

Gentry

0.637

435

45,000

.

HL-10

9/24/68

Gentry

0.682

449

45,000

XLR-II Engine Installed

HL-10

10/3/68

Manke

0.714

471

45,000

.

HL-10

10/23/68

Gentry

0.666

449

39,700

1st Powered Flt., Eng. Malf., Landed Rosamond

HL-10

11/13/68

Manke

0.840

524

42,650

3 Tries to Light Engine

HL-10

12/9/68

Gentry

0.870

542

47,420

.

X-24A

4/17/69

Gentry

0.718

474

45,000

Glide Flight

HL-10

4/17/69

Manke

0.994

605

52,740

.

HL-10

4/25/69

Dana

0.701

462

45,000

Dana's 1st L/B Flight

X-24A

5/8/69

Gentry

0.693

457

45,000

Glide Flight

HL-10

5/9/69

Manke

1.127

744

53,300

1st Supersonic L/B Flight

HL-10

5/20/69

Dana

0.904

596

49,100

.

HL-10

5/28/69

Manke

1.236

815

62,200

.

HL-10

6/6/69

Hoag

0.665

452

45,000

Hoag's 1st L/B Flight

HL-10

6/19/69

Manke

1.398

922

64,100

.

HL-10

7/23/69

Dana

1.271

839

63,800

.

HL-10

8/6/69

Manke

1.540

1020

76,100

1st 4-chambered Flight

X-24A

8/21/69

Gentry

0.718

436

40,000

Glide Flight

HL-10

9/3/69

Dana

1.446

958

77,96O

.

X-24A

9/9/69

Gentry

0.594

402

40,000

.

HL-10

9/18/69

Manke

1.256

833

79,190

.

X-24A

9/24/69

Gentry

0.596

396

40,000

Glide Fight

HL-10

9/30/69

Hoag

0.924

609

53,750

.

X-24A

10/22/69

Manke

0.537

337

40,000

Manke's 1st X-24 Flight

[
197]

HL-10

10/27/69

Dana

1.577

1,041

60,610

.

HL-10

11/3/69

Hoag

1.396

921

64,120

.

X-24A

11/13/69

Gentry

0.646

427

45,000

Glide Flight

HL-10

11/17/69

Dana

1.594

1,052

64,590

.

HL-10

11/21/69

Hoag

1.432

952

79,280

.

X-24A

11/25/69

Gentry

0.685

454

45,000

Glide Flight

HL-10

12/12/69

Dana

1.310

871

79,960

.

HL-10

1/19/70

Hoag

1.310

869

86,660

.

HL-10

1/26/70

Dana

1.351

897

87,684

.

HL-10

2/18/70

Hoag

1.861

1228

67,310

Fastest L/B flight

X-24A

2/24/70

Gentry

0.771

509

47,000

.

HL-10

2/27/70

Dana

1.314

870

90,803

Highest L/B flight

X-24A

3/19/70

Gentry

0.855

571

44,400

1st Powered X-24 Flight

X-24A

4/2/70

Manke

0.866

571

58,700

.

X-24A

4/22/70

Gentry

0.925

610

57,700

.

X-24A

5/14/70

Manke

0.748

494

44,600

Only 2 Chambers lit

M2-F3

6/2/70

Dana

0.688

469

45,000

1st M2-F3 Flight

HL-10

6/11/70

Hoag

0.744

503

45,000

Lift Drag Powered Approach

X-24A

6/17/70

Manke

0.990

653

61,000

..

HL-10

7/17/70

Hoag

0.733

499

45,000

Hoag's/HL-10's Last Flight

M2-F3

7/21/70

Dana

0.660

440

45,000

.

X-24A

7/28/70

Gentry

0.938

619

53,100

.

X-24A

8/11/70

Manke

0.986

651

63,900

.

X-24A

8/26/70

Gentry

0.694

458

41,500

Only 2 Chambers lit

X-24A

10/14/70

Manke

1.186

784

67,900

1st Supersonic X-24 Flight

X-24A

10/27/70

Manke

1.357

899

71,400

Highest X-24 Flight

M2-F3

11/2/70

Dana

0.630

429

45,000

.

X-24A

11/20/70

Gentry

1.370

905

67,600

.

[
198]

M2-F3

11/25/70

Dana

0.809

534

51,900

1st M2-F3 Powered Flight

X-24A

1/21/71

Manke

1.030

679

57,900

.

X-24A

2/4/71

Powell

0.659

435

45,080

Powell's 1st L/B Flight

M2-F3

2/9/71

Gentry

0.707

469

45,000

M2-F3/Last L/B Flights

X-24A

2/18/71

Manke

1.511

998

67,400

.

M2-F3

2/26/71

Dana

0.773

510

45,000

Only 2 Chambers Lit

X-24A

3/8/71

Powell

1.002

661

56,900

.

X-24A

3/29/71

Manke

1.600

1,036

70,500

Fastest X-24 Flight

X-24A

5/12/71

Powell

1.389

918

70,900

Delayed Light of Rocket Chamber

X-24A

5/25/71

Manke

1.191

786

65,300

Only 3 Chambers Lit

X-24A

6/4/71

Manke

0.817

539

54,400

Only 2 Chambers Lit/last X-24 A Flight

M2-F3

7/23/71

Dana

0.930

614

60,500

.

M2-F3

8/9/71

Dana

0.974

643

62,000

.

M2-F3

8/25/71

Dana

1.095

723

67,300

1st Supersonic M2-F3 Flight

M2-F3

9/24/71

Dana

0.728

480

42,000

Engine Malfunction, Fire, Rosamond Landing

M2-F3

11/15/71

Dana

0.739

487

45,080

New Jettison Location Checkout

M2-F3

12/1/71

Dana

1.274

343

70,800

.

M2-F3

12/16/71

Dana

0.811

535

46,800

Only 2 Chambers Lit

M2-F3

7/25/72

Dana

0.989

652

60,900

1st Command Augmentation System Flight

M2-F3

8/11/72

Dana

1.101

726

67,200

.

M2-F3

8/24/72

Dana

1.266

335

66,700

.

M2-F3

9/12/72

Dana

0.880

531

46,000

Engine Malfunction, Small Fire

M2-F3

9127/72

Dana

1.340

885

66,700

.

M2-F3

10/5/72

Dana

1.370

904

66,300

100th Lifting Body Flight

[
199]

M2-F3

10/19/72

Manke

0.905

597

47,100

Manke's 1st M2-F3 Flight

M2-F3

11/1/72

Manke

1.213

803

71,300

.

M2-F3

11/9/72

Powell

0.906

597

46,800

Powell's 1st M2-F3 Flight

M2-F3

11/21/72

Manke

1.435

947

66,700

Planned Rosamond Lakebed Landing

M2-F3

11/29/72

Powell

1.348

890

67,500

.

M2-F3

12/6/72

Powell

1.191

786

68,300

Planned Rosamond Lakebed Landing

M2-F3

12/13/72

Dana

1.613

1,064

66,700

Fastest M2/Used L/D Rockets

M2-F3

12/20/72

Manke

1.294

856

71,500

Highest and last M2-F3 Flight

X-24B

8/1/73

Manke

0.640

460

40,000

First Glide Flight of X-24B

X-24B

8/17/73

Manke

0.650

449

45,000

.

X-24B

8 /31/73

Manke

0.716

495

45,000

.

X-24B

9/18 73

Manke

0.687

450

45,000

.

X-24B

10/4 73

Love

0.704

461

45,000

Love's 1st L/B Flight

X-24B

11/15/73

Manke

0.930

598

52,764

1st X-24B Powered Flight

X-24B

1212/73

Manke

0.987

645

63,031

.

X-24B

2/15/74

Love

0.696

456

45,000

.

X-24B

3/5/74

Manke

1.086

708

60,334

1st X-24B Supersonic Flight

X-24B

4/30/74

Love

0.876

578

52,040

Love's 1st Powered Flight

X-24B

5/24 74

Manke

1.140

753

55,979

.

X-24B

6/14/74

Love

1.228

810

65,512

.

X-24B

6/28/74

Manke

1.391

920

68,150

.

X-24B

8/8/74

Love

1.541

1,022

73,380

.

X-24B

8/29/74

Manke

1.098

727

72,440

.

X-24B

10/25/74

Love

1.752

1,164

72,150

Max. Speed/X-24B Flight

X-24B

11/15/74

Manke

1.615

1,070

72,060

.

X-24B

12/17/74

Love

1.535

1,036

68,780

.

X-24B

1/14/75

Manke

1.748

1,157

72,787

.

[
200]

X-24B

3 20/75

Love

1.443

955

70,373

.

X-24B

4/18/75

Manke

1.204

795

57,900

.

X-24B

5/6/75

Love

1.444

958

73,400

.

X-24B

5/22/75

Manke

1.633

1,084

74,100

.

X-24B

6/6/75

Love

1.677

1,110

72,100

.

X-24B

6/25/75

Manke

1.343

887

58,000

.

X-24B

7/15/75

Love

1.585

1,047

69,480

.

X-24B

8/5/75

Manke

1.190

773

60,000

1st Runway Landing/Manke's Last Flight

X-24B

8/20/75

Love

1.548

1,010

72,000

Runway Landing/Love's Last Flight

X-24B

9/9/75

Dana

1.481

990

71,000

.

X-24B

9/23/75

Dana

1.157

780

58,000

Last Rocket Flight/Dana's Last Flight

X-24B

10/9/75

Enevoldson

0.705

450

45,000

Enevoldson's 1st L/B Flight

X-24B

10/21/75

Scobee

0.696

462

45,000

Scobee's 1st L/B Flight

X-24B

11/3/75

McMurtry

0.702

456

45,000

McMurtry's 1st L/B Flight

X-24B

11/12/75

Enevoldson

0.702

456

45,000

Enevoldson's Last L/B Flight

X-24B

11/19/75

Scobee

0.700

460

45,000

Scobee's Last L/B Flight

X-24B

11/26 75

McMurtry

0.713

450

45,000

McMutry's Last L/B Flight /Last X-24B Flight

* Approximate

Assembled from a compilation by Jack Kolf and Appendix N of Richard P. Hallion, On the Frontier: Flight Research at Dryden, 1946-1981 (Washington, D.C.: NASA SP-4303, 1984); formatted in Pagemaker by Dennis DaCruz.


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