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Two icons of aerospace engineering and excellence shared the spotlight on Saturday, 1 March 2014 when NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California was officially renamed the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) and the Center’s 12,000-square-mile Western Aeronautical Test Range becomes the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range (DATR). Made possible by legislation signed into law by President Obama on January 16, the renaming honors two NASA legends. Hugh Dryden was considered an aeronautical genius who pushed the boundaries of high speed flight. His organizational leadership was at the root of Armstrong’s most spectacular flight achievements, from the X-15 to his 1969 first footsteps on the moon. I cannot think of a more appropriate way to honor these two leaders who broadened our understanding of aeronautics and space exploration.

Beginning in 1931, Dryden’s expertise at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and then at NASA established America’s leadership in space and organized the research that led to our first steps in space. Armstrong had significant ties to the Dryden Center, both before and after his days as a NASA astronaut. He served as a research test pilot there from 1955 to 1962 and was part of the team that conceptualized and tested the lunar landing training vehicle. Both Dryden and Armstrong are pioneers whose contributions to NASA and our nation are unequalled. The March 1 renaming is a fitting tribute that honors their legacies. Please join me in celebrating this historic recognition. I look forward to a public commemoration marking this occasion later this year.


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A History of Suction-Type (Cover).jpg

A History of Suction-Type Laminar-Flow Control with Emphasis on Flight Research. Albert L. Braslow. 1999. Monographs in Aerospace History #13.

Black Magic and Gremlins (Cover).jpg

Black Magic and Gremlins: Analog Flight Simulations at NASA's Flight Research Center. Gene L. Waltman. 2000. Monographs in Aerospace History #20. NASA SP-2000-4520.

Computers Take Flight (Cover).jpg

Computers Take Flight: A History of NASA's Pioneering Digital Fly-By_Wire Project. James E. Tomayko. 2000. NASA SP-2000-4224.

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The Eclipse Project. Tom Tucker. 2000. Monographs in Aerospace History #23. NASA SP-2000-4523.

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Flight Research:Problems Encountered and What They Should Teach Us. Milton O. Thompson with J.D. Hunley. 2000. Monographs in Aerospace History #22. NASA SP-2000-4522.

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Flights of Discovery: Sixty years of Flight Research at Dryden Flight Research Center. Lane E. Wallace. 2006. NASA SP-2006-4318.

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Hugh L. Dryden's Career in Aviation and Space. Michael H. Gorn. 1996. Monographs in Aerospace History #5.

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Mach 3+: NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research, 1969-1979. Peter W. Merlin. 2001. Monographs in Aerospace History #25. NASA SP-2001-4525. See also The Lockheed YF-12 video.

The Smell of Kerosene (Cover).jpg

The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey. Donald L. Mallick with Peter W. Merlin. 2003. NASA SP-4108.

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The Spoken Word: Recollection of Dryden History The Early Years. Curtis Peebles, editor. 2003. Monographs in Aerospace History #30. NASA SP-2003-4530.

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The Story of Self-Repairing Flight Control Systems. James E. Tomayko. Christian Gelzer, editor. 2003. Dryden Historical Study No. 1.

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Touchdown: The Development of Propulsion Controlled Aircraft at NASA Dryden. Tom Tucker. 1999. Monographs in Aerospace History #16.

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Toward Mach 2: The Douglas D-558 Program. J. D. Hunley, editor. 1999. NASA SP-4222. See also videos: Muroc-X-1, D-588, X-4 and Free-Flight Nose-Jettison Tests.

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Unconventional, Contrary, and Ugly: The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle. Gene J. Matranga, C. Wayne Ottinger, Calvin R. Jarvis, with D. Christian Gelzer. 2004. Monographs in Aerospace History #35. NASA SP-2004-4535.

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