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Dryden Aircraft Movie Collection

This collection contains short digitized video clips of many of the unique research aircraft flown at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center from the 1940s to the present. No copyright protection is asserted for these movies.

The NASA Dryden Photo Collection has been relocated.

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Dryden Aircraft Movie Browser and What's New are also available.


Aircraft Research Program Flight Dates #Movies
 60th Anniversary 60th Anniversary logo  60th Anniversary Short Clip  1946 - 2006 2
 Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) ACAT   Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology  2009 - present 2
 AD-1 (Historical) AD-1  Oblique Wing Research Aircraft  1977 3
 Airborne Science Aircraft ER-2  Airborne Science Research  1997 - present 3
 Altair Altair  Remotely piloted, high altitude Unmanned
 Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
 2003 - present 6
 APV-3 NUAVT APV-3 aircraft on ground  APV-3 Networked UAV Teaming Experiment  2005 1
 Approach & Landing Tests
 (ALT)
 (Historical)
ALT  Space Shuttle (STS) landing research  1977 - 1978 3
 Automated Aerial Refueling
 (AAR)
 (Historical)
AAR  Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR)  2002 - 2003 1
 Autonomous Soaring Project Autonomous Soaring  Thermal Lift Tests to Extend UAV Flight Range and Endurance  2005 1
 B-47 (Historical) B-47  Landing Drag Chute Study and Dynamic
 Response Research
 1953 - 1957 1
 B-52 (Historical) B-52  Air Drop Mothership  1959 - 2004 5
 Boeing 747 747 vortex test  Wing Tip Vortex Test  1974, 1979 1
 C-5A Galaxy C-5A  Wing Vortice tests  Circa 1980 1
 C-17 Globemaster III C-17  Noise Mitigation Flight Test   2003 - present 4
 Centurion (Historical) Centurion  Solar-Powered High-Altitude Aircraft  1998 1
 CID (Historical) Boeing 720  Controlled Impact Demonstration  1984 3
 CV-990 (Historical) CV-990  Landing Systems Research Aircraft (LSRA)  1993 - 1995 1
 DC-8 DC-8  Airborne Laboratory  1997 - Present 18
 D-558-1 Skystreak (Historical) D-558-1  Transonic Flight Research  1947 - 1953 5
 D-558-2 (Historical) D-558-2  Transonic and Supersonic Flight with
 Swept-Wing Aircraft
 1949 - 1956 6
 Dream Chaser dream chaser on truck  Commercial Crew Flight Test Vehicle  2013 - present 2
 DROID / Dryden Remotely
Operated Integrated Drone
DROID and technicians  Automatic Collision Avoidance  2010 - present 1
 Dryden Projects Highlights SOFIA  Flight Projects Overview  2011 - present 6
 E-2C E-2C Hawkeye   Loads Lab weight tests for planned modifications  2005 1
 Eclipse (Historical) Eclipse  Towed Air Launch Aircraft  1997 - 1998 4
 Electra (Historical) AAR  Air Turbulence Detection  1999 3
 ER-2 ER-2  High Altitude Research  1997 - present 4
 F-8 DFBW (Historical) DFBW  Digital Fly-By-Wire Research Vehicle  1972 - 1985 3
 F-8 SCW (Historical) SCW  SCW - Supercritical Wing  1971 - 1973 1
 F-14 Tomcat (Historical) F-14 Tomcat  Variable Sweep Transition flight experiment  1986 - 1987 2
 F-15A (Historical) F-15A  Flight and Spin Research  1973 - 1981 8
 F-15B F-15A  F-15B #836 Research Testbed Aircraft  1993 - present 4
 F-15D Eagle F-15D  F-15D Eagle  2010 - Present 1
 F-15 IFCS F-15A  F-15 #837 Intelligent Flight Control System  2002 - 2009 5
 F-16 AFTI (Historical) F-16 AFTI  Advanced Fighter Technology Integration  1983 - 1997 1
 F-16XL (Historical) F-16XL  Supersonic Laminar Flow  1992 - 1996 4
 F-18 Hornet
F-18 AAW  AAW - Active Aeroelastic Wing Research  2001 - present 4
F-18 Chase  AFF - Autonomous Formation Flight (Historical)  2000 - 2001 2
F-18 HARV  HARV - High Alpha Research Aircraft
 (Historical)
 1987 - 1997 3
Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC)  Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC)  2008 - Present 2
F-18 Mission  Mission Support Aircraft  1990 - present 4
 F-104 Starfighter (Historical) F-104  F-104 Starfighter  1956 - 1993 1
 F-111 TACT (Historical) F-111 TACT  F-111 TACT  1972 - 1984 6
 Facilities (Historical) Facilities  Dryden High-Speed Flight Research Station  1950s 3
 Fleet (Historical) Lifting Body Fleet  Dryden Aircraft Fleet movies  1950s - 1970 2
 Flight Opportunities Program Lynx  Flight Opportunities Program  2012 - Present 2
 FVF (Historical) Flow Visualization Facility  Flow Visualization Facility  1985 - mid 1990s 1
 Gossamer Albatross Gossamer Albatross in flight  Human powered aircraft  1980 1
 Global Hawk Global Hawk  Global Hawk  2007 - present 14
 Gulfstream C-20A C-20A in flight  Environmental science research aircraft  2002 - present 5
 Gulfstream G-III G-III in flight  Aerodynamics research test bed  2012 - present 1
 Guppy / Super Guppy Super Guppy taking off  Transport aircraft for oversized cargo  2013 - present 1
 HL-10 (Historical) HL-10  Lifting Body Research Vehicle  1966 - 1970 4
 Helios Helios  Solar-Powered High-Altitude Aircraft  1999 - 2003 7
 HiMAT Helios  RPV - Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology  1979 - 1983 1
 Hyper III (Historical) Hyper III  Lifting Body Research Vehicle  1969 2
 Ikhana Ikhana   Long-endurance, high-altitude unmanned research aircraft  2007 4
 Inflatable Wing (Historical) Inflatable Wing  Inflatable Wing Technology Demonstrator  2001 2
 Iron Cross Simulator (Historical) Iron Cross Simulator  Aircraft Reaction Control System  1956 1
 JetStar (Historical) JetStar  General Purpose Airborne Simulator (GPAS)  1963 - 1988 2
 KC-135A (Historical) KC-135A  Evaluate capabilities of jet aircraft in air traffic
 control system and Winglet Study
 1958 and 1979 2
 King Air King Air  Flight research and mission support.  1980 to present 1
 L-1011 (Historical) L-1011  Wing Vortex Study  1977 1
 Linear Aerospike SR-71
 Experiment (LASRE)
  (Historical)
SR-71 LASRE  Test Fly Linear Aerospike Engine  1996 - 1997 2
 LLRV (Historical) LLRV  Lunar Lander Research Vehicle  1964 - 1969 5
 M2-F1 (Historical) M2-F1  Lifting Body Research Aircraft  1963 - 1964 4
 M2-F2 (Historical) M2-F2  Lifting Body Research Aircraft  1966 - 1967 5
 M2-F3 (Historical) M2-F3  Lifting Body Research Aircraft  1970 - 1972 2
 Mars Rover Mars Rover  Mars Exploration Rover tests on Rogers Dry Lake  2003 4
 Mini-Sniffer (Historical) Mini-Sniffer  Air sample gathering  1974 - 1977 3
 Miscellaneous McCall mural  Videos of various events and activities at or related to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center  2003 10
 Orion Crew Module (Historical) Orion Crew Module  Launch Abort System Flight Tests  2007-2010 11
 PA-30 TwinComanche (Historical) PA-30 TwinComanche   Rugged workhorse in a variety of general aviation research projects  1979 - 1980 1
 Paresev (Historical) Paresev  Parawing Research  1962 - 1964 3
 Parawing (Historical) Parawing  Parawing Research  1969 1
 Pathfinder (Historical) Pathfinder  Solar-Powered High-Altitude Aircraft  1995 - 1998 13
 Pegasus (Historical) Pegasus  Air-launched space booster  1989 - 1994 2
 Pegasus Hypersonic Experiments
 (PHYSX)
 (Historical)
Pegasus Hypersonic Experiments  Hypersonic Flight Research  1994 - 1998 2
 People Gorden Fullerton signs bobblehead doll  NASA Dryden People and Visitors  2004 - current 25
 PIK-20E (Historical) PIK-20E sailplane  Sailplane Research Aircraft - airflow over lifting
 surfaces
 1981 - 1991 1
 Power-Beaming Laser-powered model aircraft  Continuous flight using beamed laser energy  2002 - present 2
 Proteus Proteus  Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor  Technology  1999 - present 3
 Robotics:
 Dryden-sponsored Teams
robots  High School Teams Show Off Their 2012 FIRST Competition Robots  2012 1
 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Shuttle ferry flight  747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Ferry flights  1981 - present 10
 Sonic Boom Suppression F-18  Sonic Boom Suppression  2010 - present 2
 SOFIA SOFIA  Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy  2007 - present 36
 SR-71 (Historical) SR-71  High Speed Research  1990s 7
 STS (Space Shuttle) STS-111  Space Transportation System  1977 - present 39
 Theseus (Historical) Theseus  Remotely Piloted Vehicle  1996 1
 Towed Glider Air-Launch  Concept X-3  NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel space access, rocket launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept  2013 to present 1
 TU-144LL (Historical) TU-144LL  Russian high speed supersonic transport  research  1996 - 1999 2
 Unmanned Aircraft Systems ikhana  Unmanned Aircraft Systems flown at Dryden Flight Research Center 2012 to present 1
 Visitors school girls  Dryden tours and visitors  to present 8
 X-1 (Historical) X-1  Rocket Powered Supersonic Research Aircraft  1946 - mid 1950s 7
 X-2 (Historical) X-2  Rocket Powered Supersonic Research Aircraft  1955 - 1956 3
 X-3 (Historical) X-3  Sustained flight at Mach 2+, low aspect ratio  wings, titanium construction  1953 - 1956 2
 X-4 (Historical) X-4  X-4 Bantam Research Aircraft  1950 - 1953 1
 X-5 (Historical) X-5  Variable sweep wings  1952 - 1955 1
 X-15 (Historical) X-15  Rocket Powered Hypersonic Research Aircraft  1959 - 1968 20
 X-24A (Historical) X-24A  Lifting Body Research Aircraft  1968 - 1971 4
 X-24B (Historical) X-24B  Lifting Body Research Aircraft  1972 - 1975 5
 X-29 (Historical) X-29  Forward Swept Wing Research Aircraft  1984 - 1992 6
 X-31 (Historical) X-31  Enhanced Maneuverability Research Aircraft  1992 - 1995 10
 X-33 (Historical) X-33  Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator  1996 - 1999 5
 X-38 (Historical) X-38  Crew Return Vehicle Technology Demonstrator  1996 - 2001 9
 X-40A X-40A  Space Maneuvering Vehicle Demonstrator  1996-2001 7
 X-43A / Hyper-X X-43A  Hypersonic Scramjet Research Vehicle  1996 - present 15
 X-45A X-45A  X-45A Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems
 (J-UCAS)
 2001 - present 5
 X-48B X-48B  X-48B Blended Wing Body   present 3
 XB-70A Valkyrie (Historical) XB-70A  Supersonic Research Aircraft  1965 - 1969 5
 XV-15 (Historical) XV-15  Tilt-rotor Aircraft Research  1980 - 1981 2
 YF-12 Blackbird (Historical) YF-12  High-speed, high-altitude research  1972 - 1979 10
 YF-17 Cobra (Historical) YF-17  Prototype aircraft (future F-18)  mid 1970s 1


Last Modified: June 11, 2013
Responsible NASA Official: Alan Brown

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