Copyright ©1996 by the Flight Test Historical Foundation

"FLIGHT TESTING AT EDWARDS"
A Book of Flight Test Engineers' Stories 1946 - 1975

Edited by Fred Stoliker, Bob Hoey, Johnny Armstrong

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These are sample stories from "Flight Testing at Edwards" written by each of the book's editors.

C-124C PHASE IV PERFORMANCE AND FLYING QUALITIES by Fred Stoliker

F-100C PHASE IV STABILITY AND CONTROL TESTS by Bob Hoey

YB-58 PHASE 2 TESTS by Johnny Armstrong (see Johnny's web site for more of his stories)

This is a complete list of stories in the book.  Stories are historical and interesting -- some tell of quite exciting flight test experiences.

A FIRST JET RIDE - XB-46 by Dick Schmidt  

F-84B PERFORMANCE TESTS by Dick Schmidt

FLIGHT TEST OF THE XB-45 by Dick Schmidt

CO-PILOT ON B-45 FLIGHT TESTS by Dick Schmidt

1948 BENDIX TROPHY RACE by Dick Schmidt

WHEN ENGINEERS FLY ROCKETSHIPS by Frank K. “Pete” Everest

FLIGHT TESTS OF THE XF-92 by Dick Schmidt

B-36D TESTS by Billy Owen

C-I24A PHASE IV PERFORMANCE AND FLYING QUALITIES by Fred Stoliker

THE END OF A FLIGHT TEST CAREER by Dick Schmidt

L-19A PERFORMANCE AND SPIN TESTS by Fred Stoliker

AT-6 PERFORMANCE TESTING by Billy Owens

DID YOU HEAR THAT? by Don Smith

OUT INTO THE NIGHT by Bert Yancey

C-124C PHASE IV PERFORMANCE AND FLYING QUALITIES by Fred Stoliker

F-94C PERFORMANCE TESTS by Billy Owens

SUPERSONIC F-94C by Jack Wesesky

THE GREAT RABBIT ROUND-UP by Bert Yancey

YB-60 PERFORMANCE AND FLYING QUALITIES by Fred Stoliker

XB-52 PHASE II PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY by Al Phillips

AN ODE TO DATA MANAGEMENT by Dick Day

MURPHY’S LAW by Don Smith

B-57 FATALITY by Jack Wesesky

HOVERING IN THE FOG by Lee Erb

 

CONVINCING THE WIVES OF SAFETY by Lee Erb

XT-37 by Lyle Schofield

HEAVY WEIGHT TESTING by Don Smith

EARLY F-105 LANDING GEAR PROBLEMS by Bob Hoey

INTEGRITY OF F-l05 DATA by Jack Wesesky

F-100C PHASE IV STABILITY AND CONTROL TESTS by Bob Hoey

ALTITUDE SEPARATION PROGRAM by Jay Hanks

THE RUPTURED DUCK by Johnny Armstrong

TINY MODELS THAT FLY LIKE THEIR BIG BROTHERS by Bob Hoey

YC-134 ONE VERY SHORT FLIGHT EVALUATION by Chuck Kroll and Chuck Neyhart

HILLER HORNET by Jim Hayden

YB-58 PHASE 2 TESTS by Johnny Armstrong

YF-104B by Fred Stoliker

IT WAS NOT MY TIME by Rob Ransone

A “SIMULATED” ENGINE FAILURE by Fred Stoliker

THE UCX FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM by Chuck Neyhart

AUTOROTATIONAL DESCENT by Don Macpherson

TOUCHDOWN! by John Johnson

HELICOPTER HIGH ELEVATION TEST SITE by John Johnson

AND THEN THE FINANCE OFFICER SAID by John Johnson

FIRST MATING OF THE X-l5 TO THE NB-52 by Bob Hoey

LOW L/D LANDING APPROACHES by Jack Wesesky

B-58A FLIGHT - THRILLS AT 23 MILES A MINUTE by Rob Ransone

CONVAIR 880 OUT OF CONTROL by Johnny Armstrong

POP GOES THE INDICATOR by Forest Worthington

WORLD’S FIRST TURBINE POWERED HELICOPTER RESCUE by John Johnson

KAMAN H-43B “HUSKIE” PHASE II PRELIMINARY EVALUATION by John Johnson

 

FOILED AGAIN - SOMETHING BROKE by Don Macpherson

T-33 AIRSTART by Jay Hanks

B-58 MINIMUM CONTROL SPEED TAKEOFFS by Charlie Haines

AND THIS BABY WILL ACCELERATE TO 197 MPH AND STOP IN 2 MILES! by Rob Ransone

THE B-58 NON-FRANGIBLE WHEEL by Jim Ford

ON THE RUNWAY by Chuck KroIl

BUDDY AERIAL REFUELING by Jay Hanks

T-38 TIREBLOW by Jay Hanks

THE X-20 (DYNA SOAR) SIMULATOR by Frank Anderton

FLIGHT TESTING THE B-58 HUSTLER by Clen Hendrickson

BIRTH OF THE USAF AEROSPACE RESEARCH PILOT CLASS by Bill Schweikhard

X-15: VENTRAL-OFF by Bob Hoey

PROJECT ROUGH ROAD ALPHA by Jack Westphal

HERCULES STUCK IN THE MUD by Rob Ransone

ADRENALINE, RESPONSIBILITY AND HEART RATE by Bob Hoey

RIDING “THE WHEEL” by Bob Hoey

THE BEGINNING OF THE LIFTING BODY PROGRAM by Frank Anderson

THE NF-104A FLAT SPIN by Bob Hoey

B-58 LOW ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE by Jerry Jones

SOMETIMES IT’ S JUST NOT YOUR TIME by Bill Schweikhard

C-133 WITCH HUNT by Jerry Jones

X-19 A PRETTY AIRPLANE WITH UGLY HABITS by Rob Ransone

WHEN SHE GETS UPRIGHT, GET OUT! by Wen Painter

LONGITUDINAL SHORT-PERIOD TESTING by Hank Klung

F-5A ROLL TEST by Hank Klung

EARLY SR-71 TESTING by Bob Hoey

THE XC-142A’S WINGS POINT UP AND IT FLIES BACKWARDS by Rob Ransone

 

CHASE 1, CHASE 2........CHASE 6 by Wen Painter

THE LAUNCH CAMERA SIMULATOR by Wen Painter

EXPANDING THE X-15 ENVELOPE TO MACH 6.7 by Johnny Armstrong

A MOST DIFFICULT AIRCRAFT TO MAINTAIN by Rob Ransone

MY F- 104 FLIGHT by Bob Hoey

HL-10 WITH USAF DECALS by Wen Painter

THE GREEN ZINC CHROMATE CAR by Wen Painter

TWO LIFTING BODY FLIGHTS ON THE SAME B-52 ON THE SAME DAY by Wen Painter

US/FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (FRG) JOINT FLIGHT TEST GROUP by Carl Simmons

FIRST SUPERSONIC LIFTING BODY FLIGHT by Bob Kempel

C-5A TESTS by John Hicks

MUROC DRY LAKE AND THE HEAVYWEIGHT by M. J. Lehmann

SIMULATION by Hank Klung

FB- 111’S AND THE FINE ART OF “PIDDLE PACKS” by John Hicks

FLUTTER MAKES ME STUTTER by M. J. Lehmann

BIRTH OF A NEW FLIGHT TEST TECHNOLOGY by Lyle Schofield

FB-111A BOOMS by John Hicks

HOW TO SPIN A GUPPY by Dick Day

F-4 SIERRA EJECT? by John Hicks

X-24B VISUAL SIMULATION by Bob Hoey

REPORT LEVITY by Hank Klung

F-111 ACCIDENT by Clen Hendrickson

FB-111A FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM by Clen Hendrickson

YF-17 PERFORMANCE TESTING by Wayne Olson

SOMETIMES WE WIN!!! by Fred Stoliker

X-24B CONCRETE RUNWAY LANDING by Johnny Armstrong