288 – Flight Research at NASA Armstrong, Part 3: Historic

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Guest: Al Bowers    Host: Markus Voelter    Shownoter: Tim Jurik

In this episode I talk with NASA Armstrong’s chief scientist Al Bowers about the research projects he has been involved in during his long career at NASA. We cover deep stall research with a Schweizer sailplane, high-alpha flight and thrust vectoring with the X-29, X-31 and F-18 HARV, aero-tow of fast jets with the F-106, supercritical wings with the F-8, as well as space related projects using the SR-71 and the X-30. This is one of my favourite episodes of all time, since it is a bit of trip down memory lane for me personally, and Al perfectly hits the sweet spot between recounting facts and telling anecdotes.

I met Al when I was visiting NASA Armstrong in early 2017; this episode is a continuation of the conversations there about full-scale and subscale research there.

Schweizer Deep Stall Project

00:06:45

Schweizer-1-36 | Dutch Roll

F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV)

00:17:22

F-18 HARV

F-18 HARV Phase 2 - Thrust Vectoring

00:30:40

X-15

F-18 HARV Phase 3 - Movable Strakes

00:41:30

X-31 (Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability)

00:46:05

F-15B ACTIVE

00:51:06

F-15 ACTIVE

Oblique Wing

00:58:40

AD-1 | Robert T. "RT" Jones | Ilan Kroo | Neil Armstrong

Controlled Impact Demonstration

01:51:50

Crash In the Desert

Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Lower Drag (Prandtl)

02:47:45

Prandtl-D Aircraft

Conclusion

02:55:35