288 – Flight Research at NASA Armstrong, Part 3: Historic
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 Project00:06:45
F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV)00:17:22
F-18 HARV Phase 2 - Thrust Vectoring00:30:40
F-18 HARV Phase 3 - Movable Strakes00:41:30
X-31 (Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability)00:46:05
F-8 Supercritical Wing01:16:56
F-8 Supercritical Wing | Richard Whitcomb | Area Rule (German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.))
X-29 NASA Fact Sheet | X-29 Wikipedia Entry | F-5 | Dynamic Inversion
SR-71 | NASA Armstrong Fact Sheet: SR-71 Blackbird | Omega Tau SR-71 Episode | Aerospike
Controlled Impact Demonstration01:51:50
Lowering the Cost of Space Launches | Mark "Forger" Stucky | Low Altitude Parachute Extraction
Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Lower Drag (Prandtl)02:47:45
absolutely fascinating, brilliantly insightful, what a gem
Really enjoyed listening. Fantastic show. Thank you guys.
I have flown 1-36’s. It’s very interesting to hear more about the deep stall project.
Fantastic show as always! It was evident that Al enjoyed the discussion as well.
Thanks for your work, Marcus!
The link that has been posted which links to e books is not correct, it seems to have an ellipsis “…” in the URL which should probably be replaced with something else.
This was also one of my favorite Omega Tau Episodes!
Fixed in a moment :-)