Written by a pilot/engineer who participated in every phase of NASA's lifting body program, Flying Without Wings documents the adventure, triumphs, setbacks, and fun of pioneering a technology that allowed astronauts to accomplish lifting reentries and precise runway landings. He tells how, after the cancellation of the Air Force's Dyna-Soar program, the first lifting body projects such as the Parasev paraglider and the M2-F1 were built on shoestring budgets at Edwards Air Force Base, California, often without the knowledge of officials at the NASA headquarters.
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In Flying Without Wings, Milton Thompson, a test pilot with the lifting body programs, and historian Curtis Peebles give a detailed account of the test programs that took place at Edwards in the 1960s and early 1970s. From the Paresev, a test of a parafoil glider once considered for the Gemini capsules, to the M2 series of lifting bodies, the HL-10, and the X-24, Thompson provides a personal account of his experiences with their test programs -- Jeff Foust, Spaceviews: The Online Publication of Space Exploration, August, 1999
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Book Description Very Good. UK stocked, available immediately. Hardcover, published by Crecy Publishing in 1999. First edition. A lovely bright copy throughout, with unmarked contents. Minor edge rubbing only. The unclipped dustjacket is in excellent condition, with minor rubbing only. Illustrated. Bookseller Inventory # st10xasd540