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It Began Because He Was Crazy About Airplanes

Roy Harris.

On a Saturday in late May in 1958, Roy Harris graduated from Georgia Tech. A Saturday later, he got married. Two Saturdays after that, he and his new bride rented a small trailer, loaded it and drove ...

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NASA and Gulfstream Flying in High Def

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NASA is partnering with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on a project that could aid visibility for pilots of future supersonic business jets.

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Marking 61 Years of Supersonic Curiosity

The Bell X-1 in flight.

Sixty-one years after a sonic boom first rolled across the roof of the high desert in southern California, there are still things yet to be discovered about supersonic flight.

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    Winning an internship contest gave Conor Marr the opportunity to simulate helicopter dynamics at NASA.

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    The booster carrying NASA's Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition (HYBOLT) and Sub-Orbital Aerodynamic Re-entry Experiments (SOAREX) had to be destroyed shortly after liftoff Aug. 22.

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    National Aviation Day Highlights the Future of Flight

    In the Visitors' Center, author and historian Tom Crouch stood in front of a replica of the Wright Brothers original plane and told an assembly the story of the beginning of manned flight.

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