Saturday, July 09, 2022

NASA F-15D Eagle Aircraft Test Flight | Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA F-15D Eagle Aircraft Test Flight | Armstrong Flight Research Center

These are award-winning photos of NASA test pilots Jim Less and Nils Larson flying heavily modified F-15D Eagle aircraft built by Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas).

NASA's Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center currently flies F-15D Eagle aircraft for research support and pilot proficiency. NASA research support aircraft are commonly called chase planes and fill the role of escort aircraft during research missions. Chase pilots are in constant radio contact with research pilots and serve as an "extra set of eyes" to help maintain total flight safety during specific tests and maneuvers. They monitor certain events for the research pilot and are an important safety feature on all research missions. The F-15Ds are also used by Armstrong research pilots for routine flight training required by all NASA pilots.

NASA Armstrong’s Flight Research Center is honoring 75 years of advancing technology and science through flight.

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The NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) is an aeronautical research center. Its primary campus is located inside Edwards Air Force Base in California and is considered NASA's premier site for aeronautical research. 

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Credit: NASA Armstrong’s Flight Research Center

Image Date: July 13, 2021

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