Check Out All These Blackbird Videos NASA Just Released
A whole new trove of flight test videos were published by NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center is posting hundreds of film clips to Youtube from the agency's flight test activities at Dryden/Edwards AFB over the decades, many of which have never been seen before. So far they have posted a few hundred videos, and a handful of them feature the legendary YF-12 and SR-71 Blackbird.
Videos of the X-45 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) were also posted. As we have discussed in great depth before, it's amazing that networked UCAV technology was proven nearly a decade and a half ago. There are also some great clips of the X-40 Space Maneuver Vehicle in testing. This was the forerunner to the USAF's successful X-37B orbiter that makes so many headlines today. Finally, a couple XB-70 Valkyrie videos were posted as well—it's an aircraft we can't get enough of.
This is just a sampling of the various playlists that are offered up, so make sure you go other to Armstrong Flight Research Center's Youtube page to browse the whole archive, and more videos are supposedly going to be uploaded soon.
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