A treasure trove of historic aviation images

I was very happy to discover the image gallery of NASA‘s Dryden Flight Research Center.  It contains images covering the last sixty years or more of aviation research, including some of the most iconic aircraft in aviation history.  Most are available in high resolution, making them perfect for computer wallpaper or large-scale printing.

Here are just three examples out of many in the archive.  All have been reduced in size to fit here.

A US Navy P2B-1S (a Navy designation for the USAF’s B-29 Superfortress) launches a Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  (The image’s source page, with more information, may be found here.)

The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle flies at Dryden on January 11th, 1967.  (Image source page here.)

A Vought F-8A Crusader fitted with an experimental supercritical wing flies on January 10th, 1973.  (Image source page here.)

There are many more images at the link.  It’s an outstanding collection for aviation history buffs.


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