Archive | Inspiring Future Generations


“Space Men” Full Episode Available Online

“Space Men” features Dr. John Paul Stapp, Col Joe Kittinger, USAF (Retired), Craig Ryan, author, and Dana Kilanowski, FTHF Board Member and Historian of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Watch the full episode here! In the 1950s and early ’60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the […]

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XF-104 Starfighter First Flight

By Dr. Raymond L. Puffer Air Force Flight Center historian The F-104 program was in trouble. On March 4, 1954, Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier had taken the XF-104 Starfighter into the air for the first time, but subsequent flights had quickly revealed that its original engine couldn’t propel the dramatic new interceptor to its […]

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Thrust Vectoring

By Greg M. Shaff, F-22 Propulsion Engineer Thrust from a jet engine is created when the airflow from the engine is passed through a nozzle (example: party balloon). Thrust vectoring is when the nozzle of the jet engine is movable, providing the ability to change the direction of the thrust. Two-dimensional thrust vectoring adds a […]

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VNE (Never-exceed speed)

By Angella Raisian, F-22 Air Vehicle System Engineer VNE (Never-exceed speed) is the maximum velocity an aircraft is allowed to attain under any flight conditions. Exceeding VNE may result in structural damage to the aircraft, and it is usually marked with a red line on the airspeed indicator. To maintain their operational ceiling of 70,000 […]

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