• Short Summary

    Today (December 11, 1969), the YF-12A will be flown for the first time under a joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration and U.

  • Description

    (a).
    Head on view of the YF-12A with crew preparing it for flight
    3 ft

    (b).
    Pilot walking toward YF-12A
    8 ft

    (c).
    Pilot boarding YF-12A
    10 ft

    (d).
    Pilot strapped in seat of YF-12A
    15 ft

    (e).
    Final crew pre-flight check
    18 ft

    (f).
    YF-12A taxiing
    22 ft

    (g).
    Overhead view of YF-12A taxiing
    25 ft

    (h).
    YF-12A taking off
    31 ft

    (i).
    overhead pass by YF-12A
    35 ft

    (j).
    Aerial of YF-12A in flight
    41 ft

    (k).
    YF-12A landing
    45 ft

    (l).
    Silhouette of YF-12A
    49 ft



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    Background: Today (December 11, 1969), the YF-12A will be flown for the first time under a joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration and U.S. Air Force flight test program which was announced last July. The flight takes place at Edwards Air Force Base, California. (This film shows the YF-12A during a previous mission while under the Air Force test program.)
    Under the terms of the program, the Air Force has made available two YF-12A aircraft to NASA. Included are spare parts, associated ground equipment, base support at Edwards, and Air Force maintenance personnel.

    The recent termination of the XB-70 program left NASA and certain portions of the Air Force research and development community without a suitable supersonic cruise research and development gap for both agencies.

    The Air Force is seeking additional data on operation factors, development of procedures and establishment of limitations relating to command and control problems, and establishment of possible bomber penetration tactics against an interceptor with the YF-12A performance and capability.

    NASA is seeking data on altitude-hold at supersonic speeds, boundary layer noise, heat transfer under high speed conditions, airframe-propulsion system interactions involving effects of engine inlet performance, and other performance and handling characteristics.

    Joint Air Force/NASA support during this program includes mission planning, data reduction, reporting, test operations, range and chase aircraft as required.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4OKJCUBO9RCS2O56O4MIK9Q08
    Media URN:
    VLVA4OKJCUBO9RCS2O56O4MIK9Q08
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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