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Author: Lane E Wallace; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. History Office.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA History Office : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1994.
Series: NASA history series.; NASA SP (Series), 4216.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is the story of a very unique airplane and the contributions it has made to the air transportation industry. NASA's Boeing 737-100 Transport Systems Research Vehicle was the prototype 737, acquired by the Langley Research Center in 1974 to conduct research into advanced transport aircraft technologies. In the twenty years that followed, the airplane participated in more than twenty different research  Read more...
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Wallace, Lane E., 1961-
Airborne trailblazer.
Washington, D.C. : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA History Office : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S.G.P.O., 1994
(OCoLC)654307546
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lane E Wallace; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. History Office.
OCLC Number: 29911532
Notes: "Two decades with NASA Langley's 737 flying laboratory."
Description: ix, 188 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm.
Contents: NASA, industry, and technology: the complex nature of progress --
Addressing the new challenges of air transportation: the TCV/ATOPS program --
Revolution in the cockpit: computerization and electronic flight displays --
A technology eclipsed: the microwave landing system and the dawn of GPS --
"The best that we can do": taming the microburst windshear --
Improving aircraft systems --
Improving aircraft operations --
A national facility.
Series Title: NASA history series.; NASA SP (Series), 4216.
Responsibility: by Lane E. Wallace.

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This book is the story of a very unique airplane and the contributions it has made to the air transportation industry. NASA's Boeing 737-100 Transport Systems Research Vehicle was the prototype 737, acquired by the Langley Research Center in 1974 to conduct research into advanced transport aircraft technologies. In the twenty years that followed, the airplane participated in more than twenty different research projects, evolving from a research tool for a specific NASA program into a national airborne research facility. It played a critical role in developing and gaining acceptance for numerous significant transport technologies, including "glass cockpits," airborne windshear detection systems, data link for air traffic control communications, the microwave landing system, and the satellite-based global positioning system (GPS). Since the airplane played a role in such a wide variety of research programs, its story also provides an enlightening study of the many factors that influence the selection, development, and application of new technologies.

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