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Dennis Hasson Collection

Creator:
Hasson, Dennis F.  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Project Mercury (U.S.)  Search this
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Extent:
0.36 Cubic feet ((1 letter box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Newsletters
Correspondence
Notes
Charts
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Reports
Drawings
Articles
Place:
Outer space -- Exploration -- United States
Date:
bulk 1959-1970
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material chronicling the NACA/NASA career of Dennis Hasson, notably his work on Project Mercury, his work with a lenticular manned reentry vehicle for planned lunar missions; and his work with deep-space probes. The following type of material is included: Langley NASA newsletters; memos and correspondence; phone lists and organizational charts; newspaper articles; photographs; one 16 mm film of wind tunnel testing; reports; and drawings.
Biographical / Historical:
Dennis Hasson received his Mechanical Engineering BES from The John Hopkins University, his Aerospace Engineering MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and his Engineering Material Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Hasson worked at NACA-NASA at Langley Research Center, as well as the Goddard Space Flight Center. Hasson's work started with experimental aerodynamic studies on advanced aircraft, such as the X-15 and Mach 3 transport. In March 1959, Hasson was assigned to the Aerodynamics Group at Langley Field. That group was responsible for the aerodynamic performance of the manned space vehicle in the earth's atmosphere. Hasson was responsible for the wind-tunnel program for the Mercury project and he and two coworkers received a patent for a manned reentry vehicle for planned lunar missions. In 1961, he became involved in advanced control thruster and power systems for deep-space probes, using advanced materials including fabricators and metallic, polymeric and ceramic materials. He is a Fellow of both ASM international and ASME Internal. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and was Pi Tau Sigma USNA Chapter Teacher of the Year. He is currently a Professor at the US Naval Academy in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Provenance:
Dennis F. Hasson, Gift, 2004
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Space flight to the moon  Search this
Astronautics -- 1990-2000  Search this
Outer space Exploration -- 1960-1970  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters
Correspondence
Notes
Charts
Photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Reports
Drawings
Articles
Citation:
Dennis Hasson Collection, Accession 2004-0064, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0064
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0064

NACA/NASA Langley Field Aircraft Log Books

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics  Search this
Extent:
2.18 Cubic feet ((2 records center boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Logs (records)
Date:
1923-1964
bulk 1934-1940, 1951-1960
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of original aircraft, engine, and equipment log books of aircraft operated by NACA and NASA from Langley Research Center. Each log represents a history of the aircraft/engine/equipment from its manufacture, through its pre-NACA/NASA service, and during its operation by that agency.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics [NACA], created by act of Congress, 3 March 1915, and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA] operate an aeronautical research center on Langley AFB, Hampton, VA. Work at the Langley Research Center has ranged over a wide variety of aeronautical subject intended to extend performance, efficiency, and capability of aircraft. Operations at Langley extend from theoretical and wind-tunnel experiments through full scale flight testing.
Provenance:
NASA, Transfer, 1969, XXXX-0056
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Airplanes -- Motors  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Aeronautics, Military -- Research  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Wind tunnels  Search this
Genre/Form:
Logs (records)
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0056
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0056

NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
North American Aviation, Inc  Search this
Whitcomb, Richard, 1921-  Search this
Extent:
5.85 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Reports
Drawings
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Notes
Photographs
Publications
Date:
1964-1972
Summary:
The supercritical wing concept was developed by Dr. Richard T. Whitcomb of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Whitcomb's airfoil was designed to delay formation of shock waves at high speeds.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains documents gathered from Langley Research Center on the development of the supercritical wing concept and the F-8 test bed program. The material primarily consists of notes and reports covering the wind tunnel development, flight testing, and evaluation of the concept. The collection also includes general and press information about the program.
Series and Subseries Organization:
The NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection is divided into four series:

Series 1 - Background Information

The Background Information Series contains publicity material, articles, general information, and technical reports. The technical reports are then arranged chronologically.

Series 2 - Wind Tunnel Testing

Test reports of the Wind Tunnel Testing Series are arranged numerically, and reports are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 3 - Development and Flight Testing

The Development and Flight Testing Series begins with work statements and requests for proposal (RFP) information. These are followed by notes arranged in chronological order. Developmental technical reports are in alphabetical order by folder title. The flight test reports are arranged chronologically. These reports are then followed by photographs.

Series 4 - Evaluation of the Supercritical Wing

Evaluation reports on the Supercritical Wing Series are in chronological order
Biographical Note:
Richard T. Whitcomb (1921- ) was born in Evanston, Illinois. His family later moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, where Whitcomb attended public schools. He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1943. Following graduation he accepted a position with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the forerunner of NASA) at Langley Laboratories, Virginia. Whitcomb devoted much of his career to research in the problems of supersonic flight.

In the early 1950s Whitcomb discovered the transonic area rule concept. This rule amounts to a sensitive balance of fuselage and wing volume, which minimizes drag at transonic speeds. This concept was applied to post World War II fighters and resulted in operational military aircraft capable of supersonic flight.

Whitcomb earned international acclaim through his accomplishments with the area rule concept and the supercritical wing. Until his retirement from NASA he worked on aircraft energy efficiency and new winglet configurations.
Historical Note:
The supercritical wing concept was developed by Dr. Richard T. Whitcomb of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Whitcomb's airfoil was designed to delay formation of shock waves at high speeds.

In comparison with conventional wing cross sections, the supercritical wing was flattened on top, delaying the formation of shock waves and moving them further aft along the wing to increase total wing efficiency. To compensate for the lift lost with the flattened wing top, the rear lower surface was shaped with a deeper, more concave curve. The Mach number (the speed of the aircraft calculated as a percentage of the speed of sound) at which the relative airflow reaches the speed of sound at some point on the airframe is called the critical Mach number. Below the critical Mach number the flow is said to be subcritical, and above the critical Mach number it is called supercritical. The initial wind tunnel tests of the supercritical wing indicated that the new airfoil shape could allow highly efficient flight near the speed of sound of approximately 660 mph at cruising altitudes.

Initial designs for the supercritical wing were produced in 1964. The development of the supercritical airfoils included three phases: slotted (1964-1966); integral (1967); and thickened trailing edge integral (1968-1969). Flight testing of the supercritical wing began in 1971 and ended in December 1972. A Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) F-8 aircraft modified with the supercritical wing was used in these tests, making its first flight on 25 March 1955. The LTV F-8 was a single place land or carrier based supersonic aircraft equipped with radar to provide an all-weather capability. Its most unusual feature was the hydraulically operated variable incidence wing.

The blunt leading edge of the supercritical wing led to better takeoff, landing, and maneuvering characteristics. Subsonic transports, business jets, STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft, and remotely piloted vehicles made use of the supercritical wing technology, using less fuel and flying more efficiently than aircraft with conventional wings.

The F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection was received by the National Air and Space Museum in July 1984 from NASA's Langley Research Center. The collection was assembled originally by Dennis W. Bartlett Richard Whitcomb's colleague at Langley's 8-Foot Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. The material in the collection came from the offices and warehouses of the tunnel facility.
Provenance:
NASA, gift, 1984, XXXX-0104, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Vought F-8 (F8U) Crusader Family  Search this
Airplanes -- Flight testing  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
Transonic wind tunnels  Search this
Aerodynamics, Transonic  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Drawings
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Notes
Photographs
Publications
Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0104
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104
Additional Online Media:

F-8 Area Calculations - F-8 distribution and finest ratio calculations of area due to lift

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref100

F-8 Charts - 1/16-scale F-8 side fairing template charts

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref101

F-8 Coordinates - Cape and glove intersection, rear fuselage intersection; charts and printouts

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref102

F-8 Duct Skin - friction calculations

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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F-8 Inlet and Exit - Drawings and notes of inlet and exit areas base pressure corrections

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref104

F-8 Ordinates - North American Rockwell F-8 ordinates

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref105

F-8 Performance Information - takeoff and landing angles, mass-flow data, attach point strength, aircraft positions, cowl shape, drag correlation, and roll tail estimate

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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F-8 Rake and Pressure Measurements - report "Supercritical Wing Pressure Distribution" by Lawrence C. Montoya; notes and full-scale drawing of the wake survey rake for the F-8 supercritical wing

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref107

F-8 Supercritical Wing Drag Values - full scale drag values using 8-foot transonic pressure tunnel results

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref108

F-8 Supercritical Wing Fuselage Coordinates - coordinates with side fairings and base parachute fairing; vertical reference is model water line 10.317

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref109

Supercritical Wing Publicity Information

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Extent:
(1 of 2)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1971
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref11

F-8 Supercritical Wing Rear Fairings - notes, plots, and data before test 512

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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F-8 Rake - Experiment with model and full scale; includes notes and drawings

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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F-8 Supercritical Wing-I Static Twist - thickness distribution data

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref112

F-8 Supercritical Wing-I Streamwise Coordinates - North American Rockwell resolved steamwise coordinates: F-8 supercritical wing-I full scale

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref113

F-8 Supercritical Wing Model Aerodynamic Derivatives - 1/11-scale model; derivatives of Langley Research Center wind tunnel test

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref114

F-8 Supercritical Wing Wetted Area - Calculation of wetted area on F-8 supercritical wing; Three-view drawing of the F-8 and notes included

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Langley Research Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, Acc. XXXX-0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0104-ref115

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