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Airborne Trailblazer: Two decades with NASA Langley's 737 flying laboratoryThis book is the story of a very unique aircraft and the contributions it has made to the air transportation industry. NASA's Boeing 737-100 Transport Systems Research Vehicle started life as the prototype for Boeing's 737 series of aircraft. The airplane was acquired by LaRC 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 links for air traffic control communications, the microwave landing system, and the satellite-based global positioning system (GPS).
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Special Publication (SP)
Wallace, Lane E.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.21:4216
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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