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The Smell of Kerosene - A Test Pilot's Odyssey

The Smell of Kerosene - A Test Pilot's Odyssey

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By Donald L. Mallick
with Peter W. Merlin
The Smell
of 
Kerosene
A Test Pilot’s Odyssey
NASA SP 4108
 
The Smell of Kerosene
A Test Pilot’s Odyssey
The Smell of Kerosene
tells thedramatic story of a NASA research pilotwho logged over 11,000 flight hours inmore than 125 types of aircraft. DonaldMallick gives the reader fascinating first-hand descriptions of his early naval flighttraining, carrier operations, and hisresearch flying career with NASA and itspredecessor agency, the National AdvisoryCommittee for Aeronautics (NACA).Mallick joined the NACA as a researchpilot at the Langley MemorialAeronautical Laboratory at Hampton,Virginia, where he flew modifiedhelicopters and jets, and witnessed theNACA’s evolution into the NationalAeronautics and Space Administration.After transferring to the NASA FlightResearch Center (now NASA DrydenFlight Research Center) at Edwards,California, he became involved withprojects that further pushed the boundariesof aerospace technology. These includedthe giant delta-winged XB-70 supersonicresearch airplane, the wingless M2-F1lifting body vehicle, and the triple-sonicYF-12 Blackbird. Mallick also test flewthe Lunar Landing Research Vehicle(LLRV) and helped develop techniquesused in training astronauts to land on theMoon.This book puts the reader in the pilot’sseat for a “day at the office” unlike anyother.
 
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The Smell
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Kerosene:
A Test Pilot’s Odyssey

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