The Smell of Kerosene
A Test Pilot’s Odyssey
tellsthedramatic 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,carrieroperations,andhisresearch flying career with NASA and itspredecessor agency, the National AdvisoryCommittee for Aeronautics (NACA).Mallick joined the NACA as a researchpilotattheLangleyMemorialAeronautical Laboratory at Hampton,Virginia,whereheflewmodifiedhelicopters 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.