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    Curtis Peebles,Milton O. Thompson
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His articles were published in such periodicals as Spaceflight and Space Education Magazine. Among his books were The Corona Project: America's First Spy Satellites, Dark Eagles: A History of Top Secret . Flying Without Wings: NASA Lifting Bodies and the Birth of the Space Shuttle (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight) (with Milton O. Thompson), 1999.

Flying Without Wings book. Curtis Peebles completed the manuscript and added two chapters that describe the lifting body program in the 1980s.

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Books with the subject: Space Shuttles. Flying Without Wings - MILTON O THOMPSON, Curtis Peebles.

by Milton O. Thompson, Curtis Peebles (Author). Flying Without Wings begins in the late 1950s with the design and development of an oddly-shaped wingless aircraft known as lifting bodies.

Associated events "Flying flossie"; the fleet AIR arm's strangest aircraft.

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Curtis Peebles is an aerospace historian for the Smithsonian Institution and the author of. .Watch the Skies! A Chronicle of the Flying Saucer Myth, 1994

Curtis Peebles is an aerospace historian for the Smithsonian Institution and the author of several books dealing with aviation and aerial phenomena. He is probably best known as a leading skeptic of UFO sightings and incidents, and he has been interviewed in several documentaries dealing with UFOs. Watch the Skies! A Chronicle of the Flying Saucer Myth, 1994. Smithsonian Institution Press. Thompson), 1999 ISBN 47554-78-5.

Written by a pilot/engineer who participated in every phase of NASA's lifting body program, Flying Without Wings documents the adventure, triumphs, setbacks, and fun of pioneering a technology that allowed astronauts to accomplish lifting reentries and precise runway landings. He tells how, after the cancellation of the Air Force's Dyna-Soar program, the first lifting body projects such as the Parasev paraglider and the M2-F1 were built on shoestring budgets at Edwards Air Force Base, California, often without the knowledge of officials at the NASA headquarters.

What I really like about this book, like Milt Thompson's other book "At The Edge Of Space", is that you see that the Experimental Test Pilots are real people. Milt includes some humorous stories that show that Test Pilots are great flyers, but they are human, and they can have a laugh. You get to read about what it was like to fly the Lifting Bodies, the concept that lead to the Space Shuttle. You read about early NASA Flight Test, and you realize that history can be fun, and does not have to be boring. A great book, I suggest buying this, and his other book "At The Edge Of Space" on the X-15.
Firsthand recollections told with famous NASA humor. Loved reading it, esp. since Milt Thompson mentored my dad. When you live history as a kid, you are oblivious to it. As an adult, I can read back through and appreciate what risks they took and fun they had doing it. Real "hands-on" engineering research accomplished with chalk marks on the floor, a souped-up Pontiac, pink flight boots and all!
This is an incredible story by an incredibe test pilot. It is a great history of an often neglected subject. Well written and highly recommended!
Lifting body research may be an esoteric subject, but is fascinating for anyone interested in aeronautics; Thompson was in the cockpit during most of the testing of the early forms, and draws an exciting picture of the high risk drama of these pioneering flights. The final chapters link the early research in the 60s with the later design and construction of the Shuttle, and the reader will understand how these "mad monk" test pilots really made the orbiter possible, by proving the validity of the core design. Finally, one interesting note is how the early testing was done with minimal funding, and a lot of do-it-yourself common sense by the teams at Edwards. Those days are certainly gone. Highly recommended if you have an interest in the field, and at least a basic understanding of the terms, concepts, and physics of flight.
Completed by Curtis Peebles after the death of Milt Thompson the story of Flying without Wings is told by a pilots pilot. Milt has the uncanny ability to mix the technical engineering side of experimental aviation and then put the reader in the pilots seat for a hair-raising ride from 40,000ft down to the ground.
Milt thompson has written a great book on the hardships of the early attempts at flying with out wings. He describes in detail how the M2F1 was designed and tested and how the program eneded with the futuristic X-24B. A great book and a must read for aviation buffs of all ages.
If you like experimental aviation, this is a must read.