NASA's #817, DC-8 airborne science laboratory
arrives at the new Dryden Aircraft Operations
Facility at AF Plant 42, in Palmdale, CA.
Photo: Jim Ross
11/14/2007 - NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory
returned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center
recently after an absence of more than two years. The
venerable flying science lab's missions had been
managed by the University of North Dakota since late
2005, although Dryden flight crews continued to
operate the aircraft on worldwide data gathering
The converted jetliner is the first science aircraft
to be based at Dryden's new Aircraft Operations
Facility adjacent to Air Force Plant 42 in nearby
Palmdale. Four other NASA science aircraft are due to
be based there in coming months.
Pilot-in-command for the DC-8's return to Dryden Nov.
8 was veteran NASA research pilot Edwin Lewis, who
later died in an unrelated plane crash that evening
near Las Vegas, NV.
Source: NASA Dryden Press Release