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heng44
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posted 05-30-2014 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Astronaut candidate Kathryn D. Sullivan set an unofficial sustained American aviation altitude record for women on July 1, 1979, in a NASA WB-57F reconnaissance aircraft. The record altitude of 63,300 feet was reached during a four-hour flight. Sullivan, in a high altitude pressure suit, operated color infrared cameras and multispectral scanning equipment as the WB-57F spent one and a half hours in the Big Bend area of West Texas. Piloting the aircraft was Jim Korkowski, one of the NASA Airborne Instrumentation Research Program Pilots. The flight was out of Ellington AFB near Houston.

OV-105
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posted 05-31-2014 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks almost like the same suit she would wear in a little over 10 years later on STS-31.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 05-31-2014 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interestingly NASA put a third WB-57 into the air last year. It was rebuilt after 40 years on Celebrity Row at AMARG. The B-57 is a licence-built English Electric Canberra, manufactured and modified extensively by the Glenn L. Martin Company. The Canberra first flew in 1949!

garymilgrom
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posted 05-31-2014 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That nose cone looks almost as large as a Mercury capsule. Thanks Ed.

onesmallstep
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posted 06-02-2014 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nose looks like a Discoverer/Corona KH-4 recon satellite from the 60s.

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