Lieutenant Theodore Ellyson is in the pilot’s seat of A-1 as preparations are made for the cable test launch. The main cable ran in an inverted U-channel beneath the pontoon; thinner cables were strung near each wingtip for balance. The broad U-shaped tip guides are visible beneath the wings.
The NB-36H was the world’s first aircraft to fly with an operating nuclear reactor on board. The reactor did not power the plane but was used to obtain data on the effects of radiation on instruments, equipment, and the airframe. The NB-36H’s dark blue nose and orange radiation symbol on its tail distinguished it from a conventional B-36.
A VH-60N White Hawk in flight. The aircraft was known as a “White Top” because of its livery.
A P-59 at rest. Note the tricycle landing gear common on Bell-produced piston-engine fighters—the P-39 Airacobra and P-63 Kingcobra, both of which were in combat in World War II.
An OL-2 showing the aircraft’s two open cockpits; it could be flown with a control wheel in the forward cockpit or a control stick in the rear cockpit.
XC-142A taking off
AD-3W Skyraider
A PB-1W Flying Fortress
The Shenandoah moored to the fleet oiler Patoka (AO-9)
VCS-7 pilots