This video uncovers the workings, tools, and rationale of the scaled aircraft lab at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base. Watch commercial-off-the-shelf aircraft, one-of-a-kind designs, powered aircraft, and gliders take-off, fly, and land. The chief pilot and designer of the lab explains how and why they do what they do.
The Ideal Aeroplane & Supply Co., Inc. was one of the earliest model airplane companies in the United States. Founded in 1911, they specialized in creating kits that included everything needed to build a “scale-reduction” model airplane.