NASA Test Flights - Beyond The Limits
Field of Science or Math
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Presents an entertaining and compelling story of the world of flight test and research. Three 47 minute programs combine exciting aerial footage of unique research aircraft and insighful interviews with pilots and engineers to tell the inspiring and sometimes dangerous story of flight research:
Program 1: Flights of Discovery
From the X-15 to testing of the new X-33 engine, learn what drives NASA's modern-day explorers to go beyond tragedy to find answers and push the edges of flights where no one has gone before.
Program 2: The Need for Speed
Witness how pilots and crews meet the challenges of supersonic flight with planes such as the X-1 and
SR-71 and explore the new technologies of the X-43 and High Speed Civil Transport which may open a
new world of unprecedented speed.
Program 3: The New Frontier
Experience how current computer technology is changing how we fly. From the radical looking X-29 to
the amazing thrust vectoring X-31, explore how computer developments can improve safety and deliver undreamed of performance.
Total Running Time: 150 minutes