The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey
Donald L. Mallick, Peter W. Merlin
Biographies & Memoirs
The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey
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This official NASA history document - converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction - is the fascinating account of the life of Donald Mallick, a NASA research test pilot. This book puts the reader in the pilot's seat for a "day at the office" unlike any other. It recounts the tragic 1966 mid-air collision with the XB-70; describes flights of the lifting body and YF-12 blackbird, and details work with the Apollo Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.

The Smell of Kerosene tells the dramatic story of a NASA research pilot who logged over 11,000 flight hours in more than 125 types of aircraft. Donald Mallick gives the reader fascinating firsthand descriptions of his early naval flight training, carrier operations, and his research flying career with NASA and its predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

Mallick joined the NACA as a research pilot at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory at Hampton, Virginia, where he flew modified helicopters and jets, and witnessed the NACA's evolution into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

After transferring to the NASA Flight Research Center (now NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) at Edwards, California, he became involved with projects that further pushed the boundaries of aerospace technology. These included the giant delta-winged XB-70 supersonic research airplane, the wingless M2-F1 lifting body vehicle, and the triple-sonic YF-12 Blackbird. Mallick also test flew the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) and helped develop techniques used in training astronauts to land on the Moon.

The Smell of Kerosene Front Cover
Inside Front Cover
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Wings of Gold
Roots - Western Pennsylvania
Penn State
Joining the Navy
Pensacola - Navy Basic Training
Naval Flight Training
Stage CQ, Carrier Qualification
Advanced Flight Training
Advanced Carrier Qualification
Instrument Training
Chapter 2: Naval Air Operations
Fleet Operations
Navy Jacksonville, VF-172
Flying the Banshee
First North Atlantic Cruise (September 1952
Night Carrier Qualification
World Cruise (September 1952 - April 1954
Close Call
Combat Practice
Back to the Med
Southeast Asia
Heading Home, April 1954
Florida on the G.I. Bill
Naval Reserve
Flying the Cougar
Looking for Work
Chapter 3: NACA and NASA - Langley, Virginia
Research and Support Flying
Helicopters and VSTOL
Chapter 4: Jet Research at Langley
NASA Langley Jet Operations
Other Interesting Jet Programs at Langley
Langley Joins the Space Race
Langley Support and Test Flying
Chapter 5: Super Crusader
New Opportunities
Flying Qualities of the F8U-3
Langley Flight Research Gains New Focus
Flying the Skyhawk
Chapter 6: High Desert Flight Research - Edwards, California
Origins of the NASA Flight Research Center
NASA Edwards Flight Operations
Moving West
Variable Stability F-100 Super Sabre
F-104 Starflighter
Probing the Edge of Space
Lifting Body, Paresev, and Test Pilot School
General Aviation Research
Chapter 7: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Introducing the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle
Flying with the Boss
XB-70 Midair Collision, June 1966
XB-70 Accident Investigation
Chapter 8: Flying the Heavies
Safety First
Learning New Skills
Flying the XB-70
On Fire!!!
End of the Program
Other Test Programs (1965-1970)
Chasing the Northern Lights in a Convair 990
Chapter 9: Triple-Sonic Blackbird
High Speed Flight Research
Blackbird Design
YF-12 Flight Operations
Aerial Refueling
Loss of a Blackbird
Research Programs
Propulsion Test in the YF-12C
Blackbird Coldwall Experiment
A Few Add-on Tests Along the Way
Other Areas of Investigation
Chapter 10: A Time of Transition
The End of an Era
Paying the Toll
Northrop YF-17
B-52 Mothership
B-57 Atmospheric Studies
Lockheed JetStar
Other NASA Pilots
Chapter 11: Shifting Gears
Another High Flyer
Controlled Impact Demonstration
Final Thoughts
A Final Whiff of Kerosene
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
About the Authors
Back Cover
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