Perlan 2 Glider Breaks Altitude Record

Members James Payne (AF) & Miguel Iturmendi (M) break records with the Perlan Project.

Click the following article links below for details!

High altitude glider soars beyond 62,000 feet

Perlan 2 space glider sets new altitude record

Wings Over Camarillo Airshow and STEM Pavilion

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots was invited to participate at the Wings Over Camarillo airshow and STEM Pavilion, 18-19 August 2018.
 
The SETP booth consisted of the STEM Simulator, paper airplane mission challenge station, and  paper airplane making station.  The STEM simulator allowed the student pilot to compare flying and handling qualities between the F-22 and the F-4 by flying attitude capture tasks and landing task with the F-4.  The airplane mission challenge introduced the concept of mission based test with the requirement to design a paper airplane to accomplish any of the three mission areas:  Accuracy Distance mission; Endurance mission; and Range mission.  For the Accuracy Distance mission, we had a hula hoop standing on a Tee Ball Tee with 5ft, 10ft, and 15ft marks on the hangar floor.  The Distance challenge had a start line on the hangar floor with distance marks every 20 ft and the Endurance challenge required the use of a stop watch to determine how long an airplane remained airborne.   The best part of the three challenges was the “List of Champions” where the pilots with the best Accuracy Distance, longest Range, and Endurance wrote their name and benchmark.  
 
The SETP team that supported the STEM event over the weekend were Kevin “Smells” Gross (AF),  AJ “Face” McFarland (AF),  Mike “Rabies” Rabens (F), and Maj Greg “Evil” Marcus (M).   This small team provided an exceptional introduction to flight test for the young and young at heart.  STEM coordinators told me that the paper airplanes and the SETP simulator were the best stations in the Pavilion.   
 
Semper Fi,
"Smells"
Kevin Gross (AF)

Event Space

Face Smells

Paper Airplanes Sign

Member Pic

 

Oral History Videos - Watch Now!

We have started editing the Oral Histories we have and the first three are now available on the website under the Foundations tab.

Click HERE to view the recently released Oral Histories of Buzz Aldrin, Eric “Winkle” Brown, and Robert A. Hoover.

 

Robert A. Hoover

 

Neil Armstrong Luncheon Address

  While digging in our archives we found this historic presentation from SETP Charter Member Neil Armstrong (F),

at the Luncheon held during the 2005 Symposium that celebrated the SETP 50th Anniversary.

Please take 30 minutes out of your day to watch this captivating talk!

 

50th European Symposium Photos

Click Here to view the photo album from the 50th European Symposium in Turin, Italy!

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