Bill Dana

Bill Dana has flown a plywood box faster and higher than most of us ever dream of going in an aircraft. As NASA's first official employee, he's had a front row seat for forty-one years watching the evolution of manned and unmanned flight and space exploration. Last year he retired as Chief Engineer of Flight Operations at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, based at Edwards AFB. In this month's Profile, Bill talks to AVweb's Joe Godfrey about the early days of NASA, the X-15, the M2-F series, and what lies ahead for himself and NASA.

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