The first Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer aircraft (BuNo 139208) at Edwards AFB for its maiden flight on April 21, 1956, with test Douglas Aircraft test pilot Robert O. Rahn at the controls. Test pilot Rahn climbs aboard the aircraft, which is painted in U.S. Navy colors. After several views of pilot, Bob Rahn, in the cockpit, the scene shifts to the airplane on takeoff roll. It takes off smoothly accompanied by a T-33 chase plane. The F5D climbs out steeply and is next seen in level flight cruise configuration. The sequence concludes with the F5D on final approach and landing, with T-33 flying in parallel. The aircraft touches down smoothly and rolls out in a nose high attitude, seeming to almost drag its tail, but not quite. Photographers record the landing from the side of the runway. Reportedly the test flight was smooth overall and the aircraft easily exceeded the speed of sound on this, its first flight. (Note: The U.S. Navy cancelled the F5D Skylancer order, after only several aircraft were built. Two were eventually acquired by NASA.)
A U.S. Air force F-100C Supersabre jet rounds out in nose-high attitude, during attempted emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The pilot applies full power, attempting go around, but the aircraft continues in the same uncontrollable condition (known as a "Sabre Dance"). The aircraft yaws to the right and its right wing lowers, striking the runway and causing it to crash in a ball of fire. (Note:The aircraft was being flown by Lieutenant Barty Brooks, of the 1708th Ferrying Wing, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He was to ferry it from Palmdale, California. When he experienced inflight difficulties. He attempted an emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base, where cameras were set up for different purposes, but caught this event on film.)
Development progress report of U.S. Air Force F-105 Thunderchief fighter bomber. A modified RF-84F Thunderflash being used in flight testing the F-105 fire control system. The modified RF-84F with a pointed random nose. The aircraft taxis out on flight line past U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress, F-84 Thunderjet and C-47 Skytrain at Eglin Air Force Base. RF-84F takes off from one of the air strips at Eglin Air Force Base. YF-105A performs a wing over and drops away. The data reduction equipment being utilized in the armament system testing at Eglin AFB. A General Electric digital computer in operation. Two technicians test a laboratory model of the AFW-10 automatic flight control system. A civilian points out the AFW-10 automatic flight control system installed in the modified RF-84F. An F-84F in flight. The aircraft does a wingover and drops several hundred feet, then starts a level climb. An Air Force pilot climbs into a cockpit of F-105B. F-105B taxis on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Republic personnel grouped around a combination radio telemetry truck and look up in the sky. F-105B takes off and climbs rapidly. F-105B in flight high above a cloud layer. A fuselage of F-105B. F-105B lands on a dry lake bed at Edwards AFB and drag parachute deployed.
A U.S. Air force F-100 Supersabre jet rounds out high in nose-high attitude, during attempted emergency landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The pilot applies power to go around without success as the F-100 enters a state known as a "Sabre Dance". The aircraft's right wing strikes the runway and it crashes on the runway in a ball of fire. (Note: This F-100 was being ferried from Palmdale, California, when it encountered problems, and the pilot elected to make an emegency landing at Edwards AFB)
United States experimental aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in California, United States. Board reads 'Air Force Flight Test Center'. Early model(1933) blue Coupe on the road. Other vehicles parked in the background at Edwards Air Force Base. Lieutenant Colonel Frank Everest gets out of the car and enters the building. Sign on a door reads 'Through these portals pass the oldest and boldest pilots in the world'. Frank Everest takes a seat at his desk and reads documents.
Fatal accident at Air Force flight test center at the Edwards Air Force Base in California, United States. An F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter aircraft being flown from Palmdale California, by Lieutenant Barty Brooks, of the 1708th Ferrying Wing, is attempting an emergency landing at Edwards, after being unable to retract his landing gear. He rounds out high in a nose up attitude during final phase of approach, and decides to take it around to avoid a crash landing. He applies full power but it is not enough to allow him to reestablish normal controlled flight. Instead the aircraft staggers along, under full power and nose high attitude (so-called "sabre Dance").It appears to gain a few feet in altitude, but ends up falling off and striking its right wind on the ground and crashing in a huge fireball.