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Born in Pasadena, California; married with four children. Received BS, US Military Academy, 1952. Served in USAF, but left to study aeronautical engineering. Obtained MS from University of Southern California in 1958. Joined NACA in 1958 as a test pilot. Selected in 1965 as X-15 test pilot. He made 16 X-15 flights, received astronaut wings for a 93.3 km altitude flight. He continued as a test pilot with NASA until his retirement.

William H. Dana was Chief Engineer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., from 1993 until 1998, when he retired after almost 40 years of distinguished service to NASA. Formerly an aerospace research pilot, Dana flew the F-100 variable stability research aircraft and the Advanced Fighter Technology Integration/F-16 aircraft as well as many others.

Before his assignment as Chief Engineer, he was Assistant Chief of the Flight Operations Division, a position he assumed after serving since 1986 as Chief Pilot. He was also a project pilot on the F-15 HIDEC (Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control) research program, and a co-project pilot on the F-18 High Angle of Attack research program.

Dana, born in Pasadena, Calif., Nov. 3, 1930, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1952 and served four years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He joined NASA after receiving a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1958.

As a research pilot, Dana was involved in some of the most significant aeronautical programs carried out at Dryden. For his distinguished service as a premier flight research pilot, he received NASA's Distinguished Service Medal in 1997.

He was a project pilot on the hypersonic X-15 research aircraft and flew the rocket-powered vehicle 16 times, reaching a top speed of 3,897 mph and a peak altitude of 307,000 feet (nearly 59 miles high). He was the pilot on the final (199th) flight of the 10-year program.

In the late 1960s and in the 1970s, Dana was a project pilot on the manned lifting body program, which flew several versions of the wingless vehicles and produced data that helped in development of the Space Shuttles. For his contributions to the lifting body program, Dana received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. In 1976 he received the Haley Space Flight Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his research work on the M2-F3 lifting body control systems.

A member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Dana is the author of several technical papers.

August 1999

**X-15 Flight 156**-**- 1965 Nov 4 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 4450 kph. Maximum Altitude - 24440 m.

**X-15 Flight 161**-**- 1966 Jul 18 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5176 kph. Maximum Altitude - 29290 m. First flight with X-20 energy management system.

**X-15 Flight 165**-**- 1966 Aug 4 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 6376 kph. Maximum Altitude - 40450 m.

**X-15 Flight 168**-**- 1966 Aug 19 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5804 kph. Maximum Altitude - 54250 m.

**X-15 Flight 172**-**- 1966 Sep 14 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5770 kph. Maximum Altitude - 22980 m. JPL spectrometer measured solar flux; radiometer characterized exhaust plume in UV for reconnsat sensors; collected micrometeorites.

**X-15 Flight 174**-**- 1966 Nov 1 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.*Flight Time*: 0.01 days.*Flight details*: X-15 Flight 174.Maximum Speed - 6034 kph. Maximum Altitude - 93540 m. Astronaut wings flight (USAF definition).

**X-15 Flight 178**-**- 1967 Apr 26 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1871 kph. Maximum Altitude - 16280 m.

**X-15 Flight 181**-**- 1967 May 17 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5112 kph. Maximum Altitude - 21670 m.

**X-15 Flight 183**-**- 1967 Jun 22 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5810 kph. Maximum Altitude - 25050 m.

**X-15 Flight 185**-**- 1967 Jul 20 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5942 kph. Maximum Altitude - 25720 m.

**X-15 Flight 189**-**- 1967 Oct 4 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 7270 kph. Maximum Altitude - 76530 m.

**X-15 Flight 192**-**- 1968 Mar 1 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 4631 kph. Maximum Altitude - 31850 m. Tested Saturn V insulation.

**X-15 Flight 193**-**- 1968 Apr 4 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5808 kph. Maximum Altitude - 57150 m.

**X-15 Flight 195**-**- 1968 May 11 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 5733 kph. Maximum Altitude - 67090 m.

**X-15 Flight 197**-**- 1968 Aug 21 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.*Flight Time*: 0.01 days.*Flight details*: X-15 Flight 197.Maximum Speed - 5540 kph. Maximum Altitude - 81530 m. Astronaut wings flight (USAF definition).

**X-15 Flight 199**-**- 1968 Oct 24 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Last flight. Maximum Speed - 5979 kph. Maximum Altitude - 77720 m.

**HL-10 Flight 16**-**- 1969 Apr 25 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Glide. Maximum Speed - 743 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13720 m. Flight Time - 252 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 18**-**- 1969 May 20 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 959 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14970 m. Flight Time - 414 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 22**-**- 1969 Jun 23 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.2 chambers. Maximum Speed - 1350 kph. Maximum Altitude - 19450 m. Flight Time - 373 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 24**-**- 1969 Sep 3 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.4 chambers. Maximum Speed - 1541 kph. Maximum Altitude - 23760 m. Flight Time - 414 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 27**-**- 1969 Oct 27 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1675 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18470 m. Flight Time - 417 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 29**-**- 1969 Nov 17 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1693 kph. Maximum Altitude - 19690 m. Flight Time - 408 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 31**-**- 1969 Dec 12 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1401 kph. Maximum Altitude - 24370 m. Flight Time - 428 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 33**-**- 1970 Jan 26 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1443 kph. Maximum Altitude - 26730 m. Flight Time - 411 sec.

**HL-10 Flight 35**-**- 1970 Feb 27 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum altitude. Maximum Speed - 1400 kph. Maximum Altitude - 27524 m. Flight Time - 416 sec.

**M2 Flight 17**-**- 1970 Jun 2 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.First M2-F3 flight. Maximum Speed - 755 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 218 sec.

**M2 Flight 18**-**- 1970 Jul 21 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 708 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 228 sec.

**M2 Flight 19**-**- 1970 Nov 2 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 690 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 236 sec.

**M2 Flight 20**-**- 1970 Nov 25 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.First powered flight. Maximum Speed - 859 kph. Maximum Altitude - 15819 m. Flight Time - 377 sec.

**M2 Flight 22**-**- 1971 Feb 26 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 821 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 348 sec.

**M2 Flight 23**-**- 1971 Jul 23 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 788 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18440 m. Flight Time - 353 sec.

**M2 Flight 24**-**- 1971 Aug 9 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1035 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18898 m. Flight Time - 415 sec.

**M2 Flight 25**-**- 1971 Aug 25 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.First M2-F3 supersonic flight. Maximum Speed - 1163 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20513 m. Flight Time - 390 sec.

**M2 Flight 26**-**- 1971 Sep 24 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 772 kph. Maximum Altitude - 12802 m. Flight Time - 210 sec.

**M2 Flight 27**-**- 1971 Nov 15 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Glide flight. Maximum Speed - 784 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 215 sec.

**M2 Flight 28**-**- 1971 Dec 1 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1356 kph. Maximum Altitude - 21580 m. Flight Time - 391 sec.

**M2 Flight 29**-**- 1971 Dec 16 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 861 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14265 m. Flight Time - 451 sec.

**M2 Flight 30**-**- 1972 Jul 25 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1049 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18562 m. Flight Time - 420 sec.

**M2 Flight 31**-**- 1972 Aug 11 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1168 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20480 m. Flight Time - 375 sec.

**M2 Flight 32**-**- 1972 Aug 24 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1344 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 376 sec.

**M2 Flight 33**-**- 1972 Sep 12 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 935 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14020 m. Flight Time - 387 sec.

**M2 Flight 34**-**- 1972 Sep 27 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1424 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 366.5 sec.

**M2 Flight 35**-**- 1972 Oct 5 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1455 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20210 m. Flight Time - 376 sec.

**M2 Flight 42**-**- 1972 Dec 13 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Fastest M2-F3 flight. Maximum Speed - 1712 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 383 sec.

**X-24 Flight 57**-**- 1975 Sep 9 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Maximum Speed - 1593 kph. Maximum Altitude - 21640 m. Flight Time - 435 sec.

**X-24 Flight 58**-**- 1975 Sep 23 -***Assignment*: Prime Crew.Last rocket-powered flight. Maximum Speed - 1255 kph. Maximum Altitude - 17680 m. Flight Time - 438 sec.

Last update 3 May 2001.

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