NASA’s three Martin WB-57 Canberra aircraft flying in formation over Houston and the Johnson Space Center—NASA photograph by Robert Markowitz
NASA flies the extremely high altitude WB-57 Canberra for a variety of research purposes. Two immense P&W TF-33 turbofans engines (15,500 pound thrust each) power the Canberra beyond 60,000 feet for up to 6½ hours carrying as much as 6000 pounds of scientific equipment.
Martin WB-57 Canberra flying for NASA—NASA image
John Perry, a NASA WB-57 high altitude research aircraft maintainer, conducts start-up checks on a WB-57 aircraft at Naval Station Rota, Spain—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Travis Alston
A NASA WB-57 loaded with a Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) communicates with the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Rapid Attack Information Dissemination-Execution Relay mobile vehicle (RAIDER) on board U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. BACN’s forward-edge tactical server provides real-time information access to situation awareness, surveillance, imagery and network-management information for air and ground-based units, including the RAIDER. Northrop Grumman in partnership with NASA’s Johnson Space Center is preparing BACN for test evaluation during a joint expeditionary force experiment—U.S. Air Force photo by Sr Airman Michele Misiano
A NASA WB-57 high altitude research aircraft taking off from the airfield at Naval Station Rota, Spain—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Travis Alston