The picture to the far left is Ed at 12 years old sitting in the cockpit of the prototype Long-EZ, N79RA. This picture was made at the Tullahoma, TN airshow in 1981 by my Dad, Ed Dumas, Sr. The next picture to the right shows Ed sitting in the right seat of the 747 Space Shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905. This was the first 747 Shuttle carrier aircraft retrofitted by NASA to carry the Space Shuttle orbiters back to the Kennedy Space Center from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA. This picture was made at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in 1990 by Dr. Ray Gompf.
The next picture shows Ed getting ready for takeoff in his PW-5 glider. The PW-5 is a single-place competition glider. This picture was made at Downtown Island Airport (DKX) in Knoxville, TN in 1999 by Denise Stafford. The last picture on the right shows Ed getting ready for takeoff in Long-EZ N3R for a research flight from First Flight, North Carolina (FFA). Note the orange 'Mustang' immersion suit and protective eye goggles. This experiment (WAPEX 1998) was conducted in support of the NASA Topex/Poseidon radar altimetry satellite. This picture was made in November, 1998 by Dr. Tim Crawford.
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