Lancaster in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
John A. Manke
Aerospace Walk of Honor
He piloted the first unpowered lifting body approach to a precision landing on a concrete runway in 1975, providing data needed by the Space Shuttle Program to prepare for unpowered landings from orbital flight.
As a principal NASA lifting body pilot, his first flights included the first sustained rocket-powered flight of a lifting body vehicle, the first supersonic flight of this type of vehicle and the first flight of delta shaped X-24B. He flew all four rocket-powered lifting bodies: the HL-10, X-24A, X-24B, and M2-F3.
As Director of Flight Operations at NASA Dryden, Manke had operational responsibility for the flight test program of the mated Shuttle/Boeing 747. He flew exploratory flight tests in the F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire aircraft to develop control system design changes for the Shuttle Orbiter.
Manke participated in high-technology programs including
Manke has been honored with the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service, was nominated by NASA in 1984 for the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive.
Established in 1990 by the Lancaster City Council, the Aerospace Walk of Honor celebrates test pilots who were associated with Edwards AFB. Recognition is awarded for distinguished aviation careers marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond one specific accomplishment.
Erected 1997 by Lancaster City Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 34° 41.897′ N, 118° 8.328′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Lancaster Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Located in front of the Western Hotel Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 557 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas C. McMurtry (here, next to this marker); Western Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Tuskegee Airmen (a few steps from this marker); Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF (within shouting distance of this marker); John B. "Jack" McKay (within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur K. "Kit" Murray (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry E. "Hank" Chouteau (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
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