Guest Speaker - Andrew Vano
"The X-15 Flight Test
Program - Experiences of a (Then) Young NASA Aerospace Engineer"
The X-15 was a rocket
powered research airplane designed to investigate the hypersonic
flight regime at speeds to Mach 6 and altitudes to 250,000 ft.
It exceeded these goals during its 1959 to 1968 flight test
program at the
Center, Edwards AFB,
California. Andrew Vano will describe
the X-15 and its achievements, and present some of his personal
experiences working with the team of amazing people who made the
X-15 the most successful research airplane ever flown.
Andrew Vano with the X15 at
the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Family: Born 19 July
1939 in Chicago IL. Son of Mary and John Vano; two brothers.
Married to Sally Miller in August 1966. Three children: John,
Julie and Mary. Living near Alexandria, MN.
Engineer Alexandria Aircraft LLC, Alexandria, MN.
1990-2004: Akerman Professor
of Design Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of
1986-1990: Adjunct Professor
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota.
1986-2001: Chief Engineer
Bellanca Inc, Alexandria, MN.
1984-1986: Aerospace Engineer NASA
Ames Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards AFB, CA.
1983: Adjunct Professor Aerospace
Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota.
1981-1983: Chief Engineer Eagle
Aircraft Company, Alexandria, MN.
1974-1981: Chief Engineer Bellanca
Aircraft Corp., Alexandria, MN.
1963-1973: Aerospace Engineer NASA Flight
Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA.
Degrees: B.S., Aeronautical
Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1962.
Patents: "Quick Attach Mechanism",
Patent No. 3,378,892, NASA Aerial Recovery Operations.
Professional Registrations: FAA
Designated Engineering Representative in following disciplines: Structures,
Systems and Equipment, Powerplant Installations, Flight Analyst, Test Pilot
(Commercial/Instrument Pilot 6000 + hours).
Scientific and Professional Societies
Associate Fellow, American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Technical Policy Committee, General Aviation
Manufacturers Association, 1974-81.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Experimental Aircraft Association.
Honors and Awards
Nominated for Morse - Minnesota Alumni
Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education,
NASA AFTI/F-111 Mission Adaptive Wing Flight
Test Team Group Achievement Award, 1988.
NASA Quality Increase for Outstanding
NASA Special Achievement Award for AFTI/F-111
Mission Adaptive Wing Flight Loads Measurement Program, 1984.
AIAA Twin City Section Student Lecture Award,
NASA YF-12 Thermal Loads Calibration Team
Group Achievement Award, 1973.
NASA Lifting Body Flight Research Team Group
Achievement Award, 1970.
AIAA Antelope Valley Section Outstanding
Technical Contribution Award for YF-12 Photographic Flight Deflection Measuring
NASA Special Achievement Award for
Photographic Flight Deflection Measuring System, 1970.
NASA Apollo Group Achievement Award.
NASA X-15 Group Achievement Award.
NASA Tech-brief Award for "Quick Attach
Andrew Vano (in white hat) with students from the University
of Minnesota looking at the X15 at the National Museum of the United States Air
Force in Dayton, OH.