David D. McBride is director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As such, he oversees all aspects of center management, strategy and operations at NASA Dryden, one of the 10 field centers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Center Director, February 8, 1999 - April 3, 2009
Acting Director, August 1, 1998 - February 7, 1999
Kevin L. Petersen was director of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. from Feb. 8, 1999 until his retirement on April 3, 2009. He had served as Dryden's deputy director from January 1996 until his appointment as acting director in August, 1998 and as director in February 1999.
Center Director, March 1, 1994 - August 1, 1998
Facility Director, December 3, 1990-March 1, 1994
Kenneth J. Szalai was Director of the NASA Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., until July 31, 1998. He was named Center Director in January 1994 and assumed the position effective March 1, 1994.
Center Director, May 1984 - December 1990
In May, 1984, Martin A. Knutson was appointed Director of Flight Operations for NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, and also was assigned the additional position as Site Manager of the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards, California, a position he held until 1990.
Center Director - October 1981 - May 1984
John Manke was the Director of Flight Operations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center, including the Ames facility at Moffett Field, California and Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California.
Center Director, June 7, 1978 - October 1, 1981
Acting Director, October 31, 1977 - June 7, 1978
Isaac T. Gillam IV was the Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center, NASA's major field Center for the flight testing of high speed aircraft and experimental vehicles.
Center Director, April 18, 1975 - October 30, 1977
Dr. David R. Scott was the Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. As a NASA astronaut, Scott flew on Gemini 8, Apollo 9, and was Spacecraft Commander on Apollo 15.
Center Director, October 11, 1971 - January 28, 1975
Lee R. Scherer was appointed Director of the NASA Flight Research Center on Oct. 11, 1971, a position he held until Jan. 28, 1975, when he became the Director of the Kennedy Space Center.
Acting Director, April - October 1971
De E. Beeler served the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with distinction during a 33-year career as an aeronautical engineer and administrator.
Center Director, September 15, 1959 - May 31, 1971
Paul F. Bikle, was born June 5, 1916, in Wilkensburg, Penn. Formerly technical director of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California. Bikle assumed his position as Director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, California, in September, 1959.
Center Director, September 30, 1946 - August 28, 1959
Walter Williams was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in aeronautical engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1939. After graduation, he was employed by the Glenn L. Martin Company of Baltimore, Maryland, and later that same year joined the science staff of the NASA Langley Research Center...