Nasa's Dryden Flight Research Center is the home of the space agency’s cutting edge research craft. Over the years, its fleet has included three SR-71 Blackbirds. (Copyright: Nasa)
The US space agency's Dryden research facility in California operates some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
Over the years it has also contributed to many milestones in the history of flight.
Explore the pictures above or check out the first of our videos and articles from a recent behind the scenes tour of this extraordinary facility.
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