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Hyper-X X-43A supersonic combustion ramjet. The combustion chamber is the polished copper box visible just below the rail of the cart. The first Hyper-X X-43A was lost when its Orbital Sciences booster tumbled out of control on June 2, 2001. No official announcement of the cause of the incident has been released, but it looks like both ventral stabilizers peeled off of the booster shortly after the ignition of its solid-fuel rocket engine. The second vehicle should fly next year.
Link to the NASA Dryden project page about the X-43A.
Link to the Boeing Phantom Works page about the X-43A.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the X-43A.
Boeing X-45 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) made its first flight on May 22, 2002. Boeing intends to field production UCAVs in 2008.
Boeing X-45 UCAV.
Link to the Boeing Phantom Works page about the X-45 UCAV.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the X-45 UCAV.
Teledyne-Ryan RQ-4A Global Hawk, 98-2003 of the 412th Test Wing.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the RQ-4A Global Hawk.
Link to the Air Force Fact Page about the Ryan RQ-4A Global Hawk.
Although assigned to the Air Force test program, this Bell-Boeing CV-22A Osprey carries Navy BuNo 164939.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey.
Link to the Bell-Textron page about the V-22 Osprey.
NASA's Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas FA-18A Hornet, N853NA Active Aeroelastic Wing testbed.
Link to the NASA Dryden Fact Sheet about the Active Aeroelastic Wing.
NASA's Lockheed ER-2S, N809NA.
Link to the NASA Dryden program overview of the Lockheed-Martin ER-2.
NASA's McDonnell-Douglas DC-8-72, N817NA was delivered to Alitalia as DC-8-62H, I-DIWK, Giacomo Puccini in May 1969. Its McDonnell-Douglas constructoin number is 46082. Braniff airways bought it in January 1979 and registered it as N801BN. International Air Leases bought it in November 1983 and leased it to Nacelle Corporation in September 1984. Cammacorp bought it in December 1985 and sold it to NASA in February 1986. NASA had it converted to a DC-8-72 in April 1986 and registered it as N717NA in August 1986.
Link to the NASA Dryden description of their DC-8.
Two X-43A silhouettes, three X-38 captive carry silhouetes, and one X-38 parafoil silhouette have been added to the mission tally on the side of NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress mothership, 52-0008 since the 2000 Open House.
Link to the NASA Dryden Boeing B-52 Mothership photo gallery.
Lockheed-Martin-General Dynamics NF-16D Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA) Fighting Falcon, 86-0048 is assigned to the Air Force Test Pilot School.
Link to the Air Force Test Pilot School page about the VISTA F-16.
Lockheed-Martin X-35B, Short Take-off/Vertical Landing (STO/VL) prototype of the Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed-Martin will produce the JSF under the designation F-35. The conventional take-off F-35A will serve in the Air Force. The STO/VL F-35B will serve the Marine Corps, and the conventional take-off F-35C that will serve in the Navy will have a larger wing for carrier operations.
Lockheed-Martin X-35B Joint Strike Fighter, 301
Link to the Lockheed-Martin page describing the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Lockheed-Martin-Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas-General Dynamics F/A-22 Raptor, 91-4006 of the 412 Test Wing.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the Lockheed-Martin F/A-22 Raptor.
Link to the Lockheed-Martin Aeronautical Systems page about the F/A-22 Raptor.
Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15A-18 Eagle, 76-0116 of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC).
Link to Boeing's page about the F-15 Eagle.
Link to the Air Force fact sheet for the McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle.
Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle, of the 412th Operations Group.
Link to the Air Force fact sheet for the McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle.
Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 1, 78-0089 of the 412th Operations Group.
F-16B Block 1, 78-0089 at Vandenberg Air Force Base on November 11, 1980. At the time it wa assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Hill Air Force Base.
Visit the Air Force fact sheet for the Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Lockheed-Martin F-117A Full Scale Development (FSD) Stealth Fighter, 79-10782 of the 412th Test Wing. This is the oldest Stealth Fighter still flying. The two older F-117s are on display at the Air Force Museum and Nellis Air Force Base.
Link to the Air Force fact sheet for the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk.
Lockheed-Martin U-2S, 80-1067 wears tail code WR. The U-2S model has been re-engined with a 19,000-pound thrust General Electric F118-GE-101 turbofan engine.
Lockheed U-2S, 80-1067 at Palmdale on October 24, 2000. It carried a little red skunk on its tail. Ice had formed on areas of the wing that were cooled by cold-soaked fuel remaining in the bottom of the tanks.
Link to the Air Force fact sheet for the U-2R/U-2S.
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 Tagboard Flyer was used to launch Lockheed GTD-21B reconnaisssance drones form 1967 to 1971.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the Lockheed D-21 drone.
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0036 Tagboard Flyer.
Link to the Air Force Fact Sheet for the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress.
Link to Boeing's Fact Sheet for the B-52 Stratofortress.
Raytheon T-6A Texan, 98-3030 of the 12th Flying Training Wing based at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. It is based on a design from Pilatus of Switzerland.
Link to the Air Force Fact Sheet about the Raytheon T-6A Texan.
Link to the Federation of American Scientists page about the Raytheon T-6A Texan.
Randolph Air Force Base home page.
12th Flying Training Wing page.
Boeing NKC-135E Stratotanker, 55-3135 of the 412th Test Wing.
Boeing NKC-135A Stratotanker, 55-3135 at Edwards Air Force Base on November 16, 1975. It was equipped with J57 turbojets and a shorter vertical stabilizer.
Link to the Edwards AFB page describing the NKC-135E tanker.
Link to the Boeing's KC-135 Stratotanker product page.
Link to the Air Force fact sheet for the KC-135 Stratotanker
Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas C-17A Globemaster-III, 0190 of the 437th Airlift Wing and 315th Airlift Wing based at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. Anybody know the fiscal year for this C-17A?
Link to Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III page.
Lockheed-Martin CC-130J Hercules, 1461 of the 146th Airlift Wing based at the Channel Islands California Air National Guard base. It will be equipped with an Airborne Fire Fighting System (AFFS) to combat wildfires in Southern California.
Link to the 146th Airlift Wing home page.
Link to an AeroTech News article about the delivery of the first CC-130J to the 146th AW.
SAAB SK35XD Draken, N168TP of the National Test Pilot School.
Link to the National Test Pilot School home page.
Lockheed SR-71A, 61-7967 wears the BB tail code of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, but it is destined for the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
SR-71A, 61-7967 at the 1997 Nellis Golden Air Tattoo.
Link to the 8th Air Force Museum home page.
Link to more of my Lockheed SR-71A photographs.
Lockheed VC-121A Constellation, N494TW MATS Connie. Its Lockheed construction number is 2601. It was delivered to the Air Force in December 1948 and was retired in March 1968. Christier Flying Service Inc. bought it in May 1970 and registered it as N9464. Beaver Air Spray Inc. bought it in April 1979, registered it as C-GXKO and sold it to Conifair in 1980. It was purchased by John Travolta, named "Star of Santa Barbara", and registered N494TW in 1985 before being sold to Vern Rayburn.
C-121A, 48-0609 in the colors of Conifair Aviation and registered as C-GXKO at the Santa Barbara Airport in August 1984.
Link to the MATS Connie web site.
Link to more of my Constellation photographs.
Lockheed NC-141A Starlifter, 62-1779 Against the Wind is part of the AFFTC Historical Foundation Museum collection. It was the fifth C-141A constructed. It was reconfigured to be an airborne radar test facility. It tested the radars of the F-16, F-15 and B-1.
Link to the AFFTC Historical Foundation home page.
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, N1078Z of the Southern California Wing of the CAF based at Camarillo. Its Grumman construction number is A-5634. John Sandberg recovered it from the Fergus Falls Airport in Minnesota in 1962. It was subsequently owned by Lloyd Nolan and Ed Messick.
Link to the home page of the Southern California Wing of the CAF.
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, NX670AM of the Planes of Fame Museum. It was built as Navy BuNo 28536 but delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force as NZ5062. After the war it was used as a wind machine by MGM Studios. Wings from another SBD were recovered from Guadalcanal to return this Dauntless to flying condition in 1987. It flew its first flight after reconstruction on February 7, 1987. It is powered by a Wright R-1820 radial engine.
Link to the home page of the Air Museum Planes of Fame.
Lockheed P-38L Lightning, NX138AM of the Planes of Fame Museum. It was built as Army Air Corps 44-23314. It was acquired by the Hanfield School of Aeronautics in Santa Maria, California in 1950. Jack Hardwicke of El Monte, California registered it as N29Q in 1954. He sold it to the Air Museum in Ontario, California in 1960 where it sat on static display for seventeen years. It was restored to flying condition, making its first flight on July 22, 1988. It then went to the Planes of Fame East museum in Minnesota. Bob Pond purchased it in October 1989 and registered it as N38BP.It returned to the Air Museum at Chino in 1998. It is powered by a pair of Allison V-1710 twelve-cylinder engines.
Link to the Edwards Air Force Base home page.
Go to the Flying Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.
Send a message to Brian.
Go to the Airshow Page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.