2003 Edwards AFB Open House Airshow
October 25, Page 1


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The Edwards Air Force Base Open House was held the weekend of October 25-26. During the two-day event, visitors saw new and unique aircraft in the Air Force inventory, and some of the best aerial demonstration pilots and teams performing today. The various demonstrations included Air Force aircraft such as the F/A-22, F-117, F-16, KC-135, C-17, B-1, which set 52 official world records, B-2, as well as NASA aircraft among others. This was also a once-a-year opportunity for taxpayers to see the kind of equipment they buy for the Air Force, and the abilities of the people who test, fly and maintain this equipment.

I photographed the airshow from the media site on the south side of the runway on Saturday, October 25.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, 142 of the 355th Wing with North American P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, 80-0142 of the 355th Wing based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base with North American P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, 142 of the 355th Wing with North American P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter A-10A, 80-0142 of the 355th Wing with P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, 142 of the 355th Wing A-10A, 80-0142 of the 355th Wing.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, 142 of the 355th Wing A-10A, 80-0142 of the 355th Wing.

North American P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter North American P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter.

Bud Collver's North American SNJ-5 Texan, N1038A War Dog Bud Collver flies his North American SNJ-5 Texan, N1038A War Dog past NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N905NA.

Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 0068 of the 412th TW and McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 85-0068 of the 412th TW aproaches the boom of McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender in order to take on fuel to increase its weight for numerous speed-weight record attempts.

Bud Collver's North American SNJ-5 Texan, N1038A War Dog Bud Collver's SNJ-5 War Dog.

Cargo pallet from C-17 demonstration Cargo pallet from C-17 demonstration Two parachutes were used to lower each of the cargo pallets dropped by the C-17A at the airshow.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing draws contrails across the sky prior to its performance.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas C-17A Globemaster III, 87-0025 of the 412th Test Wing Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas C-17A Globemaster III, 87-0025 of the 412th Test Wing in a steeply banked turn.

Fokker C-31A Troopship,  85-1607 of the U. S. Army Golden Knights Fokker C-31A Troopship, 85-1607 of the U. S. Army Golden Knights parachute team takes off from Runway 04.

Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, 55-3135 of the 412th TW Boeing NKC-135E Stratotanker, 55-3135 of the 412th TW is fitted with numerous ports on its right side for the observation and photography of aircraft conducting tests in flight. Its right wing is painted black to reduce glare.

Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 0068 of the 412th TW Boeing-Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 85-0068 of the 412th TW set many records for speed at high weights during the open house.

General Dynamics F-16B Block15AM OCU Fighting Falcon, 90-0952 of the 412th TW General Dynamics F-16B Block 15AM OCU Fighting Falcon, 90-0952 of the 412th TW takes off in afterburner.

General Dynamics F-16B Block15AM OCU Fighting Falcon, 90-0952 of the 412th TW General Dynamics F-16B Block 15AM OCU Fighting Falcon, 90-0952 of the 412th TW takes off in afterburner.

Fokker C-31A Troopship,  85-1607 of the U. S. Army Golden Knights Four members of the U. S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jump from Fokker C-31A Troopship, 85-1607.

Fokker C-31A Troopship,  85-1607 of the U. S. Army Golden Knights Fokker C-31A Troopship, 85-1607 descends following the parachute jump.

Fokker C-31A Troopship,  85-1607 of the U. S. Army Golden Knights Fokker C-31A Troopship, 85-1607.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing approaches the flightline for a pyrotechnics pass.

B-2A pyrotechnics B-2A pyrotechnics.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing over Lehmann Ridge Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing flies near the rocket test stands on Lehmann Ridge.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing approaches Runway 22 as the Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB prepares to take off.

Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB takes off as Spirit of New York flies overhead.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing For the modelers: detail of the markings on the underside of Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York.

Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB.

Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York of the 412th Test Wing Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1068 Spirit of New York.

Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB flies past the Edwards Air Force Base control tower.

Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB.

Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB Northrop N9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15A-18 Eagle, 76-0116 of the 412th Test Wing Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15A-18 Eagle, 76-0116 of the 412th Test Wing takes off from Runway 22 for the air assault demonstration.

Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules, 98-1355 of the Maryland ANG Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules, 98-1355 of the Maryland ANG.

Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules, 98-1355 of the Maryland ANG Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules, 98-1355 drops multiple pallets.

Cargo pallets descend after drop from Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules, 98-1355 of the Maryland ANG Cargo pallets descend after drop from Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules, 98-1355 of the Maryland ANG.


More 2003 Edwards Air Force Base Open House Pages:

2003 Edwards AFB Open House Rehearsal, October 22, Page 1 Rehearsal, October 22, Page 1

2003 Edwards AFB Open House Rehearsal, October 22, Page 2 Rehearsal, October 22, Page 2

2003 Edwards AFB Open House Military Aircraft Static Displays, October 24 Military Aircraft Static Displays, October 24

2003 Edwards AFB Open House NASA and
Vintage Aircraft Static Displays, October 24 NASA and Vintage Aircraft Static Displays, October 24

2003 Edwards AFB Open House Airshow, October 25, Page 2 Airshow, October 25, Page 2

2003 Edwards AFB Open House Airshow, October 25, Page 2 Thunderbirds



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