A day next to the main runway at
Edwards AFB
October 25, 2006


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A media contingent spent several hours photographing the air traffic on the main runway at Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday, October 25. The air temperature was in the 70s. The wind was blowing 17 miles per hour, gusting to 23 miles per hour.

The Edwards Air Force Base Open House will be held over the weekend of October 28-29. During the two-day event, visitors will see new and unique aircraft in the Air Force inventory, and some of the best aerial demonstration pilots performing today. The various demonstrations will include Air Force aircraft such as the F/A-22, F-117, F-16, KC-135, C-17, B-1, B-2, several NASA aircraft including the NF-15B, F/A-18A, T-34C and ER-2. This is an opportunity for taxpayers to see the kind of equipment they buy for the Air Force and NASA, and the abilities of the people who test, fly and maintain this equipment.

These airplanes and many more like them may be seen at the open house this weekend.

NASA McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B-4MC Hornet, N852NA NASA McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B-4MC Hornet landing on Runway 22. It flies under the call sign NASA Eight Five Two. It is the third pre-production F/A-18B and is about 25 years old. It was delivered to the U.S. Navy as TF-18A, BuNo 161217 as part of F/A-18 Lot 3. TF-18As were redesignated F/A-18B in the early 1980s. It joined NASA in 1985. The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center also operates the first two F/A-18Bs as N845NA and N846NA.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 61-0320 of the 412th Test Wing Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 61-0320 of the 412th Test Wing performing a missed approach to Runway 22.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 61-0320 of the 412th Test Wing KC-135R 61-0320 landing on Runway 22.

Northrop T-38A-75 Talon, 68-8153 of the 412th Test Wing Northrop T-38A-75 Talon, 68-8153 of the 412th Test Wing just about to break into the pattern.

Northrop T-38A-75 Talon, 68-8153 of the 412th Test Wing T-38A-75 68-8153 landing on Runway 22.

Lockheed-Martin F-22A EMD Raptor, 91-4009 and General-Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon Block 15AR, 92-0453 of the 412th Test Wing Last of nine Lockheed-Martin F-22A EMD Raptors, 91-4009 of the 412th Test Wing breaks into the pattern for Runway 22. It is accompanied by General-Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon Block 15AR, 92-0453 of the 412th Test Wing, which was built for Pakistan, but then embargoed.

Lockheed-Martin F-22A EMD Raptor, 91-4009 Contrails stream from the wing tips of F-22A EMD Raptor, 91-4009 as it breaks into the pattern.

Lockheed-Martin F-22A EMD Raptor, 91-4009 Lockheed-Martin F-22A EMD Raptor, 91-4009 landing on Runway 22.

General-Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon Block 15AR, 92-0453 of the 412th Test Wing F-16B Block 15AR, 92-0453 landing on Runway 22.

North American SNJ-5 Texan, N1038A War Dog North American SNJ-5 Texan, N1038A War Dog landing on Runway 22. It was built in 1944. Its U.S. Navy Bureau Number was 90917 and it still wears that number on its tail. It has been a familiar sight on the airshow circuit for many years. It is owned and piloted by John Collver.

Israeli Aircraft Industries IAI-1125A C-38A Astra, 41570 Israeli Aircraft Industries IAI-1125A C-38A Astra, 41570 callsign Boxer two two six, taking off from Runway 22.

Israeli Aircraft Industries IAI-1125A C-38A Astra, 41570 C-38A Astra, 41570.

Thunderbirds #8, General-Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds #8, General-Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon surveys the airfield at 500 feet above ground level. It made four passes, two perpendicular to the main runway and one in each direction along the runway before breaking into the pattern to land on Runway 22.

There are many ravens and predatory birds in the area.

Thunderbirds #8, General-Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds #8 landing on Runway 22.

Beechcraft UC-12B Huron, BuNo 161191 Beechcraft UC-12B Huron, BuNo 161191 landing on Runway 22. It is based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 61-0292 of the 319th Air Refueling Wing taking off from Runway 22. It is based at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.

U.S. Navy Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules, BuNo 165350 U.S. Navy Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules, BuNo 165350 performing a touch-and-go landing on Runway 22. It is assigned to VR-55 based at Naval Air Station Santa Clarita.

U.S. Navy Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules, BuNo 165350 C-130T BuNo 165350 performing a second touch-and-go landing on Runway 22.

Lear C-21A, 84-0073 Lear C-21A, 84-0073 landing on Runway 22.



More 2006 Edwards Air Force Base Open House

Airshow, October 27 - 29, 2006

Edwards Air Force Base Open House Airshow The Edwards Air Force Base Open House was held over the weekend of October 28-29.

USAF Thunderbirds, October 27 - 28, 2006

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Static Displays in 3-D

Edwards Air Force Base Open House Static Displays in 3-D I photographed the static displays at the Edwards Air Force Base Open House with two cameras to create stereoscopic pairs. To see the airplanes and helicopters in 3-D, cross your eyes until the two images line up.



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