Edwards AFB Open House, Saturday, October 21, 2000


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The 2000 Edward Air Force Base Open House Display was held on October 21. The day started cold and blustery. Although the sky was cloudless, it never got particularly warm, and the breeze continued to blow throughout the day.

Visit the Edwards Air Force Base web site.

Sikorsky H-34 Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw with a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra in the background.

Northrop B-2A, Spirit of New YorkNorthrop B-2A, Spirit of New York and Boeing EC-18B Advanced Ranginng and Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA), 81-0892. The EC-18B was once American Airlines 707, N7567A. This was the first time that the B-2A was displayed outside at Edwards. It hasn't been possible to see the rear end at previous Open House days.

Link to Boeing's B-2 page.

Visit the Federation of American Scientists EC-18 ARIA page.

Visit Randy Losey's Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft History and ARIA 328 Memorial Web Site.

Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor, 91-4003 Third prototype of the Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor, 91-4003 of the 412th Test Wing.

Visit Lockheed-Martin's F-22 Raptor pages.

Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, 133613 Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, 133613.

Hawker Hunter Mk. 58, N4103Y Hawker Hunter Mk. 58, N4103Y is owned by the Blossom Company of Wilmington, Delaware. The tail of Hunter Mk. 58 NX58WJ can be seen in the background. It is owned by Russair Inc. of Paso Robles, California. They both are painted in the markings of the Swiss Air Force.

Visit a web site about surviving Hawker Hunters.

Ryan RQ-4A Global Hawk, 98-2004 Ryan RQ-4A Global Hawk, 98-2004.

McDonnell-Douglas F-15 ACTIVE, NASA 837 and F-15B-12-MC, NASA 836. At the right, McDonnell-Douglas F-15 ACTIVE, NASA 837 is equipped with canards made from the horizontal stabilizers of an F/A-18 Hornet to serve as a Short Take-Off and Landing demonstrator. It originally carried Air Force serial number 71-0290. It was the first two-place TF-15A Eagle.

Visit the NASA Dryden F-15 STOL demonstrator photo gallery.

On the left, F-15B-12-MC Eagle, NASA 836 was originally Air Force 74-0141.

Visit the NASA Dryden F-15B Photo Archive and Project Page.

Lockheed ER-2, NASA 809 Lockheed ER-2, NASA 809 was assigned Air Force serial number 80-1097.

Visit the NASA ER-2 web site.

Lockheed-Martin NF-16D VISTA, In-Flight Simulator, 86-048 Lockheed-Martin NF-16D Variable Stability In flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA), 86-048 has been used to simulate the flight characteristics of various airplanes, including the F-22 Raptor.

Boeing NB-52B Mothership, NASA 008 Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership, NASA 008 originally carried Air Force serial number 52-0008.

Visit the NASA Dryden B-52 Stratofortress Mothership Fact Page.

Rockwell B-1B, 84-0049, Thunder From the Sky Rockwell B-1B Lancer, 84-0049, Thunder From the Sky, of the 412th Test Wing.

Visit the Boeing B-1B Lancer Product Page.

Link to the Air Force Boeing Rockwell B-1B Lancer fact sheet.

Boeing B-52H, 60-0050, Dragon's Inferno Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, 60-0050, Dragon's Inferno, of the 412th Test Wing.

Visit the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Product Page.

Visit the Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress fact sheet.

Lockheed-Martin F-117 Full Scale Development, 79-10783 Lockheed-Martin F-117 Full Scale Development Nighthawk, 79-10783, of the 412th Test Wing was the fourth stealth fighter prototype.

Link to the Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk fact sheet.

Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15, 81-817 Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15 Fighting Falcon, 81-817, of the 412th Test Wing.

Visit the Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fact sheet.

Lim-5 (MiG-17) Polish built Lim-5 (MiG-17), N117RH is a license built variant of the MiG-17 (NATO code name Fresco). It belongs to Robert Howell and is sponsored by a vodka company. It was one of a pair that went up in place of the B-52H and B-1B that had been listed on the flying schedule.

Link to the Stoli MiGs web site.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A, 79-210 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Warthog, 79-210 of the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A, 79-210 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Warthog, 79-210.

Visit the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base web site.

Visit the Air Force Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt fact sheet.

Boeing KC-135R, 63-7982 and Lockheed-Martin F-16A, 80-557 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 63-7982 from MacDill Air Force Base and Lockheed-Martin F-16A Block 15 Fighting Falcon, 80-557 of the 412th Test Wing fly in close formation.

Visit the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker Product Page.

Test Pilot School formation Formation of airplanes from the Air Force Test Pilot School includes Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15B Eagle, 76-132, Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15 Fighting Falcon, 83-1172, Northrop T-38A Talons, 61-904 and 70-1559 of the 412th Test Wing.

Air Force Test Pilot School web site Visit the Air Force Test Pilot School web page.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas C-17A, 94-0066 and Rockwell NT-39D, 59-2870 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas C-17A Globemaster III, 94-0066 and Rockwell NT-39D Sabreliner, 59-2870 of the 412th Test Wing. 59-2870 was the third Sabreliner purchased by the Air Force.

Link to Boeing's C-17 page.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15E, 86-0184 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle, 86-0184, of the 412th Test Wing was the second Strike Eagle.

Link to Boeing's F-15 Eagle page.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15B, 76-132 and Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15, 83-1172Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15B Eagle, 76-132 and Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15 Fighting Falcon, 83-1172, of the 412th Test Wing. The 412th Test Wing is removing the red paint from the wing tips and tail surfaces of its Eagles and Fighting Falcons.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15B, 76-132 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15B, 76-132, of the 412th Test Wing.

Linnk to the Air Force McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle fact sheet.

Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15, 83-1172 Lockheed-Martin F-16B Block 15 Fighting Falcon, 83-1172, of the 412th Test Wing.

Visit the Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon Page.

Rockwell NT-39D, 59-2870 Rockwell NT-39D Sabreliner, 59-2870, of the 412th Test Wing. Rocket test stands can be seen on Lehmann Ridge in the distance.

Visit Boeing's T-39 Sabreliner page.


Books about Edwards Air Force Base and some of these airplanes available from

Test Colors: The Aircraft of Muroc Army Airfield and Edwards Air Force Base by Rene Francillon Test Colors: The Aircraft of Muroc Army Airfield and Edwards Air Force Base by Rene Francillon

X-Planes at Edwards by Steve Pace X-Planes at Edwards (Enthusiast Color Series) by Steve Pace

Edwards Air Force Base : Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966 by Robert D. Archer Edwards Air Force Base : Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966 : A Photo Chronicle of Aircraft Displayed (Schiffer Military History) by Robert D. Archer

The X-Planes: X-1 to X-45: 3rd Edition by Jay Miller Lockheed Stealth by Bill Sweetman

Joint Strike Fighter : Boeing X-32 Vs Lockheed Martin X-35 by Bill Sweetman Joint Strike Fighter : Boeing X-32 Vs Lockheed Martin X-35 (Enthusiast Color Series) by Bill Sweetman

F-22 Raptor by Bill Sweetman F-22 Raptor (Enthusiast Color) by Bill Sweetman

Inside the Stealth Bomber by Bill Sweetman Inside the Stealth Bomber (Colortech Series) by Bill Sweetman

America's Stealth Fighters and Bombers by James C. Goodall America's Stealth Fighters and Bombers by James C. Goodall

Skunk Works : A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich Skunk Works : A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works by Jay Miller Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works by Jay Miller

B-2 Spirit: The Most Capable War Machine on the Planet by Steve Pace B-2 Spirit: The Most Capable War Machine on the Planet by Steve Pace

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker : More Than Just a Tanker by Robert S. Hopkins III Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker : More Than Just a Tanker by Robert S. Hopkins III

Dark Eagles by Curtis Peebles Dark Eagles by Curtis Peebles, a compact complete history of U.S. programs to develop so-called black or secret aircraft.

Shadow Flights by Curtis Peebles Shadow Flights by Curtis Peebles

Spyplane : The U-2 History Declassified by Norman Polmar Spyplane : The U-2 History Declassified by Norman Polmar

Boeing B-52 : Stratofortress by Tony Thornborough Boeing B-52 Stratofortress by Tony Thornborough

Globemaster III : Boeing C-17A by Bill Norton Globemaster III Boeing C-17A (Warbird Tech Series, Vol 30) by Bill Norton



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