Both of the Air Force Lockheed-Martin SR-71A Blackbirds were on static display. This one carries serial 64-17967. Will we ever see them fly again? 3-D version.
This Schwiezer RU-38A observation aircraft operated by the Coast Guard made its first Edwards AFB Open House appearance. It is a novel reconnaissance aircraft capable of both low-altitude, low-noise observation and high-altitude, long-loiter, stand-off missions. Visit the Schweizer Aircraft company web site. 3-D version.
Bob Pond's Lockheed P-38J Lightning (NX38BP) was also making its first appearance at Edwards. Its army air corps serial was 44-23314, which it still wears on its tail. 3-D version.
Lockheed-Martin ER-2A, NASA 806, has been equipped with satellite uplink capability. Visit the NASA Dryden ER-2 Photo Archive and Fact Page. The second 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N911NA, can be seen in the background. It was originally a Japan Air Lines 747-146SR. Visit the NASA Dryden Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Fact Page. 3-D version.
X-38 Crew Return Vehicle V-101 made its first parachute test drop earlier this year. The second flight vehicle will make a lifting body approach from higher altitude before deploying its parachute when it begins testing next year. Visit the NASA Dryden X-38 Photo Archive and the X-38 Project page. 3-D version.
The X-38 is carried and launched by the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress, serial 52-0008. It has been launching research aircraft at Edwards AFB since the first flights of the X-15 in 1959. Visit the NASA Dryden B-52 Stratofortress Fact Page.
Lockheed-Martin F-16XL, NASA 849, concluded its flight research program in 1992. It used the pressurization compressor from a Boeing 707 to suck the boundary layer of air into the leading edge glove on the left wing. Visit the NASA Dryden F-16XL #1 Photo Archive and Fact Page. 3-D version.
Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F-15B, NASA 836, carries X-33 thermal protection system samples on the Flight Test Fixture on the centerline attachment point. It carries U. S. Air Force serial 74-0141. Visit the NASA Dryden F-15B Photo Archive and Project Page. 3-D version.
Tier 3-minus, Lockheed Martin Darkstar has over eight hours of endurance at 45,000 feet altitude. Visit Boeing's DarkStar Product Page. 3-D version.
Tier 2-plus, Ryan Global Hawk, serial 95-2001, has over twenty-four hours of endurance at 60,000 feet. 3-D version.
Predator has over twenty four hours of endurance at altitudes up to 26,000 feet. Visit the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems home page for more information about the Predator and their other UAV products.
The plywood sheathed M2-F1 Flying Bathtub was the first of NASA's lifting body research aircraft. It has just been restored to mint condition following years of being stored outside. Visit the NASA Dryden M2-F1 Photo Archive and the Lifting Bodies Fact Page. 3-D version.
The Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor, serial 91-002, made its first appearance at the Edwards AFB Open House. The second flight vehicle has joined the test force. Visit Lockheed-Martin's F-22 Raptor pages. 3-D version.
Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor will be entering squadron service in about four years. 3-D version.
Boeing E-3C Sentry, serial 78-0578, Airborne Warning and Command System (AWACS) . Visit the Air Force E-3 Sentry fact page and Boeing's E-3 Product Page. 3-D version.
Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender, serial 86-0037, is based at Travis AFB. The tanker is derived from the DC-10-30 trijet airliner. Visit the KC-10 Extender entry in the Air Force Online Encyclopedia. 3-D version.
Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint, serial 64-14846, electronic reconnaissance platform is based on the KC-135 Stratotanker. It has been refitted with the fanjet engines and vertical stabilizer from a retired 707. Visit the RC-135 Rivet Joint entry in the Air Force Online Encyclopedia. 3-D version.
Sporting a 7-foot diameter radar dish on its nose, the Boeing EC-18 Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA), serial 81-0891, is based on a former 707 airliner. 3-D version.
Visit Randy Losey's Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft History and ARIA 328 Memorial Web Site.
Go to Flying Displays of the 1998 Edwards AFB Airshow.
Go to the Edwards AFB 1959, 1960, and 1961 Airshows.
Test Colors: The Aircraft of Muroc Army Airfield and Edwards Air Force Base by Rene Francillon
X-Planes at Edwards (Enthusiast Color Series) by Steve Pace
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
Flying Without Wings : NASA Lifting Bodies and the Birth of the Space Shuttle by Milton O. Thompson
Lockheed Stealth by Bill Sweetman
F-22 Raptor (Enthusiast Color) by Bill Sweetman
America's Stealth Fighters and Bombers by James C. Goodall
Skunk Works : A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich
Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works by Jay Miller
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker : More Than Just a Tanker by Robert S. Hopkins III
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
Spyplane : The U-2 History Declassified by Norman Polmar
You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring my photographs of Lockheed-Martin F/A-22A Raptors at Edwards Air Force Base.
A dozen photos of Lockheed-Martin F/A-22A Raptors at Edwards Air Force Base. Raptors pictured include F-22A Engineering, Manufacture Development (EMD) Raptors, 91-4003, 91-4005, 91-4006, 91-4007, and 91-4009 of the 412th Test Wing and F/A-22A Production Representative Test Vehicle (PRTV) Raptor, 99-4010 of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group.
Put a copy of the Lockheed-Martin F/A-22A Raptors at Edwards Air Force Base: 2018 Calendar in your Lulu.com shopping cart for $14.95.
Go to the Airshow Page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
Go to the home page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
Send a message to Brian.