2002 Displays


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New December 27: Book Review - BOYD: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

BOYD: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of
War Robert Coram has written a biography of John Boyd, titled BOYD: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. John Boyd served as an instructor at the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base in the 1950s. He had a standing bet that any pilot could put his fighter behind Boyd's airplane, and Boyd would be behind the other pilot in less than 40 seconds or pay him $40. No pilot ever won that bet. Read my review of the book to see whether you want to buy it from Amazon.com.

New December 20: X-15 Forty Years Ago Updates

X-15 Forty Years Later: November 1961 - February 1962 November 1961- March 1962, Following the achievement of the X-15's design maximum mach number on November 9, 1961, the emphasis of the program shifted from envelope expansion to flight research at high mach numbers and altitudes. Repairs to the X-15-3 were completed by North American at El Segundo, and it returned to Edwards Air Force Base for its first flight a year and a half after it exploded in the rocket engine test stand.

X-15 Forty Years Ago: April 1962 April 1962, No X-15 missions were launched between January 17 and the beginning of April 1962. The pace of the program picked up significantly in April. Sixteen X-15 missions would be launched in the next four months. The X-15-3 was expanding its altitude envelope. The X-15-2 was slated to evaluate airframe heating, and the X-15-1 was expected to set another new altitude record.

X-15 Forty Years Later: May 1962 At the beginning of May 1962, Major Robert Rushworth was preparing to fly an airframe heating investigation with the X-15-2, but first it would be carried across the country by the NB-52A to appear at the Eglin Air Force Base airshow. Major Bob White was planning to evaluate the performance of the Alternate Stability Augmentation System (ASAS) of the X-15-1 at high angle of attack.

New November 16: 50th Anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, October 28, 2002

50th Anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas XA3D-1 Skywarrior was held at the Van Nuys Airport in October 2002. Four of Raytheon's Skywarriors were on static display. The morning was capped by a flight of one of the Skywarriors.

New November 6: Edwards AFB Open House, October 26, 2002

After a one year hiatus, the Edwards AFB Open House returned on October 26, 2002 with several novel aircraft making their first public appearance and an action packed flying display.

Static Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House Static Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.

Flying Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House Flying Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.

New October 31, 2002: Minuteman II launch from Vandenberg AFB, October 14, 2002.

Minuteman II launch from Vandenberg AFB on October 14, 2002 A Minuteman II was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 14, 2002.

New September 23, 2002: Red Flag Exercise 02-04, Nellis AFB, September 2002.

Allies with aircraft participating in the Red Flag Exercise 02-04 included Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy.

Red Flag exercise 02-04, Nellis AFB, September 2002 Red Flag exercise 02-04 in September 2002.

New September 2, 2002: Camarillo Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in, August 11, 2002.

Camarillo hosted an airshow on August 11, 2002. It featured the aircraft of the southern California Wing of the Air Force formerly known as Confederate and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Page 1 of the 2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in Page 1 of the 2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in

Page 2 of the 2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in Page 2 of the 2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in on August 11, 2002

New August 25: Tankers fight the Camino Fire, August 15, 2002

Tankers fight the Camino Fire on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains, August 15, 2002 The Camino Fire broke out on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara on August 15, 2002. I shot pictures of three helicopters, a Grumman S-2 Tracker, and a Douglas DC-4 fighting the fire.

New July 31: Driving the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road

Driving the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road

I drove up the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road to the Burgess Mine at the crest of the Inyo Mountains just before sunset on the longest day of 2002. I continued across the crest of the Inyo Mountains to Cerro Gordo, arriving as the full moon rose.

New July 31: Panoramic Prints on sale at the Lockett Photography Store

Lockett Photography Panoramas

Now you can buy panoramic prints from the Goleta Air & Space Museum!

Go to the Lockett Photography Store

New July 23: Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer Tankers

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer Tankers Hawkins & Powers of Greybull, Wyoming maintained five P4Y-2 Privateer tankers in airworthy condition until recently. Tragically, tanker #123 shed a wing and crashed near Estes Park, Colorado on July 18, 2002, killing its crew of two. Hawkins-Powers has four remaining airworthy Privateers.

New July 15: Tour of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, June 24-25, 2002

On June 24 and June 25, I toured China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in the Mojave Desert.

Vintage airplanes

Vintage aircraft at China Lake NAWS China Lake NAWS is home to a variety of vintage aircraft. The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology has assembled a very interesting collection with some types not found elsewhere. The Weapons Survivability Laboratory (WSL) evaluates the damage done to airframes by different types of weapons.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal demonstration

Explosive Ordnance Disposal demonstration The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team set up a demonstration of several types of explosives, including an anti-car-bomb blast.

U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology.

U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology

China Lake NAWS is home to the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology. It houses an extensive collection of missiles and weapons delivery systems.

New June 21: Airshow retrospective: China Lake Naval Weapons Center Airshow, April 16, 1988

1988 China Lake NWC Airshow The 1988 China Lake Naval Weapons Center airshow was held on April 16.

New June 17: Wolf Fire tankers at the Santa Barbara Airport, June 2002

Tankers fight the Wolf Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport, June 2002 Tankers fought the Wolf Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport during the first half of June 2002.

New June 11: Ramona Air Fair, June 1, 2002

Ramona Air Fair, June 1, 2002 The Ramona Air Fair was held over the weekend of June 1-2, 2002

New June 5: Castle Air Museum RB-36H interior photos

Display of the interior of RB-36H, 51-13730 Castle Air Museum hosted Open Cockpit Days over the weekend of May 25-26, 2002. I took the opportunity to climb inside the forward crew compartment of their Convair RB-36H, 51-13730 and photograph the various crew stations.

RB-36H, 51-13730 I also added some new photos of the exterior of the RB-36H to the Castle Air Museum RB-36H Restoration Page. They are near the bottom of the page.

New May 30: Collings Foundation B-17G and B-24J at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16-17, 2002

Collings Foundation B-17G and B-24J at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16-17, 2002 The Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Nine-O-Nine and Consolidated B-24J Liberator, The Dragon and His Tail visited the Santa Barbara Airport on May 16 and 17, 2002.

New May 28: Bouquet Canyon Fire tankers at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11-12, 2002

Fire fighting tankers at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 A wildfire broke out in Bouquet Canyon, near Santa Clarita, California on May 11, 2002. A dozen tankers fought the fire out of the tanker station at the Santa Barbara Airport on May 11 and 12. This page features the tankers that were assigned to fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport on Sunday, May 12.

Fire fighting tankers at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 Tankers that were assigned to fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport on Saturday, May 11.

New May 16: Delta II launches AQUA Spacecraft, May 4, 2002

Delta-II launches the AQUA Spacecraft from Vandenberg AFB on May 4, 2002 The AQUA spacecraft, part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS), was launched from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base by a Delta-II at 2:54 A.M. on May 4, 2002.

New May 15: Fire Fighting Tankers

I have refurbished a couple of the museum's old displays featuring photos of fire fighting aircraft.

Tankers fight the Cuyama Fire, July 3-4, 1996 The Cuyama Fire on July 3 and 4, 1996

Tankers fight the Azalea Fire, September 27, 1997 The Azalea Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 27, 1997.

New May 12: Sunset launch of Minuteman III from Vandenberg AFB, March 15, 2002

Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg AFB on March 15, 2002 A Minuteman III was launched from Vandenberg AFB at sunset on March 15, 2002. Its exhaust trail was illuminated by the sun for a long while.

New April 26: Lockheed A-12, YF-12, and SR-71 Blackbirds

Lockheed A-12, YF-12, and SR-71 Blackbirds Lockheed A-12, YF-12, and SR-71 Blackbirds

New April 23: QF-4S+ Crash at Pt Mugu - April 20, 2002

McDonnell-Douglas QF-4S+ Phantom II, 155749 crash at Pt Mugu, April 20, 2002 McDonnell-Douglas QF-4S+ Phantom II, 155749 crashed at Pt Mugu on April 20, 2002, killing its crew of two.

New April 18: Jets in the Wild, April 2002

Jets in the Wild, April 2002 I spent a week in early April camping in the Saline Valley photographing military jets, mostly Hornets.

New March 9: AH-64D Longbow Apache demonstration, March 1, 2002

AH-64D Longbow Apache, 00-5231 Boeing Helicopter at Mesa, Arizona treated the second annual International Symposium of Aviation Photographers to an AH-64D Longbow Apache photo session in the foothills of the Mazatzal Mountains on March 1, 2002.

New February 15: Delta-II launches Iridium satellites from Vandenberg AFB, February 11, 2002

Delta-II launches Iridium satellites from Vandenberg AFB on February 11, 2002 A Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas Delta-II launched another constellation of Iridium satellites from Vandenberg AFB at 9:44 A.M. P.S.T. on February 11, 2002.

New February 2: Orbital Sciences Corporation L-1011, Stargazer, departs from Vandenberg AFB with the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (HESSI) spacecraft, February 1, 2002

Orbital 
Sciences Corporation L-1011, Stargazer, departs from Vandenberg AFB with the High Energy Solar
Spectroscopic Imager (HESSI) spacecraft, February 1, 2002 The Orbital Sciences Corporation L-1011, Stargazer, carried the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (HESSI) spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, February 1.

New January 18: More Antonov Giants Pictures

It is not widely realized that the largest airplanes in the world come from Ukraine. The Antonov Design Bureau located in Kiev, Ukraine has produced a series of airplanes able to claim the title of biggest airplane in the world.

An-22 Antheus

Antonov An-22 Antheus page

The Antonov An-22 Antheus was the largest production airplane in the world from 1965 until the introduction of the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy in 1969. 66 were built. A number are still in service with the V-TA and one is used by Antonov to transport An-124 wings attached along the top of its fuselage. In Greek mythology, Antheus was a giant whose great strength depended on keeping his feet in contact with the ground.

An-124 Ruslan

Antonov An-124 Ruslan page

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan is the largest production airplane in the world. It was introduced to the west at the Paris Airshow of 1985. It succeeded the C-5A Galaxy in the role of world's biggest airplane. Construction continues in Kiev, Ukraine and Ulyanovsk, Russia.

An-225 Mriya

Antonov An-225 Mriya page

Designed specifically to carry oversized cargo externally, the fuselage of the An-225 Mriya has been stretched fifty feet compared to the An-124. An entirely new wing root was designed to add fifty feet to the span of the smaller giant. The wing of the An-225, from just outward of the inboard engine, is similar to the wing of the An-124.


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