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1959, 1960 and 1961, Open House Displays

Edwards AFB airshows in 1959, 1960 and 1961 My father attended the Edwards AFB airshows in 1959, 1960 and 1961, when bare metal and dayglo was all the rage.

1977 - 1983: Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101 Approach and Landing Tests and Open House Appearances

Space Shuttle Enterprise, OV-101 Here is a retrospective of the career of the first Space Shuttle, OV-101 Enterprise, which was used for five test flights of the last phases of the approach to landing at Edwards Air Force Base in 1977. It was often displayed at the Edwards Air Force Base open house in the early 1980s.

October 3, 1998, Open House

1998 Edwards AFB Open House 
Static Displays The pictures of the static displays at the 1998 Edwards AFB Open House Display can be viewed in 3-D.

1998 Edwards AFB Open House Flying Display The flying displays included the usual assortment of novel formation fly-bys.

October 9-10, 1999, Open House

Static displays of the Edwards AFB 1999 Airshow Go to static displays of the Edwards AFB 1999 Airshow.

Saturday flight demonstrations of the Edwards AFB 1999 Airshow Go to Saturday flight demonstrations of the Edwards AFB 1999 Airshow.

Sunday flight demonstrations of the Edwards AFB 1999 Airshow Go to Sunday flight demonstrations of the Edwards AFB 1999 Airshow.

October 21, 2000, Open House

Edwards Air Force Base 2000 Open House The Edwards Air Force Base 2000 Open House was held on October 21.

October 31, November 2, 2000, Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards AFB

Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards AFB, October 31, November 2, 2000 Due to unfavorable weather conditions in Florida, the Space Shuttle Discovery was diverted to Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of mission STS-92 on Tuesday, October 24. It departed for the Kennedy Space Center on a 747 Shuttle Carrier on November 2.

November 2, 2000, Sixth Free Flight of the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle

Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress mothership with X-38 Space Station Lifeboat, November 2, 2000 The NB-52B launched the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle on its sixth free flight on November 2, 2000

June 2, 2001, X-43A Hyper-X First Free Flight Attempt

X-43A Hyper-X The X-43A Hyper-X supersonic combustion ramjet testbed was launched on its first free flight on Saturday, June 2, 2001.

June 29, 2001, X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch Attempt

X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch Attempt, June 29 The NB-52B carried the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle aloft on Friday, June 29 in an attempt to launch the seventh mission of the test program.

July 10, 2001, Seventh Free Flight of the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle

Seventh X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Launch, July 10, 2001 The NB-52B launched the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle on its seventh mission on Tuesday, July 10, 2001.

October 26, 2002: Edwards AFB Open House

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.

October 22 - 25, 2003 Open House

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 spent three days shooting at Edwards AFB. On Wednesday, October 22, I shot the military rehearsals from the media site next to the runway.

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

On Friday, October 24, I shot the arrival of the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the static display aircraft on the main flightline.

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

On Saturday, October 25, I shot the airshow from the media site next to the runway.

2003 Edwards AFB Open House Airshow, October 25, Page 1 Airshow, October 25, Page 1

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 Arrival, Friday and Airshow, Saturday.

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum South Base Annex Following the airshow at Edwards AFB on October 25, 2003, I photographed part of the collection of the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum that is stored on the old South Base flightline.

March 27, 2004: X-43A Hyper-X demonstrates air-breathing powered flight at mach-7

X-43A Hyper-X flight 2 The second X-43A Hyper-X mission was launched from NASA's NB-52B mothership on Saturday, March 27. It was dropped from the NB-52B about fifty miles from the coast of Southern California. The mission demonstrated the feasibility of air-breathing powered flight at mach-7.

November 16, 2004: X-43A Hyper-X flies a jet engine at Mach 9.6

NASA's NB-52B takes off with the third X-43A Hyper-X The third X-43A Hyper-X demonstrated that an air-breathing engine can propel a vehicle at Mach-10 on the afternoon of November 16, 2004. The Hyper-X flight was conducted out of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

November 15-16, 2004: Hyper-X, The long version

Two days at Edwards Air Force Base, November 15-16, 2004 The third X-43A Hyper-X mission did not go off without a hitch. Problems with the GPS or inertial navigation system of the X-43A resulted in a mission abort on Monday. Here is the story of two days at Edwards Air Force Base covering the final X-43A mission.

December 17, 2004: NB-52B Walkaround

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership Walkaround Take a detailed look at the NB-52B as it appeared at its retirement ceremony. Read the history of the airplane as revealed by the mission marks running along the side of its fuselage. Illustrations are provided to assist in the construction of a model of the NB-52B.

December 17, 2004: NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership Retirement Ceremony

NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership retirement ceremony NASA's Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress Mothership was retired in a ceremony at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base on Friday December 17, 2004. The NB-52B has been a fixture at Edwards AFB for forty-nine years.

August 19, 2005: Space Shuttle Discovery Departs from Edwards Air Force Base

Space Shuttle Discovery Departs from Edwards Air Force Base The Space Shuttle Discovery departed from Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base on 747 Carrier Aircraft NASA Nine Oh Five at 8:31 A.M. PDT Friday, August 19, 2005. It is returning to the Kennedy Space Center. It landed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma at 1:31 P.M. CDT. It arrived at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana at 5:46 P.M. CDT. The shuttle remained at Barksdale Air Force Base on Saturday and continued to the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, arriving at 10:00 A.M. EDT. Discovery is scheduled to perform the next Space Shuttle mission in March.

October 18, 2005: Preparations for the Edwards AFB Open House

Edwards AFB Open House, October 22 - 23, 2005 On Tuesday, October 18, the Edward Air Force Base Public Affairs Office provided representatives of the media with a glimpse of some of the equipment to be displayed at the Open House.

October 21, 2005: Air Force Flight Test Center Museum

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum The Air Force Flight Test Center Museum boasts a collection of airplanes and helicopters that have contributed to the vast history of flight testing that has occurred at Edwards Air Force Base. The AFFTC Museum is part of the tours hosted by Edwards AFB public affairs on the first and third Fridays of each month.

October 21, 2005: Edwards AFB Airshow Rehearsal

Edwards AFB Airshow Rehearsal, October 21, 2005 Edwards Air Force Base hosted an Open House over the weekend of October 22-23. During the two-day event, visitors saw new and unique aircraft in the Air Force inventory, and some of the best aerial demonstration pilots 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, B-2, several NASA aircraft including the NF-15B, F/A-18A, T-34C and ER-2. Airplanes scheduled to perform at the Open House rehearsed their flights on Friday, October 21.

October 21, 2005: Static Displays and Arrivals

Edwards AFB Airshow, October 2005, Static Displays and Arrivals Static Displays and Arrivals

October 22, 2005: Edwards AFB Airshow

Edwards AFB Airshow, October 22, 2005, Page 1 Airshow Page 1

Edwards AFB Airshow, October 22, 2005, Page 2 Airshow Page 2

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

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

October 27 - 29, 2006: Airshow

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

October 27 - 29, 2006: 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.

October 27 - 28, 2006: USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds The USAF Thunderbirds put on their usual precision flying performance each day of the airshow.

May 31, 2007: NASA's 747SP SOFIA Arrives at Edwards AFB

NASA's 747SP SOFIA Arrives at Edwards AFB, May 31, 2007 NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a Boeing 747SP modified to carry a 2.5 meter diameter infra-red telescope, arrived at Edwards Air Force Base early in the afternoon on May 31, 2007. It will conduct infra-red astronomical observations above most of the water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere.

July 1, 2007: Space Shuttle Atlantis departs Edwards Air Force Base

Space Shuttle Atlantis departs Edwards Air Force Base, July 1, 2007 The Space Shuttle Atlantis departed from Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base on 747 Carrier Aircraft NASA Nine Zero Five at 6:04 A.M. PDT Sunday, July 1, 2007. It was returning to the Kennedy Space Center.

September 26, 2007: Air Force concludes CV-22 Osprey Evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base

Air Force concludes CV-22 Osprey Evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base, September 26, 2007 The Air Force CV-22 Osprey flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base is coming to a conclusion. For seven years, CV-22s have plied the skies over the Mojave Desert, testing the Forward Looking Infra-red and Terrain Following Radar that will be used for nap of the earth flying in bad weather and at night. The final flight of the test program was flown on Wednesday, September 26.

Century Circle

Century Circle at Edwards Air Force Base Century Circle, a display of Century-series fighters has been installed just outside the Rosamond Boulevard gate into Edwards Air Force Base. It is open to the public. Just pull into the parking lot before you reach the guard house.

October 23, 2008: Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II at Edwards Air Force Base

Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II at Edwards Air Force Base, October 23, 2008 The first Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II, AA-1 completed air-start and noise tests at Edwards Air Force Base on Thursday October 23.

December 5, 2008: Space Shuttle Endeavor at Edwards Air Force Base

Space Shuttle Endeavor at Edwards AFB<br>December 5, 2008 The Space Shuttle Endeavor was suspended under the Mate/Demate Device as it was prepared to be loaded on the 747 Carrier Aircraft at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Canter at Edwards Air Force Base at sunset on Friday, December 5, 2008.

32,852 pixel by 21,708 pixel high-resolution view produced by stitching together 182 images (14 columns by 13 rows) taken with a Gigapan robotic camera mount. It has a field of view of 164.5 degrees wide by 108.7 degrees high (top=68.2, bottom=-40.5).

Space Shuttle Endeavor departs from Edwards AFB, December 10, 2008

>Space Shuttle Endeavor departs from Edwards AFB, December 10, 2008 747-SCA N911NA departed from Runway 04 at Edwards Air Force Base bearing Space Shuttle Endeavor back to Florida at 7:10 AM on Wednesday, December 10. It landed at Biggs Air Force Base, Texas 2 hours and 18 minutes later.


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