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Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13302
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #302 is apparently a C model. It may have been one of the original 38s to be tested for the C upgrade.

Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13302
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: The nose wears the logo "Spirit of Epping".


Subject: T-38A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #70-1559
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Edwards T-38s are part of the pool that covers Test Ops., TPS, and basic training.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0089
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #089 is part of the Test Operations/TPS pool.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0089
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Right side view of #089.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0089
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Shot of tail showing the typical ED 412th OG markings.


Subject: F-15E - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #87-0180
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: At the time of this photo, #180 was part of the Test Operations/TPS pool.

Subject: F-15E - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #87-0180
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Side shot showing the "Double Trouble" nose art.

Subject: F-15E - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #87-0180
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Tail showing drop-shadow lettering. #180 was off the roster by 05/06.


Subject: F-15A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #76-0116
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: At the time of this photo, #116 was part of the Test Operations/TPS pool.

Subject: F-15A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #76-0116
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Close up right side view.

Subject: F-15A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #76-0116
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Shot of tail showing "AFFTC".


Subject: X-35B STOVL - 301 Test Team - Prototype #301
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: The first X-35B STOVL aircraft to be tested in the JSF program, was actually the same basic airframe as the X-35A variant that had been tested earlier, but it was later modified into the 35B Marine variant.

Subject: X-35B STOVL - 301 Test Team - Prototype #301
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Tail showing the colorful 'Hat Trick' tail markings, signifying the record breaking flight that USMC Maj. Art "Turbo" Tomassetti made on 7/20/01, when he did a short takeoff, supersonic run, and vertical landing, all in one flight.

Subject: X-35B STOVL - 301 Test Team - Prototype #301
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: At the time of these shots, the engine had been removed.

Subject: X-35B STOVL - 301 Test Team - Prototype #301
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Lockheed Test Pilot Tom Morgenfeld made the 66th and final test flight on the 35B #301 aircraft, by taking it from Edwards back to Plamdale. It was eventually taken to the Air & Space Smithsonian.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #006 was the 6th production F-22 produced. The first flight was taken on 2/5/01 at the Marietta, GA plant, by Lockheed Test Pilot Al Norman.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Side shot showing left intake.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Tail showing the basic ED low-vis code.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Thrust vector paddles in 'open' position.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0080
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #080 is part of the Test Operations/TPS pool.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0080
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: The center gear door has "Lab Rat" stenciled on it.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0080
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Edwards F-16s #080 and #089 were both eventually moved to 82nd TRW to serve as non-flying aircraft for technical training.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #78-0080
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Unlike #089, there is no white drop shadow on the #080 tail.


Subject: F-16DJ - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #90-0835
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #835 was used in the Common Configuration Implementation Program, among other things.


Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0366
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: #366 is one of many aircraft operated by the 422 TES.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0366
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: A close up view of the left side.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0366
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The left side has a 422nd TES "Green Bats" logo.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0366
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The tail of #366 has a basic black OT code. 422nd aircraft all get the green & black checkerboard splash.


Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0365
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: Sister to #366 is this 422nd F-15E, #365.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0365
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: A close up view of the left side.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0365
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: #365 also wears a "Green Bats" logo.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0365
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The right side of the aircraft sports the 53rd Wing shield.

Subject: F-15E - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #92-0365
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The tail on #365 differs from #366, as this one has the white drop shadow on the text, and also has the entire serial showing.


Subject: A-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #80-0242
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: One of the Warthogs operated by the 422nd TES.

Subject: A-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #80-0242
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: Close up of right side.

Subject: A-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #80-0242
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: Sensor pod.

Subject: A-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #80-0242
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The tail on #242 has the basic OT code, plus an Air Combat Command shield.

Subject: A-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #80-0242
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: Left side of the nose showing the 7 barrel gatling gun.


Subject: OA-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #82-0658
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The A-10A designation denotes Close Air Support, while the OA-10A denotes Airborne Forward Air Control.

Subject: OA-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #82-0658
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: Close in right side of the aircraft.

Subject: OA-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #82-0658
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The right engine cover has a "Thunder AMF" logo showing a warthog and gatling gun.

Subject: OA-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #82-0658
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The left engine cover has a "Thunder AMF" logo showing an A-10.

Subject: OA-10A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #82-0658
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2003

Notes: The tail on #658 has the basic OT code, plus an Air Combat Command shield.


Subject: F-4D - Ex AFFTC / AvTel Co. - Serial #64-0952
Location: Lancaster, CA
Date: 8/29/2003

Notes: This Phantom was at one point registered to the AvTel company at Mojave AP, CA under N401AV. It now stands in a park in Lancaster, CA

Subject: F-4D - Ex AFFTC / AvTel Co. - Serial #64-0952
Location: Lancaster, CA
Date: 8/29/2003

Notes: After being with AvTel, it was taken back to Edwards where volunteers painted it into the typical ED high-vis scheme.

Subject: F-4D - Ex AFFTC / AvTel Co. - Serial #64-0952
Location: Lancaster, CA
Date: 8/29/2003

Notes: This shot shows the bare metal underside of the tail.

Subject: F-4D - Ex AFFTC / AvTel Co. - Serial #64-0952
Location: Lancaster, CA
Date: 8/29/2003

Notes: View of the front underside.

Subject: F-4D - Ex AFFTC / AvTel Co. - Serial #64-0952
Location: Lancaster, CA
Date: 8/29/2003

Notes: Left wing.

Subject: F-4D - Ex AFFTC / AvTel Co. - Serial #64-0952
Location: Lancaster, CA
Date: 8/29/2003

Notes: The city did a nice job displaying the aircraft, along with some plaques that honor some notable people in local aviation.


Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13302
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Right side of aircraft.

Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13302
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Close in shot of right side.

Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13302
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Shot of tail showing typical ED code in black.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0454
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: #454 was one of numerous F-16s that were originally built for Pakistan. Due to political reasons, they were embargoed and stored at AMARC for over 10 years. Edwards received nine of these 'new' aircraft for test ops., in 2003.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0454
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: The Pakistani 16s look a bit better than some of the older support 16s.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0454
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Rear shot showing tail and engine nacelle.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: #002 was the 2nd production F-22 produced. The first flight was taken on 6/29/98 at the Marietta, GA plant.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Close in right side view showing intake.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: #002 was sporting the, then new, black Raptor logo on the tail.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Note the two test targets over the weapon bay doors.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Left side of aircraft.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Straight on nose shot showing instrument probe.


Subject: F-15B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #73-0114
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 4/24/2004

Notes: #114 was retired in 2005 and placed on display at the Edwards Flight Test Museum.

Subject: F-15B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #73-0114
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 4/24/2004

Notes: The ED high-vis scheme was fairly rare on F-15s. Normally the nose was white as well, but #114 had a gray radome attached at this time.


Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #74-0665
Location: MCAS Miramar, CA
Date: 10/15/2004

Notes: #665 is one of the show jet's of "Team Target".

Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #74-0665
Location: MCAS Miramar, CA
Date: 10/15/2004

Notes: The aircraft was decorated in an awesome SE Asia camo scheme.

Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #74-0665
Location: MCAS Miramar, CA
Date: 10/15/2004

Notes: The ATRS Det. 1 is based at Holloman AFB and handles the QF-4 drone work over White Sands Missile Range.

Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #74-0665
Location: MCAS Miramar, CA
Date: 10/15/2004

Notes: Rear show showing tail.


Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0407
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: Left side of Test Ops. #407.

Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0407
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: #407 was one of numerous F-16s that were originally built for Pakistan. Due to political reasons, they were embargoed and stored at AMARC for over 10 years. Edwards received nine of these 'new' aircraft for test ops., in 2003.

Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0407
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: Close in shot of left side.


Subject: YF-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10782
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: #782 was the 3rd of 5 original full scale development (FSD) aircraft used in the initial F-117 testing. It was also the first WSCS upgrade test aircraft.

Subject: YF-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10782
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: One difference on this YF, is the lack of the saw-tooth canopy. The story for the "3x3" on the front gear door, is that it signifies an incident during early testing, when the aircraft went off the runway into the sand. Rather than wait to be towed, the Pilot decided hit the throttle and 'off road' back onto the concrete.

Subject: YF-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10782
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: Early in testing, #782 was nicknamed "Scorpion 3", which is denoted by the marking on the spine. The 410th FLTS logo is also on the side.

Subject: YF-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10782
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: The 410th is under the 412th TW at Edwards, but based at AF Plant 42.

Subject: YF-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10782
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: In 1983 this ship had the entire bottom painted in an American flag scheme for a change of command ceremony. That scheme was reapplied as a surprise for the 05 Edwards Air Show, which marked the aircraft's retirement. It was later moved to Holloman to be used in ground training.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: #002 was the 2nd production F-22 produced. The first flight was taken on 6/29/98 at the Marietta, GA plant.

Subject: F-22A Engine
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: Back view of thrust vector paddles.


Subject: AT-38B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #62-3715
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: #715 is one of numerous T-38s utilized by Test Ops. and the TPS.

Subject: AT-38B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #62-3715
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: The tail code has a gray drop shadow and "AFFTC".


Subject: F-16C - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #83-1120
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: #120 is one of the F-16 test bed aircraft. It has been used in the F-16ES upgrade testing, and also for divertless intake testing on the X-35 program.

Subject: F-16C - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #83-1120
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: Close in view of left side.




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