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Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #98-2003
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #003 was returned to Edwards in 06 from the Middle East, where it flew 249 sorties, across 3 years.

Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #98-2003
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Right side view and tail.


Subject: CV-22A - 412th TW 418th FLTS Det 1- BuNo 164939
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #164939 came from the Navy/Marines to be flown in the AF Osprey test program.

Subject: CV-22A - 412th TW 418th FLTS Det 1- BuNo 164939
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Close in shot of the front left.


Subject: C-12C - AFFTC - Serial #73-1215
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. The tail for #215 wears "AFMC".

Subject: C-12C - AFFTC - Serial #73-1215
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Notice the training probe on the nose.


Subject: NC-141A - AFFTC - Serial #61-2779
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #779 is a uniquely modified C-141 that was originally used by Lockheed and the 4950th Test Wing as an Advanced Radar Test Bed. The aircraft may have also been used by NASA at some point.


Subject: B-52H - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial #60-0036
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #036 was the test B-52 at Edwards when these photos were taken.

Subject: B-52H - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial #60-0036
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: This 52 has the nose art; "Tagboard Flyer".


Subject: B-1B - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial #84-0049
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #049 was the test B-1B at Edwards when these photos were taken.

Subject: B-1B - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial #84-0049
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Close shot of left nose.


Subject: NKC-135E - AFFTC - Serial #55-3135
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Originally a KC-135A, #135 was converted to NKC-135A, then to 135E. It was retired in 2004, and was at that time the oldest AF aircraft at 49 years.

Subject: NKC-135E - AFFTC - Serial #55-3135
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #135 wore the nose art; "Sep. 11, 2001 Remember our Fallen Heroes"


Subject: U-2S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #80-1067
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: #067 is flown by the AF U-2 test unit based at AF Plant 42, CA, who works closely with Lockheed there.

Subject: U-2S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #80-1067
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2002

Notes: Notice the Skunk Works logo on the intake plugs.


Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #00-2006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Right front.

Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #00-2006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Left front.

Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #00-2006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/25/2003

Notes: Notice the 9/11 nose art and deployment mission marks.


Subject: U2-S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #N/A
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 3/3/2004

Notes: A U-2S in bare metal has just come back from a check flight.

Subject: U2-S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #N/A
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 3/3/2004

Notes: WR-ALC Det 2 tests new upgrades for the U-2S, but also performs check rides during the refurbishing of U-2s.


Subject: C-17A - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #03-3121
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: #121 was the newest test C-17A at Edwards when these were taken.

Subject: C-17A - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #03-3121
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: Wide shot of left side.

Subject: C-17A - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #03-3121
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: The tail wears ED AFMC and an orange tail splash with a Yucca Tree.


Subject: C-135C - 412th TW 412th FLTS - Serial #61-2669
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: #669 is the original "Speckled Trout" VIP/Test aircraft at Edwards.

Subject: C-135C - 412th TW 412th FLTS - Serial #61-2669
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: This aircraft was retired in 06 and now 412th FLTS has a newer C-135E.


Subject: U-2S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #68-10336
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: #336 is flown by the AF U-2 test unit based at AF Plant 42, CA, who works closely with Lockheed there.

Subject: U-2S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #68-10336
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: This shows the Warner Robins code and AF Materiel Command shield.

Subject: U-2S - WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #68-10336
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: Front view with very patient Pilot.




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