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Official Photos - NASA Ames
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Subject: P-80A - US Army Air Force #44-85099 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 7/22/1946
Credit: NACA

Notes: Built by Lockheed.


Subject: P-51H - US Army Air Force #44-64415 - NACA #130
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 6/22/1947
Credit: NACA

Notes: Eventually registered as N49WB.


Subject: P-80A-1 - US Army Air Force #44-85299 - NACA #131
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 11/5/1951
Credit: NACA

Notes: Testing of vortex generators on wing.


Subject: SB2-C5 - US Navy BuNo 83135 - NACA #147
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 6/30/1953
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Curtiss "Helldiver".


Subject: F-84F-5-RE - US Air Force #51-1364 - NACA #155
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 12/15/1953
Credit: NACA

Notes: Testing the Republic built "Thuderstreak".


Subject: F-86E - US Air Force #50-606 - NACA #157
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 7/8/1955
Credit: NACA

Notes: Evaluating carrier approach techniques in the North American "Sabre".


Subject: TV-1 - US Navy BuNo 33868 - NACA #206
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 12/15/1955
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Navy training version of the Lockheed P-80.


Subject: F-4D-1 - US Navy BuNo 134759 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 4/5/1956
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Douglas built "Skyray".


Subject: F-86D - US Air Force #53-787 - NACA #216
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 10/3/1956
Credit: NACA

Notes: Testing of the Hughes CSTI equipment.


Subject: F-102A - US Air Force #56-1358 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 7/1/1958
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Convair built "Delta Dagger"... This ship tested fire control and auto maneuvering systems.


Subject: F-106A - US Air Force #57-235 - NASA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 5/15/1959
Credit: NASA

Notes: Built by Convair... Tested fire control and auto maneuvering systems.


Subject: NC-130B - US Air Force #58-0712 - NASA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 9/12/1961
Credit: Lee Jones / NASA

Notes: Testing of STOL. Has "Boundary Layer Control" on the side.


Subject: F5D-1 - US Navy BuNo 139208 - NASA #212
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 10/1964
Credit: Dave West / NASA

Notes: N/A


Subject: XP-75A-1 - US Army Air Force #44-44550 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 3/30/1945
Credit: NACA

Notes: Built by General Motors.


Subject: BTD-1 - US Navy BuNo 04968 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/30/1945
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Douglas built "Destroyer".


Subject: YP-80A - US Army Air Force #44-83023 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 10/12/1945
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Lockheed built "Shooting Star" was the first jet aircraft at Ames.


Subject: C-46A - US Army Air Force #41-12293 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 3/22/1946
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Curtiss built "Commando"... Participated in de-icing research.


Subject: XF7F-1 - US Navy BuNo 03550 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 5/14/1946
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Grumman built "Tigercat".


Subject: F-4U-4 - US Navy BuNo 97028 - NACA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 5/31/1946
Credit: NACA

Notes: The Chance Vought built "Corsair".


Subject: XV-5B VTOL - Serial #62-4505 - NASA #705
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/20/1968
Credit: Jim Remington / NASA

Notes: #705 was one of the VTOL test beds.


Subject: X-14B - NASA #704
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/2/1971
Credit: Lee Jones / NASA

Notes: Built by Bell.


Subject: C-8A - US Air Force #63-13686 - NASA #716
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 5/2/1973
Credit: King / NASA

Notes: #716 was the Augmentor Wing Jet STOL Research Aircraft (AWJSRA)


Subject: T-38A - US Air Force #61-0870? - NASA #717
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 12/4/1974
Credit: Richard Clayton / NASA

Notes: N/A


Subject: C-8A QSRA - US Air Force #63-13687 - NASA #715
Location: Pacific
Date: 7/10/1980
Credit: Richard Clayton / NASA

Notes: This is the Quiet Short Haul Aircraft (QSRA) conducting a carrier trial in the Pacific, on the USS Kitty Hawk.


Subject: NC-130B - US Air Force 58-0712 - NASA #707
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 6/29/1982
Credit: Larry Sammons / NASA

Notes: "NASA Earth Survey" displayed on side.


Subject: YAV-8B - US Marine BuNo 158394 - NASA #704
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 11/1/1985
Credit: Larry Sammons / NASA

Notes: #704 was the last of the V/STOL aircraft flown at Ames, which tested systems for the next generation of V/STOL fighter aircraft.


Subject: ER-2 #80-1097 NASA #709 & TR-1A #80-1069 NASA #708
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: ?/?/1988
Credit: Eric James / NASA

Notes: #709 was eventually moved to Dryden FRC as NASA #809.


Subject: DC-8-72 - NASA #717
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 9/?/1991
Credit: Hart & Reddy / NASA

Notes: Flying lab... Eventually moved to Dryden FRC as NASA #817.


Subject: ER-2 - US Air Force #80-1097 - NASA #709
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 3/15/1995
Credit: Dominic Hart / NASA

Notes: Shown here with the satellite uplink pod. #709 was eventually moved to Dryden FRC as NASA #809.


Subject: ER-2 - US Air Force #80-1097 - NASA #709
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 3/15/1995
Credit: Dominic Hart / NASA

Notes: Shown here with the digitally enhanced satellite uplink pod. #709 was eventually moved to Dryden FRC as NASA #809.


Subject: XV-3 VTOL - US Army Aviation #54-148 - NASA # N/A
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 4/10/1961
Credit: Lee Jones / NASA

Notes: Last flown 7/?/1962.


Subject: UH-1H - US Army #69-15231 - NASA #733
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 5/9/1979
Credit: Bob Carnahan / NASA

Notes: #733 was the V/STOLAND test bed... A joint Army/NASA program.


Subject: CH-47B - US Army #66-19138 - NASA #737
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/12/1985
Credit: NASA

Notes: Part of the Variable Stability Research Rotor Craft program.


Subject: CH-47B - US Army #66-19138 - NASA #737
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/12/1985
Credit: NASA

Notes: #737 had a fly-by-wire control system and three flight computers installed, for use in its test program.


Subject: JAH-1S - US Army #77-22768 - NASA #730
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/12/1985
Credit: Bill Zuehlke / NASA

Notes: #730 participated in the Flying Laboratory for Integrated Test and Evaluation (FLITE) program.


Subject: NAH-1S - US Army #70-15979 - NASA #736
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 6/4/1990
Credit: Paul Langston / NASA

Notes: #736 was the successor to the original FLITE Cobra, #730. There was also an earlier #736 Cobra at Ames that was an AH-1G.


Subject: X-Wing - Serial #72-002 - NASA #741
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/26/1982
Credit: NASA

Notes: Built by Sikorsky, the X-Wing was the Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA)... Which was a joint NASA/Army program.


Subject: SH-3G - US Navy BuNo 149723 - NASA #735
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/25/1988
Credit: Bill Clark / NASA

Notes: #735 was flown at Ames from 1977 to 1993.


Subject: UH-60A - US Army #82-23748 - NASA #748
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 9/22/1998
Credit: Bill Clark / NASA

Notes: #748 came from Dryden FRC, where in 1987, it participated in the Modern Rotor Aerodynamic Limits Survey.


Subject: JUH-60 RASCAL - US Army #78-23012 - NASA #750
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 12/9/1991
Credit: Dominic Hart / NASA

Notes: #750 was originally the Boeing Advanced Digital Optical Control System demonstrator. It arrived at Ames in 1989 and is known as the Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory.


Subject: UH-60A - US Army #82-23748 - NASA #748
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 11/17/1993
Credit: Dominic Hart / NASA

Notes: #748 is pictured here while participating in the Golden MUX Bucket Blade Vortex Interaction Noise Experiment.


Subject: JUH-60 RASCAL - US Army #78-23012 - NASA #750
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 8/?/1993
Credit: Dominic Hart / NASA

Notes: Shown on the ramp at night with the IR camera mount on the nose.


Subject: UH-60A - US Army #82-23748 - NASA #748
Location: NASA Ames - Moffett Field, CA
Date: 1//11/1993
Credit: JT Heineck / NASA

Notes: Shown flying with the MUX Bucket.




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