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Official Photos - USN/Marine Various
This page contains photos of various USN/Marine test aircraft. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: EA-6B - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #500 BuNo 158815
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 9/24/2005
Credit: Photographer's Mate 1st Class Darryl L. Welborne Sr. / USN

Notes: Ground crew members prepare a Prowler borrowed from the VAQ-138 "Yellowjackets", for an AGM-88 HARM missile test.


Subject: EA-6B - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #536
Location: Pacific
Date: 8/13/2004
Credit: Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lewis Hunsaker / USN

Notes: #536 catches the three wire onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Note the "ICAP III" stenciled on the spine, indicating the aircraft was involved in the Improved Capability III Airborne Electronic Attack upgrade program.


Subject: T-45A - VX-23 "Salty Dogs" - Side #173
Location: Atlantic
Date: 7/26/2003
Credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Chad McNeeley / USN

Notes: Goshawk #173 launches from the deck of USS Ronald Reagan.


Subject: T-38A - USNTPS - Side #15 BuNo 614856
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 8/3/2005
Credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain / USN

Notes: USN Test Pilot School's T-38 #15 prepares to taxi to the duty runway.

Subject: T-38A - USNTPS - Side #15 BuNo 614856
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 8/3/2005
Credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain / USN

Notes: #15 takes off from Pax for a training flight.


Subject: T-2C - USNTPS - Side #24 BuNo 158330
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 8/3/2005
Credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain / USN

Notes: A T-2C Buckeye from the USN Test Pilot School takes off for a training mission.


Subject: NP-3D - USNTPS - Side #443 BuNo 153443
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 8/2/2005
Credit: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain / USN

Notes: As of 2005, the USN Test Pilot School had two P-3 aircraft. Each are fitted with FLIR and other enhancements, to help in systems training.


Subject: NC-130H - VX-20 - Side #157 BuNo 870157
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 10/28/2002
Credit: USN

Notes: #157 is a uniquely modified C-130 that serves as a flying test bed, for the study of various E-2 systems and upgrades. This Hercules was originally built as a USAF HC-130H. It then went to the USCG as #1721 before being modified to the test bed configuration.


Subject: SA227 - VX-30/VX-31 - Serial #AC-559
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 2/?/1999
Credit: USN

Notes: These Metroliners are utilized by both VX-30 and VX-31 to do shuttle work between NAS Point Mugu, NAWS China Lake, and other locations.


Subject: NP-3D - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #337 BuNo 150499
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USN

Notes: VX-30 typically has approximately three P-3s available for range support, on NavAir test missions conducted at NAS Point Mugu. #337 was sent to AMARC on 4/13/06.


Subject: DC-130A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #497 BuNo 57-0497
Location: N/A
Date: N/A
Credit: USN

Notes: As of 2006, #497 was the last remaining DC-130A in service with the Navy, and was due to be replaced with a modified KC-130F. The primary job of this modified C-130, is to launch various types of target drones that are shot down by missiles during tests and training. The aircraft is seen with four Firebee drones in this photo.


Subject: DC-130A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #497 BuNo 57-0497
Location: N/A
Date: N/A
Credit: USN

Notes: Note the interesting sensor pod on the left wing. #497 was originally a USAF C-130A, and as of 2006, was the oldest flying C-130 in the US military.


Subject: F/A-18F (As: EA-18G) - VX-23 "Salty Dogs" - Side #120 BuNo 165875
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 3/3/2006
Credit: USN

Notes: #120 was originally built as a standard F/A-18F. It was eventually modified to be configured as an EA-18G. This photo was taken on its first flight after being modified, which was the first time a Hornet had been flown with the ALQ-218 wingtip pods. 'Tester Orange' indicates other new parts added to the aircraft.

Subject: F/A-18F (As: EA-18G) - VX-23 "Salty Dogs" - Side #120 BuNo 165875
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: ?/?/2006
Credit: USN

Notes: Another shot of #120.


Subject: F/A-18E (As: EA-18G - VX-23 "Salty Dogs" - Side #213 BuNo 165167
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: ?/?/2006
Credit: USN

Notes: #213 was originally "E3" of the first EMD Lot 18 aircraft delivered. It is seen here making a trap during testing at Pax River, while configured as an EA-18G. There are no single seat EA models planned. This aircraft was simply helping to test EA-18 systems.




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