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Official Photos - USAF Mixed Flights
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Subject: Two F-22A, One F-16 & One NKC-135 - AFFTC
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: An Edwards NKC-135 is flanked by two 411th FLTS F-22As, while one 412th Test Wing F-16 support chase is trailing.


Subject: Three F-16 - 412th TW 416th FLTS & One E-3 - NATO
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 9/?/2003
Credit: Tom Reynolds / USAF

Notes: Three F-16s from the 416th FLTS fly in formation with one of two NATO E-3s visiting Edwards from Germany, on a test flight for the F-16 Mid-Life Upgrade program. This flight was specifically to test Link-16 capabilities.


Subject: Two F-16, One F-15 - 40th FLTS & One KC-10A - 305th AMW
Location: N/A
Date: N/A
Credit: Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison / USAF

Notes: Two F-16s and one F-15 from the 46th TW 40th FLTS at Eglin AFB trail a KC-10A from the 305th AMW.


Subject: F-16CG - 46th TW 40th FLTS & KC-135R - 97th AMW
Location: N/A
Date: 1999
Credit: Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison / USAF

Notes: F-16 #88-0469 with the 40th FLTS flies in formation with KC-135R #63-8027 from the 97th AMW, during the 1999 Air & Space Power Expo.


Subject: C-12C - AFFTC & Lear 25B - Calspan Corp.
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 11/?/2005
Credit: Jim Shryne / USAF

Notes: C-12C #73-1215 flies above Calspan Corp's 'Variable Stability' Lear-25 N102VS during an in-flight autonomous aerial refueling test, conducted by the USAF Test Pilot School. The C-12C is simulating a tanker, while the Lear is simulating an autonomous receiving aircraft.


Subject: NKC-135E #55-3135, One F-22A & One F-16 - AFFTC
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/2004
Credit: USAF

Notes: An F-22A from the 411th FLTS and an F-16 from Test Operations, flies in formation with the 412th Test Wing's NKC-135E #55-3135. This tanker was retired in 2004 after 49 years of service with the USAF.


Subject: KC-135R #60-0359 - 74th ARS & F-22A #91-4003 - 411th FLTS
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 2002?
Credit: USAF

Notes: F-22A #003 receives fuel from Grissom KC-135R #359, over the R2508 range.

Subject: KC-135R #60-0359 - 74th ARS & F-22A #91-4003 - 411th FLTS
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 2002?
Credit: Kevin Robertson / USAF

Notes: #003 conducting AR, as seen from the right side.


Subject: KB-29 Serial #44-86363 & F-86A Serial #49-1172
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: In an effort to extend the range of what was then the new generation of jets, this B-29 was turned into a KB-29 by attaching an AR boom, to conduct experiments in air-to-air refueling. Seen here is an F-86A conducting AR, which had to lower its landing gear to slow down enough for the KB-29.


Subject: XB-35 #42-13603 - Northrop & P-61 Chase
Location: N/A
Date: 6/25/1946
Credit: USAF

Notes: Jack Northrop's first 'Flying Wing' (the XB-35) is seen here while making its first flight from the Northrop Co. airfield, to Muroc AAF (later Edwards AFB). The P-61 providing chase during the flight caught fire soon after this photo was taken, forcing its crew to parachute to safety.


Subject: YF-84F Serial #49-2430 & B-36 'Mother Ship'
Location: N/A
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: During the late 1940s, the concept of using a “parasite fighter” on B-36s was tested.  An early prototype YF-84F was fitted with a retractable nose hook for recoveries. The FICON (Fighter Conveyor) concept worked, but was found to be a problem when the bomber tried to take off with the fighter attached.




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