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Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 7/?/2004
Credit: Derk Blanset / USAF

Notes: An F-22 is placed in the Benefield Anechoic Facility for the first time, to look for unintentional electromagnetic emissions from the aircraft's systems.


Subject: F-16B #90-0952 & F-16B #92-0452 - AFFTC/412th TW
Location: N/A
Date: 1/8/2003
Credit: Bobbi Garci / USAF

Notes: Capt. Kevin Roethe and Maj. Jim Less deliver two F-16s from AMARC to Edwards AFB. These are two of the numerous F-16's 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 in 2003.


Subject: F-16C - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #83-1120
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 3/?/2003
Credit: USAF

Notes: Capt. Scott Thompson pilots #120, while carrying the Litening II targeting pod and M3.1B+ software upgrade. This test mission was part of an effort to integrate the targeting pod on Block 50 F-16's.

Subject: F-16C - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #83-1120
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 3/?/2003
Credit: USAF

Notes: This side shot gives a good view of the Litening II pod.


Subject: F-16C - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #83-1120
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 1/?/2003
Credit: Tom Reynolds / USAF

Notes: #120 is seen releasing a JDAM, while testing a new software upgrade for Block 30 F-16's. The upgrade was required after some intermittent problems were noticed at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Subject: NF-16D (VISTA) - AFFTC/USAF TPS - Serial #86-0048
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 7/?/2003
Credit: USAF

Notes: Technicians work on the 'VISTA' during the testing of the Automatic Air Collision Avoidance System, which the USAF Test Pilot School conducted.


Subject: X-35B - Lockheed - Prototype JSF Marine STOVL Variant "301"
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2003
Credit: Malia Maioho / USAF

Notes: The X-35B is towed from its hangar in preparation for being shipped to the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum in Washington, D.C. Note the leftover X-32 logo on the hangar.

Subject: X-35B - Lockheed - Prototype JSF Marine STOVL Variant "301"
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2003
Credit: USAF

Notes: After being partially disassembled, the airframe is loaded on a trailer.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4005
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 1/24/2002
Credit: Steve Zapka / USAF

Notes: Col. Chris Seat fires an AIM-120 missile from #005, and destroys a small scale drone over the sea test range at NAS Point Mugu.


Subject: F-15B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #76-0132
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 3/6/2002
Credit: Bobbi Garcia / USAF

Notes: Maj. Randy Trosper pilots #132 as 'chase' on a B-1B test mission.


Subject: F-15E - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #87-0180
Location: China Lake Range, CA
Date: 3/6/2002
Credit: Jim Shryne / USAF

Notes: Test pilot Maj. Dan Daetz, and weapons system officer Lt. Col. Dan Morin, conduct a test drop of two Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) systems over the China Lake range.


Subject: F-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10784?
Location: China Lake Range, CA
Date: 3/27/2002
Credit: Thomas J. Pitsor / USAF

Notes: Lt. Col. Phil DeLillo, commander of 53rd TEG Det. 1 at Holloman AFB, flies the last mission of the IRRCA program. IRRCA gives F-117 pilots the ability to receive and transmit mission and target data, real-time while in flight.


Subject: F-16C #83-0119, F-16C #83-0118 & F-22A #91-4005 - 412th TW
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 5/?/2002
Credit: Kevin Robertson / USAF

Notes: Two 416th FLTS F-16's carrying ALQ-167 radar jamming pods (supplied by the NAWC at Point Mugu) fly in formation with F-22 #005. In this test mission, the F-16's simulated a series of radar jamming scenarios against the Raptor.


Subject: X-45A - DARPA/NASA/USAF - Serial #?
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/2002
Credit: USAF

Notes: The X-45A Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle technology demonstration aircraft completed its first flight at Edwards on 5/22/2002.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4008
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 5/31/2002
Credit: Kristie Hogbin / USAF

Notes: Col. Chris Seat delivers Raptor 4008 to Edwards AFB, from Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, GA, plant.


Subject: F-22A #91-4006 & F-22A #91-4003 - 412th TW 411th FLTS
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/7/2002
Credit: USAF

Notes: The 2,000th flight hour mark in the F-22 program came when Col. Chris Seat was airborne on an avionics electronic warfare mission in Raptor 4006, and Boeing test pilot Randy Neville was in the air with Raptor 4003, during an envelope expansion mission.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4004
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/?/2002
Credit: Kevin Robertson / USAF

Notes: #004 sits inside the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin AFB for a series of weather tests, to see how the F-22 will stand up to the elements.


Subject: Full Scale JSF Model on Multi-axis Thrust Stand
Location: NASA Ames Research Center, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: A replica of the Joint Strike Fighter hangs from the multi-axis thrust stand at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.  The thrust stand was moved to Edwards and will help in testing the F-35B.


Subject: F-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10784?
Location: Palmdale AP/AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 7/?/2002
Credit: Peter Torres / USAF

Notes: Members of the California Highway Patrol share their version of stealth technology with the 410th FLTS, at Air Force Plant 42. Once fielded, new all-white, unmarked Camaros, will be on California highways.


Subject: F-15A - McDonnell-Douglas - Serial #71-0280
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 7/27/1972
Credit: USAF

Notes: McDonnell-Douglas chief test pilot Irv Burrows takes F-15A-1-MC #280 on its maiden flight, staying aloft for 50 minutes and achieving an airspeed of 250 knots.


Subject: F-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10784?
Location: Nellis AFB Range, NV
Date: ?/?/2002
Credit: Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon / USAF

Notes: An F-117 from 410th FLTS flies over the Nevada desert in support of the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2002, held at Nellis AFB.


Subject: X-35A - Lockheed - Prototype JSF AF Variant "301"
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/2001
Credit: USAF

Notes: The X-35A in flight over the Edwards range during its concept demonstration phase.


Subject: X-32B - Boeing - Prototype JSF Marine STOVL Variant
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 3/29/2001
Credit: Dave Martin / USAF

Notes: Test pilot Dennis O'Donoghue lands at Edwards AFB, after making a 50 minute first flight from the Boeing plant at Palmdale AP, CA.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #?
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: Judson Brohmer / USAF

Notes: Top view of an Edwards Raptor in flight.


Subject: YA-10A - AFFTC - Serial #71-1369
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: #369 was the first of two YA-10A aircraft produced. #71-1370 was the second. The A-10 first flew in May 1972, and was tested at Edwards until 1984.


Subject: YA-10B - AFFTC - Serial #73-1664
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: #664 started out as a normal A-10A Thunderbolt II, and was eventually converted to a two seat for testing. This was the only A-10B created. On display at the AFFTC Airpark as of 10/07.


Subject: YF-16 - General Dynamics - Serial #72-1567
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: The first General Dynamics F-16 demonstrator is seen in flight on the test range, wearing the original as-delivered builder's scheme.


Subject: F-15A - McDonnell-Douglas - Serial #71-0280
Location: N/A
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: The first F-15A 'Eagle' demonstrator in flight.


Subject: YF-22A - Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics - #87-0700 (Ship #1)
Location: 2508R Range, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: #700 was the first of two F-22 prototype aircraft produced at the Lockheed Palmdale plant. Note the civilian registration of N22YF. Ship number two was serial #87-0701, registration N22YX.


Subject: YF-23A - Northrop/McDonnell Douglas - Serial #87-0800
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: The second contender in the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, was the YF-23A. #800 (N231YF) was the first of two prototypes created. The second ship was #87-0801, registration N232YF.


Subject: YF-23A - Northrop/McDonnell Douglas - #87-0800 & #87-0801
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/1994
Credit: NASA

Notes: YF-23A "Black Widow II" #87-0800 (PAV-1) and YF-23A "Black Widow II" #87-0801 (PAV-2) are pictured in formation over the R2508 range.


Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #98-2003 (UAV-3)
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: #003 in flight over the R2508 complex.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/5/2000
Credit: Derk Blanset / USAF

Notes: #002 returns to flight after a four-week delay, due to minute cracks being discovered in the canopies of two Raptors.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC - Serial #80-0635
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: N/A
Credit: USAF

Notes: #635 (a Block 15 F-16) is seen conducting a test mission that focuses on the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod.


Subject: F-16D - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #87-0392
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/2006
Credit: Tom Reynolds / USAF

Notes: An Edwards F-16 prepares to launch for a mission supporting the LITENING-AT pod. #392 is a Block 40A F-16.




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