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Aircraft Photos by Alan Redecki
This page contains photos that mainly focus on the test activities at Mojave AP, CA. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: LC-130F - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #320 BuNo 148320
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 12/19/2003

Notes: This Herc was with VX-6 from 1961 to 1999. It's pictured here while doing a short stint with VX-30, still wearing its skis from VX-6 days. It was eventually sent to AMARC 1/20/05.


Subject: 737-330 JSF Test Bed - Lockheed "CATBird 1" - #23528 (N35LX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 12/17/2003

Notes: Lockheed's test bed for the JSF F-35 program (CATBird 1) is being rolled out for the first time after its first series of mods by BAE at Mojave. The trailing instrument cone can be seen hanging inside the rear door.

Subject: 737-330 JSF Test Bed - Lockheed "CATBird 1" - #23528 (N35LX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 12/17/2003

Notes: Most of the external modifications had not been done at the time of these photos.


Subject: Alpha Jet E - Private Owner - NX115ZA
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 11/19/2003

Notes: Ex Luftwaffe 41+15 is seen taxiing for departure after being used to chase SpaceShipOne on a test flight.


Subject: SpaceShipOne - Scaled Composites - #001 (N328KF)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 11/14/2003

Notes: SpaceShipOne is seen touching down after one of its early test flights.


Subject: NF-4D - BAE - Serial #66-7483 (N430FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 7/21/2003

Notes: Nicknamed "The Blue Barron", this Phantom was used in flight testing by BAE at Mojave, but was registered to the USAF. "In memory of Barron "Duke" Fredericks" is stenciled on the inlet. 430FS was used by NavAir on 8/1/02 to launch an MA-31 target in a test mission. It was sent to AMARC 12/1503.


Subject: H-58C - National Test Pilot School - #FRI001 (N170FR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 10/24/2003

Notes: One of numerous aircraft utilized by the NTPS at Mojave.


Subject: Northrop N-9M - Air Museum - #04 (N9MB)
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2003

Notes: Restored by volunteers at Air Museum Planes of Fame in Chino, CA, this flying wing was one of four initial flying wing development aircraft produced.

Subject: Northrop N-9M - Air Museum - #04 (N9MB)
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/2003

Notes: The N9M aircraft were basically 1/3 scale test beds for what was to be the XB-35. Chuck Yeager and Bob Hoover were two of the Pilots that flew her.


Subject: TF-35SD - National Test Pilot School - #1154 (N168TP)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 10/7/2003

Notes: The NTPS' ex RDAF "Draken" taxis in after a super-stall training mission.


Subject: MB-326M N156TP & N155TP - National Test Pilot School
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 9/12/2003

Notes: An umbrella shields the front seat of 155 while a student does cockpit avionics evaluations.


Subject: RF-35 - National Test Pilot School - #AR117 (N217FR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 9/12/2003

Notes: 217FR is an ex-RDAF "Draken" and one of two single-seat models flown by the NTPS.


Subject: MH-60K - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #91-26377
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 6/4/2003

Notes: This H-60 is one of twenty one UH-60L models that were converted to MH-60K, and used in the 160th SOAR. It's most likely used as a test bed for the latest upgrades in the type.


Subject: SpaceShipOne - Scaled Composites - #001 (N328KF)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/27/2003

Notes: Flown by test pilot Mike Melville, SpaceShipOne glides in for a landing to Runway 12 at Mojave.


Subject: L-1011-385-1 - Orbital Sciences Corp. - #193E-1067 (N140SC)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/28/2003

Notes: Orbital Sciences' "StarGazer" sits on the ramp at Mojave, which it calls home. The StarGazer is mainly utilized by NASA on various projects, including the launching of the Pegasus XL rocket.


Subject: 318 "White Knight" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N318SL)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/27/2003

Notes: White Knight heads out to take off with SpaceShipOne mounted underneath, for what will be SS1's first full drop test.


Subject: DC-3 - National Test Pilot School - #12590 (N834TP)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/6/2003

Notes: This ex-South African Navy patrol plane is used as a flying classroom at NTPS. The aircraft includes a belly radome and FLIR under the nose.


Subject: L39C - AFFTC/412th TW - USAF #00-0439 (#131907) (N439RS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 11/18/2006

Notes: This privately owned L39 is being evaluated by the AFFTC for use by the Test Pilot School. There was originally a second L39 in a red scheme as well.

Subject: L39C - AFFTC/412th TW - USAF #00-0439 (#131907) (N439RS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 11/18/2006

Notes: The AFFTC L39 is pictured on the NTPS ramp, after having just made the hop over from Edwards to visit the students at the National Test Pilot School.


Subject: CL-13A - Tracor Flight Systems - #1157 (N86FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: Unknown

Notes: While with TFS, this aircraft was often used to tow targets. Wyatt Fuller eventually restored the aircraft into a USAF scheme, but he was tragically killed on 7/24/06 when the aircraft crashed attempting to depart Hickory, NC.


Subject: 318 "White Knight" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N318SL)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 4/6/2006

Notes: The White Knight is seen returning to Mojave with the X-37, after the planed test drop for the day was scrubbed due to high winds.


Subject: DC-8-71F - Air Transport International - #45811 (N821BX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 3/21/2006

Notes: Flight Research, Inc. is pictured flying Air Transport International's 821BX down runway 26, during a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums certification flight test for ATI.

Subject: DC-8-71F - Air Transport International - #45811 (N821BX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 3/21/2006

Notes: The aircraft was modified with a flight test static system designed by FRI, which uses a trailing cone to sample static air pressure that's undisturbed by the aircraft, and compares it with the aircraft's static source pressure.


Subject: Beech 2000A - Private Owner - #NC-51 (N514RS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 3/15/2006

Notes: Rob Sherer takes off in his Starship to check winds aloft for a possible X-37 test launch. The winds proved to be too high, and the mission was canceled.


Subject: 281"Proteus" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N281PR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 3/3/2006

Notes: After having recently returned from Darwin, Australia, while working on the ARM-UAV project, SC's "Proteus" is back out working again.


Subject: BO-105M - National Test Pilot School - #5029 (175FR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 1/20/2006

Notes: Built by Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm GMB, this helicopter is one of many unique aircraft used by the NTPS.


Subject: EH-101 - Agusta-Westland - #G-17-510 (Civil 1)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 10/12/2005

Notes: Agusta-Westland's "Civil 1" is used in the US-101 (VH-71A) "Marine One" program. The aircraft was being flown out of Victorville AP, CA and utilized in high-altitude/high-temperature testing of the General Electric CT7-8E engines that will power the Increment 1 aircraft. This aircraft will also be used to test the more powerful GE CT7-8C-E1 engines for the Increment 2 aircraft.


Subject: F-100F - Flight Test Associates - #56-3842 (N417FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 10/7/2005

Notes: At the time of this photo this Super Sabre still wore the paint of its ex owner, Tracor Flight Systems. It was actually being used by FTA as a chase aircraft during testing of the MAN Portable Air Defense System on FedEx MD-11 N525FE. 417FS was the last known commercially operated F-100.


Subject: 720-051B - Honeywell - #18384 (N720H)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 9/19/2005

Notes: 720H is the flying test bed owned by Honeywell. A fifth engine can be mounted on the aircraft for testing.

Subject: 720-051B - Honeywell - #18384 (N720H)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 9/19/2005

Notes: Flight Test Associates was conducting RVSM certification on the aircraft at the time of these photos.


Subject: 281"Proteus" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N281PR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 5/13/2005

Notes: Transformational Space Corp. utilizes Proteus on a captive-carry test flight with a rocket mockup. The mockup is a 23% scale model of a proposed 4-person crew capsule called CXV.


Subject: 318 "White Knight" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N318SL)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 6/21/2005

Notes: White Knight is ready for takeoff on what will be the first drop flight of the  combined Boeing/NASA/DARPA X-37. Chase was performed by Robert Scherer's Starship and Chuck Coleman's Extra 300.


Subject: QF-4 Phantoms - BAE Ramp
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 6/4/2005

Notes: Numerous Phantoms sit in various stages of drone modification, on BAE's ramp.


Subject: T-33 - Tracor Flight Systems - Serial #21159 (N305FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 5/13/2005

Notes: 305FS was the last of Flight Systems' test aircraft, and was about to be sent to its new private owner in Montana at the time of this photo.


Subject: 281"Proteus" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N281PR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 10/8/2004

Notes: Proteus gets ready for takeoff with a Scaled Composites mobile support vehicle behind.

Subject: 281"Proteus" - Scaled Composites - #001 (N281PR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 10/8/2004

Notes: Proteus is seen leaving for Fairbanks, Alaska. Once there it worked on a three-week long high-altitude mission, in Sandia National Laboratories' ARM-UAV program to study of the possible causes of global warming.


Subject: F-100F - Flight Test Associates - #56-3842 (N417FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/13/2004

Notes: At the time of this photo, FTA was leasing 417FS from Tracor to use as a chase aircraft in their SinoSwearingen SJ30-2 flight test program.

Subject: F-100F - Flight Test Associates - #56-3842 (N417FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/13/2004

Notes: Test pilot Dick Lawyer takes the Super Sabre down taxiway Bravo.


Subject: SJ30-2 - Swearingen Aircraft Company - #004 (N404SJ)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 8/3/2004

Notes: Utilizing Flight Test Associates’ Mojave facility, Swearingen tests their SJ30-2 business jet.


Subject: T-38N - NASA JSC - Serial #65-10357 (966NA)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 7/7/2004

Notes: A NASA visitor stops in for the big SpaceShipOne launch.


Subject: SpaceShipOne - Scaled Composites - #001 (N328KF)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 7/21/2004

Notes: After its historic flight, SpaceShipOne is towed in front of the crowd, where pilot Mike Melville will be congratulated as the world's first commercial pilot to achieve an astronaut rating.


Subject: 737-330 JSF Test Bed - Lockheed "CATBird 1" - #23528 (N35LX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 12/6/2006

Notes: The close to finished "CatBird 1" is taxied out for the first time.


Subject: 737-330 JSF Test Bed - Lockheed "CATBird 1" - #23528 (N35LX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 1/23/2007

Notes: The fully finished CatBird 1 is seen here. Logos from all the companies involved applied to the sides of the aircraft, along with a JSF program logo.

Subject: 737-330 JSF Test Bed - Lockheed "CATBird 1" - #23528 (N35LX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 1/23/2007

Notes: An F-35 radome is grafted onto the front of the aircraft.

Subject: 737-330 JSF Test Bed - Lockheed "CATBird 1" - #23528 (N35LX)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 1/23/2007

Notes: Note the canards behind the forward door.




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