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Aircraft Photos by Dan Stijovich
This page contains photos that Dan has shot at various locations around SoCal and Nevada. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: F/A-18A - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #302 BuNo 162906
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: #302 is seen wearing a strange camouflage scheme. This was most likely the last paint scheme it wore while at Fallon.


Subject: AV-8B+ - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #88 BuNo 164129
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: VX-31 primarily tests weapons and their related systems. Because of this, it's necessary for them to fly more than one type of aircraft. #88 is one of the Harriers the unit has available.


Subject: F/A-18A - 3 SQ, Australian Air Force - Side #47 Serial #A21-47
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: An Australian AF Hornet is seen during a test deployment to China Lake. #47 wears a special "20 Years" scheme.


Subject: HH-1N - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #403 BuNo 158256
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: A side mission that VX-31 performs, consists of range SAR & support, which they handle in their HH-1N helicopters.


Subject: TAV-8B - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #84 BuNo 163191
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: The Dust Devil's rare TAV-8B is seen being towed across the ramp. Note the JSF logo on the tail, which signifies its past involvement in the testing of the F-35B at Edwards AFB.


Subject: GR.4 - FJWOEU, UK Air Force - Serial #ZA611?
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: One of the Tornados from the Fast Jet & Weapons OEU (Now 41(R) SQ) is seen taxiing out during a test deployment to the NAWS.


Subject: GR.7 - FJWOEU, UK Air Force - Side #60 Serial #ZD470
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: #60 wears the colors of 1SQ, but is seen here being flown by the Fast Jet & Weapons OEU (Now 41(R) SQ) during a test deployment to the NAWS.


Subject: T.1 - 17(R) SQ, UK Air Force - Serial #ZJ804
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: The Typhoon OEU, 17(R) SQ is seen flying ZJ804 during a test deployment to the NAWS.

Subject: T.1 - 17(R) SQ, UK Air Force - Serial #ZJ804
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: ZJ804 takes off from China Lake.

Subject: T.1 - 17(R) SQ, UK Air Force - Serial #ZJ804
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 2/24/2005

Notes: Side view of ZJ804.


Subject: DC-130A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #497 BuNo 57-0497
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 4/13/2005

Notes: VX-30's rare drone launching DC-130 makes an approach to March ARB.


Subject: NF-16D (VISTA) - AFFTC/USAF TPS - Serial #86-0048
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2004

Notes: The Variable In-Flight Stability Test Aircraft (VISTA) is a modified F-16 that uses specialized software, to emulate the flying characteristics of various aircraft.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4003
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2004

Notes: A rare shot of Raptor #003 configured with external tanks.


Subject: CV-22B - 412th TW 418th FLTS Det 1- Serial #164939
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2004

Notes: Test Osprey #4939 moves across the field.


Subject: ER-2 - NASA Dryden FRF - #809 Serial #80-1097
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2004

Notes: This shot gives a good view of the various sensor ports on ER-2 #809. #806 is NASA Dryden's second ER-2.


Subject: F/A-18E - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #100 BuNo 165780
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: VX-9's CAG Hornet launches for a flight out of the NAWS.

Subject: F/A-18E - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #100 BuNo 165780
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #100 briefly had the famous 'Bunny' applied to its tail during this period.

Subject: F/A-18E - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #100 BuNo 165780
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #100 landing back at China Lake.


Subject: C17A - 99 SQ, UK Air Force - Serial #ZZ174
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #174 lifts off with equipment that's being returned to the UK, which was used during a test deployment at the NAWS.


Subject: F/A-18C - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #302 BuNo 165400
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: F/A-18C #302 launches for a flight. VX-9 has both Classic and Super Hornet models available.


Subject: F/A-18E - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #130 BuNo 166422
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #130 takes off from the NAWS.


Subject: F/A-18E - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #131 BuNo 166428
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #131 comes from the same block as #130 above.


Subject: F/A-18E - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #140 BuNo 166601
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: At the time of this photo, this brand new Super Hornet had just been delivered to the squadron. It would eventually receive #140.


Subject: F/A-18E - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #200 BuNo 165536
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: VX-31's CAG Super Hornet moves down the taxiway. Note the lack of IFF on the nose.


Subject: F/A-18F - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #201 BuNo 165668
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #201 wears the CO's scheme in the unit.

Subject: F/A-18F - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #201 BuNo 165668
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #201 launches from the field with three external tanks.


Subject: F/A-18F - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #214 BuNo 165669
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: The 'DD' tail code started being used by VX-31 in 2004.


Subject: F/A-18F - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #215 BuNo 165793
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #215 is seen still wearing the AESA program logo on its tail. This Hornet was used on the first flight of the APG-79 AESA radar on 7/30/2003.


Subject: YMH-47E - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #88-0267
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #0267 was originally supposed to be CH-47D #88-0064. Before it left the assembly line, it was chosen to be converted into this SOA YMH-47E prototype.

Subject: YMH-47E - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #88-0267
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #0267 was the first 47E model to be tested for use in the 160th SOAR "Nightstalkers".

Subject: YMH-47E - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #88-0267
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: This Chinook and the MH-60K below were both testing at the NAWS during the same time period. The specific Army test unit involved is unknown.


Subject: MH-60K - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #91-26377
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: This H-60 is one of twenty one UH-60L models that were converted to MH-60K, and used in the 160th SOAR.

Subject: MH-60K - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #91-26377
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: This aircraft is most likely a test bed for the latest upgrades in the type. Note the unpainted rear countermeasure cans, and front FLIR.

Subject: MH-60K - Unknown Test Unit - Serial #91-26377
Location: NAWS China Lake, CA
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #377 moves across the field.


Subject: EA-6B - VX-23 - Side #537 BuNo 160434
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 5/?/2005

Notes: A rare east coast visitor makes an approach to NAF El Centro.


Subject: F/A-18B - USN TPS - Side #02? BuNo 162885
Location: NAS North Island, CA
Date: 7/?/2006

Notes: A Hornet from the USN Test Pilot School has just been released from the North Island Depot with brand new paint, and waits on the ramp to go home.


Subject: F/A-18F - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #231 BuNo 166451
Location: NAS North Island, CA
Date: 8/14/2004

Notes: #231 taxis to the ramp after landing at NASNI.


Subject: KC-130F - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #401 BuNo 148893
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 7/11/2006

Notes: #401 is an ex Marine KC-130F that was brought to NAS Point Mugu in 2005, to work as a range support aircraft in VX-30.


Subject: NP-3D - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #337 BuNo 150499
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 12/?/2005

Notes: One of the 'Billboard' P-3s from NAS Point Mugu works the pattern at March ARB. VX-30's NP-3Ds were being exchanged for P-3Cs across 2006, and this aircraft went to AMARC on 4/13/06.


Subject: YF-117A - 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10783
Location: Palmdale AP/AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 8/?/2004

Notes: #783 was one of the original six full-scale development production aircraft, and known as "Scorpion 4" at Groom during testing. It was also given the the nickname "Pete's Dragon". At the time of this photo, the aircraft wore an experimental two tone gray scheme.


Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13189
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 2/?/2006

Notes: At the time of this photo, this aircraft was being flown by the 416th FLTS at Edwards. It was originally with the 560th FTS. It may have been brought to ED to have a 38C available.


Subject: C-17A - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #05-5153
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 8/26/2006

Notes: A test crew from the 418th FLTS is pictured making an approach to March ARB in the "Spirit of Kamehameha", a 535th AS marked C-17A. The aircraft may have been borrowed for testing before being delivered.


Subject: F-16A #93-0702 & F-16B #93-0822 - AFFTC/412th TW
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: Block 20 A and B F-16s make a formation takeoff. These two jets were both originally built for Taiwan under 'Peace Fenghuang'.


Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #93-0702
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: One of the same ex Taiwanese F-16 show above, while taxiing.


Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #93-0822
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: The same F-16B from the flight shown above, while taxiing.


Subject: Two F-22 & Two F-16 - 412th TW
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: A flight of four in formation over the field, including two F-22, one high-vis F-16, and one basic gray F-16. Note the gray center tank on high-vis F-16.


Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0407
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: One of the ex embargoed Pakistani F-16s in test support.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0454
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: Another ex embargoed Pakistani F-16 in test support.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0456
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: Yet another ex embargoed Pakistani F-16 in test support.


Subject: T-38C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #64-13302
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: One of numerous T-38 shared by the 412th TW and TPS.


Subject: UH-72A - NTC Air Ambulance Det - Serial #07-2006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: A brand new Eurocopter "Lakota" from the National Training Center Air Ambulance Det is seen hovering over the field at Edwards. Army helicopter units stationed down the road at Fort Irwin can sometimes offer security and other support on the range, including space shuttle landings.


Subject: MC-130E - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #64-0572
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: This ship has been used for terrain following radar testing at Edwards.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4006
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: #006 is pictured on takeoff from Edwards.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0452
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 6/14/2007

Notes: Delivered to Edwards 1/03, #452 is one of the ex embargoed Pakistani F-16s used for test support.


Subject: P-3C? - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #300 BuNo 158227
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 7/3/2007

Notes: Exact rebuilt designation is unknown. #300 is one of the P-3s to replace the original "Billboard" P-3Ds used for range support at NAS Point Mugu.


Subject: P-3C? - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #303 BuNo 152150
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 7/2/2007

Notes: Exact rebuilt designation is unknown. #303 is one of the P-3s to replace the original "Billboard" P-3Ds used for range support at NAS Point Mugu.


Subject: DC-8 - NASA Wallops - NASA #436 (N436NA)
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 7/2/2007

Notes: NASA's flying lab makes a quick approach to March ARB. The number 817 can still be seen on the tail, left over from its days based at Edwards.


Subject: F-15C - 53rd Wing 422nd TES "Green Bats" - Serial #84-0012
Location: Nellis AFB, CA
Date: 8/?/2007

Notes: #012 comes in for a landing at Nellis during Red Flag.


Subject: AH-1Z - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #005 BuNo 166759
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 10/20/2007

Notes: This new Z model Cobra had recently been assigned to VX-31. This ship may possibly be one of the first production models.

Subject: AH-1Z VX-31 "Dust Devils" Side #005 BuNo 166759
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 10/20/2007

Notes: Notice the VX-31 DD code.


Subject: UH-1Y VX-31 "Dust Devils" Side #411 BuNo 166756
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 10/20/2007

Notes: Included in the same flight as the Cobra above was this new UH-1Y Iroquois. This ship may also be one of the first production models.

Subject: UH-1Y VX-31 "Dust Devils" Side #411 BuNo 166756
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 10/20/2007

Notes: Like the Cobra, the VX-31 UH-1Y also wears the DD tail code.


Subject: C-5M - Lockheed Test / 418th FLTS - Serial #86-0025
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/13/2007

Notes: #025 was the second C-5 to receive the full 'M' upgrade. The first flight after upgrade was made on 11/17/06. The aircraft wears the original markings of the 436th AW and 512th AW at Dover.

Subject: C-5M - Lockheed Test / 418th FLTS - Serial #86-0025
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/13/2007

Notes: #025 is seen working the Palmdale pattern during a period of joint testing by Lockheed and the 418th FLTS out of Edwards AFB.


Subject: T-39D - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #393 BuNo 150992
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/13/2007

Notes: The Dust Devil's single T-39 test bed is spotted on approach to Palmdale. There appears to be some sort of drag line installed in the tail cone.


Subject: CT-43A - 12th FTW 562nd FTS - Serial #73-1150
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/13/2007

Notes: The T-43 is used as a navigation trainer. This aircraft was spotted two days later being used by the Test Pilot School at Edwards.




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