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Aircraft Photos by Dave Cibley
This page contains photos of various test aircraft, taken around SoCal by Dave. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0454
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: #454 was one of numerous F-16s 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 for test ops., in 2003.


Subject: T-38C #64-13197 & T-38A #60-0582 - AFFTC/412th TW
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: Two T-38s from the AFFTC pool make a low pass over the field. This is a good comparison between the C and A models. Some sort of pod can be seen under the second ship.


Subject: C-135E - 412th TW 412th FLTS - Serial #57-2589
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: Edwards newest "Trout" VIP/test aircraft is seen sitting on the ramp. This aircraft replaced C-135C #61-2669 in 2006.


Subject: RQ-4A - 412th TW 452nd FLTS - Serial #98-2003 (UAV-3)
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 2/20/2006

Notes: #003 wearing a "BB" code returns to Edwards after spending three years in the Middle East. 249 sorties were flown, 191 of which were noted as being combat missions. Note the mission marks on the side of the aircraft.


Subject: Proteus - Scaled Composites - N281PR
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: The Proteus aircraft is pictured over Mojave carrying what looks to be a side-scan radar payload.


Subject: QF-4E - BAE Systems - Serial #72-1484 - Takeoff
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: BAE's test pilot takes off from Mojave in Phantom #484, which had recently been converted into a drone for the 82nd ATRS.

Subject: QF-4E - BAE Systems - Serial #72-1484 - Fly-by
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: #484 went to AMARC 10/90 and was stored there until being brought to BAE for drone conversion into AF300.


Subject: F-5B - Eye of the Tiger (EoT) Norwegian AF - #243
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 1/9/2007

Notes: #243 is seen on approach to NAS Point Mugu, during a US deployment to test a new anti-ship missile for the Norwegian AF. Note the back seat packed with test equipment.


Subject: T-39A - BAE Systems - USAF Serial #62-4480 (N39FS)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: This Sabre is used in radar flight test with BAE. Note the fighter aircraft radome graphed onto the nose.


Subject: 737-7ES "Wedgetail" - Boeing Test - N358BJ
Location: Southern California Logistics AP, CA
Date: ?/?/2006

Notes: Boeing's answer to Airborne Early Warning and Control for the Royal Australian AF. 358BJ was the second of six Wedgetails ordered.


Subject: QF-4E - BAE Systems - Serial #68-0354
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 2/1/2007

Notes: Originally with the 35th TF, #354 was sent to AMARC as FP0449 on 2/22/90. After being sent to Mojave for drone conversion, it's seen here landing after a BAE test flight, still wearing much of its original green camo scheme.


Subject: Boeing 727-223 - Raytheon - N289MT
Location: LAX - Los Angeles, CA
Date: 11/6/2006

Notes: Taking off from Raytheon LAX on a flight.


Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #202 BuNo 162857 (Front)
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/1/2007

Notes: A rare catch of one of the Bloodhound Hornets while landing back at Point Mugu. Note the 'Dogs' logo on the inner stabs.

Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #202 BuNo 162857 (Side)
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/1/2007

Notes: Displaying the BH code was fairly new at the time.

Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #202 BuNo 162857 (Back)
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/1/2007

Notes: The red star signifies the occasional adversary work that the unit does during carrier exercises off the coast.


Subject: P-3C - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" Side #300 BuNo 158227
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/6/2007

Notes: #300 is one of the P-3Cs that have replaced VX-30's "billboard" P-3Ds. It was originally used at Pax River in "Project Magnet" as RP-3D #227, nicknamed "Paisano Tres" (Friend No 3), and wore the red and white Pax scheme.


Subject: DC-130A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #497 BuNo 57-0497 (Front)
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 12/14/06

Notes: The Bloodhound's last DC-130A drone launching platform was still going strong at the time of this shot.

Subject: DC-130A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #497 BuNo 57-0497 (Side)
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 12/14/06

Notes: Note the worn paint on top of the nose.


Subject: CSA-227 - VX-30/VX-31- Serial #AC-482 (N784C)
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 12/14/06

Notes: Owned by L-3, Metroliner #784 is one of a few utilized by VX-30 and VX-31 on daily shuttle flights, between local destinations on the NavAir ranges.


Subject: G-1159 - Northrop - Serial #80 (N82CR)
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 7/14/2007

Notes: This bumpy aircraft is the Northrop-Grumman "BAMS" test bed, which stands for Broad Area Maritime Surveillance. Note the "Navy BAMS" tail logo.




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