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This page contains various photos of USN, USAF and foreign test aircraft taken by Gary. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #68-0320
Location: Holloman AFB, NM
Date: 10/?/1997

Notes: #320 went to AMARC 11/90 and wore "AF-123" as drone. It was remotely destroyed after control was lost over White Sands Missile Range on 5/22/03.


Subject: YT-38A - South Dakota Air Museum - Serial #58-1192
Location: Ellsworth AFB, SD
Date: 6/11/2006

Notes: #192 was the second of the first two T-38s produced. Number one being #58-1191.


Subject: F-16D - 53rd Wing 85th TES - Serial #90-0844
Location: Mc Entire ANGS, SC
Date: 6/?/1993

Notes: This F-16 from Eglin AFB was on display at the F-16 "Block Party", which featured F-16s from the earliest to latest production blocks.


Subject: YF-4J - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - BuNo 151473
Location: Holloman AFB, NM
Date: 10/?/1997

Notes: Originally built as an F-4H and eventually modified to YF-4J. Note the NWTSPM Eagle logo on the tail. This aircraft was used in ejection seat testing.


Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #68-0303
Location: Holloman AFB, NM
Date: 10/?/1997

Notes: Formerly 131st TFW 110th TFS, Missouri ANG. Went to AMARC 4/91. Went to Tracor at Mojave for drone conversion 12/95 and became AF120.


Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #68-0391
Location: Holloman AFB, NM
Date: 10/?/1997

Notes: Originally 457th TFS. Went to AMARC 4/91. Went to Tracor at Mojave for drone conversion 3/96 and became AF122.


Subject: RF-4C - 3247th TS? - Serial #67-0455
Location: Louisville - Standiford Field, KY
Date: 12/?/1980

Notes: Seen sitting on the Kentucky ANG ramp while visiting from Eglin Air Force Base. Eventually this Phantom went to the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. Retired to AMARC 10/89.


Subject: F-15D - AFFTC - Serial #84-0046
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: "Glamorous Glennis" was stenciled on the nose of #046 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier, for the 1997 Edwards Air Show. Chuck had originally painted his wife's name on the side of the X-1. Also note the "50th" logo on the tails. This aircraft was eventually sent to the 40th FLTS when the last of the F-15 testing was shifted to Eglin.


Subject: NT-39A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #60-3478
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Sent to AMARC 8/03.


Subject: F-15A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #76-0116
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Retired to AMARC 12/04. Note the white nose radome, which was most likely borrowed from one of the red and white hi-vis F-15s at Edwards.


Subject: CF-188B - AETE - Serial #188907
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: The red 'X' indicates this Hornet belongs to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) at CFB Cold Lake, Canada.


Subject: NF-4C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #63-7407
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Originally an F-4C and converted to NF-4C. On display at the Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.


Subject: F-15E - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #86-0184
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: This aircraft was eventually sent to the 40th FLTS when the last of the F-15 testing was shifted to Eglin.


Subject: F-16A (MLU) - 412th TW 416th FLTS - Serial #80-0584
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: #584 is the US F-16 that's part of the original group of Trial, Verification & Installation aircraft, in the European F-16 Mid-Life Upgrade program.


Subject: NT-39A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #59-2870
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Sent to AMARC 8/03.


Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4002
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: On display at the 99 Edwards Air Show.


Subject: GR.4 - FJWOEU, UK Air Force - Serial #ZA611
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/11/2005

Notes: ZA611 is one of the Tornados from the Fast Jet & Weapons OEU (Now 41(R) SQ). It's shown here on display at the 05 Nellis Air Show.


Subject: HH-60G - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #91-26353
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/11/2005

Notes: #353 was originally a UH-60L and is now used by the 422nd for HH-60G evaluation.


Subject: F-22A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #00-4017
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/12/2005

Notes: #017 is one of the Lot 1 IP aircraft. This lot originally held 99 serial numbers, but was changed to 00.

Subject: F-22A - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #00-4017
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/11/2005

Notes: On static display with the left missile door open, showing an AIM-9.


Subject: QF-4E - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #74-0665
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/12/2005

Notes: #665 is one of the show jets of "Team Target", and is decorated in a heritage Southeast Asia camo scheme.


Subject: F-15A - USAF Armament Museum - Serial #74-0124
Location: Eglin AFB, FL
Date: 4/?/2002

Notes: Pictured on display at the USAF Armament Museum in OT markings. It's unknown if this aircraft actually saw service in the 53rd Wing.


Subject: DC-130A - Avtel - BuNo 560514
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 3/?/1992

Notes: At the time of this photo, #514 was one of three DC-130A drone support aircraft that were being operated through a contract with Avtel for the US Navy. This aircraft was originally USAF #56-0514. #497 can be seen in the background. In 2001 the USN cancelled this contract with Avtel. #514 may have ended up being used at China Lake in some sort of non-flight capacity.


Subject: F-16CJ - 53rd Wing 422nd TES - Serial #90-0809
Location: London AP - Ontario, Canada
Date: 6/?/1997

Notes: #809 was involved in a midair collision with 88-0542 8/8/00, but was salvaged.


Subject: DC-130A - Avtel - Side #497 BuNo 570497
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 3/?/1992

Notes: At the time of this photo, #497 was one of three DC-130A drone support aircraft that were being operated through a contract with Avtel for the US Navy. This aircraft was originally USAF 57-0497. In 2001 the USN cancelled this contract with Avtel. #497 was the only DC-130A to be kept in use and was eventually sent to what is now VX-30 at NAS Point Mugu, to continue its role as a drone launch aircraft.


Subject: CH-146 - AETE - Serial #146403
Location: Edmonton AP - Alberta, Canada
Date: 6/?/2002

Notes: #403 belongs to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) at CFB Cold Lake, Canada.


Subject: LC-130R - VXE-6 "Ice Pirates" - Side #02 BuNo 160740
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/?/1996

Notes: Originally USAF #76-0491. This aircraft was owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the USN's VX-6 / VXE-6 from 1974 to 1999, which was tasked with supporting scientific research in Antarctica. The unit would spend the Summer months at NAS Point Mugu.


Subject: NP-3D - NAWC "Bloodhounds" - Side #341 BuNo 150521
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/?/1996

Notes: #341 is a "billboard" P-3... The "Bloodhounds" P-3s help with range surveillance and data collecting, during tests on the Point Mugu Sea Range.


Subject: A-7D - 4450th TG, 4451st TS - Serial #70-0940
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Date: 10/24/1986

Notes: Sent to AMARC 7/92. This aircraft is very interesting in that it was one of the A-7D Corsairs that were being used in the secret training of F-117 Pilots during the "black" phase of the F-117 program. The 4451st "Grim Reapers" or "P-Unit", was based at Nellis AFB, and was activated in 9/81. A second unit designated the 4452nd TS or "Q-Unit", was based at Tonopah.


Subject: F-15A - 46th TW, 40th FLTS - Serial #76-0101
Location: Kelly AFB, TX
Date: 7/?/1993

Notes: One of the ET F-15s is seen stopping off at Kelly AFB.


Subject: F-4S - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #103 BuNo 155524
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Note the ram air turbine (RAT) open on the side. #103 was possibly destroyed in 2003.


Subject: F-14B - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #210 BuNo 163223
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Sent to AMARC 6/04.


Subject: QF-4N - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #148 BuNo 151482
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Pictured on the Bloodhounds ramp wearing the older Eagle logo on the tail. This Phantom was originally an F-4H.


Subject: DC-130A - Avtel - Side #497 BuNo 570497
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: This unique aircraft was originally USAF. #497 is responsible for air launching BQM-4E and Firebee target drones during live fire exercises, on the Point Mugu Sea Range. It was the last DC-130A in service with the USN and due to be replaced with modified KC-130F aircraft in 2006.


Subject: NP-3D - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #337 BuNo 150499
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: The Bloodhounds P-3s help with range surveillance and data collecting, during tests on the Point Mugu Sea Range. Sent to AMARC 4/06.


Subject: QF-4N - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #145 BuNo 153030
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: #145 “Sharky” was spared from destruction and displayed on the USS Midway Museum 8/04.


Subject: YF-4J - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - BuNo 151473
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/1999

Notes: Another shot showing #1473, this time back home at Point Mugu. This aircraft was used in ejection seat testing.


Subject: S-3B - VX-1 "Pioneers" Side #717 BuNo 160592
Location: NAS Brunswick, ME
Date: 8/?/1993

Notes: Pictured with VX-1's 'sinking sub' logo on the tail.


Subject: A-7A - NWEF - BuNo 152660
Location: Knoxville AP, TN
Date: 8/?/1981

Notes: A Corsair II from the Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility makes a fuel stop at McGhee-Tyson Airport. The NWEF operated out of Kirtland AFB, MN.


Subject: F-15A - McDonnell Douglas - Serial #71-0285
Location: Dayton International AP, OH
Date: 8/?/1984

Notes: Seen in its original McDonnell Douglas demo scheme, #285 was the 6th EMD F-15 produced.


Subject: B-1A - Wright-Patterson Museum - Serial #76-0174
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Date: 1/?/1992

Notes: #174 was the 4th Lancer prototype and is seen here restored to its original white test scheme, while displayed at the WPM.


Subject: QF-4E- 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #72-1485
Location: Holloman AFB, MN
Date: 10/21/2004

Notes: #485 was sent to AMARC 6/91. It was converted into a drone at Mojave 8/03, then made into one of the show birds for the 82nd, wearing a heritage Southeast Asia camo scheme.


Subject: F-4S - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #100 BuNo 153899
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/?/1996

Notes: #100 was originally an F-4J, then converted to an F-4S drone.


Subject: NKC-135E - ASD - Serial #60-0375
Location: Selfridge ANGB, MI
Date: 8/5/1986

Notes: #375 was an "ARIA" aircraft and once operated for the Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD). Its last unit was the 452nd FLTS Det. 2 at Kirtland AFB, and it was retired to AMARC 4/01.


Subject: NKC-135A - Wright-Patterson Museum - Serial #55-3123
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Date: 3/?/1992

Notes: #123 originally operated as an Airborne Laser Lab, and is pictured here after being retired to the WPM.


Subject: F-4S - VX-4 "Evaluators" - BuNo 158358
Location: London AP - Ontario, Canada
Date: 6/?/1988

Notes: Originally an F-4J, this Phantom was eventually converted to F-4S. It's pictured here in the famous all black "bunny" scheme of VX-4, while attending the 30th anniversary celebration of the first Phantom II flight, at the London International Airshow. 31 Phantoms attended the event.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #38+43
Location: Southern California Logistics AP (Victorville), CA
Date: 3/?/1992

Notes: 38+43 was one of the F-4 of WTD 61 to be modernized under the ICE program. Note the "ICE 43" on the tail. The aircraft is seen here on display at the Wild Weasel farewell to the active duty F-4 Phantom II squadrons.


Subject: F-4D - Avtel - USAF #65-0704 (N404AV)
Location: Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
Date: 4/?/1993

Notes: This Phantom was originally with the 191st FIG of the Michigan Air National Guard. It went to AMARC 4/93 and eventually went to Avtel Corporation at Mojave AP, under N404AV. That registration was cancelled as of 3/96.


Subject: RF-4C - 3247th TS? - Serial #64-1004
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Date: 9/?/1982

Notes: Judging by the red diamond tail splash, this AF Phantom looks to have done a stint with the Eglin Test Wing. This aircraft was on display at Edwards AFB as of 2006.


Subject: QF-4N - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #143 BuNo 152970
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/?/1996

Notes: #143 was originally an F-4H and then converted to a drone. It's seen here in its drone scheme, including shark teeth.


Subject: F-15B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #76-0132
Location: March ARB, CA
Date: 4/?/1999

Notes: This Edwards F-15B in hi-vis scheme, was photographed while on display at the 99 March Open House.


Subject: F-4C - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #63-7409
Location: Dyess AFB, TX
Date: 9/?/1989

Notes: #409 was eventually converted to an NF-4C and used at Edwards in test support. It was retired to AMARC 4/91.


Subject: QF-4N - NWTSPM "Bloodhounds" - Side #141 BuNo 150643
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/?/1996

Notes: Before becoming a drone, this Phantom was once loaned to the USAF as #62-12173, then returned.


Subject: RF-4C - 46th TW 40th FLTS - Serial #67-0452
Location: Southern California Logistics (Victorville), CA
Date: 3/?/1992

Notes: Wearing the red diamond tail splash of the Eglin Test Wing, this Phantom was photographed on display at the Wild Weasel farewell to the active duty F-4 Phantom II squadrons. #452 was eventually put on display at the USAF Armament Museum, Eglin AFB, FL.


Subject: QF-4G - 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #69-7204
Location: Holloman AFB, NM
Date: 10/?/1997

Notes: #204 was originally an F-4E and eventually modified to F-4G. It was converted to a drone at Tracor in Mojave, CA in 1996. Its last active unit was the ID ANG 190th Fighter Squadron.




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