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Aircraft Photos by Gerhard Plomitzer
This page contains various photos of test aircraft that Gerhard has shot around the world, including many rare photos of WTD 61 German Test Center aircraft. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: F-104G - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #98+04
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/8/2006

Notes: This Starfighter is preserved by WTD 61, the German Flight Test Center. "Last Flight at WTD 61 22.5.91" is marked on the rear of the aircraft, signifying that it was the last F-104 to fly in the GAF. Original serial number was 26+60.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #38+13
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/8/2006

Notes: Operated by the German Flight Test Center.


Subject: EF2000(T) - EADS Germany - Serial #98+03
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/8/2006

Notes: #98+03 is Instrumented Production Aircraft #3 (IPA3).


Subject: S-65 - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #84+02
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/8/2006

Notes: The US designation is CH-53G


Subject: Tornado ECR - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #98+79
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 4/25/2006

Notes: "ASSTA 2" on the tail indicates the aircraft participated in the Display System Upgrade & Defensive Aids Sub-System Upgrade program.


Subject: YA-10B - USAF AFFTC - Serial #73-1664
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/23/2005

Notes: #664 was originally the first production A-10A. It was converted into the two seat YA-10B, which was the only one ever built. It's pictured here refurbished, at the Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.


Subject: QF-4E - USAF 53rd W 82nd ATRS Det. 1 - Serial #74-0665
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/13/2005

Notes: Deploying the chute after taking part in a heritage flight... #665 is one of the show jet's of "Team Target" and wears a Southeast Asia camo scheme.


Subject: YF-117A - USAF 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10782
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/22/2005

Notes: In 1983 this ship had the entire bottom painted in an American flag scheme for a change of command ceremony. That scheme was reapplied as a surprise for the 2005 Edwards Air Show, which marked the aircraft's retirement. It was later moved to Holloman to be used in ground training.


Subject: E-2C - USN VX-20 "Force" - Side #535 BuNo 163535
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 5/?/1995

Notes: Wears "NAWC-Naval Air Warfare Center" on the tails.


Subject: F-4J - USN NATC - Side #100 BuNo 153071
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 5/?/1995

Notes: #100 is displayed at the Naval Air Test and Evaluation Museum.


Subject: NF-4D-1/F-6 - USNTPS - Side #4764 BuNo 134764
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 5/?/1995

Notes: The Douglas built F4D-1 "Skyray" was re designated as F-6A in 1962. This aircraft is displayed at the Naval Air Test and Evaluation Museum.


Subject: F-14A - USN VX-23 "Salty Dogs" - Side #205 BuNo 159829
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 6/?/1995

Notes: 159829 is now displayed at the Wings over the Rockies Museum, wearing VF-211 markings.


Subject: F-15A - USAF 53rd Wing 85th TES "Skulls" - Serial #77-0064
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 6/?/1994

Notes: Sent to AMARC 11/9/1994


Subject: CT-133 - CAF AETE - Serial #133623
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date: 5/?/1989

Notes: The red 'X' indicates this CT-133 belonged to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) at CFB Cold Lake. This aircraft is now retired.


Subject: F-22A - USAF 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4009
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/13/2004

Notes: The side door is open, showing an AIM-9 on the rail.


Subject: U-2S - USAF WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #68-10336
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/23/2004

Notes: #336 is seen in a fairly 'clean' configuration, while on a test flight from Palmdale.


Subject: A-10A - USAF 53rd Wing 422nd TES "Green Bats" - Serial #79-0169
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/3/2004

Notes: The false canopy painted on the underside is clearly visible.


Subject: F-22A - USAF 53rd Wing 422nd TES "Green Bats" - Serial #99-4010
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 11/3/2004

Notes: #010 was the first of two PRTV aircraft.


Subject: U-2S - USAF WR-ALC Det 2 - Serial #80-1067
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/23/2004

Notes: #067 is seen on approach to Palmdale, wearing the ASARS 2 nose and numerous SIGINT antennas. Note the patches beneath the wings... When descending from high altitude and entering warm air, the freezing cold fuel in the wings creates ice on the underside.


Subject: F-16A - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0407
Location: Vandenberg AFB, CA
Date: 10/30/2004

Notes: #407 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: F-117A - USAF 412th TW 410th FLTS - Serial #79-10784
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/23/2004

Notes: Seen on approach to Palmdale. #784 was the fifth of the five original full scale development aircraft, and nicknamed 'Scorpion 5' during its initial testing.


Subject: F/A-18B - USNTPS - Side #04 BuNo 161360
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 5/?/1995

Notes: On the ramp at the USN Test Pilot School.


Subject: RF-4E - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #35+83
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/?/1993

Notes: 35+83 is the 'Recce' version of the F-4. The WTD 61 logo adorns the side of the intake. This aircraft eventually went to Turkey.


Subject: F-104G - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #26+60
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 1/?/1990

Notes: Operated by the German Flight Test Center, 26+60 was one of the last Starfighters still flying for the GAF at the time of this photo. The serial would eventually be changed to 98+04.


Subject: T-38A - USNTPS - Side #11 BuNo 688158
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 6/?/1995

Notes: This Talon was later converted to a 'C' model.


Subject: NVH-3A - USN HX-21 "Black Jack" - BuNo 150614
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 6/?/1995

Notes: Seen wearing the VIP 'Marine 1' green and white scheme, and "NAWC Aircraft Division" is on the rear side of the aircraft.


Subject: B-1A - USAF Museum - Serial #76-0174
Location: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Date: 5/?/1995

Notes: #174 was the fourth B-1 produced, and was later used to test avionics for the B-1B program. The aircraft was moved to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, NE in 2003.


Subject: S-3B - USN VX-1 "Pioneers" - Side #717 BuNo 160592
Location: NAS Patuxent River, MD
Date: 6/?/1995

Notes: Note the VX-1 'sinking sub' logo on the tail.


Subject: F-16CG - USAF 53rd Wing 422nd TES "Green Bats" - Serial #87-0362
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 2/?/2001

Notes: Marked with "AWFC" (Air Warfare Center) on the tail.


Subject: C-135C- 412th TW 412th FLTS - Serial #61-2669
Location: Fairford, England
Date: 7/18/2003

Notes: #669 was the original "Trout 99" VIP/Test aircraft at Edwards. This aircraft was retired in 2006 and now 412th FLTS has a newer C-135E.


Subject: DC-9-31 - USN/Contractor - Serial #47547 - N932ML
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 11/18/2003

Notes: Nicknamed "Firebird II", this DC-9 test-bed is classified.


Subject: EF2000(T) - EADS Germany - Serial #98+03
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/19/2003

Notes: #98+03 is Instrumented Production Aircraft #3 (IPA3) and was one of the first two seat models used for flight training. Note the additional Italian marking on the fuselage.


Subject: EF2000(T) - GAF WTD 61- Serial #98+33
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/19/2003

Notes: Just off the production line at the time, #98+33 is seen returning from a test mission. This two seat version would be one of the first production trainers.


Subject: Tornado IDS - GAF WTD 61- Serial #98+60
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/19/2003

Notes: 98+60 makes an approach to Ingolstadt - Manching.


Subject: Tornado ECR - GAF WTD 61- Serial #46+40
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/19/2003

Notes: Returning from a test mission, two HARMs and some additional pods can be seen on the aircraft.


Subject: F-4C - Tracor Flight Systems - Serial #63-7564 - N422FS
Location: Mojave AP, CA
Date: 4/?/1997

Notes: This Phantom held its registration until 1992. It may have been turned into a drone, but its exact disposition is unknown.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61- Serial #38+13
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/?/1995

Notes: 38+13 was one of the first F-4 of WTD 61 to be modernized under the ICE program. Note the "ICE 13" on the tail.


Subject: Tornado IDS - GAF WTD 61- Serial #98+60
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 10/29/2002

Notes: Note the load out of two test 'Taurus' stand-off weapons.


Subject: RP-3D - USN/NOAA - Side #227 BuNo 158227
Location: Kai Tak AP - Hong Kong, China
Date: 2/?/1998

Notes: The replacement for the Navy's "Project Magnet" Constellation, was RP-3D #227, which was nicknamed "Paisano Tres" (Friend No 3). "Project Magnet" was a program that began in 1951, with the supposed objective of mapping the earth's magnetic field. The aircraft was owned by the USN and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. It saw its last bit of service with VX-30, and was sent to AMARC on 12/29/2003.


Subject: NT-33A - USAF - Serial #51-4120 (0-14120)
Location: Buffalo - Niagara AP, NY
Date: 6/?/1995

Notes: This unique aircraft was first sent to Allison for engine testing. In 1954 it was brought to Calspan Technologies to be converted into an in-flight simulator, and was jointly operated by Calspan and the Wright Air Development Center. The most noticeable exterior modification was the addition of an F-94 nose. #120 made countless test flights, including flight control evaluations for the X-15, X-24, F-15 and F-16. It retired 4/28/1997 as the oldest flying USAF aircraft.


Subject: Tornado ECR - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #46+46
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 5/22/1991

Notes: ECR Tornado 46+46 launches for a flight test before being repainted.


Subject: F-14B - USN VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #242 BuNo 162699
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 2/?/2001

Notes: #242 is on short final for a simulated carrier landing. 162699 was originally an F-14A, and converted to 14B.

Subject: F-14B - USN VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #242 BuNo 162699
Location: NAF El Centro, CA
Date: 2/?/2001

Notes: The VX-9 Point Mugu F-14 Det. decommissioned in 6/04. #242 was sent to AMARC 6/23/04


Subject: Mi-24D - US Army Threat Systems Management - Serial #91-32472?
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 2/?/1999

Notes: A very rare sight, caught passing through from Nellis.


Subject: B2 Canberra - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #99+34
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 5/?/1991

Notes: This special photo mission aircraft of the German Test Center is seen taxiing back to the hangar. This aircraft has been retired.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #38+13
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/28/2002

Notes: 38+13 wears a special Bavarian style scheme that celebrates the 45th anniversary of the German Flight Test Center.


Subject: EC-665 (Tiger UHT) - GAF Fassberg - Serial #98+25
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/28/2002

Notes: 98+25 is the prototype Tiger UTH.


Subject: Bo105P1 - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #86+17
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/28/2002

Notes: This helicopter in Bavarian style colors works with the German Flight Test Center.


Subject: EF2000 - EADS Germany - Serial #98+30
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/28/2002

Notes: #98+30 is Development Aircraft #5 (DA5) It was the primary aircraft for avionics integration, and first for CAPTOR and radar testing.


Subject: EF2000 - EADS Germany - Serial #98+29
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/28/2002

Notes: 98+29 originally participated in supersonic handling trials and was the first EF to attain Mach 1.94.


Subject: EF2000 - EADS Germany - Serial #98+30 & 98+29
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/28/2002

Notes: DA1 and DA5 take off in formation.


Subject: SU-22M-4 - GAF WTD 61 - #98+14
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 7/?/1995

Notes: This rare Sukhoi SU-22 "Fitter" was utilized by the German Test Center at one point.


Subject: Mi-24D - GAF WTD 61 - #98+31
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/?/1995

Notes: A unique Hind Mi-24D is seen in a German paint scheme, and wearing the logo of the WTD-61.


Subject: MiG-21MF - GAF WTD 61 - #23+17
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 5/22/1991

Notes: One of a few rare former East German MiG-21s which were kept in service for test and evaluation purposes, for a very short period of time.


Subject: F-15C - USAF 53rd Wing 422nd TES "Green Bats" - #80-0030
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Date: 2/?/2001

Notes: #030 makes the approach to Nellis.


Subject: F/A-18F - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #260 BuNo 166791
Location: NAS North Island, CA
Date: 11/17/2006

Notes: On approach to NASNI.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #92-0454
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/20/2006

Notes: One of the ex embargoed Pakistani F-16s makes an approach after the short hop over from Edwards.


Subject: AH-64A - Boeing Flight Test - Serial #94-0331
Location: Phoenix (Chandler) - Williams Gateway, AZ
Date: 1/29/2007

Notes: Boeing test pilots take an Apache in the newer gray scheme for a flight.


Subject: P-791 - Lockheed Martin - Serial #1 (N791LM)
Location: Palmdale AF Plant #42, CA
Date: 11/20/2006

Notes: The P-791 is an experimental aero static/aerodynamic hybrid airship. Its first flight was made on 1/31/06 at Palmdale. Let the conspiracy theories fly.


Subject: YF-15A - NASA Dryden - Serial #71-0287 NASA #835 (N835NA)
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/28/2006

Notes: On static display... #835 was originally used in the Highly Integrated Digital Electronic flight Control system (HIDEC) program.


Subject: EF2000 - EADS Germany - Serial #98+30
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/7/2006

Notes: 98+30 is primarily used in developmental testing of the weapon systems and software of the Eurofighter Typhoon.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61 - Serial #38+13
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/7/2006

Notes: On approach and wearing the WTD 61 logo on the intake.


Subject: EA-3B - Raytheon Test Division - BuNo 146454 (N874RS)
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 11/1/2004

Notes: One of Raytheon's test bed A-3 aircraft is seen returning to their base at Van Nuys. Note the fighter radome grafted onto the nose.


Subject: B-52H -NASA Dryden FRC - Serial #61-0025
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/28/2006

Notes: This B-52H was to replace NB-52B #008 as Dryden's "Mother Ship". As of 2007, it was unclear whether the aircraft would stay at NASA.


Subject: EA-3B - Raytheon Test Division - BuNo 144865 (N875RS)
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date:

Notes: This model was originally called a A3D-2T, then redesignated as TA-3B. After leaving the USN, it went to Hughes as N575HA, then switched to N875RS under Raytheon. The belly radome can be utilized in testing radar.


Subject: EA-3B - Raytheon Test Division - BuNo 144865 (N875RS)
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 11/24/2004

Notes: #75 returns from the engine run-up area with wings folded after an engine test. Note the engine intake protector attached. #75 also wears the Rayheon RTD logo on the tail.


Subject: F/A-18C - NADEP North Island - BuNo 163762 Depot ID: RJ48
Location: NAS North Island, CA
Date: 11/21/2005

Notes: One of the F/A-18C's being refurbished at the Depot is taken out for a test flight before being painted.


Subject: Tornado IDS(T) - GAF WTD 61 - #98+59
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/14/2007

Notes: 98+59 comes in for a landing the day before WTD 61 has their 50th anniversary open house and air show. Note the orange helmets on the crew.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61 - #37+16
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/14/2007

Notes: 37+16 taxis out in its striking new paint scheme that celebrates the 50th anniversary of WTD 61. Note the mathematical formulas written on the fuselage.


Subject: F-4F - GAF WTD 61 - #37+16
Location: Ingolstadt - Manching (ETSI), Germany
Date: 9/14/2007

Notes: The 50th anniversary Phantom is seen airborne the day before the WTD 61 open house. Notice "Spooky" is juggling WTD 61 logos.




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