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This page contains various photos of test aircraft shot in the Southern California area by Jay. All North Spin photographs are Copyright by the photographers that took them, and are not to be re-posted or redistributed.

Subject: KC-130F - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #400 BuNo 148897
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/05

Notes: #400 replaces VX-30's DC-130A #497 as the drone launching aircraft for NavAir at Point Mugu. It was originally a Marine KC-130, and was modified for test work in Canada. It arrived to NAS Point Mugu on 7/10/05.


Subject: QF-4 - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" Scheme - Side #129
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/05

Notes: This QF-4 is painted up as VX-30's #129, however it is not the original #129 that flew with VX-30. Note the paper stencil still on the tail from painting.

Subject: QF-4 - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" Scheme - Side #129
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/?/05

Notes: A close view of the nose teeth on the mounted QF-4.


Subject: NP-3D - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #350 BuNo 158227
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 10/8/03

Notes: #350 worked briefly with VX-30. It was originally based at Patuxent River before arriving at Point Mugu. It was taken to AMARC on 12/29/03


Subject: YC-17A - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #87-0025 "T-1"
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/03

Notes: The original prototype C-17A taxi's to the ramp at Edwards.


Subject: F-16B - 412th TW 445th FLTS - Serial #90-0952
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/03

Notes: #952 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: YC-17A - 412th TW 418th FLTS - Serial #87-0025 "T-1"
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/03

Notes: C-17A #025 approaches the ramp with one of the 412th Wing's NKC-135s close behind. The nose still wears the red, white & blue "C-17" logo from its original testing.


Subject: B-1B - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial # #84-0049
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/03

Notes: #049 approaches the ramp at Edwards. This B-1B was the first aircraft in the Lot III group.

Subject: B-1B - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial # #84-0049
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/03

Notes: Head on shot of #049.

Subject: B-1B - 412th TW 419th FLTS - Serial # #84-0049
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Date: 10/26/03

Notes: Right side of #049 on the taxiway.


Subject: F-14B - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #241 BuNo 163226
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/11/04

Notes: #241 was one of the last remaining F14s with VX-9 at NAS Point Mugu, before the decommissioning of the Det in 6/04.


Subject: LC-130F - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #320 BuNo 148320
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/11/04

Notes: This unique aircraft was originally with VX-6 from 1961 to 1999. It was then sent to DM, but taken back by VX-30 in 2001. It was sent to AMARC 1/20/05.


Subject: NP-3D - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #340 BuNo 150522
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 4/15/04

Notes: One of approximately 3 P-3s that VX-30 uses for range control and data collection, during NavAir tests at NAS Point Mugu.


Subject: F-14D - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #1 BuNo 164604
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 4/15/04

Notes: The famous all black VX-9 #1 is shown on approach to NAS Point Mugu. This was the last F-14 produced, and flew with VX-9 right up until the Det's decommissioning in 6/04... Just a couple months after this shot was taken.


Subject: G-1159 - AFMC - Serial #31 - N105TB
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 4/15/04

Notes: In for a visit.


Subject: F-14D - VX-9 "Vampires" - Side #242 BuNo 162699
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 5/21/04

Notes: #242 was one of the last remaining F-14s with VX-9 before the decommissioning of the Det at NAS Point Mugu. It was sent to AMARC one month after this photo was taken, on 6/23/04.


Subject: QF-4E - USAF/BAe - Serial #71-1087 (AF-264)
Location: Mojave Airport, CA
Date: 7/25/04

Notes: Shown on the BAe ramp after being converted to a drone... This F-4 would eventually go to the 82nd ATRS.

Subject: QF-4E - USAF/BAe - Serial #71-1087 (AF-264)
Location: Mojave Airport, CA
Date: 7/25/04

Notes: Nose shot of #087 with one of the many stored Mojave airliners in the background.


Subject: F-4E - USAF/BAe - Serial #74-0659 (AF-272)
Location: Mojave Airport, CA
Date: 7/25/04

Notes: Still wearing its GA code, #659 sits on the BAe ramp after being delivered from AMARC for drone conversion, on 7/23/04. This F-4 would eventually go to 82nd ATRS as AF-272.


Subject: F-4E - USAF/BAe - Serial #72-0159 (AF-271)
Location: Mojave Airport, CA
Date: 7/25/04

Notes: #159 sits on the ramp after being delivered from AMARC to BAe for drone conversion, on 6/29/04. It would then be sent to 82nd ATRS as AF-271.


Subject: F-4E - Serial #74-0659 & F-4E - Serial #72-0159
Location: Mojave Airport, CA
Date: 7/25/04

Notes: Side view of #659 & #159 on the BAe ramp.


Subject: LC-130F - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #320 BuNo 148320
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/26/04

Notes: Still wearing its skis, #320 is seen on approach to NAS Point Mugu.


Subject: Tornado IDS - German Navy MFG2 - Side #46+18
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/26/04

Notes: 46+18 is seen on approach to Point Mugu during a deployment for testing. MFG2 was decommissioned not long after.


Subject: Tornado IDS - German Navy MFG2 - Side #45+34
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/26/04

Notes: Another Tornado that also came with #46+18 to test at Point Mugu.


Subject: QF-4S - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #107 "Scooby' BuNo 153821
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 9/18/04

Notes: At the time of this photo, this Phantom was one of the last remaining QF-4 drones left at NAS Point Mugu. The Navy drone program would end soon after.


Subject: BQM-4E and Firebee Target Drones
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 9/18/04

Notes: As seen while mounted to VX-30's DC-130A #497 BuNo 57-0497.


Subject: NP-3D - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #340 BuNo 150522
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 9/18/04

Notes: #340 is a "billboard" P-3... The VX-30 P-3s help with range surveillance and data collecting, during tests on the Point Mugu Sea Range.


Subject: Air Operations Sign at NAS Point Mugu
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 9/18/04

Notes: Sign that hangs outside the the main Air Ops Building on the field.


Subject: NP-3D - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #337 BuNo 150499
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 1/27/05

Notes: #337 was one of approximately 3 P-3s that are typically kept by VX-30 for range support on NavAir test missions... #337 was sent to AMARC on 4/13/06.


Subject: Falcon 20 - N20NY
Location: Camarillo Airport, CA
Date: 4/11/05

Notes: On approach for a visit.


Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #202 BuNo 162857
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 3/30/06

Notes: #202 is one of the support Hornets with VX-30. Note the red star on the tail, indicating the additional adversary work that VX-30 F/A-18 pilots do.


Subject: Boeing 727-223 - Raytheon - N289MT
Location: LAX International Airport, CA
Date: 4/25/06

Notes: Sitting out on the ramp.


Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #203 BuNo 161740
Location: NAS Point Mugu, CA
Date: 7/18/2007

Notes: #203 is ex VFC-12 and still wears its desert camo scheme.


Subject: F-14A - "JAG" Ex VX-9 "Evaluators" - BuNo 160894
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 4/30/2004

Notes: This is an F-14 that was used as a set piece for the TV show "JAG". It was obtained from VX-9 at Point Mugu along with three other F-14s that went to local museums in the CA area.

Subject: F-14A - "JAG" Ex VX-9 "Evaluators" - BuNo 160894
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 4/30/2004

Notes: This and the other three F-14s from VX-9 were eventually seized by US Customs 3/07 when it was determined they were sold without being properly demilitarized. This ship was stored in Victorville, CA at the time it was seized.

Subject: F-14A - "JAG" Ex VX-9 "Evaluators" - BuNo 160894
Location: Van Nuys AP, CA
Date: 4/30/2004

Notes: Note the "F-14D" and BuNo 164602 stenciled on the nacelle. This BuNo actually belonged to a real F-14D and was most likely a well researched detail added by a production person with TV the show.


Subject: TF-104G - NASA Dryden - Serial #61-3065 NASA #824 (N824NA)
Location: Paso Robles AP, CA
Date: 5/?/2005

Notes: Seen on static display at Estrella Warbird Museum. The 824 was originally GAF 27+37 before coming to NASA Dryden.

Subject: TF-104G - NASA Dryden - Serial #61-3065 NASA #824 (N824NA)
Location: Paso Robles AP, CA
Date: 5/?/2005

Notes: Close-up of cockpit.




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