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Aircraft Photos by Robert Rossman
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Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4008
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 4/11/2005

Notes: Raptor #008 is seen in formation with its assigned tanker, on a test mission over SoCal coastal waters.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4008
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 4/11/2005

Notes: The pilot prepares to conduct AR by opening the fuel receptacle.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4008
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 4/11/2005

Notes: Front shot of #008 getting closer to the tanker.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4008
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 4/11/2005

Notes: The boom is plugged in.

Subject: F-22A - 412th TW 411th FLTS - Serial #91-4008
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 4/11/2005

Notes: Top view of the Raptor trailing below the tanker.


Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #201 BuNo 161711
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 3/19/2005

Notes: One of three VX-30 Hornets conducts AR over SoCal coastal waters, while acting as adversaries in support of carrier group training.

Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #201 BuNo 161711
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 3/19/2005

Notes: #201 is an ex VFC-12 Hornet, and was one of numerous F/A-18's brought in when VX-30 retired their Tomcats. Note the mismatched horizontals.

Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #201 BuNo 161711
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 3/19/2005

Notes: #201 is carrying a "dial-a-threat" pod, which can be used in an adversarial role.


Subject: F/A-18A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #100 BuNo 163122
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 3/19/2005

Notes: #100 is the show bird for the squadron and was flying with #201 shown above, and #102 shown below. This aircraft also carried the threat pod.


Subject: F/A-18A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #102 BuNo 163130
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 3/19/2005

Notes: #102 was the third Hornet in the flight of three, and can be seen here peaking out from behind the tanker. This F/A-18 originally came from VMFAT-101, and still wears the green camo scheme that it had while with that unit.

Subject: F/A-18A - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #102 BuNo 163130
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 3/19/2005

Notes: #102 plugs into the basket.


Subject: F/A-18F - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #214 BuNo 166450
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 9/21/2004

Notes: #214 is one of numerous VX-31 Hornets and is seen flying in formation with the tanker, while conducting AR off the SoCal coast.

Subject: F/A-18F - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #214 BuNo 166450
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 9/21/2004

Notes: #214 plugs into the basket. Note the various test telemetry pods.


Subject: F/A-18D - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #113 BuNo 164279
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 9/21/2004

Notes: Also with #214 shown above, was 18D #113.

Subject: F/A-18D - VX-31 "Dust Devils" - Side #113 BuNo 164279
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 9/21/2004

Notes: #113 trails the basket with probe extended.


Subject: F-16B - AFFTC/412th TW - Serial #81-0817
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 10/28/2004

Notes: One of the AFFTC support F-16's conducts AR over SoCal waters. #817 is a Block 15F Falcon.


Subject: F-16I - IAF 253 SQ - Serial #410 (US #00-1019)
Location: International Waters
Date: 10/13/2004

Notes: Not really test related, but may have been flown by a Lockheed test pilot... An F-16I is seen in formation with its tanker while being ferried over international waters.

Subject: F-16I - IAF 253 SQ - Serial #410 (US #00-1019)
Location: International Waters
Date: 10/13/2004

Notes: #410 is one of numerous Block 52+ Falcons. #401 of that group has been used at Edwards AFB for test work.


Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #201 BuNo 161711
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 9/21/2004

Notes: #201 is once again conducting AR over SoCal waters.

Subject: F/A-18B - VX-30 "Bloodhounds" - Side #201 BuNo 161711
Location: Southern California Coast
Date: 9/21/2004

Notes: This time the aircraft appears to be loaded with telemetry pods.




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