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Old Viper Tester

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  1. Old Viper Tester

    F-16XL Aerial Refueling

    Refueling F-16XL #2, 75-0747, assigned to the F-16XL Combined Test Force (CTF), 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. The KC-10A was out of March AFB. This event taking place at dusk over the Sierra Nevada foothills, March 1983. XL-2 in pre-contact position, waiting for clearance from the "boomer". I can still hear the boomer softly singing "Boom Operator" to the tune of "Smooth Operator" during this event. Taking fuel, couldn't see the boom from my position in the boom operator's station. This image was used in the CTF to emphasize the "C" stood for "Combined". The pilots wear the patches of AF Systems Command and Tactical Air Command. Other players in the CTF were AF Operational Test Center, General Dynamics, Pratt & Whitney, and General Electric. Disconnect from the boom as the sun gets lower. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    Red Flag 81-3: French Jaguars

    Three Jaguars at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 81-3, April 1981. A 101 A 107 E 36 Thanks for looking, Sven
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    T-38A 70-1558

    Apparently I forgot to respond to you, Will. Yes, they are two different aircraft and I got my two computer files confused. I've since separated them into two posts. As for the F-5/T-38 family, I agree, a very sleek and compact airframe design. Thanks, Sven
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    Just Passing Through: 141TFS F-4D

    F-4D, 65-0631 of the 141st Tac Fighter Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard. On the Edwards AFB transient ramp in January 1982. Thanks for looking, Sven
  5. Old Viper Tester

    Naval Weapons Center Talons

    It's a B-47 that had recently been pulled off their bombing range and was refurbished (don't know that I can say "restored") to be sent to a museum. Sven
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    Naval Weapons Center Talons

    T-38s from the Naval Weapons Center at NAS China Lake ("It ain't the end of the Earth, but you can see it from here!" QT-38A 59-1603 Edwards AFB transient ramp June 1982. DT-38A 59-1604, NAS China Lake open house, November 1983. DT-38A 59-1604, NAS China Lake open house, October 1984. NT-38A 60-0582 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, November 1980. NT-38A 60-0582, Edwards AFB transient ramp, June 1982. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    T-38A 68-8158

    T-38A 68-8158, operated by the 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. Formation proficiency mission, August 1984. Modified downwind, extending for a formation landing. Edwards main base below. On approach to landing over the dry lake. Formation landing. May 1985. Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) shield added on the tail. '158 as the Test Center Commander's bird, Brig Gen Roy D. Bridges - even the equipment storage box is marked - September 1992. Air Force Logistics Command and AFSC had just merged to form Air Force Materiel Command, the shield that now appears on the tail. In another month or so, the USAF Chief of Staff wanted all 4-digit unit designations abolished, so the 6512th Test squadron became the 445th Flight Test Squadron, and the 6510th Test Wing became the 412th Test Wing. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    T-38A 70-1558

    T-38 70-1558, operated by the 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. On the Edwards main ramp, March 1981. Formation proficiency mission, July 1984. That's Rogers Dry Lake below. Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) badge added to the tail. On approach to Runway 22. The dashed lines on the lakebed indicate an emergency runway. The solid line is a reference for doing Tower Fly-By passes, a pitot static calibration technique. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    Just Passing Through: VC10

    ZA144 of 101 Squadron, Edwards AFB transient ramp, August 1984. Never did find out why she stopped in. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    Edwards AFB Ducks

    O-2As of the Air Force Flight Test Center. Used primarily as station hacks and range control aircraft. 68-6862 of the 6512th Test Squadron. on the Nellis AFB transient ramp, February 1981. 68-6867 of the 6512th Test Squadron on static display at the Edwards AFB Open House, October 1983. 69-7633 of the 6514th Test Squadron based at Hill AFB with the 6514th Test Group, an AFFTC detachment. Seen on the Edwards AFB transient ramp, May 1984. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    Edwards AFB Phantom Pharewell

    Definitely... compared to the slotted F-4E... Cheers, Sven
  12. Old Viper Tester

    Edwards AFB Phantom Pharewell

    RF-4Cs 63-7744 and 65-0850, the last two Phantoms to fly out of Edwards AFB, 24 June 1992. The two were operated by the 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. Heading for storage at AMARG, Davis-Monthan AFB with three bags full - one of the few times these jets carried stores. For at least 15 years, the RF-4Cs at Edwards were used as curriculum aircraft for the USAF Test Pilot School, primarily as stability and control/flying qualities demonstrators and data collection aircraft. Since the curriculum included test points at Mach 1.4, the jets almost always flew without stores or pylons. Thanks for looking, Sven
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    Red Flag 83-2: 434 Squadron

    CF-116s of 434 Sq RCAF (in 1983, Air Command of the Canadian Forces?) at Red Flag exercise, Nellis AFB, January 1983. 116717 116727 116742 116743 116744 116748 116751 Thanks for looking, Sven
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    Just Passing Through: Ducks

    Some O-2s from the 23rd Tac Air Support Squadron based at Davis-Monthan AFB. Images taken on the Nellis AFB transient ramp, November 1980. The Skymaster informally known as "Duck" (reference to the forward fuselage shape) or "Push Me/Pull You". 68-10164 68-10857 69-7614 69-7682 "Beep-Beep" "Hit My Smoke" Thanks for looking, Sven
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    196TRS RF-4Cs

    They did work on a dedicated recce pod for the F-16 for a while in the '80s, but it didn't get any traction with the USAF. Tactical recce is mostly taken from Sniper and Litening pods on both F-16 and F-15E these days in addition to all the drones that are out there now.
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