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Old Viper Tester

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    Military flight test, R&D, and prototype aircraft.

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  1. Phantom FGR.2s at Red Flag 90-1, Nellis AFB, October 1989. XV410 56 Squadron XV411 19 Squadron XV420 56 Squadron XV429 56 Squadron XV430 19 Squadron XV439 92 Squadron XV478 56 Squadron XV480 56 Squadron Herk provided logistic support... XV200 XV206 Thanks for looking, Sven
  2. Tornado F.3s at Red Flag 93-1, Nellis AFB, November 1992. ZE763 29 Squadron ZE907 23 Squadron ZE961 25 Squadron ZE962 25 Squadron ZE982 11 Squadron Thanks for looking, Sven
  3. Tornados of the 36º Stormo, 156º Gruppo at Nellis AFB, October 1989. MM7037 MM7072 MM7074 MM7080 MM7086 MM7088 MM7037 (right) and MM7080 Thanks for looking, Sven
  4. A Prowler pair from VAQ-130 on the Nellis AFB transient ramp, August 1980. 160436 160791 Thanks for looking, Sven
  5. F-15As of the 199th Tac Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard out of Hickam AFB. At Nellis AFB for Red Flag exercise, June 1991. 74-0084 74-0096 74-0097 74-0099 74-0100 74-0108 74-0127 F-15B 74-0141 Thanks for looking, Sven
  6. MiG-21PF, Mojave Airport CA, March 1992. c/n 761811, s/n 1811 c/n 762410, s/n 2410 Thanks for looking, Sven
  7. 15 Squadron Buccaneer S.2Bs at Red Flag, Nellis AFB, January 1983. I think they were there to support the Jaguars, designating targets. XX891 XX899 Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. A JN-4H at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome NY, June 1984. Painted as Air Service 38278. N3918 is powered by a Hispano-Suiza rather than a Curtiss OX-5 engine. She has since been repainted in US Navy colors. Thanks for looking, Sven
  9. It's a SUU-20 practice bomb dispenser on the wing pylon. The image is slightly over-exposed; the forward portion of the white pod disappears against the white fuselage. Here's a better view... Sven
  10. My 39-year old son, Leif, lost his battle with kidney failure this morning. He had kidney disease almost all his life. Went into renal failure at 20. Had a transplant that lasted four years - never did get his anti-rejection meds balanced. Had been on dialysis for the last 15 years. Used a power chair for the last 9 years. Went into cardiac failure in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. I took up being his full-time caregiver when I retired three years ago. Not always a fun task (his dialysis sessions started at 0500), but I desperately miss him already. I just needed to get this out... Keith Svendsen AKA Sven, Old Viper Tester
  11. Three years retired (again). Retired from the USAF in 1999 after 23 years in uniform - was a flight test engineer and a test program manager. Went looking for job and found that I wasn't really qualified for anything other than what I was doing. So, I went to work for the USAF as a civil servant - as a test manager. Retired as the Chief of Test for the F-15 program and senior test advisor for all USAF fighter and bomber programs. Thought I'd have lots of time for models now, but instead I've become a full-time caregiver for my son who has been in renal failure for almost 20 years. C'est la vie. Sven
  12. I should have noted this is an Air Force Flight Test Center photo. It was taken a couple of months before I returned to Edwards from the UK.
  13. Believe me, I'm completely fallible, and as my wife keeps reminding me, my memory is not as good as I think it is. As for number of aircraft in each test squadron, it varied by type and phase of testing. When I was at the F-16 CTF, we had as many as twenty aircraft around 1988 IIRC, the F-15 CTF had five F-15A/B/C/D and three F-15E in the late '80s. C-17 had two aircraft. Sven
  14. When test support F-16s began to arrive at Edwards, a few (2-3?) were initially assigned to the 6516th while the 6512th geared up to manage them and maintenance on the main ramp (the 6516th was a separate ramp north of the main ramp) was established. Certainly, by 1992, all test support F-16s were operated under the 6512th. The images of '007 on the ramp are all in front of the Edwards large maintenance hangar, which is 6512th territory (used to be the F-111 and A-7 lines). And finally, when I took these images, we briefed test missions at the 6516th, but the support crews then went down the street to sign out at the 6512th. When I flew these birds, I also signed out at the 6512th. When the decree went out that all USAF 4-digit squadron designations would be abolished (end of 1992) the 6512th became the 445th, the 6516th became the 416th, and the 6510th Test Wing became the 412th Test Wing. There was a period (I don't know the exact dates - I had been transferred to Wright-Patterson by then) when the 445th was abolished (or maybe it was just reduced to T-38s?), as most of the aircraft types were common to the dedicated test squadrons and those squadrons took control of the 445th assets. The objective was to consolidate and simplify the 412th organization. A noble cause, but it was quickly - within a couple of months - determined that the span of control of the enlarged test squadrons, managing test support for other CTFs (e.g. F-16s provided as radar target support for F-15s), and managing remote maintenance (the F-16 CTF ramp was not large enough to accommodate the Bozo F-16s) was more than was practical, so the test support F-15s, F-16s and NKC-135s we're quickly placed back under the 445th. Sven
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