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F-35BF-35B
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A F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 sits under a canopy while Marines conduct post flight checks aboard Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. The F-35 Lightning II is scheduled to replace several Marine aircraft in the future. (Photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
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Posted: 10/14/2014

F-35BF-35B
F-35B

A F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 taxies at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9. This is the squadron’s first F-35 Lightning II. (Photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
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Posted: 10/14/2014

Canadians CT-114Canadians CT-114
Canadians CT-114

(U.S. Air Force photo by Scott Dworkin)
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Posted: 10/1/2014

Canadian Tutors CT-114Canadian Tutors CT-114
Canadian Tutors CT-114

(U.S. Air Force photo by Scott Dworkin)
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Posted: 10/1/2014

New home for old favoritesNew home for old favorites
New home for old favorites

A Piper PA-48 Enforcer now sits at the Air Force Flight Test Museum since Sept. 22. The AFFT Museum recently acquired two remodeled historic aircraft, a YF-4E Phantom II and a Piper PA-48 Enforcer, during the end of September to add to its lineup of historic flight test aircraft. The Piper PA-48 Enforcer is a turboprop powered light close air support/ground-attack aircraft built by Piper Aircraft Corp. Lakeland, Fla. It was the ultimate development of the original World War II North American P-51 Mustang. The Enforcer concept was originally created and flown by David Lindsay, owner of Cavalier Aircraft, in response to the United States Air Force PAVE COIN program and later sold to Piper by Lindsay in 1970. In 1968, Cavalier Aircraft owner/founder David Lindsay had begun developing a highly modified version of the Cavalier Mustang for use as a counter-insurgency aircraft. Cavalier initially mated a Rolls-Royce Dart 510 turboprop to a Mustang II airframe, but despite numerous sales attempts to the United States Air Force, neither the U.S. military nor any foreign operators purchased the Turbo Mustang III. Seeking a company with mass production capability, the Turbo Mustang III, renamed the "Enforcer," was sold to Piper Aircraft in late 1970. In 1984 with a $12 million appropriation from Congress, Piper built two new Enforcers, giving the new prototypes the designation PA-48. These aircraft were evaluated by the USAF, but flown only by Piper test pilots. Since the Enforcer was never in the Air Force inventory, it was not given an official military designation and did not receive an air force serial number. Instead, these aircraft carried the Piper designation PA-48 and FAA registration numbers, N481PE and N482PE. The two PA-48s were tested during 1983 and 1984 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As in the Pave COIN tests of 1971, the PA-48s were found to perform well in their intended role, but the USAF decided not to purchase the aircraft. Of the prototype aircraft produced, both still exist. One of the PA-48s (N482PE) is located at the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base. N481PE resides at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)
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Posted: 10/1/2014

New home for old favoritesNew home for old favorites
New home for old favorites

A YF-4E Phantom II (left) can be seen next to a Vought A-7 Corsair II at the Air Force Flight Test Museum Sept. 23. The AFFT Museum recently acquired two remodeled historic aircraft, a YF-4E Phantom II and a Piper PA-48 Enforcer, during the end of September to add to its lineup of historic flight test aircraft. The YF-4E Phantom II is one of three prototypes built to test and evaluate the internally mounted M-61 Vulcan rotary cannon. The prototype was produced by modifying an existing F-4D to accept both the new nose mounted weapon and a smaller solid-state Westinghouse AN/APQ-120 X-band radar set. This aircraft was the first to fly with both the new gun and radar onboard and helped to usher in one of the most lethal variants of a legendary warplane. To find out more information about the Air Force Flight Test Museum, contact George Welsh at (661) 277-8050. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)
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Posted: 10/1/2014

C-17 treads into new territoryC-17 treads into new territory
C-17 treads into new territory

An Edwards C-17 performs a wet runway performance test on Edwards Runway 22L August 20. Since Dunlop Tire was selected as the supplier for the C-17 as the replacement tire, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through wet-and-dry runway takeoff and landing performance tests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner)
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Posted: 9/10/2014

C-17 treads into new territoryC-17 treads into new territory
C-17 treads into new territory

Since Dunlop Tire was selected as the supplier for the C-17 as the replacement tire, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through a collection of vibration, skid, stability, structural and wet-and-dry runway takeoff and landing performance tests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner)
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Posted: 9/10/2014

C-17 treads into new territoryC-17 treads into new territory
C-17 treads into new territory

A 418th Flight Test Squadron crew chief inspects the C-17’s new Dunlop tires during a tire test August 20 on the Edwards flightline. Since August, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through the rigors of testing to ensure the aircraft’s capability remains intact well into the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner)
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Posted: 9/10/2014

C-130 60th AnniversaryC-130 60th Anniversary
C-130 60th Anniversary

A C-130 Hercules shoots live flares during a night formation training mission. A flare is an aerial infrared countermeasure to counter and infrared homing, heat seeking, surface-to air or air-to-air missile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)
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Posted: 8/21/2014

C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60
C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Archived photo of the YC-130 before its ferry flight from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards on August 23, 1954. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 8/21/2014

C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60
C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Archived photo of the YC-130. August 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 8/21/2014

    

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