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Google Earth Edwards AFB

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posted on Oct, 14 2006 @ 09:51 AM
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I was just looking around on Google Earth and found some cool photos.

SR-71 at Edwards.



D-21's? And 747 at Edwards.



B-1B's and a B-52



Here's a challenge, designate all of these.




Some NASA Projects I believe.(May be wrong)



Let me know what you guys think, some pretty good finds, there are Ch-47, CH-53, and even V-22's there as well, and some Global Hawks.

Shattered OUT...




posted on Oct, 14 2006 @ 12:25 PM
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They moved that SR-71.. I nthe last photo swathe I'd seen two of them parked at another location..
The was a F-22 and a Boeing X32 as well..



posted on Oct, 14 2006 @ 05:08 PM
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I've had a go at that picture shattered and here's what I think after a bit of staring and squinting




The one I've marked with a ? looks very much like an An-14 but appears too big alongside the C-47 for that to be right. Maybe a DHC-4 Caribou on second thoughts.

[edit on 14-10-2006 by waynos]



posted on Oct, 14 2006 @ 06:53 PM
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Nice work Waynos, I would never have gotten half those designations, are you fure that's an F-4 and not a MiG-21 Fishbed?

Shattered OUT...



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 04:14 AM
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Very nice pictures indeed.
I just love to see what you can find with google earth.



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 04:19 AM
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Some of those pics look asif they put these jets on display specificaly for the foto-op XD



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 06:28 AM
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Yes shattered, I'm 100% certain its an F-4, apart from the general id of the shape a MiG 21 would also appear smaller in comparison to the other types. The ones I'm least convinced I'm right about are the ones I've ID'ed as F-100's, I considerd everything from A-7's to Hawker Hunters before I arrived at that conclusion, of which I am about 85% sure.



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 11:59 AM
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Got some more for yee!

C-130

It appears Edward's is being invaded!
Only joking, I just found this one interesting.

What are these on the closed runway?

Here's an F-15C

What are these?

Not sure this plane USED to be. Not sure why it's kept out like this.

And the V-22's mentioned in the previous post.

Global Hawk, there's another one just north of this one too.

CH-53's, CH-47's and a few jets as well.

I'm intrigued as to what these two planes could be.


If anyone can help out with the missing designations, that would be awsome, just something to do because I know that it gets boring sometimes with nothing to do.
That's it for now.

Shattered OUT...

[edit on 15-10-2006 by ShatteredSkies]



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 01:28 PM
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The big collection of airplanes on the old South Base ramp belong to the AFFTC Museum. The one on the extreme left you identified as "F-100" is actually the YA-7F (AFSN 71-0344). The "C-47" is a C-53. The Canberra is B-57B (N809NA). The "?" plane is a C-7B (63-9765) once used by the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. The F-8 is an RF-8G that was used as a chase plane by Rockwell International. The F-4 is NRF-4C (64-1004). The "C-135" is NC-135A (60-0037) that was an avionic testbed for the B-2.

The picture with the SR-71 (61-7980/NASA 844) is the display area around Building 4839 (NASA Public Affairs). To the left 9in the dark triangular area) is the HL-10 lifting body research aircraft. Below are (from left to right): F-104G, X-29, F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire testbed, and F-8 Supercritical Wing testbed.

The D-21B drones were stored near the Space Shuttle Area. The 747 is a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).

The other picture of NASA airplanes shows a 747 SCA, two F-18 and one T-38 chase aircraft and the NF-15B (with canards).

The picture of two light colored B-52s includes the NB-52B (silver) and NB-52H (white).

The airplanes on the closed runway are a B-66, C-123, and C-119 belonging to the AFFTC Museum.



posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 03:08 PM
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The big collection of airplanes on the old South Base ramp belong to the AFFTC Museum. The one on the extreme left you identified as "F-100" is actually the YA-7F (AFSN 71-0344). The "C-47" is a C-53. The Canberra is B-57B (N809NA). The "?" plane is a C-7B (63-9765) once used by the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. The F-8 is an RF-8G that was used as a chase plane by Rockwell International. The F-4 is NRF-4C (64-1004). The "C-135" is NC-135A (60-0037) that was an avionic testbed for the B-2.


Thanks for the clarification shadowhawk. I did think the one on the left was an A-7 (see my text) but managed to persuade myself otherwise.

I think I did pretty well from a satellite pic to get all the other basic types right (I did also name the ? plane as a DHC, but I couldn't tell the sub type from that distance



In the latest set of pictures the three aircraft on the 'closed runway' pic, I'm pretty sure, are a B-66 (or A3D), a C-123 and a C-119 going downwards along the runway from left to right.

A couple of pics further down, the 'what are these?' pic, I can't help thinking that the two aircraft look very much indeed like a Jaguar (left) and a Buccaneer, complete with its split rear air brake open (right). Surely this cannot be right for Edwards AFB can it?

edit; just read the rest of shadowhawks post, oops, looks I was a bit late on ID ing those other planes


[edit on 15-10-2006 by waynos]



posted on Oct, 16 2006 @ 06:19 PM
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But what's the plane next to the hangered plane in the very last pic? The small jet fighter, kinda looks like an F-16 to me.

Shattered OUT...



posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 06:24 AM
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Yes shattered, I agree. I am sure its an F-16. The one in hanger nearby is, I believe, a KC-135. the tail design of the 707 is unmistakeable and the shadow on the ground appears to show a refuelling boom (small Y shape at the base of the shadow of the fin).



posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 10:12 AM
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I forgot to mention, the thing labeled "Not sure what this plane USED to be..." isn't an airplane at all. It is an assemblage of metal objects into a crude facsimile of an aircraft shape. This is the fire fighting training area, or "crash pit."



posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 10:56 AM
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Also, your two mystery planes parked on the ramp between hangars 1630 and 1635 are F-16s. I know they don't look like it, but I think that's just an artifact of the lighting and the airplanes' paint schemes. That is the F-16 ramp and the only planes I have ever seen there are F-16s, often in foreign camouflage markings.



posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 12:04 PM
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In the fifth pic, I see a plane with canards. Probably a swing wing too. What is it?



posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 12:42 PM
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That is the NF-15B (AFSN 71-0290 / NASA 837). The canards were made from F-18 horizontal stabilizers. It was used for an Air Force STOL program involving vectored thrust, then later for the NASA Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles (ACTIVE) program and now Intelligent Flight Control System (IFCS) research.



posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 09:14 PM
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The F-15S/MTD ACTIVE is one of my favorite test beds, beautiful and highly capable.

Shattered OUT...



posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 01:04 PM
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good Pictures there, thanks for sharing. I didn't know that the USAF had the canberra if that was what one of those is.



posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 03:45 PM
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It was a NASA plane that was used for a variety of research programs including development of a parachute system for the Viking Mars Lander and air turbulence research.

B-57B (AFSN 52-1576 / NASA 516 / NASA 809) arrived at the NASA Flight Research Center on 10 October 1969. It departed to NASA Langley Research Center on 16 February 1973. It returned to FRC on 8 February 1975 and departed again on 26 June 1975. It returned again to Edwards on 20 November 1978. The airplane was transferred to the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum on 6 May 1987 and placed in storage at South Base.



posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 04:17 PM
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Great Thread
Edwards is a 30 min drive away for me, I should go check out their next airshow, they used to be pretty kick ass. What brought on the curiosity to check out edwards on earth google?



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