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    Edwards AFB base visit (Image Heavy)

    I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to visit Edwards AFB in California. Edwards is the home of the Air Force Test Center and USAF test pilot school. NASA's Dryden Research Center is located at the north end of the facility.

    Over the years, Edwards AFB has played a role in testing and development of nearly every aircraft in the USAF, as well as many experimental projects. Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 took place there as did many other X plane flights. The space shuttle also landed many times on the dry lake bed there. Needless to say you can practically feel the history as you walk the ramp.

    I wanted to share some of the shots I took there.

    Walking the ramp








    Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - lots of activity












    T-38 from Beale AFB


    Local T-38


    Local Vipers




    NASA F/A-18 Hornet


    Edwards based F-22 Raptor


    B-52 Recovering


    FAA Convair


    The Lockheed Martin CATB aircraft used for flight testing the avionics suite for the Lockheed Martin F-35




    B2- launched and recovered multiple times






    KC-10 arrival


    This is the pit where they placed the Bell X-1 with Chuck Yeager in it. They would then taxi the B-29 over it and attach the X-1.


    NF-104 outside the USAF Test Pilot School


    Statue of Chuck Yeager


    Thanks for looking

    Isaac

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    WOW!! Just awesome!! Any more?

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    Wow Isaac .... killer set, and nothing short of outstanding, and amazing!!!
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    Great shots !
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    Thanks Gerard, Mark and Gintaras!

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    Wow! There is all sorts of win in that set! Looks like a great day on the ramp and out spotting!
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    Awesome set Isaac !
    Glad you finally got to visit Edwards AFB and had such great day of spotting there!

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    Sick set!
    Probably the youngest spotter ever to walk up the face of the mounds.
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    Outstanding, Isaac!

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    Isaac that was incredible!
    'My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous.' Andy Warhol

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    Stunning set Isaac!!! I love the General Yeager statue.
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    Thanks guys for the kind comments!

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    Simply WOW!
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    Wow! Some amazing shots, my friend.

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