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Posted: 10/2/2006 5:28:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 5:16:00 PM EST by Col-Kurtz]
I was there last year busting down the door on the west gate to beat the crowds throught the security checkpoint and it was great. Seems like more of the same for this year, lots of one offs being shown, the NASA 747 for the shuttle and such. Who else is planning on making the trip?


www.edwards.af.mil/openhouse/indexflash.html
Link Posted: 10/3/2006 7:35:39 AM EST
Oooooh oooh, I want to go!
Link Posted: 10/5/2006 8:33:18 PM EST
Oh boy it looks like a lot cool stuff flying this year. I've had to miss the last few because of other comittments. Hopefully I can get out of them this year.

-d
Link Posted: 10/6/2006 2:34:45 PM EST
It falls on the same weekend that I'm supposed to go camping/shooting/dirt biking. But, we're camping very very close to Edwards AFB. I may break away for a few hours to get up close.

More than likely their flight path would be right over our campsite. So, I'll see the planes anyways. But, I'd like to go into a few of the planes I have seen the insides of (V22, C-17, etc..)

So, Dizza... if you do plan on going let me know. I'll try to wear something unique, to let others know.. I'm a ARFcommer.
Link Posted: 10/15/2006 2:34:15 PM EST
Oh, I am SO there:

Opening Ceremonies
F-22A Demo Flight dude!
P-51 Demo Flight
A-10 Demo Flight
F-15E Demo Flight
Heritage Flights F-22A, F-15, A-10, P-51
Mr. Craif Treft and his aerobatic Pitt
Red Bull Aerobatic Mig-17 sweet!
NASA ER-2 Fly By
T-34 Demo Flight
F/A-18 Hornet Demo Flight
F4U Corsair and Hawker Sea Fury legacy flights
B-25 Mitchell Fly By tasty

General Break for Lunch

Hang Glider Demo by Dan Buchanan
Mr. John Collver's AT-6
Royal Dutch AF Precision Team Performance F-16
Ms. Margaret Stivers Wing Walker and Aviatrix
C-17 Air Drop and Demo
B-52 Demo
Golden Knights
B-1 Demo cool!
B-2 Demo wouldn't miss this!
F-117 Stealth Fighter Demo wobblin' goblin!
Predator MQ-9 fly by killer robot, yeah!
AFFTC Aerial Review
Air Force Thunderbirds
Link Posted: 10/16/2006 1:16:28 PM EST
Will be there with my 14 yr old son.
Link Posted: 10/16/2006 6:43:06 PM EST
I'm still trying to go. I want to see a lot of those aircraft fly too.

-d
Link Posted: 10/17/2006 4:08:34 PM EST
I seriously doubt that there is a better show in the state for the latest greatest aircraft, possibly even west of the mississippi. I suggest lots of sleep the night before and a very early arrival, unless you want to sit in a long screening line. I got lots a pics of Chuck Yeager last year too.
Link Posted: 10/17/2006 7:08:37 PM EST
What is a good arrival time there?

I plan on bugging out before the T-Birds fly...prolly be there next day if you stay for them
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 6:25:09 PM EST
Anybody go? I couldn't make it. Pics?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 4:32:35 AM EST
Will be there today.

Will post pics.

Link Posted: 10/29/2006 4:55:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 4:56:50 PM EST by AyeGuy]
Pics!
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:48:24 PM EST
I went when I was in Scouts a few times. Once our troop got to camp at the campground there on the base. Hotter than hell. Lost of snakes.

B-52s, X-15's, first show with a SR-71,
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:03:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 8:09:31 PM EST by SgtWhiting]
Here ya go !

The owner of this thread may want to post "This is not 56K friendly" or something like that.

F-15C taxi for takeoff



A-10 Warthog zooms by:



Here is my son at the controls of a brand new C-17 Globemaster. Only 60 hours on the whole plane ! Smells like new car new !:



Again, my son standing next to the taxiway, F-16 Thunderbirds are in the background:



F-16 Fighting Falcon on display:



Stealth B-2 bomber. Now on display because it broke down.
Was supposed to be the afternoon flyby. F-117 came by instead:



Okay, I was in the US Air Force as a Security Police.
Now they are called Security Forces.
Nice kid. Very helpful.
He is carrying a Beretta M9 and a Colt M-4 with RIS handguards, Aimpoint, Vertical grip, and what looks like is a GG&G flip down rear sight.
He is also wearing a ballistic vest under his shirt.
Smart kid.
This is AR15.Com after all, so here is the pic of the M-4 and the kid:



There is a flight squadron of US Marines on base, here is one of their "rides":



One of the last "Buff's" B-52's used at the flight test center:



Stealth F-117. Thunderbirds in the background:



This is the US Air Force MQ-9 UAV "Reaper" complete with two(2) hellfire missles.(Inert of course)
The Lt. Colonel at this display told me when the "Reaper" is deployed, it has a launch/recovery team, at say Bagram, Afghanistan for instance.
They don't fly the missions. They launch and recover only.
Some "geek" in Las Vegas, Nevada does it via satellite.
Go figure. :



Now, I am a HMMWV kind of guy. H1 all the way.
I do not like the H2's or H3's.
This looked okay to me:



And what trip to Edwards AFB, where NASA shuttle missions sometimes land, would not be complete without a pic of the 747 that hauls it home ?



The new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Pretty awesome ride !


What do you think so far ?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:10:04 PM EST
Will post a few movies in a few minutes.

Stand by.........
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:16:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 8:42:54 PM EST by SgtWhiting]
Not a big movie file user, so I'm having some trouble.

Bear with me, and Enjoy !


media.putfile.com/Golden-Knight-lands


media.putfile.com/Flight-of-4-Thunderbirds-with-one-passing-in-between



media.putfile.com/Golden-Knight-lands-40
Sorry....DO NOT KNOW WHY IT DOES THIS.....AAARRRGGGG !
Should be titled: This is a flight of 4 with a surprise !
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:53:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 8:54:10 PM EST by 9mmUser]

Originally Posted By SgtWhiting:
This is the US Air Force MQ-9 UAV "Reaper" complete with two(2) hellfire missles.(Inert of course)
The Lt. Colonel at this display told me when the "Reaper" is deployed, it has a launch/recovery team, at say Bagram, Afghanistan for instance.
They don't fly the missions. They launch and recover only.
Some "geek" in Las Vegas, Nevada does it via satellite.
Go figure. :

That has been going on for sometime. Since the technology allows relay of information between aircraft and ground almost instantaneous, there is no need to keep large number of crew in warzone. They can have small number of people to take control of landing and take offs, while the rest works on flying them.

It also makes sense when you have to fly them at night. NV is in middle of day when Iraq/Afghanistan is dark.

edit: Thanks for the photos!
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:59:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By 9mmUser:

Originally Posted By SgtWhiting:
This is the US Air Force MQ-9 UAV "Reaper" complete with two(2) hellfire missles.(Inert of course)
The Lt. Colonel at this display told me when the "Reaper" is deployed, it has a launch/recovery team, at say Bagram, Afghanistan for instance.
They don't fly the missions. They launch and recover only.
Some "geek" in Las Vegas, Nevada does it via satellite.
Go figure. :

That has been going on for sometime. Since the technology allows relay of information between aircraft and ground almost instantaneous, there is no need to keep large number of crew in warzone. They can have small number of people to take control of landing and take offs, while the rest works on flying them.

It also makes sense when you have to fly them at night. NV is in middle of day when Iraq/Afghanistan is dark.

edit: Thanks for the photos!


I know the reasons why, just sucks for the launch/recovery crews.

They don't get to shoot any bad guys !
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 9:32:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By 9mmUser:

Originally Posted By SgtWhiting:
This is the US Air Force MQ-9 UAV "Reaper" complete with two(2) hellfire missles.(Inert of course)
The Lt. Colonel at this display told me when the "Reaper" is deployed, it has a launch/recovery team, at say Bagram, Afghanistan for instance.
They don't fly the missions. They launch and recover only.
Some "geek" in Las Vegas, Nevada does it via satellite.
Go figure. :

That has been going on for sometime. Since the technology allows relay of information between aircraft and ground almost instantaneous, there is no need to keep large number of crew in warzone. They can have small number of people to take control of landing and take offs, while the rest works on flying them.

It also makes sense when you have to fly them at night. NV is in middle of day when Iraq/Afghanistan is dark.

edit: Thanks for the photos!


Yeah we wouldn't want them to stand night watches if they didn't absolutely have to.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:56:32 AM EST
Actually some "geek" does not fly the drones out of vegas. The drones are flown out of "un-named" location in the sandbox. I know this because I talked to the drone pilots when I was out there working in the combined air operations center. ***just for info***
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:59:36 AM EST
Also, speaking of when I was out there, I worked with the female pilot for the thunderbirds. She sure is a nice looking young lady!!!
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 6:57:54 PM EST
Eff twenty-two! Eff twenty-two!
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