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Posted: 1/26/2006 9:45:11 AM EDT
just type in: 34.9535, -117.8839

(more specifically, lat=34.9535, lon=-117.8839)

my one roommate said the cia said they stopped flying the sr-71s anymore because they are too expensive.

so why would they just be sitting out in the open near runway access?

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:46:04 AM EDT

How old is the image?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:49:58 AM EDT
There are two sitting near a runway at Palmdale, too.

Probably cheaper to leave them than to move them, although Srs were at Beale, IIRC, not March, which was a SAC base.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:53:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 9:56:17 AM EDT by M4]
Cool.

Hey, what's that huge numerical dial thing in the ground? Looks like it's carved in to the earth.

Also, if you scroll south and slightly to the east, looks like a Raptor on the tarmac. (near the 1st building with a red roof to the south)
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:56:18 AM EDT
Is that a black F-18 north of the SR-71s?

Good find, BTW.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:57:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 9:58:16 AM EDT by madmedic]

Hey, what's that huge numerical dial thing in the ground? Looks like it's carved in to the earth.

Also, if you scroll south and slightly to the east, looks like a Raptor on the tarmac. (near the 1st building with a red roof to the south)



Didnt see the image, but it sounds like you are describing the pad where they calibrate the compass and stuff in a helicopter.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 9:57:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By M4:
Cool.

Hey, what's that huge numerical dial thing in the ground? Looks like it's carved in to the earth.

Also, if you scroll south and slightly to the east, looks like a Raptor on the tarmac.



I haven't checked it out, but:
-the pics are very likely to be several years old
-the "dial thingy" is most likely a compass rose; they are used to calibrate aircraft compasses while they are mounted in the aircraft (one of my many duties in the Marines)
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:00:35 AM EDT
Don't know why they have them out like that. My question is whats with all the weird markings around there? Giant compass rose and runways that look drawn into the ground? And whats with the strange looking plane off to the SE? Looks like it has two sets of main wings and a tail set back on booms? WTF is that thing? It's at 34.5625 117.5325. 3 B1's sitting just to the NW. Some F22s sitting out at 34.5625 117.5325. And finally. What are these? 34.5736 117.5249 Look almost like Jedi Star Fighters from Star Wars.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:03:07 AM EDT
Runways drawn=SAC base, Buffs sometimes need alot of room.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:03:08 AM EDT
Looks like a Raptor at 34.56.26.79N 117.53.23.18W.

And that plane just to the east of it looks like a Tornado. Doesn't Jerry keep some Tornados in the US now?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:03:58 AM EDT
Pics?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:04:09 AM EDT
Look at the 3 little aircraft just to the left of the large "315" number.
Anyone know what they are?
X planes?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:05:26 AM EDT
Germans have always had tornados in the US AFAIK, F-4's in US markings to...

Don't know if they will base some Eurofighters here for training/good weather use...
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:07:29 AM EDT
there's an A-10 at 34 53 59, 117 52 09
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:07:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 10:23:11 AM EDT by warlord]
There is also a SR71 in front of the Museum of Science & Industry in Los Angeles, right across the street from the USC campus.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:09:36 AM EDT
I saw a few SR71's in the late 90's in El Paso...a few were black, one was a two seater with the funny bump painted for Nasa. They still leaked while taxing by...
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:11:01 AM EDT
Ya, what is this thing:


And a Canberra on the base? Has to be a museum there or something:
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:13:39 AM EDT
Are you sure you are looking at March AFB?
I only see the (1) SR-71 across the runway at the museum.
Also, how do you enter digital grid #'s?
The museum is at 33 53 02.30 / 117 15 58.47
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:15:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 10:17:02 AM EDT by Brohawk]

Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Ya, what is this thing:
img519.imageshack.us/img519/5433/11co.jpg



Looks like one of Burt Rutan's creations.


ETA: Maybe this:

www.scaled.com/projects/ATTT.html
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:15:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:17:34 AM EDT
IIRC, the USAF pulled the SR-71s out of retirement a few years ago.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:18:08 AM EDT
Maybe it is a museum Tomislav. Thats a Goony Bird (C47) sitting in front of the Canberra you circled. We've got several up on blocks at various museums here at Bragg.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:23:13 AM EDT
Oh I see now - that's Edwards AFB, not March AFB.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:23:57 AM EDT
WHERE ARE THE ALIENS MAN!!!11
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:27:40 AM EDT
There's certainly a museum at March.

The photo showing the gooney bird is a part of the museum.

The 2 SRs, however, are not part of that area of the base.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:29:26 AM EDT
I think there are still a half-dozen in service, and like three or four of those flying -- All belong to NASA, Edwards based.

That's the story I recall -- Your mileage may fluctuate.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:30:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2006 3:14:03 AM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Ya, what is this thing:
img519.imageshack.us/img519/5433/11co.jpg

And a Canberra on the base? Has to be a museum there or something:
img519.imageshack.us/img519/6301/27vt.jpg



You're looking at Edwards AFB and these pictures are of part of the base's museum aircraft. And the pictures are at least 3-4 years old becuse there are some structures that were built while I was there that are not showing up.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:31:51 AM EDT
Tag for some Google Earth fun at home later
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:38:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tomislav:
img96.imageshack.us/img96/3286/32kx.jpg




This is a shot of the NASA compound at Edwards. The SR-71s in this shot have been disassembled and hauled off to a couple of museums; the other two aircraft are a F-15 and a F-18 that belong to NASA.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:39:14 AM EDT
There is a museum there, but they only have 1 SR-71 and it is surrounded by other planes.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:39:55 AM EDT
The image of the town I live in is only about 10months behind. I drive by a condo complex thats being built.

Wonder if you can buy real-time pics.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:40:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By M4:
Cool.

Hey, what's that huge numerical dial thing in the ground? Looks like it's carved in to the earth.

Also, if you scroll south and slightly to the east, looks like a Raptor on the tarmac. (near the 1st building with a red roof to the south)



You're looking at Edwards AFB also.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:43:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MACHINE:
The image of the town I live in is only about 10months behind. I drive by a condo complex thats being built.

Wonder if you can buy real-time pics.



The pics of my area (springfield, IL) aren't detailed enough to tell if my house is there or not. But I do know that the pics are several years old.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:47:11 AM EDT
When I worked onto the image, the location was Riverside, CA exactly where March ARB is.

This is the first time I've ever used Google Earth. Is it common for them to do that.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:50:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 10:52:52 AM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By soccermike7:
just type in: 34.9535, -117.8839

(more specifically, lat=34.9535, lon=-117.8839)

my one roommate said the cia said they stopped flying the sr-71s anymore because they are too expensive.

so why would they just be sitting out in the open near runway access?




You are looking at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, not March AFB.

www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/home/index.html
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:56:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmyAirborne:
And finally. What are these? 34.5736 117.5249 Look almost like Jedi Star Fighters from Star Wars.



Lockheed D-21 Air Launched Drone

www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/d21~1.htm
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:05:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brohawk:

Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Ya, what is this thing:




Looks like one of Burt Rutan's creations.


ETA: Maybe this:

www.scaled.com/projects/ATTT.html



Almost certainly.


Advanced Technology Tactical Transport (ATTT)

The Model 133-4.62 Advanced Technology Tactical Transport (ATTT) proof-of-concept demonstrator is a 62% scaled version of an airplane designed to challenging STOL and long range requirements. The ATTT was developed and test flown by Scaled Composites, Inc. under contract to DARPA. The initial flight test program consisted of 51 flights with the original cruciform tail configuration, measuring and refining performance, stability and control, and handling qualities. The results of the fabrication and test program were presented in a comprehensive report to DARPA .

In an effort to improve the aft loading capability of the aircraft and to correct aerodynamic deficiencies discovered during the test program, the ATTT aircraft was modified with a twin-boom tail whose general configuration was similar to that of the Rockwell OV-10 Bronco. This modified configuration is shown in the accompanying photograph. Pratt and Whitney of Canada PT6A-135A turboprop engines were attached to the twin booms in a tractor configuration. A simple fully mechanical flight control system was installed, with full control available from both seats. The Scaled-designed landing gear is actuated using electric motors.

The M-133 demonstrator used a unique flap system to enable its STOL performance. The high lift configuration consists of eight Fowler-type flaps, each of 43% chord. The flap system was designed to allow the initial takeoff roll to be performed with the flaps extended, but at low deflections to minimize takeoff drag. As rotation speed was neared, the flaps were quickly rotated to the maximum lift position via a separate pilot action. The ATTT was a key program for Scaled. It demonstrated our ability to perform a challenging aerodynamic and structural design, and to build, test, and deliver what amounted to two different manned research airplanes, including all design and flight test data, to DARPA for less than 3 million dollars, including all recurring and nonrecurring costs.

The ATTT is currently in storage at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum, at Edwards Air Force Base.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:08:17 AM EDT
Good catch, ASUsax!

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:08:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ASUsax:

Originally Posted By Brohawk:

Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Ya, what is this thing:

img519.imageshack.us/img519/5433/11co.jpg



Looks like one of Burt Rutan's creations.


ETA: Maybe this:

www.scaled.com/projects/ATTT.html



Almost certainly.


Advanced Technology Tactical Transport (ATTT)

The Model 133-4.62 Advanced Technology Tactical Transport (ATTT) proof-of-concept demonstrator is a 62% scaled version of an airplane designed to challenging STOL and long range requirements. The ATTT was developed and test flown by Scaled Composites, Inc. under contract to DARPA. The initial flight test program consisted of 51 flights with the original cruciform tail configuration, measuring and refining performance, stability and control, and handling qualities. The results of the fabrication and test program were presented in a comprehensive report to DARPA .

In an effort to improve the aft loading capability of the aircraft and to correct aerodynamic deficiencies discovered during the test program, the ATTT aircraft was modified with a twin-boom tail whose general configuration was similar to that of the Rockwell OV-10 Bronco. This modified configuration is shown in the accompanying photograph. Pratt and Whitney of Canada PT6A-135A turboprop engines were attached to the twin booms in a tractor configuration. A simple fully mechanical flight control system was installed, with full control available from both seats. The Scaled-designed landing gear is actuated using electric motors.

The M-133 demonstrator used a unique flap system to enable its STOL performance. The high lift configuration consists of eight Fowler-type flaps, each of 43% chord. The flap system was designed to allow the initial takeoff roll to be performed with the flaps extended, but at low deflections to minimize takeoff drag. As rotation speed was neared, the flaps were quickly rotated to the maximum lift position via a separate pilot action. The ATTT was a key program for Scaled. It demonstrated our ability to perform a challenging aerodynamic and structural design, and to build, test, and deliver what amounted to two different manned research airplanes, including all design and flight test data, to DARPA for less than 3 million dollars, including all recurring and nonrecurring costs.

The ATTT is currently in storage at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum, at Edwards Air Force Base.





Now figure out what the aircraft to the right of it is.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:11:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 11:12:54 AM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
there's an A-10 at 34 53 59, 117 52 09



And that is a TWO seat A-10.


I'll be back in about 14 hours.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:14:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 2A373:

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
there's an A-10 at 34 53 59, 117 52 09



And that is a TWO seat A-10.


I'll be back in about 14 hours.



Gonna go steal it?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:20:33 AM EDT
try this one

46.23'19.51"N 17.54'41.04"E

Hungarian MiG 21's at Taszar Airbase, Hungary
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:20:42 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:37:16 AM EDT
I'm looking at Area 51.

37'12'10.05N
115'48'55.24"W

Couple of Airliners on the runway.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:41:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 2A373:



Now figure out what the aircraft to the right of it is.



Looks like an A-26.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 11:49:23 AM EDT
Due north slightly to the right is what appears to be a JSF but if the pics are so old maybe not, and due north slightly to the left is a F-117
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:25:26 PM EDT
picture of a Lancaster bomber in flight. Lots of cool stuff you find on google earth.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/09/google_lancaster/
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 3:07:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 3:23:02 PM EDT by PaDanby]
If you are looking at the west side of the runways at March, you are looking at the Air Museum. A B-52, at least one SR-71, a B-29 (or B-50) several 20,s, 25's, and 26's, 4 or 5 F-105's and so on. If you like planes and are coming to the LA area, it's worth a trip out there. (I live about 30 miles west of there)

Think I'll go try the Google Earth and check it out.

Oooh neat, just downloaded and tryed it. Oh Great, just what I need a nother neat toy for my computer.

Those coordinates are in fact up at Edwards. Just "Fly To" March, AFB and then scroll over to the west and a little south and you see the museum. I'ld be willing to bet that those photos are a few years old. Some of the March areas look like it was taken before the base was closed and transformed into the Joint Air Reserve Base.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 3:20:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By soccermike7:
just type in: 34.9535, -117.8839

(more specifically, lat=34.9535, lon=-117.8839)

my one roommate said the cia said they stopped flying the sr-71s anymore because they are too expensive.

so why would they just be sitting out in the open near runway access?




Do a search in the military forum of keyhole. There is an overlay showing all the Blackbirds that have been found.

The ones you found are NASA planes.
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 3:23:33 PM EDT
I just downloaded this Google Earth - AMAZING! I know I'm behind the times!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:20:58 PM EDT

Due north slightly to the right is what appears to be a JSF but if the pics are so old maybe not, and due north slightly to the left is a F-117


Got coordinates? I found 3 F22s but didn't see any F117's
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