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Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Sat 12 Sep 2015, 10:53 pm

Seeing everything at MAKS and Monino gave me an idea for one of these themed photo threads:

Let's see your shots of any prototype, test and/or experimental aircraft! I know the line between these and operational machines can be quite blurry at times, so I'll leave the interpretation of subject matter pretty broad.

Couple of mine from Russia:

As Andy put it, the TSR-2ski - or more accurately, the T-6-1; prototype to the Su-24, at Monino.
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Little introduction needed here - The Yak-141, one of just two built, to be the Russian Navy's next STOVL aircraft. I saw both of them whilst in Russia - winner. This one at Monino.
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Finally, the MiG "Project 1.44" - designed as Russia's answer to the stealth game before funding dried up. It would be some years until the T-50 would come along, and it feels like there's a bit of this machine's DNA in the PAK-FA
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So the floor's open, guys 'n' gals. Over to you. :smile:

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Sun 13 Sep 2015, 9:15 am

Cool tread.

To begin with, Gromov's Su-27, used for flight control tests. Taken at the Mosaero 2001 show. Scanned from slide.
ImageGromov's Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker by Niall Grant, on Flickr

And three from the 2013 Gifu show in Japan.
Hiko Kaih Jik (HKJ), 29-5103, Mitsubishi XT-2CCV
ImageGifu Airshow 2013 8 by Niall Grant, on Flickr

What I believe is the prototype F-2A, 63-8501, of the test unit, Hiko Kaih Jik.
ImageGifu Airshow 2013 11 by Niall Grant, on Flickr

The prototype Kawasaki C-1, still flying and designated the C-1FTB
ImageGifu Airshow 2013 20 by Niall Grant, on Flickr

Niall

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Sun 13 Sep 2015, 2:59 pm

Here's the Boeing Challenger MSA as seen at RIAT 2015, one of 5 aircraft designs competing for the Nimrod replacement

ImageBoeing MSA by Alexander Prins, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Tue 15 Sep 2015, 2:16 pm

Prototype Auster AOP.9 WZ662/G-BKVK over South Wales 2012. Taken from Auster AOP.9 XR240/G-BDFH

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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Wed 16 Sep 2015, 10:49 am

Not sure if this was for Military only but a shot of the 787-9 at Farnborough last year

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Wes...

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Wed 16 Sep 2015, 11:21 am

ImageTSR.2 basking in the morning sun at RAF Cosford. by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr

ImageConvair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr

ImageMidlands Air Museum by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr

ImageMidlands Air Museum by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Sun 20 Sep 2015, 7:45 pm

CF-188B Hornet from AETE of the Canadian Armed Forces, caught on departure from CFB Cold Lake during the Maple Flag exercise in 2007.
ImageCAF, AETE, 188907, CF-188B Hornet by Niall Grant, on Flickr

Two shots of Sukhoi, Su-47 Berkut, at Mosaero 2001. Scanned from slide.
ImageSu-47 Berkut by Niall Grant, on Flickr

ImageSukhoi Su-47 Berkut by Niall Grant, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Tue 22 Sep 2015, 11:00 am

Well, if we're posting Monino shots....

Sukhoi T-4, the Valkrieski

ImageMonino 04 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

Ye-150/166, semi-automated heavy interceptor

ImageMonino 30 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

Yak-36, testbed for the -38 Forger

ImageMonino 31 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

M-50 and T-4

ImageMonino 37 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

Su-27 prototype T-10. You can see some of the PAK-FA in it from certain angles.

ImageMonino 41 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

AW-609 from Yeovilton

ImageYeovilton Air Day 2015 39 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

Tu-155, Tu-154 converted to test hydrogen fuel.

ImageMAKS Airshow 2015 004 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

AW159 testbed, RNAS Merryfield

ImageRNAS Merryfield 2015 30 by Sam Wise, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 21 Mar 2016, 7:56 pm

Farnborough 14

Image1-Farnborough 290714 039 by Eelmoor Farnborough, on Flickr

Image1-Farnborough 290714 072 by Eelmoor Farnborough, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 21 Mar 2016, 8:42 pm

Prototype Mk.5 Jet Provost...
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BAC Jet Provost T.5P G-VIVM (XS230) - Swords Aviation Ltd, North Weald January 2015 by Dan B, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 24 Mar 2016, 8:20 pm

The prototype Mitsubishi MRJ, JA21MJ, gets airborne on a test flight from Nagoya Komaki 27th November 2015.

ImageNew kid on the block by Niall Grant, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Wed 27 Apr 2016, 5:35 am

Just one from me for now:
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Andy :smile:

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Fri 05 Aug 2016, 3:08 pm

A couple from Cosford this year.
[url][url=https://flic.kr/p/JeKQyA]Image[/url]Flying Pencil by Brian Macdonald, on Flickr/url]ImageBristol 188 by Brian Macdonald, on FlickrImageAvro 707 by Brian Macdonald, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Fri 05 Aug 2016, 8:56 pm

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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 27 Mar 2017, 9:29 pm

Love the last one of the Kestrel, its about time this little gem was put on display we have the RB108 test bed Meteor FR9 at newark next to our sea harrier, I would have posted of picture if I knew how, great thread though :clap:

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Wed 26 Apr 2017, 5:42 pm

A couple of odd balls for you, both taken at Detroit Willow Run early 80s
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A view of the test ramp at Cold Lake 92, taken on a very dismal day,weather wise.
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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Tue 05 Sep 2017, 7:31 pm

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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Sat 23 Sep 2017, 10:55 am

A couple from my Flickr Site of interest
Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/58611670@N04

Boeing X-32B
The other contender for the JSF contest that brought us the F-35 Lightning. The X-32B has full conventional and VTOL take off performance but was ultimately unsuccessful. Pictured preserved at NAS Patuxent River Museum
ImageBoeing X-32B NAS Patuxent River Museum by Paul Nelhams, on Flickr

Rockwell-MBB X-31
Sole surviving thrust vectoring test aircraft now preserved at Schleissheim, Munich
ImageBu164585 Rockwell-MBB X-31 by Paul Nelhams, on Flickr

General Dynamics F-111 Static test airframe
What appears to be a static test airframe from the troubled early years of the F-111 program. Caught preserved at the Southwestern Aerospace Museum, Fort Worth (next to Airforce Plant 4 where the F-111 was built) in 1988
ImageGeneral Dynamics F-111 Aardvark test airframe by Paul Nelhams, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 1:57 pm

Hammy wrote:Image



Pardon my ignorance, but can someone tell me what this one is? I've not seen it before... I'm guessing Dehavilland based on the nacelles, but i've no idea.

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 4:01 pm

Reid & Sigrist Desford, G-AGOS. Wickipedia is a help.

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 4:18 pm

Robin wrote:Reid & Sigrist Desford, G-AGOS. Wickipedia is a help.



thank you,

although i'd note it's difficult to search wiki with nothing but an image to work from... :wink:

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 6:23 pm

Your welcome, I thought that with a name like that you would have no difficulty finding it. I remember seeing it in the late 50s, not certain where. Robin.

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 9:25 pm

Since Hammy's photo, the Desford has had its first post restoration flight.

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 06 Nov 2017, 10:53 am

Test Buccaneer S.1

Image_MG_0518 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 18 Dec 2017, 8:45 am

wv383 wrote:Since Hammy's photo, the Desford has had its first post restoration flight.


Having spoken to Carl Tyers yesterday, this is not the case. It is still yet to make its first flight post-restoration.

Here's a couple from Cosford earlier this year...

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