Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 21 Dec 2017, 8:53 pm

Anhedral wrote:
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



Is it me, or is this just a pregnant F-35 anyway?

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 08 Jan 2018, 7:37 am

Ooh not spotted this theme thread before, time for a few shots from my times in the States!

ImageF-16C 87-0352 ED - USAF by -evansaviography-

ImageF-16C's 85-1560 and 85-1551 ED - USAF by -evansaviography-

ImageC-12C Huron 76-0158 - USAF by -evansaviography-

ImageX-1E by -evansaviography-

ImageExperimental Aircraft (unkown type, any help?) by -evansaviography-

ImageHiMAT - Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology by -evansaviography-

ImageF-8 Crusader - Supercritical Wing Test Plane by -evansaviography-

ImageX-29 by -evansaviography-

ImageGulfstream UAVSAR by -evansaviography-

ImageGulfstream UAVSAR by -evansaviography-

ImageBoeing B-52B Launch Vehicle by -evansaviography-

ImageBoeing B-52B Launch Vehicle by -evansaviography-

ImageYAL-1 in storage at AMARG by -evansaviography-

Imageedwards2010-f16-03 by -evansaviography-

Imageedwards2010-f16-02 by -evansaviography-

ImageBoeing B-52B Launch Vehicle by -evansaviography-

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 08 Jan 2018, 1:57 pm

Somehow managed to miss this as well... awesome thread!

Here's one from Oshkosh 2016 - damned thing trundled in to land and then went and sat on the far-side of the airfield, a million miles from the waiting cameras :sad:

Imageby Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

...and a small selection of the weird and wonderful from Zhukovsky:

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Tue 09 Jan 2018, 11:45 am

In fact I'm enjoying this thread so much that here's a few more, starting with something truly deranged from the (excellent) aviation museum in Krakow:

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

:dizzy:

And here's a few more of the weird, wacky and wonderful from magical Monino:

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

And finally... yes, this is an aircraft. Well, sort of. It's a WIG (wing-in-ground)-effect air vehicle, or Ekranoplan, designed for skimming just above the surface of the water. The most (in)famous example of this type of craft was the so-called 'Caspian Sea Monster', and a surviving example of the concept (an A-90 Orlyonok) can be seen sitting on a lake on the outskirts of Moscow. This here is a Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 - such a shame to see it tucked away on a remote corner of the airfield and clearly in a desperately poor state of repair, though I read somewhere that there are still hopes that it might be properly restored:

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Tue 09 Jan 2018, 1:56 pm

A few from me...

ImageHawker Siddeley P1127 XP980 Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton 27/10/11 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageSupermarine 510 VV106 Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton 24/10/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBAC Aerospatiale Concorde G-BSST Fleet Air Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton 12/12/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBAC TSR 2 XR220 RAF Museum Cosford by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageBritish Aerospace EAP ZF534 RAF Museum Cosford by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWHM_150412_018 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageWHM_150412_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

ImageDeHavilland Sea Vampire F1 LZ551 Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton 24/10/13 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Tue 09 Jan 2018, 6:25 pm

No love for the French?

Mirage III prototype, showing the area ruled fuselage.
ImageDassault Mirage IIIA - 10 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

How about a swing-wing Mirage?
ImageDassault Mirage G8-01 - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

...or even a VTOL Mirage!
ImageDassault Mirage III.V - 6 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Mirage 2000 prototype
ImageDassault Mirage 2000-01 - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Of course you could just slap another engine in and call it Super.
ImageDassault Super Mirage 4000 - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Last but by no means least, the Rafale prototype.
ImageDassault Rafale A - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Wed 10 Jan 2018, 10:17 am

From a trip to the US a while back, all from Edwards AFB

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ImageEDW9610_0001 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0002 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0003 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0006 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0008 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0010 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0011 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0012 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Sun 18 Feb 2018, 3:24 pm

Absolutely fascinating thread, especially the kit from the former Eastern Bloc. So, although I might well be repeating a few, and mine are not quite as exotic, I thought I'd offer up a few of my own images.

ImageTesting Times by Si Beedie, on Flickr

ImageBritish Aerospace EAP ZF534 by Si Beedie, on Flickr

ImageBristol Type 188 by Si Beedie, on Flickr

ImageTSR-2 by Si Beedie, on Flickr

ImageUnrealised Potential by Si Beedie, on Flickr

ImageTornado ADV (F2) by Si Beedie, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Mon 05 Mar 2018, 11:33 pm

ImageIMG_0765-1-3 by CharlieGolfPhotography, on Flickr

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Thu 08 Mar 2018, 11:11 pm

A few from me...

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English Electric P.1A - Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, 1st February 2015 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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de Havilland Mosquito Prototype - The de Havilland Aircraft Museum, London Colney, Sunday 12th June 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Gloster Meteor F9/40 - Royal Air Force Museum Hendon, Sunday 19th June 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Aerospatiale SA-330E Puma HC-1 - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, Sunday 20th November 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawker Hunter T7 - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, Sunday 20th November 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Short SC.1 - Science Museum, London, Sunday 6th November 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawker P1127 - Science Museum, London, Sunday 6th November 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Saro SRA1 - Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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English Electric Canberra B2 (Mod) - Newark Air Museum, Saturday 11th March 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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English Electric Canberra T19 - Newark Air Museum, Saturday 11th March 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Gloster Meteor D16 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Thursday 31st August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawker Hunter F6A - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Thursday 31st August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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British Aircraft Corporation One-Eleven (forward fuselage) - Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Thursday 31st August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Handley Page HP115 - Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Sunday 28th August 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hall 4 - Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Sunday 28th August 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Lockheed Super Constellation & Qinetiq Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet A - Royal International Air Tattoo 2013 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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