More from the AIR

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in their f-16 falcons.

Then they burn some further tax-dollars.

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Believe it or not this is the economy version.  There was a time before the oil crisis of 1974 that the Thunderbirds flew a fleet of f-4 Phantoms.

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INSIDE THE 747 STS CARRIER
INSIDE THE 747 STS CARRIER

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Just a Few of the Many.  I will entitle and enlarge them later.  See if you can name them.  First generation fighter to Fifth generation in no particular order. OK.  From the top. NASA’S f-18 Hornet test plane.  The Boeing 747 STS or Shuttle Carrier.  The f-86 Sabre.  The f-117 Nighthawk.  The upgraded modernised U2.  The next two are of the B2. That’s a billion bucks right there if you ever wondered what 1,000,000,000 greenbacks of materials and work-hours looked like.

Did I say expensive?

I leave you for now with the Fifth generation plus.  That’s 5th+

The Joint Strike Fighter F-35.  When I saw it in the main hanger here at Edwards AFB. I thought it was a prototype.  Having spent hours in the searing sun looking at aesthetically pleasing aircraft, the f 35 appeared like a toy almost.  It didn’t look as mean as the others.  How naïve I was.

However the f-35 has run into difficulties on the budget front.  This no doubt will be sorted.  They apparently are scheduled to be delivering these birds up to and possibly beyond 2037.  This one in my 2006 photograph is the earliest model.  Since it was Edwards AFB, it was the f-35 that had to prove to the Pentagon that it had a future

 

HOW MUCH BUD?
HOW MUCH BUD?

 

While I’m here at Edwards, I might as well include a few more or I’ll never get around to it.

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While it’s costly to fly let alone manufacture a Global Hawk Recon aircraft the undoubtedly skilful pilot remains on the ground.

Then there are those who fly in the sky such as here in the supersonically deadly sleek bomber- the B.1

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I said elsewhere and reiterate that it is the aesthetics that are attractive and not the use governments make of these aircraft.  

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f-117 flying over 747 STS carrier.  Nighthawk out in the sun.

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Come Fly With Me

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA colony of gulls; a bevy of larks; a squadron of pelicans.  There is no end to collective nouns for our wonderful feathered friends.

Here’s a formation of my pics from less clean aluminium birds flying over West Coast US.

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General Electric and Pratt&Whitney. You have to hand it to them!

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Boeing and Airbus commercial fleet helped with the aerial stuff.

Sadly a portly middle-aged man could not  hope to get airborne in any of the aircraft he saw at Nellis AFB Nevada or Edwards AFB.  More of the latter on page to come.