Air International 2015-11
Pax: Home of US Navy flight testing
X-47B AV-2 receives fuel from Omega's Boeing 707 tanker N707MQ (c/n 21368) while operating in the Atlantic Test Ranges over the Chesapeake Bay. The test on April 22, 2015 marked the first time an unmanned aircraft refuelled in flight.
X-47B AV-2 and Omega's Boeing 707 tanker, N707MQ (c/n 21368) over the Chesapeake Bay near to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
De Havilland Canada U-6A Beaver BuNo 150161 is one of two used by the US Naval Test Pilots School.
An OH-58C Kiowa hover taxies to the main flight line used by the USNTPS.
An EH-60A Blackhawk assigned to the USNTPS filled with a pitot boom.
Three types of aircraft, each from a different generation, on the USNTPS flight line at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Nearest to the camera is a privately owned North American T-28B BuNo 140035, and in the background a Saab 340 operated by Calspan Flight Research and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the school.
The E-2D's 24-foot diameter rotordome houses Ihe ADS-18 electronically scanned array antenna.
An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) Tiger Tails moves into position to be launched off the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye BuNo 166502 (c/n AA-2) is the second of two System Design and Development air­craft on the VX-20 flight line at Patuxent River.
E-2D BuNo 168076 taxis to runway 32 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The mission was flown by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20.
AV-1 on the Roosevelt's number one catapult alongside an F/A-18F Super Hornet during manned and unmanned flight operations.
X-47B BuNo 168063/501 on the number one catapult prior to launch from the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Northrop Grumman's X-47B UCAS-D launches from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in August 2014 during tests demonstrating its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft.
A shooter signals lor X-47B AV-1 to launch from the flight deck.
Unmanned X-47B AV-1 launches from the air­craft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
X-47B BuNo 168063/501 (c/n AV-1) takes the number one wire aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
X-47B BuNo 168064/502 (c/n AV-2) was fitted with an air refuelling probe and an infrared camera system capable of providing precise navigation updates to get the air vehicle into the tanker's moving basket.
Prior to embarking on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt, AV-1 had an automatic wing-fold capability introduced into its software enabling the wings to be automatically folded after landing.
Saab 340 Airborne Systems Test and Research Support test-bed N304ST (c/n 340A-102) is a highly-modified version of the Swedish-designed turboprop operated by Calspan Flight Research. The ASTARS modifications were completed in early 2010 and feature an integrated F-16 APG-66 fire control radar, MX-15 infrared/electro-optical turret, student cockpit, and instructor's station.
The Triton MQ-4C's wingspan measures 130.9ft and the leading edge of the wing is fitted with a de-icing system.
De Havilland NU-1B Otter BuNo 144670 has been in service with the US Navy longer than any other aircraft. It was delivered to VX-6 on September 28, 1956 and served with 13 others in Antarctica ferrying equipment and personnel to and from the south pole until 1966. It was the last navy Otter to fly in Antarctica and is the only remaining military example of the type in the world. It has been with the USNTPS since it left Antarctica and is primarily used to instruct lateral directional stability characteristics.
The T-38 Talon is the primary fixed-wing aircraft flown by the USNTPS.
The USNTPS is the only navy unit to fly the H-72A Lakota.
The first T-6B Texan II advanced primary trainer was delivered to the USNTPS in 2010. The type is used to demonstrate performance, spin and directional stability test techniques.
Calspan Flight Research is under contract to the USNTPS to provide use of its Learjet 24D in-flight simulator for student exercises. The aircraft, N101 VS fc/n 218) was manufactured in 1969.
Thirty percent of the 42 aircraft assigned to the USNTPS are owned by the US Army including the Beechcraft C-12C Hurons.
Smoke plumes from the tyres of USNTPS F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165544 seen landing on runway 24 at Pax River.
A 1,000lb GBU-31(V)4/B joint Direct Attack Munition fitted with a hard target void sensing fuse enables aircrew to select a fusing option for attacking a hardened target.
Sally Dog 120, F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165875/ SD120, carrying an IRST test vehicle.
Salty Dog 123, F/A-18F BuNo 166969/SD123, loaded with three GBU-31(V)4/B joint Direct Attack Munitions each fitted with the hard target void sensing fuse.
VX-23's NEA-18G Growler BuNo 166641/SD521 loaded with three ALQ-99 tactical jamming pods.