Martin RB-57F
Martin - RB-57F - 1963 - США
Страна: США
Год: 1963

RB-57F: переоборудованный в высотные разведчики компанией "General Dynamics" 21 самолет B-57B и RB-57D; размах крыла увеличен до 37,19 м, установлены новые два двигателя Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-11 тягой по 80,05 кН и два ТРД Pratt & Whitney J60-P-9 тягой по 14,68 кН
WB-57F, 63-13290, изначально построен как B-57B, 52-1562, но затем стал пятой машиной, переоборудованной в вариант RB-57F. 15 из 21 самолета были изначально оборудованы для сбора проб воздуха. Самолеты, получившие обозначение WB-57F, попали в 58-ю эскадрилью метеоразведки и несли многочисленное оборудование, включая крыльевые контейнеры для сбора проб воздуха.
RB/WB-57F, предназначенные для полетов на большой высоте, оснащались двигателями TF33, а затем были дополнительно оборудованы еще и парой небольших ТРД J60, которые при полетах на максимальную дальность не использовались.
This view of one of NASA's two WB-57F emphasises its huge 122ft wingspan, almost double that of the first B-57 variants. The WB-57s are used for a variety of atmospheric research duties. The recently-applied paint has reduced the drag to such an extent that the performance gain is almost equivalent to that with the underwing auxiliary turbojets fitted.
An annotated image of the positions on the WB-57F where stores can be carried. The inner large wing pods are called superpods and the outer ones are referred to as spear pods.
НАСА эксплуатировало в Космическом центре имени Линдона Б. Джонсона, авиабаза Эллингтон, старый WB-57C. Самолет имел аппаратуру для забора в верхних слоях атмосферы мельчайших космических объектов (типа метеоритной пыли). Его также использовали для разведки погоды.
NASA's WB-57Fs are being kept busy thanks to their ability to carry heavy payloads to high altitude. This has led them to be deployed to various places around the world. N926NA is pictured making a stop at Lajes in the Azores.
Martin WB-57F N926NA is seen on approach to RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, on December 2, 2012, on its journey back to Texas from Afghanistan.
Martin WB-57F N928NA (ex 63-13298) equipped with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node has been deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, following a period of maintenance. The aircraft is seen arriving at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, on February 2, 2013, having flown via Lajes in the Azores and Bermuda from its base at Ellington Field, Texas. It departed RAF Mildenhall the next day, travelling via Souda Bay in Crete to Afghanistan, where it is expected to remain until September. The aircraft replaces NASA's other WB-57F (N926NA, ex 63-13593) in Afghanistan, which returned in early December 2012.
WB-57F N926NA at RAF Mildenhall. NASA WB-57Fs have visited this US Air Force base in the UK several times in recent years either on deployment or as a refuelling stop.
An interesting collection of badges below the cockpit of N926NA testifies to the wide variety of units the aircraft has worked with and missions it has performed.
This shot illustrates how low the wings can droop on the WB-57F prior to a flight.
SEEN HERE shortly after arrival at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, on the evening of August 10, 2007 after a flight from its base at the NASA Johnson Space Center at Houston-Ellington Field via Goose Bay is NASA WB-57F 928/N928NA. The aircraft made three high altitude sorties over the UK Midlands over the next three days, but it was scheduled to depart on August 15 for Kandahar, Afghanistan. Because of the nature of its planned operations there, the aircraft is totally devoid of identification markings, with no serial or even NASA logos now carried and only the US flag on the fin. On its previous visit to the UK it had already had NASA logos removed, but did at least still carry its serial.
WB-57F Project Pilot Scott Reagan and Scientific Equipment Operator Shelley Baccus in front of N926NA.
A close-up of the WAVE camera system nose that was developed to watch for items falling off the Space Shuttle during launch - as happened with a piece of insulating foam that caused damage and led to the loss of Columbia in 2003.
The converted bomb bay of a WB-57F, which has been adapted to carry pallets. This modification has proved to be one of the most useful because of the versatility it allows in carrying a wide range of payloads.
Исследовательский самолет WB-57F (сер. № 63-13503) со съемным фюзеляжным контейнером спецоборудования
Существенно возросший размах крыла RB-57D привел к ряду проблем с прочностью конструкции - жертвой этого стали не менее трех самолетов. Для RB-57F (на фотографии), имевшего крыло еще большего размаха, "General Dynamics" применила новую трехлонжеронную конструкцию крыла с панелями обшивки с сотовым заполнителем.
Исследовательский самолет WB-57F перед посадкой (интерцепторы выпущены)
Первый экземпляр самолета-разведчика RB-57F, переделанный из B-57B (сер. № 52-1589)
General Dynamics/Martin RB-57F high-altitude special reconnaissance aircraft
General Dynamics/Martin RB-57F.
WB-57F в наши дни используют не только для исследований. Кандагар (Афганистан), 25 марта 2011 г.
WB-57F (cep. № 63-13294). 17 мая 1969 г.
Специальная фотокамера на WB-57F (сер. № 63-13298) для проведения исследований в Центре NASA им. Кеннеди. Май 2005 г.
Левая основная, передняя опоры шасси и воздухозаборники системы охлаждения отсека оборудования самолета WB-57F (сер. № 63-13293)
Летчики NASA в высотных костюмах
For missions involving flying over 50,000ft, the crew wear pressure suits and a helmet.
The modernised front cockpit or the WB-57F.
The rear cockpit is now dominated by two large screens for the Scientific Equipment Operator to use.
Martin/General Dynamics RB/WB-57F
RB/WB-57F Canberra
Martin B-57 Genealogy: 1. B-57A, licence-built Canberra with J65-W-5 engines, eight 50 calibre machine guns in initial production aircraft and 1a a Martin-developed rotary bomb bay. 2. B-57B and C (dual control variant) with four 20mm cannon and eight underwing hardpoints. 2a. Nose section of aircraft delivered to Pakistan with RB-1A 'Georgia Peach' all-weather bombing system. 3. B/RB-57D high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft with increased wing span and equipped with P&W J57-PW-27 engines. 3a, b and c. B-57(R)D nose, tail and wing tip antenna housings. 4. B/EB/RB-57E. 4a. Tail section of B-57E fitted with towed target containers, port and starboard. 5. RB/WB-57F with TF33-PW-11A main engines and J60-PW-7 boost engines (for high altitude operations). 6. B-57G equipped with chin-mounted Tropic Moon III sensor suite.
General Dynamics/Martin RB-57F high-altitude special reconnaissance aircraft