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- Aug 6, 2007
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Shot in July:
quellish said:Shot in July:
Are you saying the stuff flying out of TTR and onto the groom testing ranges was an F-117?quellish said:Apparently they have been up in the air again this week, not as a part of exercises.
sublight said:Are you saying the stuff flying out of TTR and onto the groom testing ranges was an F-117?
sferrin said:And what would the "something else" be?
LowObservable said:(Yes, I think Quellish is being a tad dramatic.)
sferrin said:Could you be a little more specific? :
Ian33 said:Not to be out of order here but imho Quellish isn't here to spoon feed us. Sure she drops some awesome on us, and some times makes us go away and do our own thinking.
quellish said:sferrin said:Could you be a little more specific? :
Sorry, I wasn't there to infiltrate the facility and scan the flight test logs. It was definitely not an F-117, it was jet powered, it was pretty clearly a different test activity than the F-117 flight. These kinds of things happen regularly on the ranges, especially at this time of year. There are ongoing exercises on the ranges that compete for resources with test activity as well. The F-117 flights over the past year have been more overt than normal test activity.
I had a former F-117 maintenance guy coming through school to be a flight engineer and he said that 4 airframes are flying out of the other base North of Nellis. The ones in storage at Tonopah are being cut up and buried out on the range so nobody will ever have access to them. Sad end for an airplane that served it's country so well.
Yep...he said 4 flyers and 2 maintenance spares for parts. I guess they took the 6 lowest time airframes. Another guy who was a 117 pilot that took a few to Tonopah from Holloman said that the pilots currently flying them are retired AF and work for Lockheed as contractor pilots. That has to be a fun job.
flanker said:If you take a look above, i gave piece of information there that says there is 4 frames flying. And those pictures are old.
kcran567 said:Maybe testing some new stealth countermeasure equipment?
Not likely they'd put more than one bird in each hangar given the relative size of the building and aircraft in those shots. Air Force likes its ground crews to have plenty of elbow room.Spongthrush said:Here's a couple of ours from September 29th. Not fiddled with the images yet but you get the idea; perhaps more interesting is that this one came out of a different barn/hangar to the one that flew the next day.
Moose said:Not likely they'd put more than one bird in each hangar given the relative size of the building and aircraft in those shots. Air Force likes its ground crews to have plenty of elbow room.