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One of the Early F-16s

The early versions of jets are often repurposed throughout their life.  They serve a role for testing but they are not configured like production jets and to make them so is too expensive to be worthwhile.  Besides, they are instrumented … Continue reading

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Max7 Test Aircraft

The 737 Max8 and Max9 Jets are both certificated and in service.  Next to come along is the Max7.  It is a lower priority as a result of a far lower level of orders combined with a redesign it underwent … Continue reading

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Going Mirrorless

Being late to the party is something that I make a habit of.  You could also be more optimistic and say that I am not an early adopter.  A number of friends and colleagues have added a mirrorless body to … Continue reading

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Pegasus Testing with the Hornet (and it’s not raining)

My luck with KC-46s and bad weather broke recently with a Pegasus launching out of Boeing Field on a glorious day.  It was carrying out trials work with a US Navy Hornet.  This jet was the subject of its own … Continue reading

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Salty Dog Hornet Goes Tanking

The never-ending test program for the KC-46 Pegasus involves testing with a variety of receiver aircraft.  Recently, the Navy has deployed jets to Boeing Field to work with the tankers.  While I was there, it was a Boeing F/A-18D Hornet … Continue reading

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Trailing Static Cones

For the people that don’t care for my aviation posts, this one won’t be of interest.  For the aviation fans that don’t care about the techie stuff, this will also be of limited interest.  That probably leaves a very small … Continue reading

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A Primer 747 Really Catches the Sun

A primer finish on a jet looks a lot more dramatic in sunny conditions.  The green finish of the protective film is quite reflective so the sun really makes the plane shine.  This 747-8F freighter was carrying out some production … Continue reading

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787 Development Jets

Two versions of the Boeing 787 have been in service for a while.  However, development activities continue.  The 787-10 is still undergoing flight test but work also continues on the older jets.  Some of this is also related to the … Continue reading

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Two Tankers

The KC-46 Pegasus tankers have appeared in the blog before but only on the ground.  That post can be found here.  I have finally seen them flying.  A couple of them were airborne on test flights from BFI and, while … Continue reading

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Structural Remains

I do like coming across test aircraft. Production jets will be seen all over the place in due course but the test aircraft often show small signs of their test role no are a bit more individual.  However, any test … Continue reading

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