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    Quite near the SR-71 Blackbirds are two planes, one black, one white. Day and night reconaissance, perhaps.


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    Question White Plane

    Maybe the white plane is an F-22 raptor?

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    Yep, just googled it. The white one is an F-22.

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    Exclamation Black Plane

    The black one looked lika a F18E/F "Super Hornet"

    Look at http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/

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    Post Here's what they are ...

    The black one is the F-18 HARV (one of the only F-18s to be painted black)

    The white one is (maybe) the F-15 Active (vectored thrust and canards) with a new paint job, but definately an F-15.

    BTW, Edwards never parks secret aircraft out in the open. :smile:

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    Talking Planes on Edwards AFB

    Hello Jopper,

    I'm sorry, but it seems Edwards park secret aircrafts out in the open!
    I added a new placemark.

    Look also http://www.edwards.af.mil/openhouse/
    and http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/jsf.htm

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    Wink Boeing JSF

    I found another Picture

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    i can be almost 100% sure that the white plane is an F/A-22 Raptor (stupid official name), although im not sure about the black plane

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    my mistake, it is infact a F-15, although i have never seen one in that paint colour

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    Here is the Edwards AFB file, with added placemarks collected from other posts and by recognition. Please feel free to add more to or correct my placemarks then re-post. Thanks
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    That is not an F-15, that is an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter or an F-22.

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    The reason that i changed my mind about it being a F-22 is because if you look carefully at front end of the aircraft, the engine intakes are very square like on a F-15, whereas on the F-22 they are more curved. Also, the horizontal tail planes appear to be larger than on the F-22. It is not easy to tell with the quality of that picture, but if you compare it to a photo or schematic of a F-22 I think you might notice the difference.

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    I did, then I called my buddy stationed at Edwards and had him zoom in on it. It's top secret but consider it an F-22.

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    What also interests me about this picture is that there are 2 SR-71 Blackbirds parked there quite obviously, yet I have been led to believe that no Blackbirds were left in flyable condition. I find it hard to believe that you take up valuable tarmac space with 2 "non-flying" aircraft... any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddognz
    What also interests me about this picture is that there are 2 SR-71 Blackbirds parked there quite obviously, yet I have been led to believe that no Blackbirds were left in flyable condition. I find it hard to believe that you take up valuable tarmac space with 2 "non-flying" aircraft... any suggestions?
    If that is Edwards Air Force Base then I'm pretty sure that's NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. They have two SR-71s that were going to be used for research but I'm not sure if the funding ever came through for that. The last flight I can find a reference to was in 1999.

    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/home/index.html

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