Dienstag, 12. August 2014

Have you ever touched a real YF-23? Cause I did...

Yea I know, I have been away for some time, but anyway... I have just been to the US and visited some aircraft related museums and Edwards Air Force base, which is not open to the public.

I have been to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum (been there before in 2009), which has a nice collection including an F-14D Prototype, A-12 Blackbird, F-16A and a few other aircraft (can be looked up on the internet)

The real highlight was Edwards Air Force Base, though... Located right in the middle of the desert, with a direct area of aprox. 44 square miles, this base has everything to offer a US aviation enthusiast would like to see...

Aircraft I have seen in Edwards:
Taxiing, flying or taking off:
F-15D Eagle
F-16C Fighting Falcon
F-22 Raptor
T-38 Talon
B-2 Spirit

Standing on the tarmac:
F-16C Fighting Falcon (US and one dutch F-16)
F-16D Fighting Falcon
F-35A Lightning II
F-35C Lightning II
F-22 Raptor
T-38 Talon
B-1B Lancer
B-52H Stratofortress
C-17A Globemaster III
KC-135 Stratotanker

Static display/in hangar (worth mentioning):
F-16XL (Prototype #1)
SR-71 Blackbird
YA-10B Warthog
YF-22 Lightning II
YC-15 (this one is outside of the actual base an can be visited at any time along with a F-100, F-101, F-102, F-103, F-104, F-105 and F-106, called the "Century Circle")
F-117 Nighthawk (was allowed to crawl under and touch this one)

Unfortunately, no photos are allowed on the entire base, only got photos of the century circle...

And finally, I got to see YF-23 PAV-2... Hell, I was allowed to touch it and take photos of whatever I wanted. It's currently abandoned together with YF-17 Cobra and F-14A of the Bounty Hunters and is not allowed for public access. Took some nice photos and also got a few nice looks. I will upload some pics later.

And when it comes to modding: what do I plan?

Dunno, updated A380, got the BF4 T-50 Pak Fa (will probably be a merger with Ace Combat parts) and I also want to finish some AC:AH planes...
Last but not least, I wanted to make a "next-gen" F-15. It would incorporate the F-15 S/MTD body style, along with the canted vertical stabilizers and internal weapon bays of the F-15 Silent Eagle. Then name it F-15F Super Eagle or so.

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