We took a break from driving and visited to Edwards Flight Test Museum.
Nice model of a F-22 Raptor in the lobby.
This is a great sign, I never found anything like this in the desert.
Model of the B-58A Hustler #55-0119 Snoopy 1. This is a great looking airplane, even with the long nose.
These were really nice. Wind tunnel models for the X-15A and X15A-2. I've seen photos of these in the book Hypersonic which is a great book for anyone interested in the X-15 program.
A Reaction Motors XLR11 rocket engine. The X-15 program used two of these engines per plane for the first 30 flights. Each engine put out 5,900 pounds of thrust.
Reaction Motors XLR99 rocket engine. This model replaced the two XLR11s used on the early flights. At sea level it put out 50,000 pounds of thrust, and over 57,000 at 100,000 feet out powering the two XLR11s.
This is a piece of the horizontal stabilizer from the third X-15A #66672 recovered by the X-Hunters. The accident happened on 11/15/67 killing the pilot Maj. Michael J. Adams.
A real F-22 Raptor.
This was an interesting item, it's a truck door from Pancho Barnes ranch. The photo shows Pancho next to the truck
We only stayed a short time at the museum, I could have spent hours checking out the displays.
Back outside, Pete is telling us the story of the U-2A #56-6710 that crashed on 9/11/58 killing the pilot Hugh P. Hunerwadel.
The U-2A site was a micro, but there was a lot of interesting pieces remaining.
This piece of laminated glass looks like it's from the windshield.
Looks like the remains of a pressure gauge with a hose attached.
Control cable pulley.
Next we drove out to the north track. This is the finish, looking back to the start, the rails have been removed. This is the 2000 foot rocket sled track that Colonel John Paul Stapp performed some of his test on the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans.
This is one of the two B-29 bomber wheel and brake assemblies that were used to stop the sled. The cable was placed across the track and wound on the spools mounted on the B-29 wheels.
Another view of the B-29 wheel and cable spool.
Tony and I are holding up the braking cable in the position that it would have been for the sled to grab it. The track ends about a 100 feet past this point.
Photo provided by Sam Parker.
Found this photo online, it was titled as " Lt. Col. John P. Stapp rides the rocket sled at Edwards Air Force Base".
Here we are on a lakebed to look for the site of the Aurora Flight Sciences Theseus RPRV that crashed on 11/12/96.
There were a lot a tiny pieces scattered in the area.
Found pieces of carbon fiber.
While following the pieces from the Theseus, we were finding a lot of old ammo links. These are small, look like 30cal.
Saw something off in the distance and Robb and myself headed out to check it out. Turned out to be a fuel bladder from an old airplane, no idea what it's from. It's about six feet across.
Also in the area we started finding parts that looked like they were from an aircraft.
These looked like control cable pulleys, but the square nuts didn't look like aircraft hardware.
When Robb and I found this, we thought that it looked like it was from some type of wagon or cart. While walking back to the vehicles, Robb did say that the pieces we were finding might be from a old glider or glide bomb.
Next we checked out what remained of a GM A-1 Bug radio controlled flying bomb from the 1940s.
This is the fuselage laying on it's right side, in the back is the left horizontal stabilizer.
Close up view of the stab.
The root section of the left wing was still attached to the fuselage along with a small piece of the wing strut.
A switch on the fuselage is mounted so it can be operated from the outside.
The outboard section from one of the wings was laying next to the fuselage.
Overall view of the wreckage.
The Edwards Flight Test Museum that we visited earlier in the day had a model of the GM-A1 Bug.
Photo provided by Dave Trojan.
Nearby were the remains of a GB-1 glide bomb.
It didn't take long after seeing this that I could tell that most of the pieces Robb and I were finding on the lakebed earlier came from one of these.
I found this wreckage interesting. It reminded me of the RC model airplanes I used to build 40 years ago.
It has plywood ribs and skin and is nailed together.
A lot of the wreckage was buried in the sand.
The bracket to hold the bomb is like the one Robb and I first thought was from a wagon. He was right about that the pieces might be from a glide bomb.
Square nuts on the hardware.
Last look at the GB-1 before moving on.
The Edwards Flight Test Museum that we visited earlier in the day had a model of the GB-1 glide bomb.
Photo provided by Dave Trojan.
This was interesting. There were four of these in the area. It's a Rocketdyne solid rocket motor that would have been attached to a fighter aircraft for a zero length launch takeoff. Found photos online of this model motor being used on a German Luftwaffe F-104G Starfighter.