Tag: test pilot

Join Test Pilot Jim Sandberg for YF-23 PAV-2 “Gray Ghost” walk-around
PAV-2 made its first flight on Oct. 26, piloted by Jim Sandberg. The aircraft was painted in two shades of gray and nicknamed “Gray Ghost”. The video in this post features an interesting interview with YF-23 PAV-2 (Prototype Air Vehicle 2) Test Pilot Jim Sandberg about the PAV-2 first flight (landing gear problem)....
This former A-10 Driver has become the First Female F-35 Test Pilot
According to Winiecki having the ability to bring the A-10 mission sets to the 461st FLTS, such as close-air-support, combat search and rescue and forward air controller, is important so the focus is not just on the air-to-air capabilities of the F-35 A routine F-35 flight test mission marked a significant event...
Bailing Out at Hypersonic Speed: the X-15 Ejection Seat
Because of its hypersonic speed and extreme altitude performance, the X-15 required one of the most complex ejection seats ever put into service The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts...
The Story of Mike Adams, the only Pilot to lose his life during the X-15 Flight-Test Program
The loads on the airplane built up beyond the structural limits, and the X-15-3 aircraft broke up at approximately 62,000 feet and about 3,800 feet-per-second speed... The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts would face. It made...
Cool photos show RN and RAF F-35 pilots conducting first night flying trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Queen Elizabeth has been kitted out with specially-designed LED lighting on her flight deck to aid night time landings Taken on Oct. 3, 2018 the amazing pictures in this post show Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Test Pilots conducting the first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The trials included state-of-the-art night-vision technology,...
That time an XB-70A Valkyrie performed an emergency landing on "tip-toe"
  There was trouble with both sets of main gear. On the left side, the gear had not fully lowered before rotating to meet the direction of travel, leaving the rear wheels higher, rather than lower, than the front set of wheels... The futuristic XB-70A was originally conceived in the 1950s as a high-altitude, nuclear strike bomber that could fly at Mach...
Here's why BAe Test Pilot Keith Hartley flew this Tornado with the canopy off
BAe Test Pilot Keith Hartley conducted the 'cockpit habitability trial' in his open top Tornado XZ630 Taken in 1988 the unique photos in this post feature British Aerospace (BAe) Test Pilot Keith Hartley conducting the 'cockpit habitability trial' in his open top Tornado XZ630. As BAE Systems explained on Twitter: "In 1988, our test pilot Keith Hartley flew at 500 knots in...
The story behind this famous ejection from a RAF Lightning interceptor
The tractor driver heard the bang of the ejection seat and is seen after quickly turning around to look at what was going on... The following article titled "The story behind a famous photograph of an ejection from a Lightning" appeared in Issue 5 – English Electric Lightning of Aviation Classic. The main picture in this was taken by Jim Meads...
Colonel Georgy Mosolov flew the prototype of the legendary MiG-21 fighter on its first flight on Feb. 14, 1955 MiG Corporation announced on Mar. 19 that Soviet test pilot Georgy Mosolov has died at the age of 91 in Moscow. "The legend of jet aviation has passed away," MIG’s Director General Ilya Tarasenko said. "He was a merited test pilot who made a...
Video shows Saab GlobalEye maiden flight
The maiden flight took place three weeks after Saab revealed the GlobalEye aircraft to the media for the first time on Feb. 23, 2018 Saab has flown its GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft in Linköping, Sweden on Mar. 14. According to the company press release, the jet a modified Bombardier Global 6000 jet platform, undertook a 1 hour...