Local

August 23, 2013

AFFT Museum moves X-48C

U.S. Air Force photographs by Rebecca Amber

 

The Air Force Flight Test Museum placed an X-48C on display Aug. 20. According to X-48B/C project manager for Boeing Research Technology, Michael Kisska, the aircraft is “on loan” to the museum while Boeing, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory actively pursue research opportunities for the aircraft.

“Putting the X-48C in the museum not only allows us to share its accomplishments with the public, but it also keeps it in a near flight configuration such that if we do get more research funding we can pull it right back out and take it down to the flight line,” said Kisska.

He explained that the X-48C was reconfigured from the original B model by replacing the winglet rutters with inboard verticals on the tail and removing one of the three engines representing a low-noise configuration.

The aircraft is designed to test the low-speed handling qualities and stall characteristics of a blended wing body class of aircraft. It has flown 92 missions as an X-48B and 30 as a C model for a total of 122 successful missions.
 
X48b
 
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the museum to exhibit some of the modern technology being developed here at Edwards. This is kind of rare because usually the things that we end up with are already completed or in the past and this aircraft is fairly up to date,” said George Welsh, 412th Test Wing museum curator.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

Enlisted Combat Dining out There will be an Edwards AFB Enlisted Combat Dining Out Oct. 10. Check in time is 5:30 p.m. in Hangar 1600. The authorized uniform is any present or past combat uniform. The event is open to all Edwards enlisted. Bring your own water guns. Water and water bombs will be supplied....
 
 
retreat1

Retreat

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara (From right to left) 1st Lt. Tony Liu, from the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 1, salutes the American flag as 1st Lt. Michael Eibling, from the U.S. Air Force Tes...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka

67 years of air power

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka In keeping with tradition, Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander and highest ranking officer attending the dinner, cuts the U.S. Air Force birthday cake with Airman Juan Bonill...
 

 
Navy photograph

Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE,...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

Base, local helping agencies team up to build ‘Community of Caring’

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Nancy Koch-Castillo, 412th Test Wing community support coordinator, leads the Edwards Air Force Base Integrated Delivery System monthly meeting Sept. 11 during a visit to Healing Horses and Ar...
 
 

Airmen must revalidate dependents by Dec. 31

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>