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NASA Aircraft Assets

Table A.1 is compiled from multiple sources that are not consistent. It includes all known current NASA aircraft, including those, like the T-38N Talon, which are used for astronaut training and those used primarily for scientific research, like the ER-2, WB-57, and SOFIA. Some of these aircraft have probably been disposed of by NASA, and many of them are not in flying condition but may be used for spare parts, ground tests, and so on. NASA has flown a wide variety of aircraft (see Figure A.1).



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A NASA Aircraft Assets Table A.1 is compiled from multiple sources that are not consistent. It includes all known current NASA aircraft, including those, like the T-38N Talon, which are used for astronaut training and those used primarily for scientific research, like the ER-2, WB-57, and SOFIA. Some of these aircraft have probably been disposed of by NASA, and many of them are not in flying condition but may be used for spare parts, ground tests, and so on. NASA has flown a wide variety of aircraft (see Figure A.1). 67

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68 RECAPTURING NASA'S AERONAUTICS FLIGHT RESEARCH CAPABILITIES TABLE A.1 NASA's Aircraft Fleet N Number Manufacturer Model Location Research Aircraft ARMD 501NA Cirrus Design Corp. SR22 Langley ARMD 504NA Cessna 206H Langley ARMD 515NA Boeing 737-130 Langley ARMD 524NA North American OV-10A Langley ARMD 529NA Beechcraft B-200 Langley ARMD 535NA Bell UH-1H Langley ARMD 581NA Rockwell OV-10D Langley ARMD 592NA Rockwell OV-10D Langley ARMD 601NA Lockheed S-3B Glenn ARMD 602NA Lockheed S-3B Dryden ARMD 607NA DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter Glenn ARMD 616NA Learjet Inc. 25 Glenn ARMD 801NA Beechcraft B-200 Dryden ARMD 804NA Gulfstream American Corp. G-1159A Dryden ARMD 818NA Lockheed YO-3A Dryden ARMD 836NA McDonnell Douglas F-15B Dryden ARMD 853NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Dryden ARMD 880NA Molino OY-PIK-20E Dryden ARMD NA Bell UH-60 Ames ARMD NA Bell UH-60 Ames ARMD Unknown Gulfstream American Corp. G-550 NASA Wallops ARMD Unknown Boeing B-777 Langley ARMD Unknown Grupo-Aeromot-Ximango TG-14 Dryden ARMD None ATK HyBolT Langley ARMD None NASA AirSTAR Langley ARMD None NASA 1011 Langley ARMD None NASA DROID SUAV Dryden ARMD None Boeing X-48B Dryden ARMD None Boeing X-48C Dryden ARMD None Lockheed Martin MUTT Dryden ARMD None Lockheed Martin MUTT Dryden ARMD None NASA IRVE-2 NASA Wallops ARMD None NASA IRVE-3 NASA Wallops ARMD None NASA, AFRL, DSTO HiFIRE Langley ARMD None Lockheed Martin HTV-2 Dryden ARMD None Yamaha R-MAX Ames ARMD None Yamaha R-MAX Ames ARMD None EAV Unmanned Aerial System Ames Science Aircraft SMD 747NA Boeing 747SP-21 Dryden SMD 102Z Lockheed P-3C NASA Wallops SMD 426NA Lockheed P-3B NASA Wallops SMD 806NA Lockheed ER-2 Dryden SMD 809NA Lockheed ER-2 Dryden SMD 817NA Douglas DC-8 Dryden SMD 870NA General Atomics Aero Systems MQ-9 Dryden SMD 871NA Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Dryden SMD 872NA Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Dryden

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APPENDIX A 69 Maximum Maximun Comments Mach Altitude 0.31 25,000 0.23 15,700 0.82 35,000 0.4 24,000 Cert Class--Restricted 0.5 35,000 0.2 19,000 0.4 24,000 Also registered as N34457 0.4 24,000 Also registered as N3634U Icing research 0.79 41,000 Icing research 0.79 41,000 Icing research 0.25 25,000 Icing research 0.81 45,000 In-flight background-oriented Schlieren 0.5 35,000 Laminer flow research 0.85 45,000 in partnership with AFRL-SFW 0.18 1,200 Research testbed for supersonic and hypersonic projects 2.5 65,000 (AFTF, PFTF, CLIP) (FAST), also flown as X-53 1.8 50,000 Army-RASCAL 0.29 19,000 Army 0.29 19,000 Noise level testing (leased) 0.89 51,000 Quiet technology demonstrator 2 (QTD-2) 0.89 43,100 (leased-returned) Used for noise measurement 0.18 20,000 Has USAF on side of aircraft and an N number Hypersonic boundary layer transition Small UAV-generic transport model Small UAV Small UAV ERA 0.18 10,000 ERA 0.18 10,000 Partnership with AFRL-SFW 0.3 10,000 Partnership with AFRL-SFW 0.3 10,000 Inflatable re-entry vehicle Inflatable re-entry vehicle Hypersonic research with DTSO 8 DARPA-Army 20 Small UAV Small UAV Small UAV SOFIA Observatory 0.92 45,000 Science 0.65 28,000 Science 0.65 28,000 Earth sciences 0.65 70,000 Earth sciences 0.65 70,000 Earth sciences 0.77 36,000 Flying science laboratory (NSERC) Predator B (Ikhana) 0.4 25,000 Environmental studies Earth sciences 0.65 65,000 Earth sciences 0.65 65,000

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70 RECAPTURING NASA'S AERONAUTICS FLIGHT RESEARCH CAPABILITIES TABLE A.1 continued N Number Manufacturer Model Location SMD 926NA General Dynamics WB-57F Johnson SMD 928NA General Dynamics WB-57F Johnson SMD None Aerovironment Global Observer Dryden SMD None Sierra Unmanned Aerial System Ames SMD None Sierra Unmanned Aerial System Ames Transport Aircraft ARMD 528NA Beechcraft B-200 Langley ARMD 7NA Beechcraft B-200 Dryden ARMD 8NA Beechcraft B-200 NASA Wallops ARMD 803NA Grumman American Aviation Corp. G-1159A Dryden ARMD 805NA Grumman American Aviation G-1159 Dryden HEOMD 932NA Douglas DC-9 Johnson HEOMD 934NA McDonnell Douglas DC-9-33F Johnson HEOMD 944NA Gulfstream American Corp. G-1159 Johnson HEOMD 947NA Grumman American Aviation G-1159 Johnson Special Use Aircraft HEOMD 905NA Boeing 747 Johnson HEOMD 911NA Boeing 747 Johnson HEOMD 941NA Boeing 377SGT-F Johnson Training Aircraft HEOMD 511NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 901NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 902NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 903NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 904NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 906NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 907NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 908NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 912NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 913NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 915NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 916NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 917NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 918NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 919NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 921NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 931NA Boeing KC-135A Johnson HEOMD 945NA Grumman American Aviation G-1159 Johnson HEOMD 946NA Grumman American Aviation G-1159 Johnson HEOMD 955NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 956NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 959NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 960NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 961NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 962NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 963NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 967NA Northrop T-38N Johnson Support Aircraft ARMD 608NA Beechcraft T-34C Glenn ARMD 819NA Beechcraft T-34C Dryden ARMD 843NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Dryden ARMD 846NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18B Dryden

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APPENDIX A 71 Maximum Maximun Comments Mach Altitude Earth sciences 0.8 65,000 Earth sciences 0.8 65,000 United States Special Operations Command (Leased) 0.04 65,000 Small UAV Small UAV Transport 0.5 35,000 0.5 35,000 S/N BB-997 Transportation 0.5 35,000 0.85 45,000 C/N 309 0.85 45,000 0.78 37,000 Registration expired 12/31/11 0.78 37,000 0.85 45,000 S/N 144 Transport 0.85 45,000 Shuttle carrier aircraft 0.89 43,000 Shuttle carrier aircraft 0.89 43,000 Super Guppy transport 0.38 32,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Zero G training 0.79 50,000 May be shuttle landing trainer 0.85 45,000 May be shuttle landing trainer 0.85 45,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Astronaut training 1.3 50,000 Proficiency/Chase 0.4 30,000 Proficiency/Chase 0.4 30,000 1.8 50,000 1.8 50,000

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72 RECAPTURING NASA'S AERONAUTICS FLIGHT RESEARCH CAPABILITIES TABLE A.1 continued N Number Manufacturer Model Location ARMD 850NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Dryden ARMD 852NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18B Dryden ARMD 863NA Northrop T-38N Dryden ARMD 864NA Northrop T-38N Dryden ARMD 865NA Beechcraft T-34C Dryden ARMD 884NA McDonnell Douglas F-15D Dryden ARMD 885NA McDonnell Douglas F-15D Dryden ARMD 897NA McDonnell Douglas F-15D Dryden Other Aircraft in Databases 1NA Gulfstream American Corp. G-1159A 2NA Grumman American Aviation G-159 Dryden 3NA Grumman American Aviation G-159 4NA Grumman American Aviation G-159 415NA Bell UH-1B NASA Wallops 420NA Bell UH-1H NASA Wallops 424NA Bell UH-1B NASA Wallops 427NA Lockheed EC 130Q NASA Wallops ARMD 502NA Schweizer SGS 1-36 Dryden ARMD 530NA Bell 204-B Langley ARMD 557NA Boeing 757-225 Langley ARMD 564NA Northrop Grumman T-38B Dryden ARMD 703NA Bell 301 Ames ARMD 710NA Convair 30 Ames ARMD 714NA Lockheed 300-50A-01 Ames ARMD 837NA McDonnell Douglas F-15B Dryden ARMD 840NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Dryden ARMD 845NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18B Dryden ARMD 847NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Dryden ARMD 851NA McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Dryden HEOMD 909NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 914NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 920NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 922NA Gulfstream American Corp. G-1159A Johnson HEOMD 923NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 924NA Northrop T-38N Johnson HEOMD 933NA Learjet Inc. 23 HEOMD 948NA Grumman G-1159 Johnson HEOMD 949NA Grumman G-1159 Johnson HEOMD 950NA Grumman G-1159 Johnson ARMD 965NA Northrop T-38N Dryden ARMD 966NA Northrop T-38N Ames HEOMD 992NA Gulfstream American Corp. G-1159A Johnson NOTE: AFRL, Air Force Research Laboratory; AFTF, Advanced Flight Test Fixture; ARMD, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; CLIP, Centerline Instrumented Pylon; DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; DTSO, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia); ERA, Environmentally Responsible Aviation; FAA, Federal Aviation Administration; HEOMD, Human Exploration and Opera- tions Mission Directorate; HIFiRE, Hypersonics International Flight Research Experimentation; NSERC, National Suborbital Education and Research Center; PFTF, Propulsion Flight Test Fixture; RASCAL, Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory; SFW, Subsonic Fixed Wing; SMD, Science Mission Directorate; SOFIA, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy; UAV, unpiloted aerial vehicle. SOURCE: Compiled from the following websites: http://www.faa.gov, http://www.airport-data.com, http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/ad/na.html, http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/aircraft/index.html.

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APPENDIX A 73 Maximum Maximun Comments Mach Altitude 1.8 50,000 1.8 50,000 Support/Chase 1.3 50,000 Support/Chase 1.3 50,000 Chase/Support 0.4 30,000 2.5 65,000 2.5 65,000 2.5 65,000 0.76 45,000 No longer assigned 0.46 33,600 C/N 309, also see N2NA and N992NA Deregistered 8/18/2006 0.46 33,600 Deregistered 6/2/2004 0.46 2,540 Deregistered 02/11/1991 0.2 19,000 Sold 0.2 19,000 Sold 0.2 19,000 Kenosha Military Museum Ltd. 0.44 28,000 Sale reported 0.76 45,000 Deregistered 6/12/2009 0.18 19,390 Sold, now N144DC 0.82 35,000 1.3 50,000 No longer assigned XV-15, Sale reported 0.45 29,500 Deregistered 06/29/2009 0.81 41,000 (C-141) Sold 0.74 41,000 Deregistered 11/17/2011 2.5 65,000 Deregistered 12/8/2011 1.8 50,000 Deregistered 11/17/2011 1.8 50,000 Deregistered 11/17/2011 1.8 50,000 Deregistered 11/17/2011 1.8 50,000 Undel Tri 1.3 50,000 No FAA record Undel Tri 1.3 50,000 No FAA record Undel Tri 1.3 50,000 No FAA record 0.76 45,000 Reserved but no aircraft assigned Undel Tri 1.3 50,000 No FAA record Undel Tri 1.3 50,000 No FAA record 0.74 45,000 N number reserved May be shuttle landing trainer 0.85 45,000 Appears to be at Pima Museum 0.85 45,000 May now be N805NA 0.85 45,000 Transferred to Missile Defense Agency? 1.3 50,000 N number reserved Undel Tri 1.3 50,000 FAA record status expired 0.85 45,000 C/N 309, also see N2NA and N992NA

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74 RECAPTURING NASA'S AERONAUTICS FLIGHT RESEARCH CAPABILITIES FIGURE A.1 A collection of NASA's research aircraft on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center in July 1997: X-31, F-15 ACTIVE, SR-71, F-106, F-16XL Ship #2, X-38, and X-36. SOURCE: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Photo EC97-44165-149 by Tony Landis, http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/IMAGES/LARGE/GPN-2000-000172.jpg.