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Can You Identify This Plane?  
User currently offlineSacflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

What aircraft is in the upper right hand corner of the picture? It seems to have a large dorsal pod of some kind.


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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3941 times:

Possibly a 74SP. Setup for the Flying telescope program, maybe??


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3919 times:

it only has 2 engines so I doubt its a 747sp

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8265 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3906 times:

I bet it's a 767. From the second I opened the picture, even in small form, that was my guess. Boeing owned and used it. It had a large hump on top than started above the door and ran about 3/4 the way down the fusulage. I know it's in a book I have, I'll look it up soon.


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8265 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3892 times:

From the book:

The prototype 767 sports this unusual canoe-shaped fairing on the fusulage roof. This houses sophisticated infrared and other devices to track ballistic missles and similar objects in flight. The testbed was formerly called Airborne Optical Adjunct when it was first developed to support the US DOD's Star Wars initiative.



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User currently offlineNorthStarDc4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3021 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3892 times:
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It's a 767 that was modified for the US Army. Its got sensors in the dome. Designated 767AST or previously 767AOA.


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3889 times:

It's the AST.. See page 6...

http://www.smdc.army.mil/PubAff/01Eagle/eagle_aug_01.pdf

Also...

http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/ic/ast/overview.html

[Edited 2004-10-07 02:10:09]

User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3888 times:

This was the 767 test bed for a military project Boeing was doing back about 5-6 years ago. I don't know the nature of the program, but ship 1 was used as the test bed...so this aircraft should be the first 767 off the line.


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User currently offlineBOSugaDL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3875 times:

I think that this is it...

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User currently offlineIFIXCF6 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3784 times:

All of you that have identified the A/C in question as the 767 AST and the first 767 off the line are absolutely correct, as I'm sure you know.

I post this only to dispel any doubts about it...I work at VCV and we store it. I don't know what will become of this aircraft, it is useless for anything other than its mission. It is in the experimental catagory (duh!) and supposedly never had a transport airworthiness certificate. It has 4000 hrs/TTAF. They are very sensitive about keeping it covered, it still has the optical equipment installed in the hump.

Mike


User currently offlineDantiger From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3732 times:

To the first question............It is a 747 SB.

User currently offlineDantiger From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3702 times:

Think you are looking at the plane below? The very top far right has no pod and is a 747SB and that is that!

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Try it from this angle... It's sorta a moot point, since IFIXCF6 works at VCV, and has already confirmed what it is...

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/683849/L/



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