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What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 4:27 pm

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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 4:44 pm

Looks like some kind of EAW system. Could be the AF is testing a cheap alternative to the E-3 for use in anti-drug operations in Latin America.
The configuration of the antennae looks almost identical to the aborted Nimrod AEW&C version, with the addition of what look like Infra red sensors or possible chaff/flare dispensers.
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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 6:20 pm

That plane sure looks interesting.I am seeing this for the first time and have no information about what it is,but when remembering F22 fighter plane's nose shape was tested on a B757,it comes to my mind that it can be another test bed for some new airplane or equpment.Thats just an opinion though as I said I am seeing it for the first time.WING
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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 6:24 pm

How does it take off with that tail. It could touch the ground when the aircraft rotates.

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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 7:11 pm

very carefully  Smile
Maybe use a lot of flaps and let her float up with almost 0 AOA?
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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 7:20 pm

Perhaps its something similar to what the RAF proposed with the Nimrod AEW3?


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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Thu May 17, 2001 11:38 pm

It's a secret plane used to communicate with aliens. The aliens are giving the US Government and businesses technological advice. In return, the aliens are allowed to live in freedom throughout the western US.
 
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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Fri May 18, 2001 1:41 am

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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Fri May 18, 2001 6:34 am

I have seen a similar aircraft in civilian scheme that Boeing used for JSF testing, if it was transferred to the USAF thats news to me...my best bet is the JSF flying lab

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RE: What Did The Usaf Do To This 737?

Fri May 18, 2001 7:01 am

The USAF had some 707's that where converted to missle range aircraft. They were developed as Missile Range instrument aircraft.

They also had nose domes that where very simular in shape. But keep in mind that that is fiberglass. Any sort of antenna could be under it.


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JSF B737

Sun May 20, 2001 1:52 am

I don't think this is the JSF B737 - that's a civilian-owned and operated one (owned by Boeing). Here's a recent shot (Jan 2001) of this aircraft, N737BG:

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The JSF nose (when added) looks like this:

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Chances are the USAF 737 pictured is tail number 73-1155, a former T-43A which has been classified as a NT-43A (N prefix = test aircraft) since being pulled out storage at AMARC/Davis-Monthan.

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