10 Nov 2015 admin In G+ Posts

Comments: 25

  1. Jan Wat. Rogerson 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Bombs away suits me just fine

  2. Jason Newman 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    That is awesome. Any info on what and where?

  3. Josh Rhodes 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Is that Radar cross section testing?

  4. Jan Wat. Rogerson 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Cant tell those things

  5. Jerry Liao 10 Nov 2015 Reply


  6. giantnardman 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Is that contraption for testing wing strut strength?
    Or is it modern art?

  7. Greg Zurcher 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    I usually see them displayed right side up. This is the first one I've seen upside down. Where is this at?

  8. Josh Rhodes 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    It's some kind of testing rig.

  9. Danny Quizon 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    It's weird seeing a plane like the A-10 loaded with external stores being inverted at the same time.

  10. John Rambo 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    An A-10 turned anti aircraft gun. BBRRRRRRRRRTT!!!!

  11. Josh Rhodes 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    +John Rambo +1000 Comment of the century.

  12. Paul McWilliams 10 Nov 2015 Reply


    Rabe explained how the "Upside Down Air Force" operated at the Newport test site. Three stations were constructed as points on a triangle thousands of yards away from each other. Warplanes that were no longer airworthy were given to RADC and bolted upside down atop 30-to-50-foot pedestals in the middle of the triangle. Radios were placed at the triangle's corners. The idea was to see how effective the plane's antennae were at various angles and with different equipment bolted [under] the wings.

    "The idea for the pedestals is you rotate, tip and spin the aircraft any way you want it," Rabe said. But sometimes, if the plane wes upright, the pedestal itself would get in the way and ruin the test.

    "The way to solve that problem was totally placing the aircraft upside down," he said. "With antennae on the belly of the plane and the belly facing the sky, we could rotate, tip and spin the plane any way we wanted and the pedestal would be safely below the aircraft and out of the way."

    Newport was an active testing site throughout the 1980s. The "upside down" technique that Rabe and the other researchers employed was an effective way of testing that saved the government millions of dollars.


  13. David Cheng 10 Nov 2015 Reply


  14. giantnardman 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    +Paul McWilliams Thanks

  15. vladislav Ivanov 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Go home A-10, you drunk.

  16. keith olszewski 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    +giantnardman Yes!!! It's both!

  17. Vismay Soni 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Anybody help this poor guy its falllinng

  18. BIll Rutherford 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    That is an un-manned computer controlled destroyer.

  19. William Parmley 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    "There I was at 20,000 feet, flat on my back, a Zero above me and two Mitsubishis below me." (Actually, that's from Kiss Them for Me — and yes, it doesn't make complete sense since the "Zero" is a Mitsubishi. It was just a throw-away line to get the reporters to leave the pilots alone.)

  20. Tim McCormick 10 Nov 2015 Reply

    Pull up!

  21. Yang Yang 14 Nov 2015 Reply

    is that a YA-10 in trail phase?

  22. BJ Mcspadden 14 Nov 2015 Reply

    That is awsome

  23. Bunny Nator 18 Nov 2015 Reply

    Houston, we have a problem.

  24. Obama's took and stole so much money from the military -that these surplus A10s are now used as SAMs A10

  25. Jewel Grantham 5 Mar 2016 Reply

    Great Pictures

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