The NB-52B launched the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle on its sixth free flight on November 2, 2000.
The Space Shuttle Discovery departed Edwards AFB on November 2, 2000 to return to the Kennedy Space Center. The X-38 Space Station Lifeboat parachute recovery system was also tested the same morning.
The Lockheed-Martin X-35 Joint Strike Fighter took off on its first flight from Air Force Plant 42 at Palmdale, California on the morning of October 24, 2000. It returned to Palmdale on November 22, a little after three in the afternoon. It made a series of touch-and-go landings. It will be equipped with a lift fan and vectored thrust nozzle for short take-off/vertical landing tests next year.
The Edwards Air Force Base 2000 Open House was held on October 21.
Planes of Fame Air Museum Warbirds special event, Chino, California, October 8, 2000. Airplanes flown included Mustangs, a Corsair, a pair of Thunderbolts, two Mitchells, a Hellcat, a Bearcat, four Warhawks, a Zero, a Northrop flying wing, and the rest.
On August 20, 2000, I chased the Union Pacific Challenger No. 3985 from Pomona to Yermo, California.
Van Nuys arrival day, Friday June 23, 2000
I spent the first three days of February sitting off the north end of Nellis Air Force Base shooting photos of the participants in the Red Flag 00-02 exercise. The Royal Air Force and the Turkish Air Force were there. The first page of pictures from the February 2000 Red Flag exercise features McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles and Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.
The second page of pictures from the February 2000 Red Flag exercise shows the variety of other aircraft that participated.
On January 6 and 7, 2000, I shot pictures of the operations at Los Angeles International Airport. Here, in ascending gross weight, are representatives of the widebody airliners that frequent LAX.
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