Production Flight Test Installation

Air Force Plant 42

Palmdale, CA

last updated 03/20/2011


Plot Plan



Site Summary

Year Site 1 Site 2 Site 3 Site 4 Site 7 Rockwell  Plant (Site 9) Lockheed Plant 10
1949              
1950   September. Air Force authorization to build and operate.

Northrop

         
1951         Lockheed: Operational in early year.

Lockheed: T-33A

   
1952   Northrop: Operational in late year.

Northrop: F-89D

    Lockheed: T-33A    
1953 North American: F-100 Northrop: F-89D     Lockheed: T-33A    
1954   Northrop: F-89D     Lockheed: T-33A    
1955   Northrop: F-89D Construction: December. 

Convair

  Lockheed: T-33A    
1956   Northrop: F-89H Convair: Operational;

Convair: F-102A

  Lockheed: T-33A

Lockheed: F-104A

   
1957 North American: F-100D/F Douglas: A4D-1 (A-4A)

Douglas: A4D-2 (A-4B)

Convair: F-102A   Lockheed: T-33A 

Lockheed: F-104A/B 

   
1958 North American: F-100D/F Douglas: A4D-2N (A-4C) *Convair: F-102A April Total 873. F-106A   Lockheed: T-33A 

Lockheed: F-104A/B/C 

   
1959 North American: F-100D/F Douglas: A4D-2N (A-4C) Convair:  F-106A   *Lockheed: T-33A final delivery

Lockheed: F-104C/D

   
1960   Douglas: A4D-2N (A-4C) Convair:  F-106A        
1961   Douglas: A4D-2N (A-4C)  Convair: July 20 F-106A final delivery.   Northrop: T-38    
1962   Douglas: A4D-2N (A-4C)     Northrop: T-38    
1963   Lockheed: A-12 Douglas: A-4E   Northrop: T-38    
1964   Lockheed: SR-71A/B Douglas: A-4E

North American:      XB-70A

  Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B    
1965   Lockheed: SR-71A/B Douglas: A-4E

North American:      XB-70A

  Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B    
1966   Lockheed: SR-71A/B Douglas: A-4F   Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B    
1967   Lockheed: SR-71A/B Total 31 McDonnell Douglas:   A-4F   Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B    
1968     McDonnell Douglas:   A-4F   Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B   Lockheed: L-1011
1969   Lockheed: SR-71C Total 1 McDonnell Douglas:   A-4F   Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B. NORAIL   Lockheed: L-1011
1970   Lockheed: SR-71 Maintenance McDonnell Douglas:   A-4F   Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B   Lockheed: L-1011 September 15 Rollout  
1971     McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M   Northrop: T-38 and F-5A/B   Lockheed: L-1011
1972 Rockwell: Space Shuttle    McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M   Northrop: January 31. T-38 final delivery. T-38 Total 1189. June. F-5A/B final delivery   Lockheed: L-1011
1973 Rockwell: Space Shuttle   McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M

Rockwell: B-1A

  Northrop: F-5E. 15 per month.   Lockheed: L-1011
1974 Rockwell: Space Shuttle   McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M

Rockwell: B-1A October 26 Rollout 

  Northrop: F-5E.   Lockheed: L-1011
1975 Rockwell: Space Shuttle *Lockheed: SR-71 Maintenance McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M

Rockwell: B-1A

  Northrop: F-5E. 18 per month.   Lockheed: L-1011
1976 Rockwell: Space Shuttle Enterprise September 17 Rollout   McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M

Rockwell: B-1A Jan 16 Rollout May 11 Rollout

  Northrop: F-5E.   Lockheed: L-1011
1977 Rockwell: Space Shuttle   McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M   Northrop: F-5E.   Lockheed: L-1011
1978 Rockwell: Space Shuttle   McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M   Northrop: F-5E.   Lockheed: L-1011
1979 Rockwell: Space Shuttle Columbia March 8 Rollout   McDonnell Douglas:   A-4M   Northrop: F-5E.

*Lockheed: TR-1A 

  Lockheed: L-1011
1980 Rockwell: Space Shuttle       Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A 

  Lockheed: L-1011
1981 Rockwell: Space Shuttle       Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A 

  Lockheed: L-1011
1982 Rockwell: Space Shuttle Challenger June 30 Rollout       Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A 

  Lockheed: L-1011
1983 Rockwell: Space Shuttle Discovery October 16 Rollout       Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A 

Rockwell: Operational in November Lockheed: L-1011 Total 250
1984 Rockwell: Space Shuttle   Rockwell: B-1B forward fuselage assembly    Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A

Rockwell: B-1B. September 4. The first production B-1B rollout.  
1985 Rockwell: Space Shuttle Atlantis March 6 Rollout Lockheed: SR-71 Maintenance Rockwell: B-1B forward fuselage assembly   Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A

Rockwell: B-1B Lockheed: P-3C
1986     Rockwell: B-1B forward fuselage assembly   Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A

Rockwell: B-1B. 4 per month.  
1987     Rockwell: B-1B forward fuselage assembly Northrop: B-2A Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A

Rockwell: B-1B  
1988     Rockwell: B-1B forward fuselage assembly  Northrop: November 22. First rollout B-2A Northrop: F-5E.

Lockheed: TR-1A

Rockwell: B-1B Total 100. January 20. The 100th and final B-1B bomber rollout  
1989   Lockheed: SR-71, TR-1, U-2 Maintenance   Rockwell B-1B flight control modifications

McDonnell Douglas T-45A  

Northrop: B-2A Northrop: February 16. Final F-5E delivery. Total F-5/T-38 3806.

Lockheed: October 3. Final delivery TR-1A/B 

Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance   
1990 *Rockwell: X-31 Rollout March 1   McDonnell Douglas T-45A       Total 2  Northrop: B-2A    Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance  
1991 Rockwell: Space Shuttle Endeavour April Rollout     Northrop: B-2A   Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance   
1992       Northrop: B-2A Lockheed: F-117A Maintenance  Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance  
1993       Northrop: B-2A    Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance  
1994 Rockwell: AC-130U     Northrop: B-2A Total 21 Lockheed: F-117A Maintenance  Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance  
1995 Rockwell: AC-130U Lockheed: SR-71 Maintenance       Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance  
1996 Rockwell: AC-130U Total 13         Rockwell: B-1B Maintenance   
1997           Rockwell/ Boeing: B-1B Maintenance

Lockheed: X-33

 
1998 Boeing: X-32         Boeing: B-1B Maintenance.       Final B-1B Maintenance departure Oct 1998

Lockheed: X-33

Lockheed: X-35A/B/C
1999 Boeing: X-32         Lockheed: X-33 Lockheed: X-35A/B/C
2000 Boeing: X-32         Lockheed: X-33 Lockheed: X-35A/B/C
2001 Boeing: X-32 Total 2       Lockheed: F-117A Maintenance   Lockheed: X-35A/B/C Total 3
2002     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4 (block 0) 

RQ-4A (block 10) 

Northrop: B-2A Maintenance

Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4 (block 0) 

Northrop: B-2A Maintenance

     
2003     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4 (block 0) Total 7 (Feb 2003)

RQ-4A (block 10) 

Northrop: B-2A Maintenance

Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4 (block 0) 

Northrop: B-2A Maintenance

     
2004     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4A (block 10)         
2005     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4A (block 10)  

RQ-4B (block 20)

       
2006     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4A (block 10) Total 6 

RQ-4B (block 20)

       
2007     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4B (block 20) RQ-4B (block 30) RQ-4B (block 40)     Bldg #703 : NASA Dryden Aircraft Operation Facility (DAOF)  
2008     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4B (block 30) RQ-4B (block 40) Northrop: F-35 center fuselage elements Lockheed: F-117A Maintenance.       Final F-117A Maintenance departure Bldg #703 : NASA Dryden Aircraft Operation Facility (DAOF)  
2009     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4B (block 40) Northrop: F-35 center fuselage elements   Bldg #703 : NASA Dryden Aircraft Operation Facility (DAOF)  
2010     Northrop: Global Hawk RQ-4B (block 40) Northrop: F-35 center fuselage elements

Northrop: B-2A Maintenance

  Bldg #703 : NASA Dryden Aircraft Operation Facility (DAOF)  

First Flights

North American XB-70A September 21, 1964
Pilot: Alvin S. White, USAF Col. Joseph F. Cotton

Lockheed SR-71A December 22, 1964
Pilot: Robert J. Gilliland

Lockheed L-1011: November 16, 1970
Pilot: Hank Dees; Co-pilot Ralph Cokely; Flight Engineer Glenn Fisher; Flight Test Engineer Rod Bray

Lockheed S-3A: January 21, 1972
Pilot: John Christiansen, Lyle Schaefer

Rockwell B-1A: December 23, 1974; land at Edwards AFB
Pilot: Charlie C. Bock, Jr; USAF Col. Emil Sturmthal, Richard Abrams

Rockwell B-1B: October 18, 1984; land at Edwards AFB
Pilot: M.L. Evenson, USAF Lt. Col. L.B. Schroeder

Northrop B-2A: July 17, 1989  takeoff 6:37 a.m. Runway 4; land at Edwards AFB
Pilot: Bruce J. Hinds, USAF Col. Richard S. Couch

Lockheed YF-22: September 29, 1990; land at Edwards AFB
Pilot: Dave Ferguson

Rockwell X-31: October 11, 1990 takeoff Runway 7
Pilot: Ken Dyson

Boeing X-32A: September 18, 2000; land at Edwards AFB
Pilot: Fred Knox

Lockheed Martin X-35A: October 24, 2000 takeoff  9:06 a.m.; land at Edwards AFB
Pilot: Tom Morgenfeld


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