If you spend a day at the airport in Mojave, California, chances are good that you’ll see some special airplanes and helicopters rolling out from the National Test Pilot School, located adjacent to the control tower.
To provide a wide range of aircraft for its students while keeping the cost of aircraft acquisition reasonable, NTPS has acquired some equipment that would otherwise be taken out of service, such as former prototypes and retired military aircraft. There is an incredible range of aircraft types in the fleet. Some are new, modern and very familiar, such as the Cirrus SR22, while others were built decades ago. There are also a few rare specimens that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Here are a few examples of what you may see taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port.
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