Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

 
Goodyear GA-447 Inflatoplane. A sign by the Inflatoplane says: "NAS Patuxent River is often called upon to evaluate the feasibility of innovative and unusual concepts. For example, the Goodyear Inflatoplane, which was conceived as a portable observation airplane that could be inflated and operated from remote areas was evaluated by the Naval Air Test Center between April and June 1959, the project was discontinued because of structural problems with the aircraft." At the museum, they keep the airplane hooked up to an air hose to keep it inflated. Note that in the picture, the engine has been removed and is on a display stand in front of the wing, making it look like the engine is sitting in the cockpit (which it isn't).  


 
Grumman F-14 Tomcat cockpit. A sign by the cockpit says: "Actual Test Article, Grumman F-14 Tomcat Cockpit. This cockpit simulator participated in g-forces testing for the F-14 Spin Simulation Program in 1982/1983. To create the intense g-forces and structural loads that would be exerted on an F-14 aircraft (and its occupants) in a spin, this cockpit was installed on the Dynamic Flight Simulator centrifuge at the Naval Air Development Center (NADC), Warminster, Pennsylvania; this centrifuge provided the critical feature of pilot-controlled test runs. ... Dynamic Flight Simulator studies resulted in improved pilot procedures and performance, improved cockpit instrumentation, and design improvements for crew systems (helmets, restraints and ejection seats)."  


 
Two views of an Allison T-56 jet engine. In this configuration, it drives a propeller via a gearbox, generating about 4,000 hp (plus about 800 lbs of thrust from the exhaust).

 
A Singer Link Trainer, and a view inside the cockpit.

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