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At Edwards Air Force Base to attend the NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. At Edwards Air Force Base to attend the NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. At Edwards Air Force Base to attend the NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Taking photos of the surrounding scenery before attending the NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

Taking photos of the surrounding scenery before attending the NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Taking photos of the surrounding scenery before attending the NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Will the use of lethal force be authorzied if I crossed those barbed wires? Posing with some of my fellow NASA Social attendees on May 31, 2016.

A NASA Armstrong rep lets us know that photography will not be allowed during the bus trip up to the Armstrong Flight Research Center...for security reasons. A retired F-15 Eagle on display at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. A retired SR-71 Blackbird on display at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Other retired aircraft on display at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

Walking towards the building where the NASA Social lectures and Q&A panels will be held...on May 31, 2016. Other retired aircraft on display at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Arriving at the building where the NASA Social lectures and Q&A panels will be held...on May 31, 2016. This is my third NASA Social badge since 2011!

The NASA Social at Armstrong Flight Research Center is about to begin...on May 31, 2016. The NASA Social at Armstrong Flight Research Center is about to begin...on May 31, 2016. The NASA Social at Armstrong Flight Research Center is about to begin...on May 31, 2016. The NASA Social at Armstrong Flight Research Center is about to begin...on May 31, 2016.

Watching a presentation about NASA's next X-Plane program, known as QueSST, on May 31, 2016. Watching a video showing NASA Administrator Charles Bolden making an announcement that Lockheed Martin will be solely responsible for designing the QueSST aircraft. Watching live footage of an F/A-18 Hornet that is about to take off to conduct a sonic boom demonstration...on May 31, 2016. Watching live footage of an F/A-18 Hornet that is about to take off to conduct a sonic boom demonstration...on May 31, 2016.

The F/A-18 Hornet takes off to conduct a sonic boom demonstration above Edwards Air Force Base...on May 31, 2016. The F/A-18 conducts one of many 'low-boom dive maneuvers' above Edwards Air Force Base...on May 31, 2016. The F/A-18 conducts another low-boom dive maneuver above Edwards Air Force Base...on May 31, 2016. A crowd of NASA Social attendees, Armstrong employees and media personnel watch as the F/A-18 conducts the sonic boom demonstration...on May 31, 2016.

A photo someone took of me as I shot video of the sonic boom demonstration with my Samsung Galaxy Core Prime smartphone...on May 31, 2016. Back indoors to watch another presentation about QueSST...on May 31, 2016. Back indoors to watch another presentation about QueSST...on May 31, 2016. A QueSST model on display near the stage...on May 31, 2016.

Watching a presentation about how to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into America's national airspace...on May 31, 2016. Watching a video showing a typical day in U.S. airspace. Soooo many flights! Another retired aircraft on display at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. About to take a tour of hangars at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

Arriving at one of the hangars at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. An F-15 Eagle parked inside the hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. A King Air undergoing maintenance behind the F-15 Eagle at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. A Gulfstream III aircraft undergoing maintenance at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

The Ikhana Predator B drone is parked near the Gulfstream III aircraft at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. The Ikhana Predator B drone is parked near the Gulfstream III aircraft at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Outside the hangar to check out an F/A-18 Hornet and another F-15 Eagle parked on the tarmac...on May 31, 2016. Another F-15 Eagle and an F/A-18 Hornet (not the same one that conducted the sonic boom demo a few hours earlier) parked on the tarmac.

An F/A-18 Hornet on display on the tarmac at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Posing with the F/A-18 Hornet and F-15 Eagle...on May 31, 2016. A close-up of the F/A-18 Hornet on the tarmac...on May 31, 2016. A close-up of the F-15 Eagle on the tarmac...on May 31, 2016.

Another shot of the F-15 Eagle on the tarmac...on May 31, 2016. Another shot of the F/A-18 Hornet on the tarmac...on May 31, 2016. Another shot of the F/A-18 Hornet and F-15 Eagle on the tarmac...on May 31, 2016. A close-up of the F-15's cockpit...on May 31, 2016.

The pilot who conducted today's sonic boom demo poses near the F/A-18 Hornet...on May 31, 2016. An awesome group photo of all the NASA Social attendees in 100-degree heat...on May 31, 2016. Another shot of the Ikhana Predator B drone and Gulfstream III aircraft...on May 31, 2016. Posing with the Ikhana Predator B drone on May 31, 2016.

Another shot of the Ikhana Predator B drone on May 31, 2016. A shot of the Ikhana Predator B drone from behind, on May 31, 2016. Another shot of the Ikhana Predator B drone from behind, on May 31, 2016. Another shot of the Ikhana Predator B drone on May 31, 2016.

Another shot of the Ikhana Predator B drone on May 31, 2016. NASA Social attendees gather near the Ikhana Predator B drone on May 31, 2016. NASA Social attendees get in line to receive autographs by some of Armstrong's test pilots...on May 31, 2016. NASA Social attendees get in line to receive autographs by some of Armstrong's test pilots...on May 31, 2016.

A photo that someone took of me as I was about to get autographs by the Armstrong test pilots...on May 31, 2016. Another photo that someone took of me as I was about to get autographs by the Armstrong test pilots...on May 31, 2016. An RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV on display inside another hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Another Global Hawk UAV undergoing maintenance at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Another Global Hawk UAV undergoing maintenance at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Posing with the Global Hawk UAV at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. NASA Social attendees gather for a presentation near the starboard wing of the Global Hawk UAV...on May 31, 2016. NASA Social attendees gather for a presentation near the starboard wing of the Global Hawk UAV...on May 31, 2016.

The Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. The Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. The Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. The Global Hawk UAV on display inside its hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016.

Another shot of the retired SR-71 Blackbird at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Another shot of the retired SR-71 Blackbird at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...on May 31, 2016. Today's NASA Social comes to an end. The 125-plus-mile trip to Edwards Air Force Base was worth it!

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May 2016 NASA Social - Armstrong Flight Research Center