In 2006, NASA Dryden Research Center contracted with BTE to build four modified Super Flyin' Kings
to be used as trainer aircraft for UAV pilots. The aircraft may also be used as lifting
platforms (motherships) for future research projects. The modifications include conversion to
tricycle landing gear, numerous hatches on the sides and top, and shortening of the wingspan to 9-1/2 feet.
All of the airframes were personally built and covered with Monokote by Bruce Tharpe. Engines, radios,
and onboard electronics will be installed by personnel at NASA Dryden.
BTE is proud to contribute to our nation's military preparedness and
to aviation research. It is our hope that these airframes serve long and productive lives at Edwards
Air Force Base, home of NASA's Dryden Research Center.