You can read all 2017 (and of course all 2016) The Aviation Geek Club articles by browsing our blog and selecting the proper category or tag
As 2017 comes to an end we’ve compiled the top 5 most read and shared posts in case you missed them or want to re-read them.
During the first year of life The Aviation Geek Club has reached some impressive achievements. In fact we have published 695 posts covering many topics from never told stories (such as The Story Of Christine, The Longest Serving F-14 Tomcat In The U.S. Navy) to latest news (such as the complete coverage of the first U.S. Navy aerial kill since Desert Storm).
We have also discussed about the never-ending story of Canada’s interim fighter and enjoyed exciting Cold War Era stories. You can read all 2017 (and of course all 2016) articles by browsing our blog and selecting the proper category or tag.
1. MARINE LANDS HIS AH-1W ATTACK HELICOPTER AT BALL FIELD TO RETRIEVE CELL PHONE HE HAD LEFT AT LOCAL RESTAURANT
Taken on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, the curious video in this post show two helicopters (a Bell AH-1W Super Cobra and a Bell UH-1Y Venom) making a quick visit to Bar Harbor. Noteworthy the Super Cobra landed at the town athletic fields to retrieve a cell phone one of the crew had left at a local restaurant earlier in the afternoon…
2. 1 F-35A “SHOT DOWN” BY AGGRESSORS AT RED FLAG 17-01
After eight days “at war” the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be an invaluable asset during Red Flag 17-01, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) premier air combat exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada.
While the F-35As eliminate the advanced ground threats, F-22s are dominating air threats and the pair are clearing the way for fourth-generation assets to operate.
However even though during exercises the air-to-air combat is typically left up to the Raptor, Las Vegas Review Journal reported that at Red Flag 17-01 the F-35As have been able to achieve an air-to-air kill ratio of 15 to 1 against aggressors jets…
3. THE NORTHROP YF-23 BLACK WIDOW II: THE SUPER FIGHTER THAT USAF REJECTED IN FAVOR OF THE LESS STEALTH YF-22
During the late 1970s, a new generation of Soviet fighters and Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) prompted the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to find a replacement for the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.
For this reason in 1986, the USAF awarded demonstration contracts to two competing industry teams, the Lockheed-Boeing-General Dynamics (whose proposal was the YF-22A) and the Northrop-McDonnell Douglas (whose proposal was the YF-23A), which would have competed one versus the other in the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program…
4. THE STORY BEHIND THIS FAMED SR-71 BLACKBIRD SUPER LOW KNIFE-EDGE PASS
The beautiful main image of this article feature the famous photo of an SR-71 Blackbird‘s performing a super low flyby.
The story behind this event is quite interesting and is explained by Brian Shul in his book Sled Driver.
“I was flying the SR-71 out of RAF Mildenhall, England, with my back-seater, Walt Watson; we were returning from a mission over Europe and the Iron Curtain when we received a radio transmission from home base…”
5. IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING WHICH U.S. NAVY SUPER HORNET SQUADRON SHOT DOWN THE SYRIAN Su-22 FITTER, HERE YOU COULD FIND THE ANSWER [UPDATED WITH BuNO. OF THE F/A-18E Su-22 KILLER]
As we have reported yesterday, on Jun. 18, 2017, the Pentagon claimed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter bomber shot down a Syrian Sukhoi Su-22 near Tabqah, 20 miles west of Raqqa, after that the attack aircraft had dropped bombs near U.S. backed forces, in the form of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Now, an interesting article appeared on War Is Boring and brought to my attention by Jared Smith, an aviation expert and a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, seems to highlight more details about the engagement…
Photo credit: R. Nial Bradshaw / U.S. Air Force and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Matlage / U.S. Navy