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USAF F-86D Pilot recalls when He Lit his Sabre Dog’s Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And tells why He Never did it Again.

USAF F-86D Pilot recalls when He Lit his Sabre Dog’s Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And tells why He Never did it Again.

The F-86D Sabre Dog In the late 1940s, the US government along with the USAF, began a massive effort to… Read More

3 months ago

Watching flight operations from Vulture’s Row and watching dolphins racing with the Ship: US Navy sailor on the best perks of being deployed on an Aircraft Carrier

‘Memories: my “Best Perks” of being deployed on an Aircraft Carrier are made in retrospect, after the passage of several… Read More

10 months ago

SR-71 Blackbird Pilot recalls When He Buzzed the Tower of Sacramento Airport with the Afterburners Lit

‘“Beautiful, beautiful, come back and do another one,” the tower controller said,’ Maury Rosenberg, SR-71 Blackbird pilot. CLICK HERE to buy… Read More

1 year ago

Did you know the SR-71 had to Light one Afterburner during Aerial Refueling? Blackbird Pilot explains why

“In military power, we would start to fall off the boom. The solution was to light one afterburner with careful… Read More

1 year ago

The story behind this photo of an SR-71 afterburner blowing apart during an air show (according to Kelly Johnson this Blackbird was structurally unsound)

Taken at Andrews Air Force Base during an Air Show in May 1984 the main image in this post features… Read More

1 year ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when his RSO Flipped Off a French Air Force Mirage III Pilot (Then They lit their Blackbird’s Afterburners and Outran him)

One of the most entertaining stories about flying the SR-71 Blackbird comes from Lt. Colonel Jim Wilson who shares about… Read More

2 years ago

USAF F-86D Sabre Dog Pilot tells the story of when He Lit the Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And explains why He Never did it Again.

The F-86D Sabre Dog was equipped with an afterburning engine in the form of a General Electric J47-GE-17 turbojet. An… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 pilots explain why flying the Blackbird with just one engine in full afterburner was SR-71 aircrews’ most dangerous operation

‘The tremendous thrust with one engine in full afterburner and the other in idle was eye-opening!’ Stormy Boudreaux, SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

2 years ago

In 1971 an SR-71 crew flew 15,000 miles, in 10 hours 30 minutes non-stop to see how many times the Blackbird could refuel before the liquid nitrogen gave out

The SR-71 Blackbird remains to this day the only aircraft rated to run in full continuous afterburner. Designed to sustain… Read More

3 years ago

HERE’S WHY THE F-105 WAS DUBBED THE “THUD”

Whether it was the sound of 50,000 pounds of metal uncontrollably impacting the earth, or the light-hearted shortening of the… Read More

3 years ago

Retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel remembers his time as a T-38 student pilot

"The sky turned a deeper and darker blue as the sun moved farther below the horizon, and soon it seemed… Read More

6 years ago

HERE’S WHY THE F-105 WAS DUBBED THE “THUD”

Whether it was the sound of 50,000 pounds of metal uncontrollably impacting the earth, or the light-hearted shortening of the… Read More

7 years ago

RAF VOYAGER AND USAF F-15s NEARLY COLLIDED IN THE SKIES OVER NORTH SEA, REPORT REVEALS

The RAF pilot reported the near-miss to flight controllers immediately after it happened on Jan. 5 this year, around ten… Read More

7 years ago

SHAW AFB AIRMEN TEST F-16 F110 ENGINE AT MAX AFTERBURNER POWER

The General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engine produces approximately 29,000 pounds of thrust Taken on Mar. 3, 2017, the interesting photo… Read More

7 years ago