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Remembering VMFA-122 'F-4V', the USMC Phantom II featuring a unique Three Gun-Pod Configuration
“If one gun was good, three were better.” Col Jacques Naviaux, VMFA-122 No fewer than 11 US Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons flew versions of the F-4 Phantom II in Southeast Asia from May 1965 through to early 1973. Although one deployment was from an aircraft carrier, and included a successful MiG engagement,...
Two USMC F/A-18s collide mid-air during CAS Exercis
The F/A-18s were able to land safely after “experiencing a mid-air incident” over Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. On Feb. 28, 2019 two U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18s collided in mid-air over the sprawling Twentynine Palms, California, Marine training base. The two Hornets involved in...
How the Battle of Robert’s Ridge turned the F-15E Strike Eagle into the perfect CAS platform
A Strike Eagle team, led by then Maj. Christopher M. Short, flew overhead during the early part of the Battle Robert’s Ridge. “And so we shot 500 rounds, 75 feet from friendlies,” Short said. “And my wingman made five passes and shot 500 rounds, having never done it before.” The national recognition...
Former USMC A-6 Pilot explains why the Intruder was the perfect CAS Aircraft
"During Operation Desert Storm the B-52s heavily involved in CAS missions flew ten-hour missions from Diego Garcia. None had the external racks they used in Vietnam. They carried only 56 500-lb bombs. Two A-6s did more damage than a B-52" Capt Tom Uryga, former USMC A-6 pilot The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the ‘Main Battery’ of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam...
492nd FS F-15E successfully certifies Estonian BAK-14 cable arresting system
The BAK-14 system was paid for with FY16 European Deterrence Initiative funding which increases the capability and readiness of U.S. forces allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression The 492nd Fighter Squadron successfully completed a BAK-14 certification and close air support training with Estonian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, Nov. 2, at Amari Air Base, Estonia. The Madhatters...
The F-100 Super Sabre in Vietnam and the hazardous 'Night Owl" CAS missions
"The usual method of becoming 'Night Owl Qualified' was strap an aircraft tightly to your body, takeoff with one of the 'veterans', and let him calmly describe what you needed to do and what to watch out for. Those that didn't come back were generally felt to be 'Unqualified'," Jim Wallace, former F-100 pilot Developed as a follow-on to the F-86...
USAF begins process to buy light attack aircraft
"The Light Attack Aircraft offers an option to increase the Air Force capacity beyond what we now have in our inventory or budget," Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has decided that it needs light attack aircraft and has issued a presolicitation on Aug. 3 to kick start the process. “We must develop the capacity to...
The unknown story of an A-10 CAS mission performed to support Special Forces deployed in Afghanistan
Just as the A-10s and the helicopters were returning to base, the Special Forces men discovered that they had forgotten one member of the team on the ground. Immediately Stock went back to the extraction location and he saw a man wandering around that location... The now deactivated 103rd Fighter Squadron (FS) from 111th Fighter Wing (FW) has been among...
Draken L-159E Honey Badger aircraft provided Red Air for USMC air assets during Exercise Winter Fury
"The L-159 is the most cost-effective and lowest-risk option,” Giuseppe Giordo, Aero Vodochody’s CEO Aero Vodochody has partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to offer the former’s L-159 for the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X close air support program. As reported by Flight Global, Giuseppe Giordo, Aero Vodochody’s CEO, said the L-159 is “the most cost-effective and lowest-risk option.” The two companies also say...
Beautiful footage shows 107th FS A-10 Warthogs landing on abandoned runway in Estonia
The A-10 can be serviced and operated from austere bases with limited facilities near battle areas Taken on Jun. 7, 2018 the beautiful footage in this post shows U.S. Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthogs", assigned to 107th Fighter Squadron (FS), conduct austere landing training on an old abandoned runway with support from 321st Special Tactics Squadron Combat Controllers,...