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Pentagon completes A-10, F-35 CAS Comparative Testing
While the flights were intensive and instructive, he noted the tests were not a fly-off. The Pentagon finished comparative testing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-35 and A-10 to measure their performance in combat search-and-rescue (CSAR), close air support (CAS), and airborne forward air control (FAC(A)) missions wrapped up earlier this spring....
This A-10 Warthog BRRRRTTTTed a Cow during a CAS Mission
The story behind this Cow Kill Mark is quite interesting. The interesting photo in this post shows the A-10 special painted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 107th Fighter Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base (ANGB) featuring an unusual Cow Kill Mark. The story behind it...
USAF is getting ready for next A-10 re-winging contract
The next contract for the A-10 Thunderbolt II Advanced-Wing Continuation Kit is going through source selection and is expected to be awarded this fall. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is getting ready for the next A-10 Warthog contract to re-wing more of the close-air support aircraft. USAF spokeswoman...
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...

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