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Starfighter 4 Eagle 0: that time two F-104s scored four simulated kills against an F-15B in a single training mission
The debriefing was a hoot. I especially liked the part where the Eagle guy played his recorder and we heard the backseater say "Break, we just got gunned again"! The Lockheed F-104 was the first operational fighter capable of sustaining speeds above Mach 2. Thanks to this ability the...
Here's why Cold War USAF F-15C Eagle drivers loved RCAF CF-18's fake canopy
“Some Eagle pilots mockingly suggested we should paint our aircraft like submarines: ‘Just think: That brief hesitation as he thinks What’s that submarine doing up there?’," Robert “Scout” Winebrenner, former F-15C pilot An interesting account released by an experienced F-15c Eagle driver. Developed as all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet quickly became the backbone of both...
The story of the A-4 Mongoose, the light attack plane that became the perfect adversary aircraft
Because of its air-to-air prowess the A-4 was soon nicknamed Mongoose, and provided to most fighter pilots the experience necessary to prepare them for actual combat Even if the legendary Douglas A-4 was designed as a simple light weight Navy carrier attack plane, the Skyhawk served in many different roles such as aerial refueling, nuclear strike and also as adversary...
That time an Israeli Air Force F-15 Baz landed with one wing missing
The F-15 Baz No. 957 would eventually be repaired and after having scored three air-to-air victories during the 1982 Lebanon War, it shared the kill of another Syrian MiG-23 on Nov. 19, 1985 On May 1, 1983, while performing a dissimilar air combat training (DACT) mission over the Negev, an Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-15 Baz (actually the F-15D No. 957)...
F-14 Tomcat Vs F-15 Eagle: the pilots' perspective
Even if until today a real F-14 Tomcat Vs F-15 Eagle engagement with live weapons fired has never taken place, since the prototypes made their first flights comparisons have been made between these two iconic aircraft The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful) fighters ever built. Even if until today...
VFC-111 F-5N crashes off of Key West
According to the U.S. Navy the circumstances around the F-5N crash are now under investigation As reported by USNI News on Aug. 9, 2017 an F-5N Tiger II attached to Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC) 111 Sundowners crashed 20 nautical miles off the coast south east of Key West at about 12:38 p.m. EST while conducting training operations off the Florida...
Fighting Saints' F-5 Tiger IIs, are all painted in a variety of colorful paint schemes of blue, gray, brown and even black camouflage  Even if Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC) 13 "Fighting Saints" origins can be traced back to 1946, when VF-753 was commissioned flying F6F-5 Hellcats, today's squadron was born on Sept. 1, 1973, at Naval Air Station (NAS) New...

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