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The unknown story of U-2 flight that went lost over the North Pole and nearly escalated the Cuban Missile Crisis
Two Air Defense Command Convair F-102 Delta Dagger interceptors were scrambled to counter the MiG-19s and guide the U-2 home. On each Delta Dagger were nuclear-tipped GAR-11 Nuclear Falcon missiles... If there was any one factor during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 that could have escalated the situation out of the...
All three F-35 variants conducted cold weather testing at Eielson AFB
“Being at Eielson AFB and showing the aircraft’s ability to operate in this environment will tell a lot of people we have a credible weapon system,” Robert Behler, former experimental test pilot All three variants of the F-35 were recently brought to Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska for cold weather testing by the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team...
F-35A undergoes icy runway testing for Norwegian drag chute at Eielson AFB
The F-35A drag chute is designed to be installed on all of Norway’s F-35As and is form fitted to ensure it maintains stealth characteristics while flying Taken at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, the interesting photos in this post show Maj. Jonathan “Spades” Gilbert, U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-35 test pilot, demonstrating the handling qualities of Lockheed Martin’s F-35...
F-15E with APG-82 Red Flag Alaska first deployment
The APG-82 AESA radar allows the F-15E Strike Eagle to bridge the gap between the fourth and fifth generation fighting force The 391st Fighter Squadron was among the unit that participated in RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3 at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, from Jul. 31 to Aug. 11, 2017 and its F-15Es were all equipped with the new APG-82 Active...
Even if at first look this paint scheme resembled that worn by China's Shenyang J-31 fifth-generation fighter, this F-16 doesn not feature a new paint scheme but is in the process of being repainted into the new black/grey/white splinter scheme  Taken on Jul. 31, 2017 during Red Flag Alaska (RF-A) 17-3 underway at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska the interesting...
The paint scheme is one of the two new different paint schemes introduced by USAF Aggressors in the last months Taken on May 1, 2017 the interesting photo in this post shows a U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) taking off for a sortie from Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), during...
The F-22s intercepted the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber about 100 miles southwest of Kodiak As reported by Alaska Dispatch News, on the evening of Apr. 17, 2017 two F-22s were scrambled from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) to intercept a Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber that was approaching the coast of Alaska. The interception of the bomber took place over the course...
The Aggressor F-16s are the oldest Vipers in the USAF fleet Taken on Mar. 2, 2017 the photos in this post show U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, assigned to Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, and the 14th Fighter Squadron, assigned to Misawa Air Base (AB), Japan preparing for in-flight refueling during Cope...
“We can go faster than any blue force is ever trained, up into almost Mach 2.0 to show them what its like if the enemy were to do that, which is one of their tactics” Uttered proudly in unison after a briefing before an air-to-air fight, “Have at you!” inspired by the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,”...

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