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Last Axalp Air Power Demonstration for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs
2018 edition of Axalp exercise will be remembered for having been the last one for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs Taken on Oct. 11, 2018 the photos in this post show Swiss Air Force air assets in action during the annual Axalp Air Power Demonstration. Held at Ebenfluh firing range near the summit of the 7,614 feet (2,321m) high Axalphorn mountain in central...
Swiss Air Force plans to retire 27 F-5 fighters this year
The service will be left with 26 active F-5 fighters The Swiss military has indicated of its desire to retire 27 Northrop F-5s from service. Four aircraft have already been donated to museums. The rest have been grounded and buyers have been found. Switzerland will be left with 26 active F-5s. These aircraft will flank the Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets...
NASA Uses Shape Memory Alloys to Fold F/A-18 Wing
Using shape memory alloys to move a full-sized wing section could increase aircraft performance by reducing weight and drag, while improving aircraft control Engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Boeing have successfully used shape memory alloys (SMA) to move a full-sized wing section of an F/A-18 Hornet. According to the news release the 300-pound wing...
U.S. Naval Aviator explains how he and his wingman were able to RTB after their F/A-18 fighters collided during air combat training
"It was a significant testament to the construction of the F/A-18—that we were able to fly both aircraft after the damage they sustained. The squadron and Navy completed the investigations and we were returned to flight status in about two months," LCDR Greg "Stubby" Stubbs, former VFC-12 adversary pilot LCDR Greg "Stubby" Stubbs describes the mid-air collision that took place...
Former VFC-13 Adversary Pilot explains how you can fly and fight in the iconic F-5 Tiger II
"I once matched an F-14D through a double-Immelman, though at the top I was desperately stirring the pot clawing for purchase. But the Tomcat driver was so unnerved that he was off his game for the rest of the fight. It was in this way that the F-5 actualized its mission. It was a pilot’s machine that rewarded its...
Hornet Vs Fulcrum: when U.S. Navy F/A-18s flew to Germany to dogfight with Luftwaffe MiG-29s
"I had a MiG-29 Fulcrum right where I wanted him in a really slow airspeed fight when I saw him light his afterburners and accelerate straight up away from me—amazing!," David Rash, F/A-18 Hornet driver Designed in response to a new generation of American fighters, which included the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18, the MiG-29 Fulcrum presented a formidable threat to Western pilots. Among...
Super cool Max degree video shows Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets takeoff as seen from the team slot position
2018 is the team's 72nd anniversary and marks the Blue Angels' 32nd year flying the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet Taken on Apr. 27, 2018 from inside the cockpit of Lcdr Nate Scott's F/A-18, the following "MAX degree video" shows U.S. Navy Blue Angels Hornets takeoff at the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Airshow as seen from Blue Angel #4, the team slot...
300th F/A-18E single-seat Super Hornet delivered to the U.S. Navy
"The 300th F/A-18E Super Hornet will serve in the Navy for the next 15 to 25 years and it will reach an extended service life of 9,000 flight hours before it is retired," U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Filardi, DCMA Boeing St. Louis commander A Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Boeing St. Louis pilot recently delivered the 300th F/A-18E single-seat variant...
Blue Angel #5 suffered a bird strike at the Vero Beach air show
Lead solo pilot Lt. Tyler Davies was able to land the jet safely A Blue Angels F/A-18 had a bird strike at the Vero Beach air show on Apr. 21. The number five aircraft had ingested a bird during the display. The incident happened Saturday when lead solo pilot Lt. Tyler Davies was taking part in the team's demonstration. Davies was able...
The story of Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic former female U.S. Naval Aviator who safely landed her stricken Boeing 737
“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine. We have part of the aircraft missing so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 pilot Tammie Jo Shults's voice was calm yet focused as her Boeing 737-700 descended with 149 people on board. “Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” Shults, a former fighter pilot with the...

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