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The incredible story of the B-52 that landed with two engines "dancing on the wing"
"'Ah, IP, copilot!' Oh, great, I thought, what problem could this rookie have now? I told him to go ahead. 'Ah, are there supposed to be holes in the engines?' 'Yes,' I told him, 'one in the front, one in the back.' 'No,' he said, his voice now quavering, 'I mean holes in the side of the cowling,'" Jay Lacklen, former...
Retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel remembers his time as a T-38 student pilot
"The sky turned a deeper and darker blue as the sun moved farther below the horizon, and soon it seemed we might be in orbit, far above the earth in our small T-38 aircraft, dwarfed by the immensity of the sky and dark earth below. Can it get any better than this, I wondered, flying a sleek aircraft eight...
Investigation board determines that "T-45C instructor pilot was flat hatting" before last October fatal crash
The instructor pilot was “flat hatting,” which the investigation board described as “flight conduced at low altitude and/or a high rate of speed for thrill purposes” As we have reported a T-45C from VT-7 out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian in Mississippi  crashed on Oct. 1, 2017, in rural Tennessee. The crash killed the instructor pilot (IP) (Lt. Patrick Ruth)...
Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn is the only female T-38 instructor pilot to dogfight against F-22 drivers
Lt Col Cheryl Buehn has flown a number of aircraft in the USAF, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, T-38C Talon and the E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Lt Col Cheryl Buehn is the only female T-38 instructor pilot at the 71st Fighter Training Squadron (FTS). The unit’s role is to provide adversarial air training for the F-22s at Joint Base...
RCAF CF-18s recently conducted DACT engagement against Holloman's F-16s
“We were able to take the F-16 (Fighting Falcons) and CF-18 (Hornets) and fly against each other in an environment where we normally do not get to do that,” Capt. Joseph Gagnon, 54th Fighter Group IP Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) hosted dissimilar aircraft training and integration with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from Jan. 22 to Feb. 15,...
Two killed in U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk crash
An instructor pilot and a student, whose names have not yet been released, were aboard the T-45C Goshawk As reported by Task & Purpose, on Oct. 1, 2017 a U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk training aircraft out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian in Mississippi crashed killing both military personnel on board. The news was confirmed on Twitter by the U.S. Navy...
The mishap occurred because the pilot who was flying the TU-2S for the first time made a mistake during a stall maneuver and put the aircraft into an unrecoverable situation On Sep. 20, 2016 a U.S. Air Force (USAF) TU-2S crashed near Sutter, Calif., while performing a training mission. According to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report released...
Even though training pilots to fly a fifth-generation fighter is a daunting task, the Air National Guard has more than 10 years of experience in training F-22 drivers As the skies over Valparaiso, Florida, play host to numerous aircraft from multiple branches of the Department of Defense (DoD), pilots from the Florida Air National Guard (FLANG) are training aviators on the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning...
Bowles, having completed 25 combat missions in 10 weeks, considers Desert Storm to be a career-defining moment Jim Bowles, an Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) program analyst and a former U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress Commander, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1990. In this excerpt taken from a USAF news release written by...
USAF F-35s and F-16s fought non-stop for more than 8 hours in defensive counter-air exercise
Luke’s F-16 drivers are learning how to accomplish missions by complementing their toolset with the numerous, new cutting-edge capabilities of the F-35 A new era has just begun at Luke Air Force Base (AFB): the local 56th Fighter Wing (FW) in fact has started integrated direct support training for the F-16 and F-35A since October. As reported by Airman 1st Class...

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