Tag: Kadena Air Base

The nose is coming off! How a T-38 trainer helped a SR-71 that was losing her nose section in flight to RTB
‘The remains of SR-71 Ichi-Ban were buried at sea with full military honors. The occasion occurred at 1157 hours on Christmas Eve of 1989,’ Colonel (Ret) Don Emmons, former SR-71 RSO. On Apr. 21, 1989, SR-71 #61-17974, better known as Ichi-Ban departed Kadena Air Base (AB) on a mission.  At the controls were...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
“You know the part in 'High Flight'—where it talks about putting out your hand to touch the face of God? Well, when we're at speed and altitude in the SR, we have to slow down and descend in order to do that,” Gil Bertelson, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot. The SR-71, the most advanced...
Former Blackbird pilot tells the story of one of only two successful SR-71 Barrier Engagements
“There were only two barrier engagements recorded at the time, and fortunately, ours was the successful one,” Colonel (Ret) James H. Shelton Jr., former SR-71 pilot. Colonel (Ret) James H. Shelton Jr. spent over nine years at Beale Air Force Base (AFB), six years flying the SR-71. He was the fifth SR-71 crewmember...
Kadena F-15 that crashed last year was dogfighting with an F-22
Investigators say the pilot experienced a negative G departure from controlled flight with a snap roll entry to the left that transitioned to an inverted, negative G spin. On Apr. 23, 2019 Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) released the results of its investigation into an F-15C aircraft mishap that occurred on Jun. 11, 2018,...
Photos show Santa Claus marshalling an SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Plane
This was the only time that Santa Claus marshalled in an SR-71 Taken by former SR-71 Crew Chief Tsgt. David Burns, the odd photos in this post show Santa Claus marshalling in an SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane. Burns was a Blackbird Crew Chief at Beale Air Force Base (AFB),...
Here's how you can take off (and fly) a C-5 carrying the massive Navy SEAL Boat
'The SEAL boat, officially termed the “Mark V Special Operations Craft,” is a monster. It is 82 feet long, 17.5 feet high, and most significantly, weighs 120,000 lbs. All takeoffs with the boat on board were white knuckle, max performance affairs, requiring long runways to attain our critical field length,' Jay Lacklen, former C-5 pilot
That time an SR-71 Blackbird's drag chute deployed in-flight at Mach 1.5
"With no drag chute doors, the drag chute had departed the aircraft and was lost at sea. We were grateful to the Lockheed engineers for designing the drag chute to lock to the aircraft only when the drag chute handle was pulled. One can only imagine the effect of the chute deploying in-flight at Mach 1.5!" Former SR-71 RSO...
The incredible story of the SR-71 Blackbird that flew an eleven-hour-long mission from Kadena to the Persian Gulf and back
"Like every other crew, we wanted this mission. It was special, it was a first, it would cover territory that the jet had never been in, and it would provide the test of skill and "stuff" that every aviator/adventurer requires from time to time," former SR-71 pilot Lt. Col. Mike Smith In the following post, which appears in Col. Richard H....
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that slid on JP7 fuel residue while taxing into Kadena Hangar
As the SR-71 slowly taxied into the hangar and approached the parking spot, the crew chief signaled BC to stop. BC applied brakes as usual, but the SR-71 began to slide forward in slow motion on the JP-7 fuel residue... The following story appears in John Altson book The Black Line. The Kadena Hangar Slide The Thomas-Reid crew experienced numerous airborne emergency situations...
Video shows F-22 Raptor stealth fighters deploying to Kadena AB
A total of 14 F-22s will eventually be deployed to Kadena AB for about a month Taken on May 29, 2018 the following video shows F-22A Raptors, aircrew and support personnel, assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson (JBER), Alaska, deploying to Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan under U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's theater security package (TSP) program. A total...