Operation Southern Watch

Here’s how this Viper pilot scored both the First US F-16 Kill and the First Kill for the AIM-120 AMRAAM

Here’s how this Viper pilot scored both the First US F-16 Kill and the First Kill for the AIM-120 AMRAAM

Operation Southern Watch On Aug.26, 1992, US President George H. W. Bush announced a no-fly zone over southern Iraq in… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy selects Commercial Dismantlement plan to dismantle and dispose USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Commercial Dismantlement plan to dismantle and dispose USS Enterprise The US Navy has made a significant decision regarding the former… Read More

6 months ago

US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot who fired a Phoenix missile against an Iraqi MiG-23 explains why the AIM-54 missed its target

Using their F-14 Tomcat (much-improved) Link-16 datalink, LCDR Coby 'Coach' Loessberg and his RIO obtained their targeting data from the… Read More

6 months ago

30 Years Ago Today, this Fighter Pilot scored both the First US F-16 Kill and the First Kill for the AIM-120 AMRAAM

“I saw three separate detonations, the nose and left wing broke instantly, and the tail section continued into the main… Read More

1 year ago

Naval Aviator who took part in first F/A-18E combat mission tells the story of Super Hornet’s combat debut

The OSW sortie of Nov. 6, 2002 was doubly significant, as it was the first strike conducted by aircraft from… Read More

1 year ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of Santa Brutus, VF-211 Fighting Checkmates F-14 featuring Christmas-Theme Markings

The tails of the F-14 Tomcat featured the character from the squadron logo, who we called Brutus, dressed as Santa… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s why Iraqi MiGs posed a serious threat to USAF F-15C Eagles during Operation Southern Watch

A MiG-25 'Foxbat' which flew into the no-fly zone at Mach 2.5 and headed directly for a high-value asset, created… Read More

2 years ago

First American F-16 MiG killer gets Desert Camouflage paint scheme similar to that of the Desert Camouflage Uniform worn during the first Gulf War

This ‘What if’ design pulls cues from the Desert Camouflage Uniform worn during the first Gulf War, and a similar… Read More

2 years ago

THIS PILOT SCORED BOTH THE FIRST U.S. F-16 KILL AND THE FIRST KILL FOR THE AIM-120 AMRAAM

"Someone was going to die within the next two minutes, and it wasn't going to be me or my wingman,"… Read More

2 years ago

Famed Naval Aviator Vincent “Jell-O” Aiello tells the story of one of the final U.S. Air Strikes of the 20th Century

Join Vincent “Jell-O” Aiello as he re-lives an air strike in the Iraqi no-fly zone at the turn of the… Read More

4 years ago

Check out this video of GBU deliveries on Afghanistan, courtesy of Tophatters F-14 Tomcats

The first, emotional segment of the video shows VF-14 Tophatters Tomcats over New York. The cool video in this post… Read More

5 years ago

The unknown story of an A-10 CAS mission performed to support Special Forces deployed in Afghanistan

Just as the A-10s and the helicopters were returning to base, the Special Forces men discovered that they had forgotten… Read More

6 years ago

ROLAND! THE STORY OF THE F-15E CREW THAT DODGED TWO (VERY FAST) IRAQI SAMs IN FEW SECONDS

"It is only the size of a dime, but the black words backlit on the square red light jumped at… Read More

6 years ago

THIS FLIGHT HELMET WAS WORN BY COMMANDER DAN “DARTH VADER” CAIN WHILE HE WAS FLYING VF-21 FREELANCERS F-14A TOMCATs

This flight helmet was worn by then Commander Dan "Darth" Cain during his service in VF-21 in 1990 May 4… Read More

7 years ago