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Croatia to buy Israeli second-hand F-16C/Ds
Israeli senior officials will travel to Central Europe this week to inform the Croatian Ministry of Defense Ynetnews reports that the sale of surplus Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16s to Croatia has failed to get clearance from the US. Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Adam and Michel Ben-Baruch, the...
Israel offers surplus F-16s to Colombia to replace the country's Kfir fighter jets
Washington is upset that Israel added advanced Israeli-made electronic systems to the F-16s, giving Jerusalem an edge over American planes US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly refused to approve the sale of 12 F-16 combat aircraft to Croatia. The US government must approve the sale of its planes sold to any...
That time a crewless RAF Tornado flew away after the Navigator ejected himself and his pilot from their serviceable aircraft
  We may only imagine the front-seater's feelings as, from his parachute, he watched his Tornado disappearing over the horizon The following article contains excerpts from Group Captain Ian Hall's story titled Blind and Deaf which appears in Ian Hall’s book Tornado Boys. Over the years there have been all sorts of odd instances of aircraft being left without the optimum number of...
That time two USAF F-15s intercepted a pilotless Soviet MiG-23 in German Airspace: the Story of the Fourth of July Alpha Scramble
'The expression "Houston, we have a problem!" would fit perfectly here. "JD" explained that there is a problem — no pilot!,' Bill "Turf" Murphy F-15 Driver On Jul. 4, 1989, Captains J. D. "JD" Martin and Bill "Turf" Murphy checked in at the temporary Zulu facility's at Soesterberg to assume the duties of ALPHA KILO ZERO ONE and ZERO was TWO....
That time two RAF Phantoms escorted two Soviet Bears over France because French fighters were grounded by Bastille Day celebrations
"I could not avoid a feeling of irritation when I pictured our Mirage colleagues as they attended their Bastille barbecues on this mid-summer's day," Alan Winkles, former RAF Phantom pilot "The French, without doubt, are proud of their way of life and French folk will usually be eager to claim the virtues of their je sais quoi factor. Sometimes, however, the...
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...
That time a RAF Phantom crew jokingly requested fuel from an Argentine Air Force KC-130 flying over the Falklands
Archie's fingers felt carefully for the in-flight refuelling probe switch. When he operated the switch, Archie and his navigator heard the typical thumps and clunks that signified movement of their flight-refuelling probe. After a moment or two, to Archie's astonishment the Hercules' refuel drogue gave a slight lurch before it began to emerge from the hose drum unit! The following story titled...
That time a RAF Phantom shot down a RAF Jaguar: the unknown story of the British Phantom's only air-to-air kill
"Keeping the Phantom in that position for about six or seven minutes, my navigator and I grinned at the cameras, struck tops of our bone domes lingeringly and flamboyantly, offered thumbs up and gestures until, eventually, the Classic captain made a classic turn onto a south-easterly course...," Alan Winkles, former Phantom driver The U.K. operated the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II as one...
Meet Poland’s First Female MiG-29 Fighter Pilot
“The aircraft won’t forgive any mistakes. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, we are all pilots,” Lt Katarzyna Tomiak-Siemieniewic, Polish Air Force First Female MiG-29 Fighter Pilot Lt Katarzyna Tomiak-Siemieniewic is the first female MiG-29 fighter pilot in the Polish Air Force. “The aircraft won’t forgive any mistakes. It doesn’t matter if you are a man...
Swiss to vote (again) on fighter purchase
The purchasing of new fighter planes has stalled after the Swiss people voted against the acquisition of 22 JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets in 2014 Switzerland will ask its citizens to vote whether to buy a new fighter for the country by 2020, Swissinfo.ch reports. However, the type of aircraft will only be known after the voting process. Noteworthy the purchasing of new fighter planes has...

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