Tag: U.S. Air Force

This Airman has been the First USAF Pilot to Fly U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler in Combat
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jonathan Wright became the first Airman to pilot a U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler during a combat mission while stationed at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. On Nov. 19, 2018 U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jonathan Wright became the first Airman to pilot a U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler during...
Strike Eagle Down: the Story of the F-15E that Crashed during Operation Desert Shield
Although a full investigation into the incident was never carried out, it is possible that inexperience in handling the Strike Eagle with external fuel tanks was the primary cause of the accident. Operation Desert Shield, the precursor to Operation Desert Storm, began with the deployment of F-15C/Es to the Persian Gulf region. On...
USAF F-35A and F-15E Jets Obliterate “ISIS-Infested Island” with 80,000 Pounds of Bombs
"Here's what it looks like when @USAFCENT #F15 and #F35 jets drop 36,000 Kg of bombs on a Daesh infested island," U.S. Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. On Sep. 10, 2019 U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning II and F-15E Strike Eagle jets bombed an “ISIS-infested island” in northern...
Did you know the F-111 Killed More Tanks than the A-10 during Operation Desert Storm?
Using PAVE Tack targeting pods combined with LGBs, the F-111 Aardvarks took out over 1,500 Iraqi armored vehicles. By contrast the A-10 Warthogs destroyed “only” 900 Iraqi military vehicles. According to the interesting video in this post, the almost forgotten General Dynamics F-111 killed more tanks than the beloved A-10 Warthog during Operation...
Video Shows B-2 Spirit Flight Operations (with Low and Loud Overhead Passes) at RAF Fairford
“After a five-hour training mission the B-2 Spirits returned and landed on runway 27 at RAF Fairford where I waited under the flight line for the overhead passes,” Dafydd Phillips. Taken at RAF Fairford by our friend Dafydd Phillips, the cool video in this post features B-2 flight operations during the Spirit recent deployment to...
Former F-4 Phantom Driver tells the story of an Exhilarating Mach 2 Test Flight
‘We are supersonic and still accelerating, the maniacal engines will not be denied. With nothing else to do, I watch the Mach meter unwind; I want to see a number starting with a 2,’ Ed Cobleigh, former F-4 Pilot. F-4 Test Hop The following story appears in Ed Cobleigh’s book War for...
Awesome F-22 “Hyper-Lapse” Video brings you in the Raptor’s Cockpit to Experience Entire Demonstration Profile
Taken on May 4-5, 2019 during Ft. Lauderdale, Air Show, the spectacular video in this post bring you inside the cockpit of the F-22 Raptor belonging to the USAF F-22 Demo Team to experience the entire demonstration profile in hyper-lapse speed. Taken on May 4-5, 2019 during Ft. Lauderdale, FL Air Show,...
Last Armed AC-130U Spooky Gunship Retired to 309 AMARG
AC-130U gunship, tail number 513 was the last Spooky with its guns still installed and one of the very last to retire altogether. On Aug. 19, 2019 the last armed AC-130U “Spooky” gunship, tail number 513, retired to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz.
To ensure that the POWs directly involved in Operation Thunderhead were fully aware of the CinC's approval of the plan, a unique covert signal was devised - two SR-71 tri-sonic booms, exactly 15 seconds apart, would ring out over Hanoi… US aviators first became prisoners of war (POWs) of the North Vietnamese in...
Here are the Unique Challenges faced by McGuire squadron to transport U-2 Chase Cars over the Altantic
“The U-2 chase vehicles we received have no Air Transportability Test Loading Agency certification. They have no fixed area to be restrained or tied down in the aircraft, so there’s no black and white way on how to transport them,” Staff Sgt. Ryan Murray, 305th APS load planning supervisor. For the 305th Aerial...

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