U.S. Air Force

The story of C-17 T-1, the prototype Globemaster III that appeared in “Transformers,” “Iron Man” and more today on display at the USAF Museum

The story of C-17 T-1, the prototype Globemaster III that appeared in “Transformers,” “Iron Man” and more today on display at the USAF Museum

The prototype C-17 designated T-1 Recently posted by the National Museum of the US Air Force on its Facebook Page,… Read More

2 days ago

RC-135 Instructor Navigator recalls when he and his pilot hand-flew the aircraft for 3 hours after its autopilot failed

The autopilot An autopilot is a system used to control the path of an aircraft. It is often an integral… Read More

2 days ago

F-15E that shot down a Mi-24 helicopter with 2000lb LGB surpasses 15,000 flight hours during combat mission

Only F-15E with air-to-air kill surpasses 15,000 flight hours A US Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagle, tail number #89-0487… Read More

3 days ago

The story of the only Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane hit by a SAM: the day a North Vietnamese SA-2 damaged an A-12 Oxcart

The Blackbird Family The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

4 days ago

The Penn State Expert who mistook the shockwave created by an SR-71 flying at Mach 3, at 80,000 ft for a meteorite entering the Earth’s atmosphere

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed… Read More

6 days ago

Final A-10C Thunderbolt II operational mission for 354th Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs”

Final A-10C Thunderbolt II sortie for 354th Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs” The 354th Fighter Squadron and 354th Fighter Generation Squadron generated… Read More

6 days ago

8th Fighter Squadron unveils F-16 Viper in sleek matte black color scheme honoring F-117 Nighthawk

F-16 in sleek matte black color scheme honoring F-117 The 8th Fighter Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) collaborated… Read More

1 week ago

USAF in Japan gets major fighter upgrades: F-15EX to replace F-15C/D at Kadena, F-35A to replace F-16C/D at Misawa

F-15EX to replace F-15C/D at Kadena, F-35A to replace F-16C/D at Misawa The Department of Defense (DoD), in close coordination… Read More

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Did you know the USAF asked General Dynamics to keep the F-16XL supercruise ability quiet to avoid impacting the Advanced Tactical Fighter program?

The F-16XL 42 years ago, on Jul. 3, 1982 the F-16XL, a unique prototype fighter jet that never quite reached… Read More

2 weeks ago

The Convair WS-125A, the nuclear-powered bomber hybrid of B-58 and XB-70 that never was

The Convair WS-125A In October 1954, the USAF put out requirements for two supersonic bombers, the WS-110A and the WS-… Read More

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That time USAF used the debris of a crashed F-101 Voodoo to replace those of a crashed F-117 to keep the Nighthawk Secret

The F-101 Voodoo Developed from the XF-88 penetration fighter, the F-101 originally was designed as a long-range bomber escort for… Read More

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USAF F-15 maintainer recalls when an Eagle pilot lost his F-15 canopy in flight after he forgot to lock it down before launch and explains why the Walk Around is always an important pre-flight routine

The Aircraft Walk Around Aircraft Walk Around contributes to maintaining the safety of the aircraft. The exterior inspection is done… Read More

2 weeks ago

The Story of the RB-47H ELINT Plane shot down by a Soviet MiG-19 over the Barents Sea

An aircraft to gather information about Soviet air defense radar systems During the early part of the Cold War, the… Read More

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Did you know the SR-71 was the first aircraft to use its own fuel for hydraulic fluid? The Blackbird’s fuel hydraulic system.

The Blackbird In the 1960’s, the US Air Force (USAF) developed the SR-71 Blackbird, a plane that could travel more than… Read More

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The F-105 pilot who made multiple passes to destroy a North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

The F-105 Thud The Wild Weasel III F-105F Thunderchief or "Thud" formed the backbone of USAF SAM suppression during Operation… Read More

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The unnerving mission of a B-36 mechanic: hours spent waiting in the wings of a Peacemaker to Maintain the Engines in Flight

The B-36 Peacemaker mechanic Responding to the US Army Air Forces' requirement for a strategic bomber with intercontinental range, Consolidated… Read More

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