U.S. Air Force

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

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

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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

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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

4 weeks ago

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

4 weeks ago

Spangdahlem Air Base F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter reaches 10,000 flying hours

Spangdahlem Air Base F-16 reaches 10,000 flying hours On Jun. 24, 2024 the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter, designated as tail… Read More

4 weeks ago

The day Kris Kristofferson stole a US Army helicopter and landed it in Johnny Cash’s yard

Kris Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson’s life is unprecedented, and won’t be replicated. Born Kristoffer Kristofferson in the border town of Brownsville,… Read More

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A-10 pilot tells for how long the Avenger can fire continuously and how many bullets the GAU-8/A cannon carries into battle

A-10 Warthog Gun The General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger is a 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-style autocannon that is typically mounted in the US… Read More

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That time Four Swedish JA-37 Viggen pilots protected an SR-71 with an inflight engine failure from 20 Soviet Fighter Jets

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

4 weeks ago

USAF instructor pilot retires with over 10,000 flying hours

USAF instructor pilot with over 10,000 flying hours Lt. Col. Bob Volpe, call sign “Legend,” has flown more than 10,000… Read More

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The FB-111H/FB-111B/C: the FB-111 armed with 14 SRAMs or 18 AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air long range missiles that never was

The FB-111 Originally known as the TFX (Tactical Fighter “X”), the F-111 was conceived to meet a US Air Force… Read More

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