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First F-22 Female Pilot helped pave the way for women in the U.S. Air Force
Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop is also the highest ranking female fighter pilot in the Air Force today. In early February, roughly 80 female pilots gathered together on Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California, to take part in the video filming of an Air Force Recruiting Service commercial. The commercial was made to coincide...
F-15 Vs MiG-29: the 493rd FS MiG Kills scored during Operation Allied Force
The 493rd FS would claim four Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Air Force MiG-29s destroyed during the brief campaign. Operation Allied Force (OAF) followed repeated NATO warnings in 1998 to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to remove his armed forces from Kosovo. Fifteen F-15Cs from the 493rd FS/48th FW, based at RAF Lakenheath, England, deployed...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his training on the Mighty FRED
"You could see it. You could see the hole in the back of the plane. You could see sunlight streaming in. Things started flying around. Eyeglasses. Pens . . . .” medical technicians aboard C-5 Number 68-0218. Tragically, the most widely publicized C-5 flight occurred on Apr. 4, 1975, when C-5A 68-0218 (S/N...
USAF stops KC-46A acceptance again due to debris found inside aircraft
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) again stopped accepting new KC-46A Pegasus tankers from Boeing after more debris was found hidden in closed compartments. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) again stopped accepting new KC-46A Pegasus tankers from Boeing after more debris was found hidden in closed compartments, the service said on Apr. 2, 2019.
Here’s why the Infamous F-105 Pussy Galore was an Incredible Morale Booster
The instant Ms. Galore showed up, there were cries of “SHE’S HERE!” and Vic can see crews crowding the boom operator window for a view, with camera flashes going off also. One of the most famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, F-105D was known as Pussy Galore. This aircraft...
Former C-5 pilot remembers his FRED Fini-flight
I participated in this local training mission solely to make my last landing on my last, “fini,” flight. This capped 9,500 hours flying the C-5 Galaxy. A marvelous flying life it had been, but now it was over. Jay Lacklen is a former C-5 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the author of two...
USAF B-1B fleet grounded again due to issues with ejection seat
The issue is believed to be unrelated to a problem with ejection seat (egress) components that forced a B-1 from Dyess AFB to make an emergency landing in Midland on May 1. On Mar. 28, 2019, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has grounded the B-1 bomber fleet due to issues with the...
Here’s how you can land a C-7 Caribou on an Austere Field Over a Hilltop
"We had stopped with just enough runway overrun remaining to turn sharply to taxi back to the cargo ramp area. Another five feet and we’d have been bouncing down the slope into the jungle, and infamy," Jay Lacklen, former C-7 pilot Jay Lacklen is a former C-7 pilot with 12,500 flying hours and the...
Check out video and photos of 24 F-22 Raptors showcasing Overwhelming Combat Airpower during Elephant Walk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
The "elephant walk," comprised of 24 F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, a C-17 Globemaster III transport and an E-3 Sentry. On Mar. 26, 2019 a squadron of USAF aircraft "elephant walked" down Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska, as part of a routine to demonstrate their combat airpower and response abilities.
“We buy F-15EX to keep industrial diversity,” Pentagon Official Says
An upgraded F-16 would mean another Lockheed Martin aircraft, and the DoD wants to maintain a balance between the two largest defense companies. According to a U.S. senior defense official, the Defense Department didn’t propose adding an upgraded F-16 Fighting Falcon into its inventory instead the F-15EX fourth-gen plus aircraft it is...

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