Tag: U.S. Air Force

That Time and F-4 Phantom II “Protected” a Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane from a Meteor Attack
‘This rock is going God only knows how fast and is fifty miles straight up. If I can't shoot down a SR-71, how in hell am I going to even begin to bring missiles to bear on a meteor?’ Ed Cobleigh, former F-4 Pilot. The following story appears in Ed Cobleigh’s book War for...
F-22 Raptor with Crumbled Radar-Absorbing Coating Spotted over Syria
“Eroded” Radar-Absorbing Coating on the F-22’s nose has been spotted during aerial refuelling over an “undisclosed location.” Several eagle-eyed Twitter users have spotted what they believed was severely eroded Radar-Absorbing Coating in front of the canopy of a U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-22 seen refuelling over an “undisclosed location.”
F-22s, F-35s complete first post-Hurricane Combat Archer air-to-air exercise
The Trump administration is confirming that Tyndall AFB that was devastated by Hurricane Michael will be rebuilt so it can house F-35 fighter jets. The Trump administration is confirming that a U.S. Air Force (USAF) base in the Florida Panhandle that was devastated by Hurricane Michael will be rebuilt so it can house F-35 fighter...
The KC-135Q Story, Part Two: Refueling the Blackbird
The aerodynamic dissimilarity of the subsonic KC-135Q and its triple-sonic receiver dictated a precise rendezvous, and the actual air refueling was conducted at the limits of each airplane's operational envelope. The KC-135Q Story, Part Two. The major differences between the KC-135Q and other KC-135s were primarily related to the fuel...
Soviet MiG-15 Pilot explains how he was able to Shoot Down a USAF B-29 Bomber during the Korean War
‘The escorting pilots appeared to be cowards. If we forced them into a pair or a group of four aircraft, they flew apart, right and left and left us a clear path to the B-29 bombers. "Good", I thought. "These guys are working for us",’ Lt Col Aleksander Smorchkov, MiG-15 Pilot. The USSR...
The nose is coming off! How a T-38 trainer helped a SR-71 that was losing her nose section in flight to RTB
‘The remains of SR-71 Ichi-Ban were buried at sea with full military honors. The occasion occurred at 1157 hours on Christmas Eve of 1989,’ Colonel (Ret) Don Emmons, former SR-71 RSO. On Apr. 21, 1989, SR-71 #61-17974, better known as Ichi-Ban departed Kadena Air Base (AB) on a mission.  At the controls were...
‘I felt as pleased as an Indian who had just taken a scalp, or even more,’ Lt.-Col. Gvozden Djukic, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Air Force MiG-29 “supposed pilot.”
‘I felt as pleased as an Indian who had just taken a scalp, or even more,’ Lt.-Col. Gvozden Djukic, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Air Force MiG-29 “supposed pilot.” The MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) created a sensation when it became the first Soviet combat aircraft to be displayed at a western air show. By the...
USAF to upgrade B-1B Lancer's rotary launcher
Of the fleet of 61 B-1B Lancers, 15 are in depot maintenance and 39 aircraft are down for inspections or other issues. At the Senate confirmation hearing for Gen. John Hyten on Jul. 30, 2019 it was disclosed that the U.S. Air Force has only six fully mission-capable B-1B bombers.
Father of the iconic A-10 Warthog passes away
“I was flying wingman for the squadron commander of the 706 TFS that day. The visibility was so bad past the FLOT that we could only use our guns,” Richard Pauly former A-10 Pilot. Filmed and narrated by U.S. Army Sergeant Dale Bartlett on Feb. 27, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, the impressive...
The KC-135Q Story, Part One: Tweaking the Stratotanker to refuel a Mach 3+ Spy Plane
Why the series suffix 'Q' was selected is unknown. Using normal designation procedures, the KC-135Q should have been called the KC-135C as the MDS 'KC-135B' had already been allocated to the airborne command post then under development. The KC-135Q Story, Part One. On Jul. 4, 1956, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)...