As 2018 comes to an end we’ve compiled the top 5 most read and shared posts in case you missed them or want to re-read them.
During the second year of life The Aviation Geek Club has reached some impressive achievements. In fact we have published 691 posts covering many topics from never told stories (such as that of the Four Swedish Viggen pilots protected an SR-71 that had an inflight engine failure) to latest news (such as the complete coverage of the making of “Top Gun: Maverick”).
We have also provided some exclusive Desert Storm stories and enjoyed exciting Cold War Era stories. You can read all 2018 (and of course all 2017 and 2016) articles by browsing our blog and selecting the proper category or tag.
1.SR-71 Crew Members tell the story of a Memorable Encounter with a Soviet MiG-31 Interceptor over the Barents Sea
Dec 8 2018
As we have explained in a previous article, retired Soviet MiG-31 pilot Major Mikhail Myagkiy took part in several intercept attempts on SR-71 Blackbirds participating in Peacetime Aerial Reconnaissance Operations Program (PAROP) missions to the Barents Sea area.
According to his logbook Myagkiy has conducted 14 successful SR-71 intercepts…
2.VIGGEN Vs BLACKBIRD: HOW SWEDISH AIR FORCE JA-37 FIGHTER PILOTS WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE RADAR LOCK ON THE LEGENDARY SR-71 MACH 3 SPY PLANE
Jan 9 2018
The SR-71’s awesome performance capabilities provided a unique opportunity for Swedish fighter controllers and JA-37 fighter pilots to evaluate various intercept solutions against a high-speed, high-altitude threat…
3. THAT TIME A KC-135 STRATOTANKER AIRCRAFT EXPLODED AFTER A FAILED PRESSURE TEST
Jan 2 2018
A KC-135 Aircraft was being pressurized at ground level. The outflow valves which are used to regulate the pressure of the aircraft were capped off during a 5 year overhaul and never opened back up. The post-investigation revealed: that a civilian depot technician who, “had always done it that way,” was using a homemade gauge, and no procedure…
4.That time a RAF Tornado made an emergency landing at Tonopah AFB, home of the top-secret F-117
Oct 8 2018
The guys at Tonopah had a sense of humour after all, for the silhouette of an F-117 had been stencilled on each side of our tail fin…
5. Top Gun Sequel filming halted mid-flight as Tom Cruise’s F/A-18 experiences mid-air issue
Sep 19 2018
The main image of this article shows Tom Cruise (wearing a customized U.S. Navy HGU-68/P flight helmet) after he had to halt filming on Top Gun: Maverick because of a mid-air “flap caution” forced an unscheduled landing…
Tom Morgenfeld Tom Morgenfeld graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1965 with a bachelor’s… Read More
The C-47 Dakota The Douglas DC-3, which made air travel popular and airline profits possible,… Read More
Exercise Red Flag By the mid-1970s and in the aftermath of experience in Korea and… Read More
The Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar Taken in November 2007 the interesting photos in this post… Read More
The KC-135Q It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential role played by the KC-135Q tanker crews,… Read More
B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17… Read More