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The Aviation Geek Club’s Top 5 Posts of 2018

You can read all The Aviation Geek Club’s 2018 (and of course all 2017 and 2016) articles by browsing our blog and selecting the proper category or tag

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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