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    The Red Rippers’ Last Tomcat Cruise

    When US Navy Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers returned from their 2004 deployment with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) aboard the carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), an era came to an end for the Red Rippers. During that eventful Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment the Red Rippers flew repeated bombing sorties […] More

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    Transatlantic Range And 2X Supersonic Speed-That Was The Concorde

    When the British Airways Film Unit produced the promotional film “Transatlantic Supersonic” in 1976, the Aérospatiale / BAC Concorde supersonic transport (SST) had only just entered scheduled service with British Airways. The Concorde was jointly developed and manufactured by Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale) and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. A total […] More

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    Yeager’s Supersonic Ride: The Bell X-1 Was A Bullet With Wings Packed Full Of The Right Stuff

    The Bell X-1 was the rocket-powered aircraft that exceeded the speed of sound in level flight while piloted by legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager on October 14th 1947. The aircraft, developed largely during World War II by Bell Aircraft along with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) […] More

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    Lockheed’s ES-3A Shadow Knew What Evil Lurked Over The Horizon

    This Replacement For The Venerable EA-3B “Electric Whale” Only Served For Eight Very Busy Years In 1991 the last Navy EA-3B Skywarrior was retired after 40 years of service. The last Douglas EA-3B Electric Whale, 146448 assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2) Batmen, went to the boneyard later that year. The Lockheed ES-3A […] More

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    BREAKING: Spanish EF2000 Typhoon Crashes On Approach Killing Pilot

    On Thursday October 12th 2017, a Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon fighter jet has crashed near Los Llanos Airbase at Albacete Airport, located about 200 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Madrid in Spain. The jet was approaching Los Llanos for recovery after taking part in a National Parade Day flyover at […] More

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    NKAWTG: The Many Ways That SAC Used The Mighty KC-135 Stratotanker

    The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker first entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957. Boeing built just a couple more than 800 of these aircraft. They have been adapted to perform scores of missions in addition to airlifting and aerial refueling. Developed from Boeing’s 367-80 prototype along with the hugely successful 707 series […] More

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    This Latest VFA-31 2017 Deployment Cruise Video: Half Boom And Doom With Some Zoom Thrown In

    The Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron THREE ONE (VFA-31) recently returned from their 2017 deployment with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) aboard the carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). The deployment, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, also saw the Tomcatters participating in Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 with the UK’s Royal Navy in the Atlantic […] More

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    Watch: Every F-4 Phantom From The First One Til’ The Last Ones Were PHAbulous

    Over 56 Years of Service The Phantom II Underwent Many Changes. See What They Looked Like. When the McDonnell Corporation made the promotional film “The Record Breaking McDonnell Phantom II”, the jet was essentially brand new. The company’s F-4 had already set numerous low-level and at-altitude speed and time-to-climb records. Of course the Phantom II […] More

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