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    This Is What Naval Aviation Looked Like Back When The Beatles Ruled The Airwaves

    Rare look at life onboard an aircraft carrier in 1965 as Vietnam War steadily grew in scope. Here’s another gem from days gone by. This film, entitled ‘Ready on Arrival”, is a look at life aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62) during her May 1965 through December 1965 Western Pacific (WestPac) deployment to the […]

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    How Well Do You Know The Blue Angels?

    The Blue Angels have flown the F/A-18 for 30 years.  What else have they flown? The Unites States Navy Flight Demonstration Team, otherwise known as the Blue Angels, began their 2017 road show season this weekend at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. The Blue Angels have been flying McDonnell-Douglas (Boeing) F/A-18 Hornets […]

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    Operation Bolo: Robin Olds’ Trifecta of Heroism, Leadership, and Deception

    By pretending to be the less maneuverable F-105, Olds and his men provoked a response from North Vietnamese Migs. Olds mercilessly slayed them. Brigadier General Robin Olds was a hero on many fronts.  He was a World War II ace who typified the “lead from the front” style like so many other warriors from the Greatest Generation […]

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    Sonic Boom! The Last USAF F-4s Went Out With A Bang!

    Retiring QF-4s performed supersonic pass during last flight at Holloman. The last US Air Force QF-4s took to the skies on December 21, 2016.  Those flights capped a full 58 years of F-4 Phantoms gracing the skies of the United States.  Avgeeks from all over the country gathered to watch and photograph an active F-4 […]

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    The End is Near For USAF QF-4 Phantoms

    The QF-4 Aerial Target is a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter modified into a remotely piloted aerial target. The QF-4 provides a realistic target for live-fire air-to-air missile testing, as well other anti-aircraft weapons systems. The last operational flight of F-4 Phantoms occurred in 1996. The following year, the QF-4 program was established. Retired […]

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    Rare Air: Incredible F-4 Phantom Helmet Cam Departure

    We won’t see scenes like this much longer! Attention Avgeeks!  There are only a few more months to see active US Air Force F-4 Phantoms flying at airshows.  That’s right. In less than three months, the QF-4 program will be gone forever.  With the expiration of the QF-4 program, that means that all associated heritage […]