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    Fly Along with Lockheed Aerial Photographer Matt Short, in 360 Degrees

    Lockheed Martin employs a team of some of the finest aerial aviation photographers in the world. Arguably one of the coolest jobs ever, they are responsible for producing the company’s high-end aerial still and video imagery of high-performance military aircraft, FROM high-performance military aircraft, documenting everything from testing and development, to program milestones, to producing […]

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    Deployments Suck — Creative Marshaling Makes It Better

    Maintainers Make Long Days More Tolerable Let’s not beat around the bush here…deployments suck, especially around the holidays.  It doesn’t matter whether you are in the desert or stationed in a cooler climate for an exercise.  The fact remains that you are away from your family, you sleep with smelly roommates, and you probably eat the […]

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    KC-135 Low Pass Over an Aircraft Carrier? Sure…Why not?

    Flyovers aren’t that rare but an Air Force tanker doing a low pass over a Navy Aircraft Carrier?  That’s pretty rare.  It shows the view from a KC-135R Stratotanker flying low over the Pacific Ocean near several ships that participated in Rim of the Pacific, 2016. Among them are the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. […]

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    An inside look at a KC-135 “flying gas station”

    The unsung heroes of flight operations, tankers like this KC-135 keep the strike aircraft in the air and on station. In-flight refueling operations is another one of those aerial activities that is fascinating to watch. The coordination between two aircraft syncing up while flying at hundreds of mph is the definition of precision. During current […]

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    This B-52 Air Refueling Disaster with Nuclear Weapons Improved Air Refueling Procedures and Crew Resource Management

    Spain was spared from catastrophic disaster by a few lucky coincidences that prevented nuclear weapons from detonating after a B-52 collided with a KC-135 during refueling. Back in 1966, the United States was deeply embroiled in a Cold War with the Soviet Union.  The United States operated secret missions named “Chrome Dome” from the United States […]