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    Insanely Loud B-1 Set Off Car Alarms!

    Freedom isn’t free or quiet! The Rockwell B-1 Lancer, or “Bone” (B-One, get it?) is a multiengine, variable-sweep wing aircraft primarily flown by the United States Aircraft. First developed in the early 70’s and finally produced in the early 80’s, closest to the B-1 in service now, this four engine aircraft has been known for […]

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    Stealthly Return? Production restart of F-22 Raptor could be in works

    House subcommittee asks Air Force to submit study to restart production of F-22 Raptor. The House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces is indicating that production of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor could resume. The committee is directing the Air Force to report on the cost and feasibility of restarting the assembly […]

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    Too Big For Its Own Good: Why A MD-11 Based Tanker Was Never Built

    It’s a question that almost every avgeek has asked before: Why didn’t McDonnell Douglas make a serious attempt to sell a tanker version of the MD-11 tanker to the Air Force? Back in the early 1990s, the MD-11 program was struggling to meet promised performance targets.  American became so frustrated with their aircraft that they eventually […]

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    Who Knew They Could Even Fit That Many F-16s On a Runway?

      How do you evaluate your pilots, test the capabilities of your maintainers, and scare the crap out of your enemy all in one exercise? You conduct an elephant walk! An elephant walk is a mass launch exercise where a large group of aircraft launch at the same time.   Some pilots have joked that you’d […]

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    This Is How You Pre-Flight the SR-71 Blackbird

    Avgeekery is proud to profile ‘avgeeks’ who share their passion for aviation in unique ways.  Recently, we ran into Erik Johnson.  He is a self-professed avgeek having grown up immersed in the world of aviation with a secondary love of photography. His father was in the Air Force and a civilian pilot.  After high school, he […]

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    High, Hot and Dirty Landings

    Fort Carson, CO; Red Devil Landing Zone (LZ) Red Devil Landing Zone is the highest altitude tactical dirt landing zone in the United States available for military training.  As a part of the First Carson Range, the 302d Airlift Wing has by agreement used the landing zone for unique training sorties for the past few […]