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The Month In Military Aviation: BUFFs, Bones, Hornets, Raptors, Lightnings, and Hawkeyes, Oh my!

Official US Air Force Photograph

From our friends at AirshowStuff comes this compilation of their best military aviation clips shot during August of 2017. There is something for everyone in this one! Live ordnance drops (read “show of force”) captured in a northern South Korean valley. Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB)- based B-1B Lancers operating from Andersen AFB on Guam, Raptors, Eagles, Vipers, Hornets, Hawkeyes, Warthogs, BUFFs, and much more. Thanks once again to AirshowStuffVideos for uploading another HD video of some of the finest footage of military aircraft in action around the world.

The video features Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) operating from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as well as Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallions operating from assault carrier decks and sling-loading Leatherneck vehicles. Aerial refueling of F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, F-22 Raptors, B-52H Stratofortresses, A-10C Warthogs, even Italian Air Force AMX and German Panavia Tornado GR 6 aircraft shot from KC-135R and KC-10A tankers. Listen to the thunder as two B-1Bs take off simultaneously from the parallel runways at Andersen AFB.

Official US Navy Photograph

Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs of VMFA-121 Green Knights are captured as they participate in the live ordnance drops in South Korea. VMFA(AW)-224 Bengals FA-18D Hornets refuel while they are recorded from the tanker. There is even a mass taxi (elephant walk) minimum interval takeoff (MITO) of C-103J Hercules airlifters from Ramstein AFB in Germany. A Boeing E-8C JSTARS surveillance aircraft refuels from a 132nd Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) KC-135R of the Maine Air National Guard (ANG). The Illinois ANG gets screen time for their 182nd Airlift Wing C-130H3 Hercules airlifters as well. C-17 Globemaster IIIs are liberally mixed in with the rest of the cast.

Official US Marine Corps Photograph

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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