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    Rare Footage of mid-1960s Navy Med Cruise On USS Saratoga

    Some time ago we wrote a piece about a British film by the name of “Operation Saratoga” which was shot aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) during her Mediterranean Sea (Med) cruise that took place between November 28th 1964 and July 12th 1965. Carrier Air Wing THREE (CVW-3) was embarked aboard Super Sara for […] More

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    Watch This Award-Winning USAFE F-15 Eagle Squadron Hone Their Exceptional Skills

    The Raytheon Trophy is presented to the best fighter squadron in the United States Air Force (USAF). Up until 2014 competition for this highly coveted award was open to Air Superiority or “pure” fighter squadrons only. Since then USAF fighter squadrons of all kinds have been allowed to compete for the prize. The 493rd Fighter […] More

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    Watch This Downed Thud Flight Leader Get Rescued By The Jolly Green Giant

    The United States Air Force (USAF) produced the film “Faces of Rescue” in 1967 to portray the exploits of the USAF Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service. The Sikorsky HH-53C Jolly Green Giant crews are featured during their efforts to pull Republic F-105D Thunderchief pilot and Flight Lead Lieutenant James DeVoss from enemy-held jungle in North Vietnam. […] More

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    The Boeing YC-14: The Design That Was Too Advanced For Its Own Good

    Boeing’s YC-14 airlifter was built as the company’s entrant in the Force’s Advanced Medium Short Takeoff Landing [STOL] Transport (AMST) competition for the United States Air Force (USAF). The competition actually began in 1970 when the Air Force and key aerospace contractors began the Tactical Aircraft Investigation (TAI) to look at potential new airlifters. This […] More

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    The Delta-Winged Deuce: Convair’s First Century Series Supersonic Fighter

    Convair’s F-102A Delta Dagger served with distinction as an Air Defense Command (ADC) interceptor with the United States Air Force (USAF) and with the Air National Guard (ANG) for twenty years. Commonly referred to as The Deuce, the F-102A was the first operational delta-winged supersonic jet interceptor to see service with the USAF and ADC. But […] More

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    The Vigilante: The Navy’s Mach 2 Brownie Camera Flew the Hairiest Missions

    Development of the North American A3J (after 1962 the A-5) Vigilante began in 1953 as a privately-funded program to build a carrier-based supersonic bomber capable of filling the nuclear strike role for the United States Navy (USN). North American called the program the North American General Purpose Attack Weapon (NAGPAW). After engineering tweaks were incorporated […] More

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    Eye of the Tigers: The Blue Angels Got the Most Out of Their Grumman Tigers

    When Grumman produced the film “The Navy’s Blue Angels” in cooperation with the US Navy precision flight demonstration team in 1966, the Blues were flying Grumman’s F11F-1 (later F-11A) Tiger jet fighter. The Tiger was not a long-serving frontline Navy jet though. Far from it. However, the Blue Angels flew them for ten show seasons- […] More

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    These Are The Military Helicopters And Airlifters Fighting California Wildfires

    We’ve seen some very impressive footage of ginormous 747 and DC-10 aerial firefighting aircraft dropping fire retardant in areas affected by the California wildfires. United States Navy (USN) Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters are also dropping water directly onto fires using 320 gallon buckets suspended from cargo hooks under the fuselage. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3) […] More

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    Meet The Snowbirds: Canada’s Aerial Ambassadors From the Great White North

    The Snowbirds (now officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron) have been thrilling crowds at airshows and exhibitions since 1971. Although their squadron designation goes back to 431 (Iroquois) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, created under the control of RAF Bomber Command flying Wellington, Halifax, and Lancaster bombers during World War II, the Snowbirds were […] More

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