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    Modern Day Phantom: F-4 Phantoms Still Plying The Skies In 2017

    Sometimes you just get a hankering for some Phantom phootage. Since the phabulous phighter was retired by the United States there are precious phew outlets for that kind of jones. Thankphully the Nihon Koku Jietai or Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) still operates F-4EJ and RF-4EJ Phantom IIs from Hyakuri Air Base at Omitama, […] More

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    The Pegasus: The First Production KC-46A Tanker Has Flown

    At 1032 local time on Tuesday December 5th 2017, the first production-spec Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker took off from Paine Field at Boeing’s plant at Everett in Washington. The flight lasted some three hours and thirty minutes, during which the two Boeing test pilots and crew climbed to 39,000 feet and executed the […] More

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    The Brits Operated Fire-Breathing Phantom IIs From a Tiny Flight Deck

    The film “Hands to Flying Stations” was shot and produced during 1975 when the Royal Navy’ Fleet Air Arm (FAA) was still flying McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom IIs from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (R09). The FG.1 variant was powered by Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, which necessitated larger engine air intakes as well as […] More

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    B-58 Hustlers Were Sonic Booming and Record Setting Machines

    Convair’s B-58 Hustler was a record-setting machine back when it was introduced in 1960. The builders of the jet produced a Progress Report film during 1961 highlighting the fact that at the time the B-58 was “swift, capable, versatile, and operational.” Hustlers flying low and very fast are seen setting several records. The film, uploaded […] More

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    The Gutless Cutlass: This Vought Jet Was So Bad Pilots Landed and Quit Flying!

    The Vought F7U Cutlass carrier-based jet fighter was one of the most unusual designs ever produced for the United States Navy (USN). Designed as the company’s entry in a 1945 carrier-based jet fighter design competition requiring capability to fly at 600 miles per hour (970 km/h) at 40,000 feet (12,000 m), the aircraft featured broad-chord, […] More

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    Operation Deep Freeze Has Been Cold Chilling Way Down Under Since 1955

    Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), the collective name for scientific research in Antarctica, has been ongoing since 1955. Over the years the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Navy (USN) have been flying supplies and personnel to the American and select foreign outposts there using a variety of aircraft. The longest-serving of these ODF […] More

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    This Video Is Precisely Why Avgeeks Often Say “Only At Oshkosh!”

    If you stick around Oshkosh long enough you’ll see just about every kind of airplane imaginable. This video clip of arrivals and departures was shot by our good friends at AirshowStuffVideos adjacent to runway 36 on the Tuesday at EAA AirVenture 2017. Tuesday is a great day to be watching, because aircraft are still arriving […] More

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    This Wild Weasel F-16 Has Amassed More Flight Hours Than Most of Its Pilots

    The United States Air Force (USAF) has been operating General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jets since 1978. F-16s have served everywhere and done just about everything. The F-16 with the most flight time still operated by the USAF is currently 90-0808, affectionately known as “BOB.” The jet deployed for Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2007, New […] More

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    This Cold-War Fighter Looked Like A Million Bucks But Never Really Got Off the Ground

    Almost immediately after the end of World War II the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) requested a long-range jet-powered penetration/bomber escort. Lockheed’s designers, including the famous Kelly Johnson and his Skunk Works team, submitted their XP-90 design. As with almost every jet-powered aircraft of that time, the XP-90 was to be powered by an […] More

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