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This 360° video of a “Jolly Rogers” Super Hornet launching from an aircraft carrier catapult is awesome!

Enjoy a 360 degree video of a Super Hornet launching during blue water operations

Enjoy a cat launch with a specialized camera, able to capute a video in 360 degree from inside an F/A-18F Super Hornet launching from USS Harry S. Truman, courtesy of the Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VFA-103) “Jolly Rogers.”

As already said when commenting the cockpit footage of one of the F/A-18 Hornet of the U.S. Navy demo team during a Blue Angels display, 360° tech is becoming the new trend in aviation videos.

Don’t forget to drag and “navigate” the video as it plays. If you can’t load it, click here.

Posted by 360fly on Tuesday, February 9, 2016



Turkey has denied a Russian Open Skies observation flight over its territory because it was near the Syrian border

Another episode that further escalates the crisis between Turkey and Russia.

Turkey has barred a Russian Antonov An-30B spyplane, that was supposed to operate out of Eskisehir airfield, Turkey, on Feb. 1 to 5, from performing an Open Skies Treaty flight over its territory.

As told to by Sergey Ryzhkov, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department for control of implementation of treaties, the Turkish military refused to allow the flight to take place after the flight route was discovered to include observation areas adjacent to the Syrian border and airfields where NATO aircraft are concentrated.

Ryzhkov added that, in this way “A dangerous precedent was created of an uncotrolled military activity of an Open Skies Treaty member state. We are not going to leave without proper attention and relevant reaction violations of the Open Skies Treaty on the part of the Turkish republic.”

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and has 34 member states.

Its key tasks are to monitor the fulfillment of armament control agreements and expand capabilities to prevent crises in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations. Surveillance flights are conducted over Russia, United States, Canada and European countries.

Noteworthy Turkey has halted Russian Open Skies flight few days after a RuAF Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback bomber allegedly violated Ankara’s airspace while performing a mission from Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in northwestern Syria.

An-30B Spyplane

File photo showing a Russian Open Skies An-30 escorted by two Danish F-16s (credit: OSCE). Top image credit: OSCE.


Take a look at these fantastic air-to-air photographs of the F-35 during its first transatlantic crossing

Cool photographs of a historic achievement.

On Feb. 5, the an F-35A landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, marking the successful ending of JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight.

It was pretty much an Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) achievement: the aircraft was the ItAF’s first F-35, the first JSF built outside the U.S., piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the training at Luke AFB in November last year, and supported by a formation made by 2x KC-767s, 2x C-130Js and 2x Typhoons, all belonging to the Italian Air Force.

F-35 crossing 2

11 flying hours, one stopover (in Lajes, Portugal) and 7 aerial refuelings made the crossing possible.

F-35 crossing 3

In this post you can find some cool photographs of the trip just released by the Italian Ministry of Defense. Noteworthy, the image below (the only one on the ground) shows the pilot performing the external checks on the F-35: you can clearly see the low-visibility 13th Gruppo (Squadron) emblem applied to the left air intake.

F-35 crossing checks

Image credit: Italy MoD

Did you know a three-time Super Bowl winner flew 45 combat missions over Iraq in the A-10?

Chad Hennings flew the A-10 in combat during the 1990s before winning three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

Chad Hennings is mainly known for playing with the Dallas Cowboys for nine seasons.

However, he is also a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate who flew over Northern Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort with the A-10 Thunderbolt II in 1991.

After graduating from the Colorado Springs Academy in June 1988, he entered undergraduate pilot training at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. But in April 1989 he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

Needless to say, Hennings had to fulfill his military commitment before he could play in the NFL, something that was extremely initially quite hard to accept.

As he explains in a post published on the U.S. Air Force website: “I wouldn’t say there were regrets, (but) it was an emotional struggle […]”

Anyway, he was able to complete the LIFT (Lead-In Fighter Training), became an A-10 pilot and was assigned to the 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron based at RAF Bentwaters, in the UK, in June 1990.

During the time with the 92nd TFS Hennings deployed twice to Incirlik Air Base, in Turkey, from where he flew 45 combat missions over North Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort, an international relief effort to aid the Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq after the Gulf War.

“Football was a distant memory and something in the past that I never really thought about until the Air Force went through the reduction in force and they started the waivers in the spring of ’92,” Hennings said.

He received a waiver in 1992 to be released from active duty as part of the Air Force’s Reduction in Force. He would go on to serve almost 10 more years in the Air Force Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee program.

But, during his time as a reservist he played for the Dallas Cowboys for nine seasons and was part of three Super Bowl winning teams. He played in 119 games, recording 27.5 sacks and one touchdown before retiring in 2000.

Today, Hennings lives outside of Dallas, where he’s a partner in a commercial real estate company and does a lot of public speaking.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

F-35 arrival at NAS Patuxent River after first transatlantic crossing B-roll and pilot interview

Interesting video with pilot interview provides some interesting details about the F-35’s first transatlantic crossing.

On Feb. 5, the Italian Air Force’s first F-35, dubbed AL-1 and serialled MM7332 (with code “32-01” and markings of the 32° Stormo – Wing)  landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Mariland, at the end of the JSF’s first ever transatlantic flight.

The aircraft was piloted by one of the two ItAF test pilots, belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) from Pratica di Mare, who successfully completed the training at Luke AFB in November last year.

The following B-roll (H/T to @JamesDrewNews) shows the aircraft, landing at Pax River along with one of the supporting KC-767s (the F-35 was supported by 2x KC-767s, 2x C-130Js and 2x Typhoons).

After chasing the F-35 for most of its transatlantic flight, the two-seater Typhoon and its own supporting KC-767 landed at Pease ANGB, in New Hampshire, from where they will fly to Nellis AFB, in Nevada, in anticipation of the first participation of the Italian Typhoons to a Red Flag exercise.

Interestingly, the F-35 refueled 7 times from Italy to the U.S. and most of the refueling took place in bad weather: nevertheless, there were no problems nor disconnection as the F-35 is extremely stable (so as the KC-767).