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[Special Photo Report] Phantom Heaven: among the last F-4 combat planes. Beware, contains alert take off images.

Jun 10 2012

Do you remember the first images of the Wittmund Spotter Day published a few days ago?

Here you can find a gallery of interesting pictures, taken by Giovanni Maduli on both Jun. 5, during the Open House, and Jun. 6 when ...

Cockpit view: F/A-18F Super Hornet Refuels from another Super Hornet

Jun 10 2012

This video provides a different point of view: this is what refueling your F/A-18F Super Hornet from another “Rhino” (as the SH is dubbed in the naval aviation “slang”) looks like.

The buddy refueler in the video is an F/A-18E in ...

The "USS Enterprise fired upon enemy fighters" story: why attacking a U.S. aircraft carrier with four (or more) combat planes would be a suicide.

Jun 09 2012

On Jun. 8, the news of a presumed attack on USS Enterprise spread on Twitter.

It all had started few days earlier, with someone who had heard from a “credible source” (reportedly a wife of a sailor on deployment or something ...

Anybody able to ID the new pod carried by a British Typhoon at RAF Coningsby?

Jun 09 2012

Update Jun. 10, 2012 15.30 GMT

The following image was taken by The Aviationist’s contributor Alessandro Fucito at RAF Coningsby on May 28. It shows a local Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 ZJ935 [DJ] belonging to the 11 Sqn landing at the ...

Oriental Turboprops: U.S. C-130 Hercules cargo planes flying near Mt. Fuji, Japan

Jun 09 2012

The following cool image shows a formation of U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft flying in formation on Jun. 5, 2012, as they return from the “Samurai Surge” training mission near Mount Fuji, Japan.

At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is ...

Phantom Phorever!!! Wittmund hosts last F-4 Spotter Day. For real Phantom Phreaks.

Jun 09 2012

On Jun. 5, Wittmund airbase, home of Germany’s last operational F-4 Phantoms the Jadgdeschwader (JG) 71 “Richthofen”, hosted a Spotter Day. Possibly the last one before the entire fleet is eventually retired next year.

Unfortunately, the Spotter Day didn’t feature any flying ...

Military Aviation

Mar 31 2015
A very different perspective. The sun was dropping quickly towards the Spring Mountains indicating the day was coming to an end. A...
Mar 28 2015
A civil registered U.S. King Air used to track high-value and time-sensitive targets, including people, has conducted some mission...

Drones

Mar 17 2015
An MQ-1 Predator crashed in Syria. According to Syria state media it was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The U.S. lost contact w...
Mar 13 2015
RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft in BACN configuration is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. Air Force has not released much...

Aviation Safety

Mar 22 2015
A Syrian Mi-14 ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) helicopter crash landed in the Idlib region. On Mar. 22, a Syrian Navy Mil Mi-14 helic...
Mar 17 2015
An MQ-1 Predator crashed in Syria. According to Syria state media it was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The U.S. lost contact w...

Rogue States

Mar 30 2015
Four U.S. Air Force A-10s have arrived in Romania. More to arrive in the next days. It looks like the USAF Warthog attack planes a...
Mar 28 2015
A civil registered U.S. King Air used to track high-value and time-sensitive targets, including people, has conducted some mission...

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