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Size matters: two A-10s and a C-5 on the ramp at Westover Air Reserve Base

C-5 and A-10s

Two Warthogs caught on their parking spots in front of a C-5A Galaxy at Westover ARB, Massachusetts.

Taken on Apr. 1, the photo was taken when as much as 16 A-10Cs (most probably 12 + four spares) from the 303rd Fighter Squadron “KC Hawgs”, 442nd Fighter Wing (AFRC), Whiteman AFB, Missouri, arrived at Westover ARB, homebase of the 439th Airlift Wing and its C-5 Galaxy airlifters, to perform an overnight stopover while enroute to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The A-10s are heading to Afghanistan where they will replace the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron “Tiger Sharks” in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

H/T to Warthog News for the heads-up

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

 

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[Photo] U.S. Army CH-47s flying over ocean of snow in Afghanistan

Snow Afghanistan

There can be some snow in Afghanistan in this part of the year as this photo shot from a U.S. Army chopper shows.

Activity in Afghanistan is not affected by freezing temperature recorded during this part of the year.

According to the U.S. Army, the photo was taken by an Apache of the 1st Bn., 227th Avn. Reg, “First Attack”, but the type of blade that can be seen in the upper portion of the frame seems to point towards another CH-47 Chinook, rather than an AH-64D Apache.

Anyway, an attack chopper the Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was most probably escorting the “convoy”, hence the caption.

Image credit: U.S. Army

 

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Blue on Blue Incident Caught on Camera – NATO fighter jet drops 500 pound bomb on US troops

friendly fire

A new video posted on YouTube yesterday shows video footage of a U.S. blue on blue incident during a firefight in Afghanistan.

One of the soldiers in the Observation Post captured the video on a camera attached to his helmet.

It shows U.S. troops from the 1st Infantry Division at an undisclosed FOB engaging Taliban forces across the valley.

An air strike is called in to drop a 500 pound bomb on the enemy position. At the start of the video, the radio in the background can be heard saying “30 seconds to time on target.” About 15 seconds later, sounds of the jet flying over can be heard, along with the scream of the bomb that is about to hit just 15 meters from the OP.

After the bomb hits, the shock of the troops is apparent, as it takes a few moments for what just happened to sink in.  Surprisingly, there were no deaths or serious injuries. This is more than likely due to the actions of the First Sergeant, who had the troops come in and bunker down for safety prior to the air strike.

A short interview posted by the author of the video states that three troops most likely would’ve died had it not been for the First Sergeant’s “stand to” call.  A friend of this Author stated, after watching the video, that he had been about a quarter-mile from a 500 pound bomb blast in Afghanistan, and it shook him down to his bones.  We can only image what these guys felt, being only 15 meters from the impact zone.

As of this writing, there is no available information regarding what caused the bomb to hit off target, or which NATO unit was flying CAS (Close Air Support) that day.  From previous blue on blue incidents that have occurred in Afghanistan, it could of been something as simple as getting one number wrong when communicating GPS coordinates, or confusion as to the location of the friendly ground forces.

For more information visit funker530′s blog.

Bjørn Broten for The Aviationist.com

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Night Operations at Bagram Airfield: F-16s, A-10s unleashed over Afghanistan

F-16 takeoff

F-16s, A-10s as well as MC-12s and C-5s Service deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, work around the clock, ensuring mission success 24 hours a day.

Taken in the last days, the following images show the never ending flying activity of all the U.S. Air Force assets operating within the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Here below, an A-10 Thunderbolt II receives a final check before taking off on a pre-dawn mission from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2014:

A-10

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon receives a final check before taking off on a mission shortly after dawn from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 11.

F-16 after dawn

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off on a nighttime mission from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 11:

A-10 take off

Take off at dawn for an F-16C:

F-16 Makos takeoff

A MC-12W Liberty prepares for another ISR mission:

MC-12W night

A C-5B Galaxy is parked on the flight line ramp at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan where it offloaded multiple pallets of cargo and passengers:

C-5

 

 

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

 

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Video shows Angry Afghan Villagers stoning wreck of U.S. Predator Drone

Drone stoned

An American UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) crashes in Afghanistan. Local people stone it.

The following footage made its first appearance on Facebook a couple of days ago.

It allegedly shows what seems to be a group of Afghans stoning the wreck of a (most probably American) MQ-1 Predator drone, while other people cheer and laugh.

It’s almost impossible to determine why, when and where the unmanned aircraft crashed. Still, what can be said is that U.S. drones involved in overseas clandestine missions (in Afghanistan or Iran – do you remember the stealth RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran?) don’t carry any marking, serial, roundel etc.

 



H/T to Gian Luca Onnis for the heads-up

 

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