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Super Cool Night Photos of the F-22 Raptor stealth jets refueling mid-air enroute to Syria

Here are some interesting photographs of the F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria.

Taken on Sept. 26, the following images were taken from the boomer position aboard a U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender tanker during air-to-air refueling operations of an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft enroute to Syria.

Raptors refuel

The Raptors, launched from Al Dhafra, in the UAE, where they are deployed along the F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath, were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria.

Raptors refuel

The F-22 Raptors of the 1st FW that have been stationed in the Persian Gulf from 6 months, will soon be replaced by 6 Raptors belonging to the 95th FS from Tyndall Air Force Base.

Raptors refuel

F-15E aircraft from RAF Lakenheath will be releaved by Strike Eagles from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Raptors refuel

Image: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf


[Photo] First pilotless F-16 flies first remotely controlled mission at Tyndall Air Force Base

The first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flew on Sept. 19 at Tyndall Air Force base in Florida, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

The aircraft has joined the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron to serve as an aerial target for testing against potential adversaries, radars, surface and air-to-air missiles.

Image credit: Boeing

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This is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in years: cockpit view as Marines F-18 fires live missile

The following image is going viral on social networks.

The reason is obvious: is an absolutely stunning photograph, just released by the U.S. Marine Corps, showing Capt. Christopher Prout with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing as he shoots an AIM-7 Sparrow missile from an F/A-18C Hornet near Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, on May 16, 2013.

VMFA-232 moved to Tyndall for a deployment for training (DFT) used to prepare the squadron for future combat and contingency operations.

F-18 shooting

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps

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Last of the legendary U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom jets to become yet another missile victim

The last of the produced F-4 Phantom jets has been converted into a flying dummy target-drone for missile training.

The plane was a part of 309th AMARG (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group) based in Tuscon, Arizona and went through tests on Apr. 17.

The RF-4C, production no. 68-0599 is not a machine that is young or freshly retired, as it has been a part of the AMARG inventory since Jan. 18, 1989.

Just after being prepared for flying in a form of a target drone it was given a name Last One.

Last Phantom

Image Credit: AMARG

It is 316th QRF-4C (target drone designation for F-4) that was created. The conversion of the former MiG-21 adversary is conducted with the help of BAe Systems.

The aerial target drone will be managed by 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron based in Tyndall AFB.  The conversion itself is not a quick process, as it takes about 160 days which is almost half a year!

The QF-4 is created using the planes that sit on the USAF’s desert boneyard in Tuscon, Arizona.

As no Phantoms are left to be converted, the oldest F-16s are next in the queue  to be converted into dummy targets for training or new missile research. The first F-16 made its first flight in May 2012.

This is as far as the Air Force goes.

The US Navy is not using Phantoms anymore, as the last ones were also QF-4 target drones in service with Naval Air Warfare Center in Point Magu, California. The Phantom drones are expected to be a part of USAF target dummy inventory until 2013-2014 (later they will be replaced by the abovementioned F-16).

The QF-4 has replaced QF-106 target drone.

The QF-4’s not only serve a drone role, as several of  them are still painted in historical camo and take part in the USAF Heritage Flights at the airshows when not being used as targets.

When being a target, the QF-4 provides quite realistic training platform, as it can imitate all kinds of evasive maneuvers.

Image Credit: air-and-space.com

The following video shows practical application of QF-4 in training of the Air National Guard:

In the video we can see two F-15 jets shooting at the targets – the QF-4 Phantoms. To simulate the aerial combat with the highest possible fidelity the targets are equipped with the whole array of countermeasures (chaffs and flares) and may be flown remotely (when serving as a target) or with a pilot in cockpit (Heritage flights, maintenance). When unmanned, the QF-4 also carries an explosive device for self-destruct purpose in case it becomes uncontrollable.

Even if most modern air forces are equipped with more advanced fighter planes, the F-4 is still comparable if not superior to many enemy aircraft U.S. fighter could face in case of war….

Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist

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Photo: This is what remains of a 150 million USD stealth fighter plane crashed in Florida

On Nov. 15, an F-22 with 43th Fighter Squadron crashed near Tyndall Air Forcer Base, Florida. Here below you can find the first images of the crash site released by 325th Fighter Wing officials who are continuing to investigate the crash.

Fortunately, the pilot ejected safely from the plane and was rescued by the first responders in less than two minutes.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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