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Check out these cool photos of U.S. F-22 Raptors refueling over Nevada during Red Flag

Red Flag 16-1 is underway and here are some cool images.

The images in this post show two F-22 Raptors assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron, from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) on Feb. 4, 2016, during an Exercise Red Flag 16-1 training sortie.

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., flies a training sortie over the Nevada Test and Training Range Feb. 4, 2016, during Exercise Red Flag 16-1. The full spectrum training Red Flag provides is designed to incorporate multi-domains of warfare to include command and control, real-time intelligence, analysis and exploitation, and electronic warfare. (U.S. Air Force still frame by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor/Released)

Along with approximately 30 other aircraft, the Raptors are participating in the advanced training program administered by the United States Warfare Center and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron, that is considered the world’s most realistic: Red Flags include both day and night missions that give aircrew an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant, and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment with the purpose to improve their ability to complete complex missions.

Red Flag 16-1: Raptor duo

The NTTR is “the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peace time military operations in the free world, offering 5,000 square miles of air space and more than 1,200 targets and threat simulators.”

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., connects to the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel during Exercise Red Flag 16-1 Feb. 4, 2016. F-22 Raptors, along with approximately 30 other airframes, are participating in the advanced training program administered by the United States Warfare Center and executed through the 414th Combat Training Squadron, both located at Nellis AFB. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor/Released)

Red Flag 16-1-back to the mission

Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor/Released

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

Northrop Grumman has just released an animation that shows how 6th Generation fighters might look like

Northrop Grumman has just launched a new ad that teases next generation fighter jets.

One year ago, Northrop Grumman, at that time competing with Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the LRS-B ( Long Range Strike-Bomber) released an interesting ad that teased the shape of the next generation bomber.

Earlier today, the aerospace giant released a new ad that clearly shows, along with a B-2 and some X-47B UCAVs, three 6th Gen. fighters: the new tailless concept, already exposed by some renderings last year, features the “cranked kite” design that’s in vogue with Northrop Grumman, which built the U.S. Air Force iconic B-2 stealth bombers the X-47B naval killer-drone demonstrator and the still much secret RQ-180 unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance aircraft.

The so-called Next Generation Air Dominance concept points towards a small and much agile plane, rumored to be supersonic, long-range, cyber-resilient against threats of the future interconnected world, and able to carry laser-weapons.

Russian Su-27 buzzes U.S. RC-135U spyplane. Once again.

Tense moments in the skies over Black Sea.

On Jan. 25, 2016 a U.S. Air Force RC-135U electronic intelligence gathering aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet while performing a routine sortie in international airspace over Black Sea.

As reported by Freebeacon.com, during the interception, the Su-27 made an aggressive turn that disturbed the controllability of the RC-135.

Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command explained that the interception was conducted in an unsafe and unprofessional manner and that the U.S. are looking into this issue.

According to some defense officials, the RC-135 was flying 30 miles from the coast (well within international airspace and far way from any Russian territory) when the Su-27 flanked the intelligence gathering jet and then performed an aggressive turn to break-away from it.

On Apr. 7, 2015 another Su-27 flew within 20 feet of an RC-135U, that time over the Baltic Sea.

Noteworthy the Pentagon has recently concluded a flight safety memorandum with Russia after holding a video conference with Russian Defense Ministry Officials: as told by Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook the area of discussion included air safety over skies in Syria as well as “the means to avoid accidents and unitended confrontation between coalition and Russian forces whenever the two sides operate in close proximity.”

The Black Sea encounter was the latest in a series of aggressive Russian military activities aimed coercing or harassing U.S. military aircraft and ships in both Europe and Asia.


Top image: Sukhoi; Bottom image: U.S. Air Force

Cool photos of Tyndall’s F-22 Raptors taking part in Red Flag 16-1

F-22 Raptors at Red Flag 16-1.

Taken at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nev. on Jan. 25, 2016 the following interesting images feature 95th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB during Red Flag 16-1.

Tyndall's F-22s

The presence of U.S. Air Force fifth generation fighter will bring the exercise to a new level: in fact the jet’s stealth, advanced avionics, communication and sensory capabilities will further enhance the capabilities of the other aircraft taking part in the drill.

F-22 at Nellis AFB

Held at Nellis AFB from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12, the first of 2016 Red Flags is one of the largest ever as explained by Senior Master Sgt. Richard McCorkle, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Superintendent: “It’s one of the biggest Red Flags ever, and anytime we can train at this large of a scale, and make ourselves better for when we deploy, it is a great opportunity. It’s a good feeling to be here, we’re eager to showcase our abilities and what the F-22 Raptor really can do.”

F-22 fifth gen fighter

More than 130 aircraft and 3,000 support personnel from 24 U.S. Air Force squadrons and 4 squadrons each from Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force are involved in Red Flag 16-1.

95th Fighter Squadron F-22

Image credit: U.S. Air Force