Daily Archives: February 15, 2013

Cockpit footage from Rafale over Mali

The French Ministry of Defense has been releasing some really interesting footage of French forces in action in Mali.

On Feb. 15 cockpit footage of a Rafale taking off and what appears to be a backseater in a two seat Rafale searching for targets using a targeting pod was released.

The footage finishes with two Rafale taking on fuel from a US Air Force KC-135 of the 100th Air Refueling Wing, normally based at RAF Mildenhall (UK) but are operating out of Moron airbase Spain.

Richard Clements for the TheAviationist.com

Rafale Cockpit

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Watch this video: can you believe North Korea’s geriatric Air Force can “reduce enemies to ashes”?

Can you really believe Korean People’s Army Air Force can reduce enemy to ashes?

They seem to believe it.

Mig-21 NK

In the following video, personnel of the North Korean Air Force proudly affirm that they are in full readiness to attack and annihilate their enemies at one blow. Among them: U.S. and South Korea.

Unfortunately, based on their uniform, flight gear and aircraft, the following video looks like it was filmed in the ’60s or ’70s.

Obsolete Mig-21, Shenyang F-6 and more recent (still quite old) Su-25 and Mig-29 jets would not have an easy life against ROKAF F-16s and F-15s. Not to mention U.S. fighters and bombers.

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[Photo] Navy’s first F-35C production model (in cool high-visibility markings) makes first flight

On Feb. 14, CF-6, first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, made its maiden flight from LM’s facility at Forth Worth, Texas.

Since it will delivered to the US Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101)  “Grim Reapers” at Eglin AFB, Florida, the F-35C CF-6 sported cool high-visibility color scheme and markings.

The Grim Repers were established in May 1952, flew various fighter jets, including the F-4 Phantom and F-14 Tomcat before being disbanded in 2005.

It was reestablished in May 2012, to support the U.S. Navy version of the CV (carrier variant) and serve as Fleet Replacement Squadron, training Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers as a subordinate unit of the joint 33 Fighter Wing.

The CF-6 will be the first carrier variant F-35 assigned to Eglin: 9 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets and 13 F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) jets are already based there.

F-35C VFA-101

Image credit: Lockheed Martin

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