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[Photo] Six C-130 Hercules aircraft practice large formation airlift tactics and procedures

Mar 03 2013

On Feb. 21, 2013, a formation of six C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, Japan participated in a mission whose aim was to practice  large formation airlift tactics and procedures.

In the image below, the aircraft perform a so-called Elephant Walk, ...

[Video] U.S. tanker refuels French Rafale combat planes over Mali

Mar 02 2013

Among the (known) U.S. assets supporting the French Air War in Mali, there are some 100th ARW’s KC-135 from RAF Mildenhall (operating from Moron airbase, in Spain).

The following video brings you on board one of the aerial refuelers, as the ...

Pentagon F-35 Chief batters Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney over program

Mar 02 2013

Shortly before the F-35 fleetwide grounding was lifted (as investigation found that cracked turbine blade affected only overused test plane and no redesign is needed), Reuters reported that during an Airshow in Australia held in Southern Victoria the Pentagon’s program ...

Lockheed awarded $6.9 billion upgrade “indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity” contract to make the F-22 Raptor a real multirole fighter jet

Feb 27 2013

The US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling of $6.9 billion to upgrade the service’s fleet of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters.

Lockheed said that “The Air Force uses this to authorize the Incremental Modernization capability efforts such ...

Here’s how a boom operator refuels an A-10 from a KC-135 tanker

Feb 26 2013

The following video is not only interesting for the stunning footage showing some A-10C Warthog aircraft with 190th Fighter Squadron refueling from a KC-135 but because it shows, from a quite unusual point of view, how the “boomer” (the operator ...

The very best “seat” you can find on a C-130 airlifter

Feb 26 2013

As the image below proves, the observation window on a Royal Air Force C-130K (that reminds a WWII gunner’s ball turret) may be the best seat you will ever find on board an Hercules cargo.

Especially if the plane is flying ...

Military Aviation

Jul 28 2016
Some rather exotic visitors. Three interesting aircraft arrived at RAF Mildenhall airbase, UK, on the afternoon of Jul. 13. Two C-...
Jul 27 2016
Helmet camera provides a unique point of view of the arrival at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, of one of t...

Drones

Mar 13 2016
What might be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is circling over the border between Turkey and Iraq. Increasingly, military aircraft as w...
Feb 08 2016
NASA operates the giant Northrop Grumman Global Hawk drone to collect weather data. On Feb. 5, NASA showed off its newest and smar...

Aviation Safety

Jun 09 2016
Unbelievable coincidence. It’s the fourth incident to a military aerobatic display team in one week, the second today! On Ju...
Jun 09 2016
It’s not a good period for military aerobatic teams. A Su-27 Flanker belonging to the Russian Knights aerobatic team crashed...

Rogue States

Jul 24 2016
Less than two months before the failed coup, the Turkish Air Force hosted its traditional medium-scale high-tech exercise at Konya...
Jul 20 2016
Cross-border training in eastern Europe for the A-10 Thunderbolts from Indiana. Eight A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, along ...

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