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CVW-11: flight gear in action

Nov 03 2009

Following the post about the patches I took on board the USS Nimitz during my visit on Oct. 18 and 19 (http://cencio4.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/cvw-11-patches/) some readers and visitors of this site requested me to upload some pictures of the flight helmets and ...

USS Nimitz's flight deck panorama

Nov 02 2009

Images obtained by stitching respectively 8 and 6 pictures taken on board on Oct. 19, 2009.

CVW-11 patches

Oct 31 2009

The following patches were among those worn (and sold) by the crews of the various squadrons of the CVW-11 aboard USS Nimitz during my recent visit. The CVW-11 composition was: 100 VFA-41 F/A-18F 200 VFA-14 F/A-18E 300 VFA-97 F/A-18C 400 VFA-86 ...

Nimitz by night

Oct 30 2009

The following pictures taken from the Vulture’s Row, the narrow balcony on the ship’s island, don’t give the exact idea of the darkness that surrounds an aircraft carrier at night. The flight deck is illuminated by a soft sodium-vapor light ...

Flying to/from an aircraft carrier with a C-2 Greyhound

Oct 27 2009

After my recent visit on board the USS Nimitz, many readers of this site asked me to describe a flight on the C-2 Greyhound COD (Carrier On-board Delivery) and in particular the trap landing on the flight deck of an ...

Compressor stall…in the worst case scenario (part 2)

Oct 25 2009

In the previous post “Compressor stall…in the worst case scenario” I explained what a compressor stall (or surge) basing on a picture I took aboard USS Nimitz. I uploaded an image within that post that I created by merging two ...

Military Aviation

Jul 19 2018
New LM-100J Super Hercules Display Joins the Most Impressive Flight Demonstrations Ever. Video of a remarkable aerobatic display b...
Jul 18 2018
The Royal International Air Tattoo 2018 at RAF Fairford, UK. RIAT 2018: a benchmark of an airshow, with its diversity, the flying ...

Drones

Jun 28 2018
U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C “Triton” belonging to the Unmanned Patrol Squadron One Nine (VUP-19) DET Point Mugu conducted ...
Jun 24 2018
The missile launch did not result in a downing: the UAV moved away from the border and was not hit by the Patriot. The Israeli Air...

Aviation Safety / Air Crashes

Jul 16 2018
Crew That Saved Burning Bomber Over Texas In May Finally Named, Awarded. After weeks of speculation about the circumstances surrou...
Jul 07 2018
A MiG-21 has crashed at 86th Base during Borcea Open Day. Pilot has died. A Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceR has crashed at around...

Rogue States

Jul 18 2018
Could Russia Develop A Turboprop Light Combat Aircraft? Most probably, no. But discussion brings some weird concepts to light̷...
Jun 27 2018
U.S. Air Forces Central Command has just released some photographs from an “undisclosed location”: geolocation proves ...

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