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Watch a CH-47F Chinook helicopter sling load a vintage A-7 Corsair

Interesting footage features an historic A-7 Corsair jet “sling loaded” by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter

Taken on Aug. 15, 2013, the following video shows members of the Iowa Army and Air National Guard “sling loading” a historic U.S. Air Force jet, an A-7K Corsair II, via CH-47F Chinook helicopter.

The A-7, from 185th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) in Sioux City, Iowa, was transported to the Goldstar Museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, where the aircraft sits in permanent display.

As explained in the clip by Col. Scott Plambeck, former A-7 driver and 185th ARW Maintenance Group Commander, this Corsair has been restored by the unit’s personnel to resemble its appearance in the 1980s, during the Cold War. Noteworthy the aircraft sports the names of two deceased 185th ARW members, crew chief Tech. Sgt. Bruce Johnson and pilot Capt. Andy Erickson, who maintained and flew this specific Corsair.

A cool A-7D low-level training attack is also included in the video.

The unit, originally designated the 185th Tactical Fighter Group and later redesignated the 185th Fighter Group and then the 185th Fighter Wing, transitioned from A-7 to F-16 in 1991, before moving to the KC-135 Stratotanker in 2003 and changing its designation again in 185th Air Refueling Wing.

Interesting photos show a C-17 cargo plane landing on an icy runway

The Globemaster at work in Alaska.

Taken on Nov. 3, 2015 the following photos show a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster landing on the icy tarmac at Deadhorse, Alaska, after having successfully deployed part of a Stryker platoon assigned to U.S. Army Alaska’s Bravo Company, 3-21 Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.


Operation Arctic Pegasus is U.S. Army Alaska’s annual joint exercise designed to test rapid-deployment and readiness in the Arctic.

Strykers above the Arctic Circle

Despite being a very large aircraft, thanks to its Short Take Off and Landing capabilities the C-17 is the airlifter of choice when it comes to transport soldiers with all their gears, weapons and vehichles on austere landing strips.

Strykers above the Arctic Circle

Image credit: Capt. Richard Packer and Sgt. 1st Class Joel Gibson / U.S. Army


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B-52 bomber conducts a deterrence mission to show North Korea U.S. intent to defend South Korea. Once again.

The U.S. are ready to defend South Korea after the umpteenth provocative action by North Korea .

On Jan. 10, 2016 in  response to the North Korea’s recent nuclear test, a U.S. Air Force B-52 from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, performed a low-level flight over Osan Air Base, South Korea.

A Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-15K Slam Eagle and a U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon joined the BUFF in the flypast.

According to Gen. Curtis M. Scaparotti, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea commander, the flight showed that the United States and the Republic of Korea are able to respond at any time to those who threaten stability and security in the region.

The Stratofortress returned to Guam after having completed the flight over South Korea.

Notewothy, B-52 Stratofortress (and occasionallly B-2 Spirit) bombers take part in the so-called Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP), the U.S. Air Force task aimed to ensure battle-ready bombers at Andersen Air Force Base.

Thanks to this commitment the U.S. are able to protect their allies as well as to avoid dangerous crisis escalations in a region where both North Korea and China are enlarging their military role.

B-52 Flypast

Top image: Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman / U.S. Air Force; Bottom image: Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm / U.S. Air Force 

Watch these photos captured by a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refueling the B-2 bomber enroute to Rose Bowl flyover

Here are some incredible photos captured by a Travis Air Force Base KC-10 Extender aircrew.

We have already published a cool aerial photograph and footage of the flyover conducted on Jan. 1, 2016, by a B-2 Spirit belonging to the 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri that opened the 102nd Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

Here are some interesting images from the “backstage” as the stealth bomber was refueling mid-air from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base: although part of its flight took the aircraft above Pasadena, the B-2 bomber was involved in a standard long-range training sortie that included AAR (Air-to-Air Refueling).

B-2 Travis refueling

The photograph below clearly shows the Spirit’s rotating dorsal receptacle: once the refueling has finished the fuel intake required to connect with the tanker’s flying boom, rotates and hides itself into the fuselage to avoid an RCS “hotspot” that would affect the B-2 stealthiness.

B-2 Travis AAR 2

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


Fantastic air-to-air video of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber conducting a flyover at Rose Bowl 16

B-2 Stealth Bomber at today’s Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

On Jan. 1, 2016, a B-2 Spirit with 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, opened the Rose Bowl college football bowl game played at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California with a flyover that was filmed from a helicopter.

Here below you can watch the awesome footage.

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