Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell Ky., simulate a sling load of a Howitzer with an CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Fort Benning, Ga. DoD photo by Spc. Russell J. Good (Released) 980726-A-0089G-00.

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CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter

The CH-47F Chinook is the Army’s new heavy lift helicopter that will extend the service life of the current cargo helicopter fleet by an additional 20 years. The Army plans to procure 513 CH-47 Chinooks through 2022, of which 452 will be CH-47Fs and 61 will be MH-47Gs. The platform is an upgraded CH-47D and has a gross weight of 50,000 pounds.

CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter

The platform has demonstrated a capability to self deploy in excess of 1,056 nautical miles, carry a 16,000 pound load for a 50 nautical mile combat radius. The CH-47F configuration includes a redesigned fuselage consisting of a new monolithic airframe with enhanced corrosion protection and airframe tuning.

The airframe incorporates enhanced air transportability features allowing for faster break down and reassembly during air transport. The Chinook incorporates the Common Aviation Architecture System Cockpit, the Common Missile Warning System, advanced avionics, integrated Blue Force Tracker (BFT), and a Digital Advanced Flight Control System.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - LOCKHEED MARTIN X-35, Joint Strike Fighter. Nears completion of flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The JSF is being built in three variants: a conventional take-off and landing aircraft (CTOL) for the US Air Force; a carrier based variant (CV) for the US Navy; and a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for the US Marine Corps and the Royal Navy. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

F-35B Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 conduct aerial refueler training with a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 Oct. 2in the sky near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It was the first time an operational Joint Strike Fighter had conducted air-to-air refueling. (Photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones)

Monday, January 21, 2013

F/A-22 Raptor

F/A-22 Raptor ABOVE THE MOJAVE DESERT -- The Air Force's new superiority fighter will dominate the future air combat arena by integrating advanced avionics, stealth and supercruise. (U.S. Air Force photo Judson Brohmer)

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F/A-22

F-22 Raptors fly in formation. The Air Force's first four pilots to go directly to the F-22 without previous fighter experience trained at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in preparation for taking on the F-22. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

F-16 Fighting Falcon

Filling up on freedom - Lt. Col. Gary Middlebrooks gives a "thumbs up" after successfully refueling his F-16 Fighting Falcon from a KC-10 Extender in Southwest Asia. Aircraft from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing including the KC-10 and KC-135 Stratotanker, provide fuel for coalition aircraft missions for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Colonel Middlebrooks from the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is deployed from the 114th Fighter Wing of the South Dakota Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

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OVER NEVADA -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., heads out for a mission over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges during Red Flag 04-3 here.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

More than 100 aircraft and 2,500 participants are involved in this exercise. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Gruenwald)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

F-15E Strike Eagle

OVER THE NORTH SEA -- An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, banks away after receiving fuel during a training mission here July 19.

The F-15E Strike Eagle is considered the most advanced two-seat tactical aircraft in the world. The 'E's' radar system allows aircrews to pick out bridges and airfields on the radar display from distances more than 80 miles away. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley)

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F-15E Strike Eagle

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Sky patrol LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Maj. John Braun patrols the sky during a combat air patrol mission from here July 1. Pilots patrolled the sky over the Washington, D.C., area providing presidential support during the Fourth of July weekend.

F-15E Strike Eagle

Major Braun is an F-15 Eagle pilot with the 94th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

F-117 Nighthawk Stealth attack aircraft

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth attack aircraft. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- An F-117 Nighthawk flies over the Nevada desert. The unique design of the single-seat F-117 provides exceptional combat capabilities. The fighter can employ a variety of weapons and is equipped with sophisticated navigation and attack systems integrated into a digital avionics suite that increases mission effectiveness and reduces pilot workload. Detailed planning for missions into highly defended target areas is accomplished by an automated mission planning system developed, specifically, to take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nighthawk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II)

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F-117 Nighthawk Stealth attack aircraft

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F-117 Nighthawk Stealth attack aircraft

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- An F-117 from the 8th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron out of Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., flies over the Persian Gulf on April 14, 2003. The 8th EFS returned to Hollomann A.F.B. after having been deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode)

The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth ground-attack aircraft formerly operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). Its first flight was in 1981. It achieved initial operating status in October 1983. The F-117 was "acknowledged" to the world in November 1988.

A product of Lockheed Skunk Works and a development of the Have Blue technology demonstrator, it became the first operational aircraft designed around stealth technology. The F-117A was publicized during the Persian Gulf War of 1991. It was commonly called the "Stealth Fighter" although it was a ground-attack aircraft.

The Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008. Sixty-four F-117s were built, 59 of which were production versions with five demonstrators / prototypes.


Four F-117 Nighthawks fly in formation during a sortie over the Antelope Valley March 28, 2007. After 25 years of history, the aircraft was retired. As the Air Force's first stealth fighter, the F-117 was capable of performing reconnaissance missions and bombing critical targets, all without the enemy's knowledge. F-117, tail number 783, was transported to Edwards AFB June 8 to be refurbished and be put on display in the future. It will be one of only four F-117s on display. (Photo by Bobbi Zapka)

Monday, January 7, 2013

A-10/OA-10 THUNDERBOLT II "Warthog"

Thunder and lighting 1st Lt. Dale Stark fires an AGM-65 Maverick missile from an Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex during live-fire training. Lieutenant Stark is an A-10 pilot from the 355th Fighter Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

Members from the 355th FS are tasked to provide mission ready A-10s and a search and rescue capability, in Alaska and deployed sites worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Robert Wieland)

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A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)

FORT POLK, La. -- A Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) drops several flares after destroying a ground target during a live-fire engagement as part of Air Warrior II here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Otero)

Download full High Resolution Image. The newly designed C-model A-10 Thunderbolt II was flown for the first time here. The aircraft, modified with precision engagement technology, can now accept more high-value target missions.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lockheed U-2 "Dragon Lady"

Lockheed U-2 "Dragon Lady" - The U-2S is a single-seat, single-engine, high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft. Long and narrow wings give the U-2 glider-like characteristics and allow it to quickly lift heavy sensor payloads to unmatched altitudes, keeping them there for extended periods of time. The U-2 is capable of gathering a variety of imagery products, including multi-spectral electro-optic, infrared, and synthetic aperture radar in addition to the high-resolution, broad-area synoptic coverage provided by a traditional “wet film” optical bar camera.

Routinely flown at altitudes over 70,000 feet, the U-2 pilot must wear a full pressure suit similar to those worn by astronauts.

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Lockheed U-2 'Dragon Lady'

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

B-1B LANCER

Bomber power, INDIAN SPRINGS AIR FORCE AUXILIARY FIELD, Nev. - A B-1 Lancer performs a fly-by during a firepower demonstration here recently. The bomber is from the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. B-1 Lancer (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca)

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B-1B LANCER

Red Flag-Alaska strengthens coalition forces A B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off April 6 from Eielson AFB, Alaska, for a Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 orientation flight. Red Flag-Alaska enables aircrews to practice large-scale combat missions. The exercises are conducted on the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex, with air operations flown out of Eielson and nearby Elmendorf AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Weaver.
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B-1B LANCER