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