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Picture of the Day: CH-53 Flares

By John

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A CH-53 helicopter releases flares after being shot at from the ground while flying over Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, on September 18, 2009.

Photo Courtesy of the Boston Globe. Highly recommend the rest of their collection.

October 1, 2009 07:48 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (15)     TrackBack (0)

Band of Brothers

By John

This shot is nothing short of awe-inspiring -- Pulitizer candidate would be an understatement.

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In this Wednesday Aug. 19, 2009 photo, Spc. Paul Pickett, 22, of Minden La., right, of the U.S. Army's Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, covers an injured U.S. soldier as a helicopter lands to evacuate the wounded after their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan's Wardak Province.

Hotel Tango: Lex

August 25, 2009 07:14 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day

By John

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The Red Arrows cast a spectacular scene as they charge up the Fowey estuary underneath a colourful rainbow during a display at the Cornish town's annual regatta.

August 24, 2009 01:33 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Stay Outta My Parking Spot!

By Lt Col P

Except MMM is of course welcome to use it whenever she's at Lejeune.

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August 3, 2009 04:01 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (1)     TrackBack (0)

The One-Niner-Eight

By Lt Col P

Behold the M198 155mm howitzer-- museum piece.

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I was driving past the 10th Marines area yesterday and saw it sitting there, all clean and painted and shiny, which of course was my first clue that something was amiss. Yes, there it was among all the other museum pieces, the legends of Marine Corps artillery. (When I reported for duty in 1990, we still fielded the M101A1 105mm, as well as 155mm SPs and the 8-inch. All of them are on display too.)

Certainly it was on the big and heavy side, but it never failed to deliver the goods. If the Marine Corps sees fit to send me back into the artillery community proper, I'll be happy to get just as acquainted with its successor, the M777.

August 1, 2009 06:20 AM   Link    History ~ Our Beloved Corps ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

SOP Afternoon for Camp Lejeune

By Lt Col P

Here is your standard summer afternoon for Camp Lejeune, NC, looking across the New River at the air station, which is partially obscured by the storm.

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July 31, 2009 10:34 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Oooo Sparkly

By John

Favorite aircraft time!

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An A-10 Warthog deploys flares during operations over Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of the USAF.

July 6, 2009 06:58 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Peacekeepers and Warfighters

By John

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One of the images taken from the winning portfolio of the 42 Commando Royal Marines Photo: LA(Phot) Gaz Faulkner

Images of Marines in Afghanistan win Royal Navy photography honour

Taken during 42 Commando's tour of duty in Afghanistan, they highlight the struggle facing Royal Navy troops as they battle to rebuild relations with local people while fighting the Taliban insurgency.

The moments were captured by Leading Airman (Photographer) Gaz Faulkner during his unit's operations in Kandahar and Helmand provinces this year.

You can see the rest of Faulkner's award winning portfolio here.

June 16, 2009 08:05 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (27)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day

By John

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Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Blair Bearny jumps from the back of a C-130J Hercules June 9 to demonstrate a rigged alternate method zodiac, or RAMZ, capability jump into the Caribbean Ocean for members of the Belize National Coast Guard and local media during Operation Southern Partner. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

June 15, 2009 07:50 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Smile!

By John

Don't ask me how they got the F-15 to sit still for this photo....

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An F-15E Strike Eagle soars over the mountains of Afghanistan providing close-air support to deter enemy activities. The F-15Es and other coalition aircraft flew 111 close-air-support missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photo and clumsy description courtesy of the US Air Force

October 31, 2008 12:24 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day Year

By John

Saw it over at Blackfive --they've got a great eye for this stuff-- and am republishing here. Can anyone tell me if a military public affairs type has ever been nominated/awarded a Pulitzer for photography?

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Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts receives a hug from a resident after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13, 2008. Sergeant Mounts is assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group on Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

September 21, 2008 08:16 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best...

By Bull Nav

Michael Monsoor's casket (via FOXNEWS):

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July 5, 2008 10:29 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (0)

H.F.D.

By Lt Col P

Happy Father's Day to all Dads out there...

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Past, Present and Future.

June 15, 2008 03:50 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Freaky-Awesome Raptor

By John

I had to sort through roughly 15 pages of idiotic, *mostly* non-war related photos that the new sensitive Air Force thinks I give a shit about to find this gem, but hey.... my sacrifice is your gain eh?

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A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Alaska Air National Guard's 168th Air Refueling Wing refuels an F-22 Raptor from the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Steffen).

I think there's a new chief picking the photos that go up on the Air Force's website. It used to be that I had to fight over a half-dozen or so awesome shots for our picture of the day. Now, there's basically two irritating kinds of photos up there:

1) Airmen volunteering for shit that has nothing to do with combat ops.
2) Hey look we have women pilots!

So, to answer the question of a reader who noted the decline in picture of the day posts, that's why dude.

March 31, 2008 10:44 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (27)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: OMG!!!!

By John

Heh, John Donovan took the high ground and made fun of the uniform wear.

Me? My mind is in the gutter, with visions of fraternization dancing in my head. Hard not to notice that the second button down is fighting for its life.

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I couldn't get past the picture for the back story, so go to Donovan's for details.

Update: Plot synopsis from IMDB -

When fluffy, bubble gum movie star Megan Parker suddenly finds herself broke and humiliated in the public eye, she wanders from the wreckage of a car accident and witlessly enlists in the U.S. Army hoping in vain that it will change her life.

The word I'm looking for lies somewhere between blech and yak.

March 15, 2008 09:21 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (18)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Green Flag Vegas

By John

Pretty rad panoramic shot of the Tbirds over Vegas. Nice gig for them, I'm pretty sure the Vegas Speedway is right at the end of the Nellis AFB runway.

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The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, soar over a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 2 before the NASCAR UAW-Dodge 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

I never could get into NASCAR, never understood the appeal. But I'm not one of those dudes who feels the need to painstakingly lecture fans as to why, exactly, NASCAR is not a real sport. NASCAR haters are kind of like aethists, in that they're not content with simply disliking the sport/established religion, but instead have to be fucking proactive about it.... letting believers everywhere know that they're simple-minded peasants for engaging in such lowbrow activities.

Which is kind of dick, if you ask me.

March 8, 2008 09:05 AM   Link    Picture of the Day ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Green Flag Vegas

By John

Pretty rad panoramic shot of the Tbirds over Vegas. Nice gig for them, I'm pretty sure the Vegas Speedway is right at the end of the Nellis AFB runway.

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The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, soar over a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 2 before the NASCAR UAW-Dodge 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

I never could get into NASCAR, never understood the appeal. But I'm not one of those dudes who feels the need to painstakingly lecture fans as to why, exactly, NASCAR is not a real sport. NASCAR haters are kind of like aethists, in that they're not content with simply disliking the sport/established religion, but instead have to be fucking proactive about it.... letting believers everywhere know that they're simple-minded peasants for engaging in such lowbrow activities.

Which is kind of dick, if you ask me.

March 8, 2008 09:05 AM   Link    Picture of the Day ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (1)

Satellite Picture of the Day

By John

F-22 Raptors and F-15 Eagles sitting on the Langley AFB flight line.


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March 2, 2008 10:03 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Satellite Picture of the Day

By John

Who knows, if these catch on... maybe I'll make it a series or something. Sometimes when I'm bored, I check out sat imagery of naval bases and military airfields. In other news, I'm a complete tool.

Russian naval aircraft outside Murmansk:


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February 23, 2008 11:07 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (13)     TrackBack (0)

LAKE ERIE GETS SOME

By Bull Nav

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080220-N-XXXXX-025 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb 20, 2008) At a single modified tactical Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the U.S. Navy AEGIS cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), successfully impacting a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite approximately 247 kilometers (133 nautical miles) over the Pacific Ocean, as it traveled in space at more than 17,000 mph. President George W. Bush decided to bring down the satellite because of the likelihood that the satellite could release hydrazine fuel upon impact, possibly in populated areas. U.S. Navy photo (Released)

More information is available here.

I know those guys are excited. BZ to all the folks that made this happen.

I wonder what our Far Eastern friends think...

UPDATE: I found this cool video on the Phibian's website.

I must say, I think this is great that we are showing this to the world. I know China shot down a satellite last year, but we did this from a ship at sea.

And no matter what anyone thinks, if we really want to, our ships can still show up unannounced on someone's front doorstep...

February 21, 2008 05:12 AM   Link    Navy ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (13)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: ASAT Awesomeness

By John

From the history books....

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Maj. Wilbert "Doug" Pearson successfully launched an anti-satellite, or ASAT, missile from a highly modified F-15A Sept. 13, 1985 over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He scored a direct hit on a satellite orbiting 340 miles overhead. Photo courtesy of the US Air Force.

Tom Clancy scribbled out a pretty rad scenario in Red Storm Rising (favorite book eva, btw), where the US Air Force pulled this stunt to knock out Soviet RORSATS, which Ivan was using to spot our carrier battle groups. Not all that unlikely in the real-world, actually, if had we pursued this technology more aggressively. RORSATs flew on a LEO trajectory, making them fish in a barrel for whatever "highly modified" F-15A was slipping the surly bonds on that particular day.

January 8, 2008 08:37 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Bleccchhh

By John

What the hell!??


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An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the Texas Air National Guard's 111th Fighter Squadron flies with a special paint job in honor of the squadron's 90th anniversary. All the colors and markings have specific meanings, reflecting the unit's nine-decade history. (Photo courtesy of John Dibbs)

OMG I want to shoot it down just to save my eyes the stress.

November 26, 2007 11:04 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (26)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Smoke on the Water

By John

Click through for more. Guy took some great shots of San Fran, all planes and no hippies. Solid.

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Blue Angel 5 makes a low pass over the San Francisco Bay. Picture courtesy of BZ.

Hotel Tango: Lex

November 16, 2007 09:48 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Grrrrrrrr

By John

Hawgs are so hawt.

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An A-10 Thunderbolt II, like this one, is among the various U.S. Central Command Air Forces air assets available for providing close-air support for International Security Assistance Force troops in contact with enemy forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The A-10 is specially designed for close air support of ground forces and can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Justin T. Watson)

November 14, 2007 10:37 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (11)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Afghan Exam

By John

Dude.

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More than 1,800 perspective cadets rise for the playing of the Afghan National Anthem before the start of the Afghan College Entrance Exam for the Afghan National Army Academy, Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 25. The perspective cadets here are hoping to be one of the approximately 300 chosen for the new freshman class. The exam makes up 80 percent of their final admissions score. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

November 11, 2007 11:58 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day:The Floating Bulwark

By John

So sayeth Melville:

“. . . these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.”

Indeed.

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Rough seas pound the hull of Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) as she sails alongside Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) while preparing for a replenishment at sea. Photo Courtesy of the United States Navy

November 7, 2007 11:35 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Eagle over the Ocean

By John

Enjoy the pictures of them flying, cause that's all you'll be seeing of the ole' Eagles for a while.

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An F-15 Eagle flies over the Pacific during Valiant Shield Aug. 9. Following the crash of an F-15 Nov. 2., all non-mission essential F-15 flight operations has been suspended until completion of the investigation. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Backstory:

"I worry about the health of our aging fleet and how sometimes it is not well understood by those our Airmen protect," said the general. "The investigation will get to the cause of the accident. In the meantime, we'll continue to provide air supremacy for the Afghan National Army and the collective NATO, coalition and U.S. forces on the ground."

The Air Force grounded its F-15 fleet on Nov. 3 following the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C Eagle Nov. 2. F-15s assigned North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Central Command Air Forces will be on ground alert and fly missions if required.

Uh yeah. Glad to hear we'll still be providing air supremacy over the Taliban, despite the fact that we could do that with a Cessna. Still, the Air Force is wise to use this as a sales pitch for buying new planes. Our birds are crashing because they're effing old. Most of the 15s were built when disco was still cool. If it was ever cool, that is.

Creaky stuff.

November 6, 2007 10:27 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Naughty Parts

By John

Question: which one of these airframes is most relevant to today's war on terrorism? (More on that subject l8rrrr)

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An F-22 Raptor, an F-117 Nighthawk, an F-4 Phantom and an F-15 Eagle fly over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 27 during the Holloman Air and Space Expo. The expo showcased Air Force capabilities and the 49th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert)

Yeah, uh.. I didn't know either. Ummm, the Phantom?

October 31, 2007 09:46 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (15)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Double Whoosh

By John

Yeah, more Hogs. Don't act surprised, you knew it was coming.

Slab's favorite airframe btw. Okay, or not. Our own ANGLICO Marine says:

Meh, give me a section of skids (AH-1Ws and UH-1Ns) any day. For that matter, I'll take an AV-8B or an F/A-18D over an A-10. I am a little biased, but I guess I'll just continue to be the naysayer around here.

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Two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fire AGM-65 Maverick missiles over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex April 24 during live-fire training. The A-10s are 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)

October 28, 2007 09:28 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: It's Beautiful Man

By John

The Hog is only like my favorite airplane EVA...

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An A-10 Thunderbolt II pulls away after receiving fuel from a KC-10 Extender flying over Afghanistan Dec. 14. The tanker is from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, home of the largest air refueling wing in Southwest Asia. Unit aircrews fly KC-10s and KC-135 Stratotankers in support of wartime operations. U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Justin T. Watson

This pic is great, photographer got close enough so that we can see her curves. Hawt.

October 26, 2007 01:41 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (17)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Spirit in the Sky

By John

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A B-2 Spirit bomber refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The bomber deployed as part of a rotation that has provided U.S. Pacific Command officials a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region, enhancing regional security and the U.S. commitment to the Western Pacific. The B-2 is from the 509th Bomber Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo. The KC-135 is assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott AFB, Ill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Val Gempis)

We've only got 24 21 (last three canceled!) of these suckers. I wonder how many they hold back for the nuclear strike mission, and how many they let play out in CENCOM's sandbox.

October 18, 2007 12:37 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Raven over the Range

By John

Seems like we've been doing some talking about F-111s lately. The Aussies still fly em, y'know.


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An EF-111 Raven makes the approach for an in-flight refueling mission in support of a no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Hmmm, I'd say Operation Provide Comfort circa 93-96. The Raven/Aardvark force was old....but those suckers were cheap, they were capable, and they carried an impressive load. Maybe we got rid of em too early. They ate gas, but hell.... what supersonic fighter/bomber doesn't?

October 15, 2007 08:37 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Underway Replenishment

By John

Complete with obligatory setting-sun background!

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The Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark coasts off the bow of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge before a replenishment at sea while under way in the Arabian Gulf Oct. 1, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class William S. Parker

October 14, 2007 10:10 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: More Hog Love

By John

God I love this airframe.

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An A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft pulls up sharply out of a low-level strafing run during a combat search and rescue demonstration at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Oct. 4. The digitally upgraded A-10 is equipped with satellite-guided precision weaponry and advanced communications data links for transferring information with ground-based warfighters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres)

October 11, 2007 10:36 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Hop, Skip, and a Jump

By John

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U.S. Air Force airmen from the 720th Special Tactics Group jump out of a C-130J Hercules aircraft during water rescue training over the Destin coastline in Florida on Oct. 3, 2007. The training is designed to enhance aerial zodiac deployment and personnel recovery. DoD photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

October 11, 2007 02:32 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Oldie but a Goodie

By John

This is how much the Air Force's inventory has aged. Take away the F-111, add the B-2, and we used most of the same airframes to fight Gulf War I as we did Gulf War II.

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F-16A Fighting Falcons and F-15C and F-15E Eagles fly over burning oil fields during Desert Storm. Operation Desert Storm began Jan. 17, 1991. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

October 9, 2007 02:07 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (22)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Redneck Heaven

By John

Next, we'll see what happens when they dogfight.

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the Air Force's most powerful single-engine fighters, races an XJR15 Jaguar down a one-mile stretch of runway Sept. 29 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev . The F-16 won the race, one of three special events held during the two-day Nellis Autocross. (U. S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nadine Barclay).

I dunno who thought of this sideshow, but I can almost guarentee that involved a group of fighter pilots and a keg of beer. I just wish I was there to bet on it.

October 4, 2007 06:02 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (19)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Busy Busy

By John

Well alright then...

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A formation of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters fly over a C-130 Hercules aircraft on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua T Jasper

Sure it had nothing to do with this:

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Approximately 20 anti-Coalition militants were killed early this morning in Helmand Province during an Afghan and Coalition forces operation to deter hostile activities in the area.

Acting on credible intelligence sources, Afghan and Coalition forces made their way to Reeg District where extremist forces were hiding.

During the course of operations, the combined force came under attack by anti-Coalition militants using automatic and small-arms weapons. Precision munitions and small-arms fire were used to suppress the attacks, killing more than 20 combatants.

There were no indications of deaths or injuries to non-combatants.

During the course of operations damage occurred to the buildings the militants fired from at Afghan and Coalition forces.

Taliban keeps lining em up, we keep knockin' em down.

October 1, 2007 10:12 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: We Fill, You Kill

By John

Tankers man. I do love these flying Exxon stations.

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F-16 Fighting Falcons receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Suzanne Day)

I know posting has been slow, bear with me. Was down in Alabama for a wedding. And yeah, I was pretty much the best groomsman ever.

More to follow.

October 1, 2007 09:07 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: The Cutting Edge

By John

Think the new CSAR bird can roll like this?

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An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., fires chaff and flares Sept. 14 while demonstrating evasive maneuvers during a demonstration at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The demonstration gave spectators a close-up view into the Air Force's ability to perform its wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brian Ybarbo)

September 24, 2007 09:32 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Hog's Undergarments

By John

Well, I guess a quick peek up her skirt wouldn't hurt anyone....


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The highly maneuverable A-10 Thunderbolt II, like this one, can employ massive firepower to protect coalition troops on the ground supporting Operation enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kenny Kennemer)

September 19, 2007 09:18 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (13)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Mr. Blue Sky

By John

It'd be a gorgeous picture, if it weren't for those damn Squids stealing Air Force gas.

Again.

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A Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Afghanistan. On Sept. 15, coalition tankers flew 46 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.4 million pounds of fuel to 210 receiving aircraft. (DOD photo/Navy Lt. Peter Scheu)

You really should click through for the full size.

September 18, 2007 10:32 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (10)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: MRAPs at Aberdeen

By John

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Army Col. John Rooney, commander of the U.S. Army Test Center, speaks before an orientation of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., August 24, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess

September 17, 2007 10:52 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Super Sabre over South Vietnam

By John

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An F-100 Super Sabre flies over the base at Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam in 1967. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

September 17, 2007 03:52 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Iron Derek Brown

By John

Proud I am of my Brother Rat Derek, who is winning over Anbar one Sheik at a time...


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You can read Derek's highly motivating email on winning Anbar here.

September 11, 2007 08:08 PM   Link    Picture of the Day ~ VMI     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

How 'bout Another "Picture of the Day"?

By Bull Nav

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An MH-60S transfers a sling load from the USNS SUPPLY to the USS ENTERPRISE while USS GETTYSBURG waits to go alongside the SUPPLY.

Good stuff, eh?

More to come...

September 4, 2007 04:27 PM   Link    Navy ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Wild Blue and Brown Yonder

By John

Hey look! Blue tiger stripe. Just like our recently retired BDUs.

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The 64th Aggressor Squadron's F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcon head to the fight after refueling Aug. 28 during Red Flag 07-3 exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag tests aircrew war-fighting skills in realistic combat situations. The aircraft fly missions during the day and night to the nearby Nevada Test and Training Range to simulate an air war. Servicemembers from all the U.S. military branches, along with coalition forces, are participating in the event. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

So anyway... yeah, there was a short period there where the Air Force wanted to paint its people like its planes.

It could be worse though, they could have designed BDUs that glow in the dark if mixed with certain types of detergent.

Oh...wait.

September 4, 2007 01:22 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Buff Goes Swimming

By John

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A 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress flies over the UNSN 2nd Lt John P Bobo, a maritime pre-positioning ship, during a maritime intercept training mission, Aug 24. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

That's the PR line, at least. I think it's the Air Force equivilant of a silverback gorilla pounding its chest above a weaker, lesser opponent. That's how we pronounce dominance, Merchies Squids!

August 26, 2007 10:48 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (16)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Deep Freeze

By John

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A maintainer looks as National Science Foundation Members get off a C-17 Globemaster III during the Operation Deep Freeze winter fly-in around the Pegasus Runway Aug. 20 in Antarctica. A C-17 and 31 Airmen from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., began the annual winter fly-in augmentation of scientists, support personnel, food and equipment for the U.S. Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station. WinFly is the opening of the first flights to McMurdo Station, which closed for the austral winter in February. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

August 22, 2007 10:09 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Valiant Shield

By John

Nothing wakes you up on a Monday like a subtle, perfectly low-key display of air and sea power....

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A B-52 Stratofortress leads a formation of Air Force and Navy F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15 Eagles, and F-18 Hornets over the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz and USS John C. Stennis Strike Groups during Exercise Valiant Shield exercise Aug.14 in the Pacific. The forces participated in Valiant Shield, the largest joint exercise in the Pacific this year. Held in the Guam operating area, the exercise includes 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 servicemembers from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

That's cool and all.....but who invited the Coast Guard?

August 19, 2007 11:23 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (12)     TrackBack (0)

Pictures of the Day: Dayton Airshow

By Bull Nav

Some of you have requested some pictures from last weekend's Dayton Airshow, so I thought I would oblige you all.

In spite of the horrible ending to the day, it was a truly impressive airshow.

First off is the P-51/F-4/F-15 Heritage flight. The big celebration was to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the USAF

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August 3, 2007 10:06 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day

By Bull Nav

Occasional reader and commenter Old Tanker sent me a few pictures from the Battle Creek Airshow back on 01 JUL. This is one of my favorites (and his pics were a WAAAY better than the ones I took).

Fat Albert performing a JATO.

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That was the second time in 3 years of watching the Blue Angels perform that we got to see them start the show with JATO.

August 1, 2007 04:27 AM   Link    Navy ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Elephants in the Air

By John

Well I think the reason that they call it the "Galaxy" is rather obvious, don't you?

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A KC-10 Extender flown by a blended crew from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., prepares to refuel a C-5 Galaxy July 23 from the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Del. The blended crew comprises Airmen from both the active duty 305th Air Mobility Wing and the Air Force Reserve 514th AMW at McGuire AFB. There are two blended teams competing at Air Mobility Rodeo 2007. The other blended team is from Charleston AFB, S.C. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Beat that with your Squid propaganda, Bull Nav! Squid aircraft, that is. A Stennis or Nimitz just ain't playin' fair.

July 27, 2007 06:42 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (1)

Another picture of the day

By Bull Nav

Well, since the day started off with a helo, I thought to myself, what could be better than one Pavehawk?

The answer:

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070724-N-8907D-429 NORFOLK, Va. (July 24, 2007) - Five MH-60S Seahawks, from the "Sea Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, perform formations over Chambers Field at Naval Station Norfolk. HSC-22 can perform vertical replenishments, search and rescue, and anti-surface warfare as part of a mobile detachment for expeditionary strike groups. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals (RELEASED)

July 26, 2007 05:28 AM   Link    Navy ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (10)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: On Vacation in Alaska

By John

In what looks to be the most relaxed CSAR mission ever...

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Staff Sgt. Corey Erconlani exits an HH-60 Pave Hawk in the midst of a combat search and rescue training scenario at Red Flag-Alaska 07-3, a multinational air combat training exercise held at the Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Sergeant Erconlani is assigned to the 210th Rescue Squadron from Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Of course to be fair, they had to land and let the photographer out. At least Staff Sgt. Erconlani didn't flash a cheesy smile and a thumbs up.

July 26, 2007 04:58 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (11)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Herks Come Home

By John

No doubt back from doing something awesome...

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Eight C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Air Force Reserve Command's 911th Airlift Wing return home to Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pa., after participating in Exercise Bold Effort July 14. The purpose of this training exercise was to maintain unit proficiency in re-supplying ground forces during combat operations. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

For more Herky goodness, you should visit Duty in the Desert.

July 18, 2007 05:58 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (12)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Spanish Hornets

By John

Hey look, the socialist Spanish government let their fighter jocks play with us evil American capitalists!

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Spanish F-18's sit on the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flight line July 10 waiting to be serviced before a training exercise July. A group of Spanish airmen are participating in Red Flag-Alaska 07-3, a multi-service, multi-platform coordinated, combat operations exercise, which runs through the July 27. Photo courtesy of the US Air Force.

I've always had a soft spot for Spain, what being born there and all. Anyway, I was under the impression that the socialist Spainish government was trying to minimize interaction between our militaries, so I was most pleased to see that their flyboys made the very....very long pull to Eielson.

July 12, 2007 03:00 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Air Force Lads

By John

Well this warms my Irish heart...

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The Air Force Thunderbirds perform their delta formation over the Salthill Air Show in Galway, Ireland, June 22. This is the first time in the Thunderbirds have performed over Irish soil. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

June 28, 2007 03:40 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (16)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: From the Cockpit

By John

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Capt. Al Basioa pilots a C-17 Globemaster III as it receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker June 22 during a refueling training mission over the Pacific Ocean. The C-17 from the 535th Airlift Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and the KC-135 from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, are practicing for the upcoming 2007 Air Mobility Command Rodeo. Photo courtesy of the US Air Force.

I've been on both male and female ends of air-to-air refueling sorties. It's pretty cool. And weird. KC-10s have a 3 man seat where you look down through a window to the world, waving to the pilots as they vector in to gas up. Kind of an surreal experience, all this happening at 30,000 feet and all.

June 27, 2007 03:34 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Aussie Aussie Aussie

By John

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06/17/07 - Australian army Warrent Officer Andrew Shore, with Reconnaissance Platoon, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, jumps out of a DHC-4 Caribou aircraft with an MC5 freefall parachute over Rockhampton, Australia, June 17, 2007, during exercise Talisman Sabre 2007. The biennial exercise is designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations, which will help improve combat readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chelsea D. Terrell)

Those Caribous kind of...well, suck... if you know what I mean. No offense to our Canadian brothers, who developed the thing. Just an ancient aircraft, is all.

I've heard rumblings that the Aussies want new C-17s (who doesn't?) But at a cool $202 million an airframe, and a national defense budget that barely scrapes above 18 billion in total expenditures, the Globemaster might be out of reach for our Australian friends.

June 26, 2007 02:37 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (22)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Viper Sunset

By John

Hey, so they look cool on the ground, too....


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Col. Scott Dennis and Lt. Col. Rob Webb wait at the end of the runway June 9 while weapons loader, Tech. Sgt. Mike Przyiecki "safes" the F-16 Fighting Falcons' munitions after a combat sortie at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

June 19, 2007 08:34 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: In the Weeds....Kinda

By John

Cause I'm not sure the Air Force lets you fly much lower than that....

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Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Fighter Squadron fly May 29 over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex in Alaska. The aircraft assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flew in formation for the last time due to the deactivation of the 18th and 355th Fighter Squadrons. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

June 15, 2007 08:16 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Final Flight

By John

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A KC-135 Stratotanker with the Alaska Air National Guard's 168th Air Refueling Wing flies with two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Fighter Squadron and two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 355th Fighter Squadron May 29 over Alaska. The five aircraft assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flew in formation for the last time due to the deactivation of the 18th and 355th Fighter Squadrons.
Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Meh. Too bad.

June 11, 2007 08:20 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Sorks Move In

By John

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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 8th Fighter Wing and South Korean air force's 111th Fighter wing prepare to take off for a joint training exercise June 8 from Kunsan Air Base. South Korea. This is the first time since the South Korean 111th Fighter Squadron moved to Kunsan AB that the South Korean and American units have briefed, flown and debriefed together on a dedicated mission. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Hell I didn't even know the Koreans had moved into Kunsan. Are we BRAC'ing in Korea too?

June 8, 2007 06:51 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Airborne EOD

By John

This one's for Blackfive.....

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Air Force members jump from a C-130 Hercules June 2 during an airdrop in support of the weeklong exercise Operation Hydra. The Airmen consist of firefighters from the 99th Civil Engineering Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., explosive ordinance disposal members from the 1st Civil Engineering Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., and members from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Operation Hydra provides realistic training scenarios, exercising the 615th Contingency Response Wing's ability to conduct expeditionary mobility operations at three locations. The wing is practicing its "open an air base" concept while maintaining command and control of in-theater operations. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

June 5, 2007 09:06 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Mirror Image

By John

Let the record show that this will be the ONLY TIME EVER that I use dialogue from Top Gun in a blog post.

Charlie: So lieutenant, where exactly were you?
Maverick: Well, we...
Goose: Thank you.
Maverick: Started up on a 6, when he pulled from the clouds, and then I moved in above him.
Charlie: Well, if you were directly above him, how could you see him?
Maverick: Because I was inverted.
Iceman: [coughs whilst saying] Bullshit.
Goose: No he was man, it was a really great move. He was inverted.

And only because it's appropriate....

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform an airshow after the 2007 U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony May 30 in Colorado. The ceremony marks the culmination of four years at the academy and their transition from cadet to the Air Force's newest second lieutenants. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

The screenplay for Top Gun, mind you, was the same brilliant compilation of dead trees that brought us lines such as:

I see some real genius in your flying, Maverick, but I can't say that in there. I was afraid that everyone in the tax trailer would see right through me, and I just don't want anyone to know that I've fallen for you.

And: "She's a civilian, so you DO NOT salute her."

June 1, 2007 07:39 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Force Projection Regular Old Deployment

By John

It walks like force-projection....it talks like force projection.... but our resident swabbie assures us that it's most definitely not force projection.

Carriers certainly do send a statement though, don't they?

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05/22/07 - FROM LEFT, USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Denver (LPD 9), USS O'Kane (DDG 77) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) steam through the Gulf of Oman May 22, 2007. The ships are part of three different strike groups, the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, that are on regularly scheduled deployments.

See? Just your regularly scheduled programing. Lesson learned: trust our intrepid Navy Commander.

May 31, 2007 05:18 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (12)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Learn English

By John

A naughty language warning, so the pic is below the fold.

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May 24, 2007 04:51 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (32)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: That Other "22"

By John

I think that's pretty much the Air Force's entire Osprey inventory....

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Air Force CV-22 Ospreys take off from a Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. May 1 for a training mission. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines vertical takeoff, hover and landing qualities of a helicopter with the normal flight characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Markus Maier


May 18, 2007 06:18 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (17)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Air Supremacy

By John

And it ain't coming from the 18, either.

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04/26/07 - A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, right, from Strike Fighter Squadron Twenty Seven, and an Air Force F-22 Raptor conduct joint training over Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 26, 2007. The training focuses on the next generation fighter capabilities of the two services. DoD photo by Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hurst, U.S. Navy.

That's one of the better looking angles on the Raptor, I think.

May 16, 2007 06:52 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Joint Choppers

By John

Attack birds on a SEAD mission? Money...

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An Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk (lower left) from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., heads out to the Utah Test and Training Range with a formation of Army AH-64 Apaches during a combat search and rescue integration exercise held May 2 to 5 in Sandy, Utah. Members of the 34th Weapons Squadron from Nellis AFB led the search and recovery training. The objective of the exercise was to expand expertise and integration with Utah's 211th Aviation Group AH-64 Apache Joint Rotary Wing, 4th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon Striker assets, special operations forces and conduct extensive joint CSAR operations against surface-to-air threats.
Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

May 9, 2007 06:18 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (12)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Hog Sunset

By John

It's beautiful man:

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Maintenance crews on the A-10 Thunderbolt II end their 12-hour duty day April 25 at the Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The 438th Air Expeditionary Group A-10s perform 10 sorties daily providing top cover for ground forces in Iraq, with 900 sorties in this last four months. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Could be hog sunrise, for all I know. What with the 24 hour shifts those poor maintainers pull....

April 30, 2007 04:45 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Busy Busy in Alaska

By John

Super happy fun times up north:

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Two F-15E Strike Eagles maneuver to bomb a ground target during a training flight April 20 over Alaska. The F-15Es are assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, which traces its history back to August 1917. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather. The F-15E at Elmendorf AFB will soon be replaced by the F-22 Raptor.

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An HC-130 Hercules refuels an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter April 17 during a combat search and rescue training mission Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The helicopters are assigned to the 210th Rescue Squadron Det. 1. Both photos courtesy of the US Air Force.

Ahhhh Red Flag. Gives me warm fuzzies.

Although I'm not quite sure why we're replacing Strikes with Raptors. I thought we dropped the F/A designator, with the understanding that the Raptor wasn't particularly well suited to the ground attack role.

Replacing F-15c's with the -22 makes perfect sense. But our vaunted Strike Eagles?

April 26, 2007 06:16 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Thirsty Falcons

By John

Like bees to honey...

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Three F-16 Fighting Falcons refuel behind a KC-10 Extender over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex April 13 during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise flown under simulated air combat conditions.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

April 23, 2007 03:50 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Easter basket

By Slab

A bit late, but I just had to post this. My fiancée gave me an Easter basket while I was visiting her in Charlotte on Easter weekend. How can you not love this woman?

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April 19, 2007 05:22 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (10)     TrackBack (0)

Another Picture of the Day

By John

Just because the news is justly focused....elsewhere.

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U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT from Carrier Air Wing 5 perform a formation flight in front of Mount Fuji, Japan, April 12, 2007. Nine squadrons are assigned to the air wing and embarked aboard USS Kitty Hawk. The squadrons operate from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. Kitty Hawk operates out of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Photo Courtesy of the US Navy

I, for one, support the Navy's conquest of Mount Fuji, and welcome new rocky acquisitions under the banner of the American empire, such as Kilimanjaro, Everest, and the Moon.

April 18, 2007 06:59 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (13)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Afghani Albatrosses

By John

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AFGHAN NATIONAL AIR CORPS L-39 Albatross jets take off in a formation practice for the aerial parade in the upcoming Afghan National Day in Kabul, April 12, 2007. Air Force mentors assigned to Defense Reform Directorate Air Division under Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan provide guidance to soldiers with the Maintenance Operations Group for the ANAC. Picture Courtesy of the US Air Force

I don't get the paint scheme. Why waste time painting the thing camo (forest camo, no less, in rocky Afghanistan) if you're going to sniper-check the tail, wing tips, and nose with bright yellow paint? It seems like a couple of buckets of bright hunter-orange would be cheaper, and have the same effect.

Although, I digress. Snarkiness activated before I even knew what the hell an L-29 was...turns out the Czech jet from the 60s is widely used as a trainer aircraft, although it does have a light-attack function. In which case, the yellow makes a little more sense, kind of like those giant STUDENT DRIVER!!!! signs you see on the road.

April 18, 2007 06:46 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (92)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Frog Fighters

By John

French jets love American oil.

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A French air force Mirage 2000 fighter jet receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender during Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 April 11. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

Misgivings about our French allies aside, the Mirage 2000 is actually a very capable jet, as far as multi-role fighters go. I remember sitting in on a speech where Air Force Chief of Staff, General Mosley, specifically mentioned this guy as one of the reasons that we need the Raptor. Not because we'll be fighting Paris anytime soon, it's just that when those dudes come out with new military hardware, you never what backwards 3rd world dictatorship it's going to end up in.

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That, and our F-15/16 fighter force is 30+ years old. Just sayin'.

April 13, 2007 04:54 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (22)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Pigs on Parade

By John

Thought I'd tuck ya'll in to bed this evening with a little motivational airpower....

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Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly in formation behind a KC-135 Stratotanker April 4 over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Nearly all internal fuel, approximately 200,000 pounds, can be pumped through the flying boom, the KC-135's primary fuel transfer method. The A-10s are from the 355th Fighter Squadron, and the KC-135 is from the 168th Air Refueling Squadron, all from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

April 11, 2007 09:57 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (16)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Turn and Burn

By John

They're almost worth the price tag in looks, ain't they?

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The F-22 Raptor performs for thousands during an April 1 air show at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. This F-22 is based at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The F-22 is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. The sophisticated F-22 aerodesign, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring, and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide the capability to outmaneuver all current and projected aircraft. Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

Shachtman's got more photos of the cloudy looking stuff around the airframe over at his place, plus...an explanation!

April 5, 2007 12:46 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (39)     TrackBack (19)

Buff & Friends

By John

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A B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, is escorted by Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force March 21 en route to the Delamere Bombing Range as part of the Green Lightning exercise that ended last week in Australia. The Delamere Bombing Range facility in the Northern Territory is a world class military exercise site that allows many skills to be honed and tested.

Photo Courtesy of the Royal Australian Air Force

March 28, 2007 12:59 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (10)     TrackBack (1)

Swiss F-18s on intercept

By Slab

I got these pictures off of another military-related website. Enjoy.

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Here's the e-mail from the guy who took the pictures:

I took these pictures yesterday with my digital camera at 41,000' feet over Switzerland heading down to Naples, Italy for some training. Since we are a military aircraft the foreign countries that have interceptor aircraft always ask if they can intercept us for training. We were asked by Switzerland if we could be intercepted by their jets for training and since we had no passengers we said of course. I always forget to take my camera, but not yesterday. Some great pictures.

March 26, 2007 03:49 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (15)     TrackBack (2)

Over the Range

By John

Hows about a little Sunday morning tactical airlift?

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A C-130 Hercules flies over mountainous Afghanistan terrain March 22 on the way to deliver supplies to Bagram Air Base. Photo courtesy of the US Air Force

Hearing some interesting chatter from my pilot buddies. Apparently this type of airlift mission, C-130s and C-17s, is becoming a more sought-after career than the traditionally prized fighter/bomber slots. Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) candidates are seeing the twin airframes as a doorways to the Air Force special operations community, and as a way to have a more tangible effect on the ground mission (dropping paratroopers, PJs, rangers, supplies, etc).

Interesting.

March 25, 2007 07:53 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (12)     TrackBack (2)

In Come the Hawks

By John

Sudden urge to crank Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries....

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Black Hawk helicopters prepare to pick up and transport Soldiers for an air assault mission near Samarra, Iraq, March 3, 2007. Photo Courtesy of the US Army

Good buddy of mine, Mike, just got back from a year's deployment spent flying 'hawks in the greater Baghdad AO. I asked him...."so, what was your mission?"

Mike replies: "oh, medavac, patrols, DV (distinguished visitor) transport, and air assault."

"What was involved in air assault?"

I could see Mike grinning on the other end of the phone. "That's when we pick up some rangers and drop them off in the bad guys' backyard, definitely the most dangerous flying I had to do out there. Sh*t got hairy dude."

He thought for a second.

"Man, those were the fun missions."

March 20, 2007 03:17 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Boys in Blue Do Peru

By John

Not a bad TDY. Not bad at all.

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Two F-16 Fighting Falcons form up with a Peruvian MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 during dissimilar air combat training Feb. 15 as part of Falcon and Condor 2007, a joint exercise between the U.S. and Peruvian Air Forces. The exercise allows the U.S. military to build relationships with military and civilian leaders of Peru. The F-16s are from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

February 28, 2007 02:28 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (16)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Aviation Nation

By John

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A CV-22 Osprey performs a fly-over during Aviation Nation 2006 Nov. 12 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aviation Nation has been called one of the most diverse, entertaining and well run air shows in America, and was held Nov. 11 and 12.

Wish I was there...

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

November 16, 2006 09:44 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (13)     TrackBack (0)

Owned

By John

God this makes me proud to be a VMI man. Taken at the VMI-Citadel football game.

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Forget picture of the day, this is the picture of the year.

**Update** Had some requests for background info. As I heard it, the VMI cheerleading squad ran onto the field with a Bulldog, which is the Citadel's mascot. A few Citadel knobs (freshman) mistakenly thought that their Bulldog had been captured by VMI, and decided to liberate the beast. They did so with poor results, as you can see from the picture above.

November 15, 2006 03:58 PM   Link    Humor ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (33)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Reds in F16s

By John

Nice refueling shot of one of the Air Force's aggressor aircraft. Check out the pilot's helmet. Apparently these guys have clung to the old red star, hammer, and sickle of the Soviet Union. Nice, comrade. I'm all about the Cold War throwbacks.

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 64th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., approaches the boom on a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel Oct. 19 during Red Flag 07-1. Red Flag tests aircrew warfighting skills in realistic combat situations. The aircraft fly missions at the nearby Nevada Test and Training Range where they simulate an air war.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

October 23, 2006 09:43 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (11)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Red Flag

By John

It's the most wonderful time of the year....Red Flag!

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Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, fly formation alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker during refueling operations Oct. 19, 2006, during Red Flag 07-1 being held at Nellis AFB, Nev., Oct. 10-20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

October 22, 2006 08:40 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (2)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: NORAD over the Golden Gate

By John

"If you're going to San Francisco....."

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NORTHCOM responds. NORAD fighters and tankers like these were in the air within minutes following the report that a small aircraft crashed into a New York apartment building.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

October 12, 2006 10:26 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (26)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Norks with Nukes

By John

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In honor of Kim Jong Il's plea for attention, I'm watching Team America: World Police.

"I'm so ronrey."

October 9, 2006 11:12 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Raptors Sleeping

By John

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F-22 Raptors will provide strike packages of aircraft better spherical situational awareness when they pull their first Air Expeditionary Force duty in 2007. The 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., will fly the first Raptors in combat.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

For a few more Raptor pictures, visit Military.com correspondent David Axe's Flicker site.

October 4, 2006 10:37 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Kangaroo Duck

By John

I don't know what it is about this shot that I love so much.....

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A rescue crew from the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., test a "Kangaroo Duck" in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Apalachicola, Fla. The K-Duck is an inflatable raft that is strapped to the underbelly of a rescue helicopter so it can be easily dropped to better assist with water-rescue scenarios like those experienced during Hurricane Katrina.

Picture Courtesy of the US Air Force

October 2, 2006 08:33 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: CSR Korea

By John

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An HH-60 Pavehawk crew prepares to recover two survivors while an A-10 Thunderbolt II flies overhead during combat search and rescue training Sept. 21 near Osan Air Base, South Korea. Annual training is conducted by survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructors to reacquaint aircrew members with combat search and rescue procedures and techniques.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

September 26, 2006 10:09 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Clean Burning Buffs

By John

Never thought I'd see the day....

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A B-52 Stratofortress takes off from Runway 22 during a Fischer-Tropsch test flight from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 19. During the flight, two of the aircraft's eight engines ran on the natural gas-based Fischer-Tropsch fuel blend. The bombers are from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D

They can do this to a flipping B-52 but not my Ford Expedition?

September 20, 2006 05:22 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (11)     TrackBack (0)

Cue Blue Oyster Cult

By John

Don't fear the Reaper!

9/14/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The Air Force chief of staff announced "Reaper" has been chosen as the name for the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle.

The Air Force is the Department of Defense's executive agent for designating and naming military aerospace vehicles. In the case of the Reaper, Gen. T. Michael Moseley made the final decision after an extensive nomination and review process, coordinated with the other services. "The name Reaper is one of the suggestions that came from our Airmen in the field. It's fitting as it captures the lethal nature of this new weapon system," General Moseley said.

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Hell, beats the Black Mamba.

**Update** Below the fold, OPFORian Mike sends the Saturday Night Live version....

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September 14, 2006 09:25 PM   Link    Air Assault ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (51)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Mini Booms

By John

Airpower that enables the warfighter at the tactical level gives me warm fuzzies.

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A GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb I strikes a BM-21 rocket launcher during a test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., in 2005. SDB I will be integrated on the F-15E Strike Eagle first, and is being delivered to combat units through the world for use in the war on terrorism.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

September 8, 2006 07:18 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (15)     TrackBack (2)

Picture of the Day: Extract

By John

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Airmen from the 18th Wing are brought aboard a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk in an exercise held near Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 29. The 18th Wing and the 353rd Special Operations Group conducted a mass casualty exercise to test the rescue and emergency care capabilities of Kadena Air Base. The exercise partnered seven Air Force squadrons in a land, sea and air training operation involving search and rescue, mass casualty field triage, medical patient loading and transport

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 31, 2006 09:35 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (4)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Buffs in Flight

By John

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A B-52 Stratofortress takes off from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Aug. 21. The bomber from the 5th Bomb Wing conducted a training mission in the skies over North Dakota.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

Minot is an interesting base, in that it is the last true Strategic Air Command facility, a fully functioning relic of the Cold War. Minot is the only remaining base to house both a bomber wing and a strategic missile (ICBM) wing. I *believe* that Minot's B-52s are still tasked with the nuclear delivery mission, although much of the Stratofortress mission has shifted to conventional support of the Global War on Terror.

August 26, 2006 12:38 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Herky Bird Soars

By John

Because it's not always about the fighters and bombers....

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A C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing banks hard over the Mille Lacs Lake area in northern Minnesota during a training mission Aug. 20.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 23, 2006 01:17 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth

By John

Artic Thunder!!

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An F-22 Raptor hovers vertically above the Arctic Thunder air show and open house at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, on Aug. 13. The Raptor was flown by Maj. Michael Shower, who will become the first commander of the F-22 squadron at Elmendorf next summer.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 20, 2006 06:18 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (8)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Swabbies Stealing Air Force Gas

By John

Just look at those Navy freeloaders!

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A KC-135 Stratotanker stands by to refuel a pair of F/A-18 Hornets from the Navy's Blue Angels on their way from an air show at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, on Aug. 14. The KC-135 is with the 168th Air Refueling Wing at Eielson AFB, Alaska.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 17, 2006 10:51 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (16)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Batplane Over the Gateway

By John

Yes, I know I just posted a B2 pic a few days ago. But I haven't had a complaint about excessive bat porn yet, and I don't expect to get any soon.


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A B-2 Stealth bomber from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies over the St. Louis Arch on Aug. 10. The B-2 flyover was one of several events celebrating Air Force Week in St. Louis.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 14, 2006 08:19 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (7)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Brits in B2s

By John

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Royal Air Force Squadron Leader David Arthurton and Capt. Timothy Rezac fly a B-2 Spirit bomber as they receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender during a training mission near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Aug. 2. Squadron Leader Arthurton is with the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force Personnel Exchange Program. He and Captain Rezac are with the 13th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 10, 2006 08:13 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (14)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Strikes on Patrol

By John

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Three F-15E Strike Eagles from the 492nd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, cruise at 300 mph along the cliffs of the southwestern English coast. The aircrews were on the way to an area off the coast where they could practice basic surface attack techniques.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 7, 2006 09:09 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Angel Thunder

By John

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Pararescuemen and simulated mass casualty survivors take cover as a HH-60 Pavehawk lands July 27 as part of exercise Angel Thunder. The survivors were flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to a simulated level 2/3 medical facility.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

August 2, 2006 09:17 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Marine Corps Fedex

By John

When it absolutely has to be destroyed in 30 minutes or less.....

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Hook it up to one of the USMC's new V-22s!

And.....

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July 25, 2006 08:09 AM   Link    Air Assault ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (407)     TrackBack (2)

Picture of the Day: Out of The Mist...

By Pinch

or a reduced-radar signature LHD:

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060115-N-6282K-001 Atlantic Ocean (Jan. 15, 2006) – The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) shown operating in dense fog in the Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima is currently underway conducting exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Lithographer Seaman Apprentice Bryant Kurowski (RELEASED)

The Amphibious navy is one of the often overlooked aspects of our maritime capabilities despite the fact that we plan on having just as many Expeditionary Strike Groups as we have Carrier Strike Groups.

Capability wise, the ESG does not have the strike capability of a carrier air wing (having AV-8B Harriers as their prime air/strike platforms), but their purpose is basically to move the US Marines around to where they need to be and to support said Marines on the beach or in a joint forceable entry scenario ("kick the door down").

Not the most exciting of the Big Decks, but good sailors and good platforms, nonetheless.

July 19, 2006 09:30 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (11)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: Fox 2!

By John

"Derivery" for Kim Jong-Il...... Total Force work at Rimpac

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F-15 Eagles fire AIM-7 Sparrow missiles at a tactical air-launched decoy off the coast of Hawaii on July 16 during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2006. The F-15s are from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron.
Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

July 18, 2006 10:55 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (24)     TrackBack (1)

Picture of the Day: When Pigs Fly

By John

I'm too hungover to blog anything coherent right now, so here...look at the pretty picture.

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Two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 52nd Fighter Wing, 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdhalem Air Base, Germany, drop away from a refueling tanker during a NATO Operation Allied Force combat mission. The "Warthogs," deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, are specially designed for close air support of ground forces.
Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

July 15, 2006 01:40 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (1)

More Gratuitous Air Refueling....

By John

Fill 'er up!

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A B-1B Lancer connects with a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling boom over the Indian Ocean on Friday, July 7. The B-1 was flying a close-air support mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The B-1 and KC-135 aircraft are stationed at a forward operating base in Southwest Asia.
Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

July 11, 2006 08:22 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (0)

Braving the PCS

By John

Well I'm still in the middle of a time-honored military tradition, the permanent change of station (PCS). Nice drive from California, although when I drove through it was 118 (!!!) in the Mohave desert. I kept stopping to check that my tires weren't melting off the vehicle.

Utah is one of the most beautiful states in the Union, visit if you get the chance. Rocky Mountains, equally beautiful...I'm itching for ski season to start.

I still have some settling to do, so Charlie and Maj P will be handling the slack until I'm back into the swing of things. Special thanks to the Greyhawks btw, who sent me a moving checklist so good it's worth publishing. Also helpful is Military.com's PCS center, military readers take note for your next move, it saved me much grief.

But listen, I know it's not me you guys missed....but rather my gratitous postings of air power in action. Let the "Read More" feature prove, I don't disappoint.

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July 6, 2006 01:59 PM   Link    General Interest ~ Picture of the Day     Comments (15)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Northern Edge

By John

Continuing our theme of random military hardware juxtaposed against equally random nature scenes....


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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft perform maneuvers over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 14, 2006, during exercise Northern Edge 2006. The joint exercise is one of a series of U.S. Pacific Command exercises that prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region. The aircraft are from 112th Fighter Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard.

Emphasis mine. Just sayin'...

June 25, 2006 09:56 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (423)     TrackBack (2)

Picture of the Day: The Sequel

By John

Probably the first time we've done a follow-on picture of the day, but who cares. Check out some other angles on this week's western Pacific bicep flex fest.

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Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force.

Two more below the fold.

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June 20, 2006 08:46 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (17)     TrackBack (4)

Picture of the Day

By John

You've gotta love North Korea's timing, just looky what's a happenin' in the far east...

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PACIFIC OCEAN (June 18, 2006) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) carrier strike groups steam in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) in preparation for Valiant Shield 2006. The PHOTOEX featured 14 ships as well as 17 aircraft from Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp including a B2 bomber. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in Valiant Shield 2006, the largest joint exercise in recent history. Held in the Guam operating area (June 19-23), the exercise involves 28 Naval vessels including three carrier strike groups, more than 300 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Photo Courtesy of US Pacific Command

June 19, 2006 09:08 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (20)     TrackBack (2)

Picture of the Day

By John

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06/02/06 - U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion Five Seven makes a landing on Singapore's Sudong Island during an amphibious operations training event as part of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2006, a regularly scheduled series of bilateral military training exercises with several nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea Services. US Navy Photo

June 11, 2006 09:11 AM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (2)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Ospreys in Flight

By John

More than meets the eye.....

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Two Air Force CV-22 Ospreys prepare to land at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Friday, May 26, 2006. These Osprey are two of only three in the Air Force inventory. The Ospreys and their crews are taking part in the filming of the movie, "Transformers."

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

June 7, 2006 09:28 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (2)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Heritage Flight Over Manhattan

By John

Hey we haven't done one of these in a while.

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A P-51 Mustang, flown by Jim Beasley; an F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown by Maj. Dax Cornelius from Hill Air Force Base, Utah; an F-15 Eagle, flown by Capt. Tony Bierenkoven from Eglin AFB, Fla.; and an A-10 Thunderbolt II, flown by Capt. Jeff Yost of Pope AFB, N.C., fly over New York City on Thursday, May 25, 2006.

.....presumably to attack a giant gorilla.

June 1, 2006 09:53 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (15)     TrackBack (2)

Army Transformational Graphic of the day

By Charlie

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Here's the whole thing.

May 31, 2006 03:39 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (75)     TrackBack (2)

Remember Those Fighting

By Charlie

...this Memorial Day.

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Sgt. Joshua Dubois and fellow “War Hawks” from the 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hone their marksmanship skills at the small-arms range at Forward Operating Base Rustimiyah in east Baghdad. This photo appeared on www.army.mil.

May 26, 2006 12:57 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (430)     TrackBack (0)

Pic of the Day

By Charlie

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Spc. Shan Neiger and fellow Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division try to avoid blowing sand while a Chinook CH-47D Helicopter from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade lands in the western desert area of Iraq during the last hours of Operation Iron Triangle on May 11, 2006. The goal of the operation was to capture or kill terrorists on the most wanted list. Photo by Spc. Teddy Wade.

May 17, 2006 04:20 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (3)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Along the Coast

By John

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A C-130J Hercules from the Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing at Channel Island ANG Base, Calif., flies along the coast of Santa Cruz Island near California.

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May 7, 2006 05:27 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (409)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day

By John

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U.S. Navy ships assigned to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group sail in formation for a strike group photo in the Carribean Sea April 29, 2006.

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May 3, 2006 10:11 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (5)     TrackBack (0)

Picture of the Day: Rocket's Red Glare!

By John

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04/22/06 - U.S. Army Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division conduct a test fire of the Multiple Launch Rocket System on Camp Fallujah, Iraq, April 22, 2006.

"On" Camp Fallujah?? Please let that be a typo!

May 2, 2006 08:29 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (6)     TrackBack (1)

Gratuitous Air Refueling Picture of the Day

By John

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An A-10 Thunderbolt II receives fuel from a KC-135E Stratotanker during a training mission Friday, April 14, 2006, over Tucson, Ariz. The A-10 is from the 358th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and the KC-135E is from the Air National Guard's 101st Air Refueling Wing at Bangor, Maine.

Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

May 1, 2006 08:23 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (9)     TrackBack (0)

Field Service

By John

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Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Bailey delivers the Holy Eucharist to servicemembers from Ali Base, Iraq, during Easter service at the House of Abraham in Ur, Iraq, on Sunday, April 16, 2006. Abraham is considered by religious scholars to be the father of three religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Chaplain Bailey is assigned to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group.
Photo Courtesy of the US Air Force

April 18, 2006 11:41 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (481)     TrackBack (11)

Picture of the Day

By John

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04/12/06 - A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft flies over Afghanistan in support of Operation Mountain Lion on April 12, 2006. U.S. Air Force F-15, A-10 Thunderbolt II and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft are providing close-air support to troops on the ground engaged in rooting out insurgent sanctuaries and support networks. The F-15 crew and fighter are deployed to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Southwest Asia from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
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April 14, 2006 10:23 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (420)     TrackBack (0)

Political Cartoon of the Day

By John

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It'd be funny if it weren't true.

April 13, 2006 05:16 PM   Link    Picture of the Day     Comments (10)     TrackBack (0)