The Naval Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) Top Gun operated also Skyhawks with Marines titels as their opponents were not only coming from the US Navy. The desert colored A-4F is seen in close formation with a green colored NFWS A-4E. The E and F are colsely related to eachother, the F can be distinguished by the lack of a pitot tube on the tail.
A three-tone brown/two tone green colorscheme, the painters did a great job on this adversary Skyhawk of Fighter Squadron (VF) 126 Bandits. The squadron was based at Naval Air Station Miramar (CA) and supported the Pacific Fleet in their adversary needs. Fighter ONE TWO SIX was disestablished on 1 April 1994. This particular Hot Rod, as the Skyhawk was nick-named, crashed in the Pacific off coast California due to an engine failure on 6 May 1992, only weeks before it was planned to retire for service.
The green A-4E of the Naval Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) Top Gun, seen here while landing at its homebase NAS Miramar (CA), can now be found in a standard naval grey/white color scheme as AH-303 in Pensacola museum.
US Navy student pilots that once graduated from the T-34C, learn to fly a multi-engine plane with the T-44A Pegasus. The T-34Cs are replaced by the T-6B Texan II, but the T-44s, currently modified to T-44C, still soldier on from NAS Corpus Christi (TX).
This 1961 DHC-4 served in South East Asia once, with the 1st AvnCo at Vung Tau (South Vietnam). The C-7A was damaged in 1964 while landing at Phan Thet but was repaired. Then it served the 61st AvnCo and Air America (as 430). The Caribou was damaged multiple times due to ground fires. In 1975 it returned to the USA and was assigned to the 150th TAS at McGuire (NJ) and the 135th TAS at Baltimore (MD). It returned to the US Army in 1980, serving the Missouri (MO) Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD) up to 1991. In Dec 1992 it was registred to the National Museum of Naval Aviation as N6154Z, but scrapped in 2001.
Two seat Skyhawk with USS Lexington (CV-16) marks on the fuselage, the once dedicated training carrier of the US Navy that qualified student aviators in seaborne operations. Since 1992, the Lexington has been docked in Corpus Christi (TX) and serves as a museum.
This modified P-3B (former Royal Australian Air Force A9-605 and US Navy BuNo 154605) received a so-called Dome modification. The Airborne Early Warning and Control radar on top of its fuselage is suited for the counter drug mission. The USCS is satisfied with the Dome that is also called the "Hi-tech Drug Hunter".
This Turbo Saratoga served once for the KLM flight school. Since 2006 it is owned by a private person in Spain. The aircraft still sports the Dutch civil registration, possibly this has something to do with taxes.
This Cessna belongs since 2003 to a private owner in Spain. Weird that the bird is still carrying a Dutch civil registration. It is reported that the aircraft lost its airworthy certificate in August 2018.
During the NATO exercise Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) at Albacete, students learn a wide array of things. Among others, how to intercept a slow mover in a mission scenario. This C-27J was deployed to Albacete to act as that slow mover. It is seen hear during an enthusiastic landing.
Foreign Military Sales serial 06-0017, equipped with conformal fuel tanks during its take off from Albacete Los-Llanos air base during the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) 2018-1. 335 Mira is part of the select NATO Tiger squadron community.
This dual seat Hellenic Viper (Block 52+) was ordered in the Peace Xenia III programme and carries foreign military sales serial 99-1539. The aircraft was delivered to Greece in June 2003 and operated since then from Souda air base at Crete.