A fine buff at the static park of the RIAT 2019. Watch the massive paint damage on the leading edges of the wings, the inlets of the engines and the tail. The cockpit section was also damaged like this. A pilot said, "well probably some hail damage during a previous flight, I'm sorry about that but this was the aircraft we got assigned". This B-52H Stratofortress is alsmost 60 years old and flies out of Barksdale AFB (LA).
Great take-off of true Air Power! An F-15E Strike Eagle of the 48th Fighter Wing, 494th Fighter Squadron seen while departing the RIAT 2019. The pilots show proudly the US flag as well as their wings to the photographers. These massive wings only already measure some 610 square feet (some 57 square meters) of surface area! Roughly the size to park six BMW 3 series on...
What a history the 78th TFS has, established at Waco (TX) in 1917 operating the JN-4/-6 Jenny, followed by S-4 (from '18), P-12 ('32), P-26 Peashooter ('40), P-36 Hawk ('40), P-40 Warhawk ('41), P-39 Aircobra ('42), P-47 Thunderbolt ('44) and P-51 Mustang ('44) before starting flying jets the F-86 Sabre ('52), F-84 Thunderjet ('54), F-101 Voodoo ('58), F-4 Phantom II ('65) and these A-10A Thunderbolt II ('79). In the final years of ops out of Woodbridge, the 78th flew the F-16 Fighting Falcon (1994). It converted to MQ-1 Predator (2006) and now flies MQ-9 Reapers out of Creech AFB (NV)
Great demo flight of a "Bitte ein Bit" Bitburg F-15C of the 22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Bumblebee", part of the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Bitburg airbase (Germany). In 1980, the more advanced F-15Cs and F-15Ds replaced the original F-15A and F-15Bs.
The once unarmed recce mission continues to be so attractive (to me). Intell directs recce bird FIRST IN for exact targeting purposes, bird take pictures of target(s), bird return to base, ground crew develops the wet film, commanders assess target, necessary data transferred to the bombers squadrons, recce bird take-off again - following the wave of bombers - to execute the battle damage assessment mission, so LAST OUT! The PR9 of the Royal Air Force had that great mission. This Canberra PR9 was assigned to No,1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, operating out of RAF Wyton.
The Afghan National Army - Air Corps (ANA-AC) operated this An-12BP briefly. The An-12 flew once as CCCP-11724 in all-grey colour with small 'Aeroflot' titles/logo. Equipped with chaff/flare dispensers and ECM equipment this aircraft saw action over Afghanistan in 1989. In 1992 it was re-registered as RA-11321 Special Cargo Airlines as former Soviet Air Force. Late 1995 the aircraft it moved to the Liberian register as EL-AKR followed in mid-1996 to YA-PAA in Afghanistan. The ANA-AC painted it as 00406 (with YA-PAA still painted underneath the wing). It was reported withdrawn from use in 2009.
A anonymous C-20G visiting Kabul International Airport (KAIA) in miserable weather conditions. In the background you can see the Hund Kush mountain range, but the highest part is cover by sand dust, fog and low clouds. The VIP-aircraft, operated by VR-51, brought some high level commanders to the nearby International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters.
The US Navy decided to unmark their C-20, C-37 and C-40 fleet as much as possible, so they look anonymous. This C-40A is a "great" example of it while operated by most probably VR-59 during a flight to Souda (Greece).