Saturday, July 09, 2005

Aircraft

Attack

FORT POLK, La. -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II 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)A-10 Thunderbolt II drops several flares after destroying a ground target during a live-fire engagement as part of Air Warrior II

050215-N-7945K-027 jpg Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 15, 2005) - An AV-8B Harrier II+, assigned to the “Bulldogs” of Marine Attack Squadron Two Two Three (VMA-223), prepares for landing over the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4). The AV-8B is a high performance, single-engine, single-seat, Vertical/Short Take-off and Landing (V/STOL) attack aircraft. The AV-8B Harrier II+ is capable of night and adverse weather operations due to the addition of the AN/APG-65 multi-mode radar. The fusion of night and radar capabilities allows the Harrier to be responsive to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force's needs for expeditionary, night and adverse weather, offensive air support. Nassau's Air Department practiced handling the Harriers for the phase three landing qualification during a two-week underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew King (RELEASED)An AV-8B Harrier II+, assigned to the “Bulldogs” of Marine Attack Squadron Two Two Three (VMA-223), prepares for landing over the flight deck

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)An F-117 Nighthawk flies over the Nevada desert. The unique design of the single-seat F-117 provides exceptional combat capabilities.

Bombers
OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- A B-2 Spirit soars through the sky after a refueling mission here May 2. The B-2 is assigned to the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The bomber is currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, as part of a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)A B-2 Spirit soars through the sky after a refueling mission here May 2. The B-2 is assigned to the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

NASA's B-52B launch aircraft takes off carrying an X-43A hypersonic research aircraft on an evaluation flight Sept. 27. The B-52, the oldest still flying, was officially retired from service during a ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base Dec. 17. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration photo by Tom Tschida)NASA's B-52B launch aircraft takes off carrying an X-43A hypersonic research aircraft on an evaluation flight Sept. 27.

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca)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.

Fighters
050418-N-5431H-002 jpg Virginia Beach, Va. (April 18, 2005) – An F-14D Tomcat, assigned to the “Grim Reapers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero One (VF-101), takes off on an acceptance flight from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. The F-14D Tomcat, recently transferred from Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31), is painted in retro 1970’s-era markings and will be the last Tomcat that VF-101 will possess till disestablishment in September 2005. VF-101 is the U.S. Navy's sole Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-14 Tomcat, training aircrew and maintenance personnel for the fleet. The squadron trains pilots, radar intercept officers, and enlisted personnel in the operation and employment of the F-14 Tomcat fighter. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Rico Harris (RELEASED)An F-14D Tomcat, assigned to the “Grim Reapers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero One (VF-101), takes off on an acceptance flight from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

OVER THE NORTH SEA -- An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, banks away after receiving fuel during a training mission here July 19. The F-15E Strike Eagle is considered the most advanced two-seat tactical aircraft in the world. The 'E's' radar system allows aircrews to pick out bridges and airfields on the radar display from distances more than 80 miles away. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley)An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, banks away after receiving fuel during a training mission

OVER NEVADA -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., heads out for a mission over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges during Red Flag 04-3 here Aug 20. More than 100 aircraft and 2,500 participants are involved in this exercise. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the U.S. Air Force and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Gruenwald) An F-16C Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., heads out for a mission

011026-F-4884R-006 jpg, U.S. Navy F/A-18 prepares for aerial refueling. Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 26, 2001 --Following early morning bombing missions, an F-18 'Hornet' flies in the post-contact position during an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135R from the 319th Air Expeditionary Group. The 319th AEG is deployed to a forward deployed location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Scott Reed (RELEASED)F-18 'Hornet' flies in the post-contact position during an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135R from the 319th Air Expeditionary Group.

ABOVE THE MOJAVE DESERT -- The Air Force's new superiority fighter will dominate the future air combat arena by integrating advanced avionics, stealth and supercruise. With approximately 80 percent of development complete and two test aircraft flying, the F/A-22 Raptor program is nearing completion of a 13-year development program. (U.S. Air Force photo Judson Brohmer)the F/A-22 Raptor program is nearing completion of a 13-year development program. (U.S. Air Force photo Judson Brohmer)

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

Helicopters
UH-1N Huey -- The UH-1N Huey is a light-lift Air Force utility helicopter used for support of Department of Defense contingency plans. The helicopter has a number of uses. Its primary mission includes airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces, medical evacuation, security surveillance of off-base movements of nuclear weapons convoys and test range areas during launch conditions. It is also used for space shuttle landing support, priority maintenance dispatch support, and search and rescue operations. Other uses include airlift of missile support personnel, airborne cable inspections and distinguished visitor transport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andy Dunaway)UH-1N Huey -- The UH-1N Huey is a light-lift Air Force utility helicopter used for support of Department of Defense contingency plans. The helicopter has a number of uses.

Soldiers sling-load a vehicle to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during an operation near Bagram, Afghanistan. The Soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, supporting the Joint Logistics Command during Operation Enduring Freedom. This photo appeared on www.army.mil. July 29, 2004 by Sgt. 1st Class Sandra WatkinsKeoughCH-47 Chinook helicopter during an operation near Bagram, Afghanistan. The Soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division,

by Courtesy of DoD January 26, 2004 A UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter flies a low-level mission over Iraq. Army aviation assets are playing a key role in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense. This photo appeared on www.army.mil.UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter flies a low-level mission over Iraq. Army aviation assets are playing a key role in Operation Iraqi Freedom

OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk flies through the sky after refueling from an HC-130P Combat Shadow during a training mission at an operating location in support of Operation Southern Watch. The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war. These tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC), disaster relief, international aid, counter-drug activities and NASA space shuttle support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Nolan)HH-60G Pave Hawk flies through the sky after refueling from an HC-130P Combat Shadow during a training mission

Paving the way, KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- A 58th Special Operations Wing, 551st Special Operations Squadron, MH-53J Pave Low IIIE flies a training mission. The MH-53J Pave Low IIIE heavy-lift helicopter is the largest, most powerful and technologically advanced helicopter in the Air Force inventory. The terrain-following and terrain-avoidance radar, forward-looking infrared sensor, inertial navigation system with global positioning system, along with a projected map display enable the crew to follow terrain contours and avoid obstacles, making low-level penetration possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Nolan)MH-53J Pave Low IIIE heavy-lift helicopter is the largest, most powerful and technologically advanced helicopter in the Air Force inventory.

Recon
050712-N-5345W-024 jpg Atlantic Ocean (July 12, 2005) - An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the 'Seahawks' of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), takes to the air after conducting a touch-and-go landing on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is currently conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson (RELEASED)An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the 'Seahawks' of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Six (VAW-126), takes to the air after conducting a touch-and-go landing

An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds)An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady flies a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds)

The Lockheed SR-71 remains one of the most exotic and mysterious aircraft of all time.SR-71 Blackbird- The Lockheed SR-71 remains one of the most exotic and mysterious aircraft of all time.

The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications needed by commanders of U.S. and NATO air defense forces. As proven in Desert Storm, it is the premier air battle command and control aircraft in the world today. The E-3 Sentry is a modified Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe with a rotating radar dome. The dome is 30 feet in diameter, six feet thick, and is held 11 feet above the fuselage by two struts. It contains a radar subsystem that permits surveillance from the Earth's surface up into the stratosphere, over land or water. The radar has a range of more than 200 miles for low-flying targets and farther for aerospace vehicles flying at medium to high altitudes. The radar combined with an identification friend or foe subsystem can look down to detect, identify and track enemy and friendly low-flying aircraft by eliminating ground clutter returns that confuse other radar systems. (U.S. Air Force photo)The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System from the 93rd Air Control Wing flies a refueling mission over the skies of Georgia. The Department of Defense will soon deploy Joint STARS and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance systems over the Afghan theater of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The E-8C is an airborne battle management and command and control platform that conducts ground surveillance to develop an understanding of the enemy situation and to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Lasky)An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) from the 93rd Air Control Wing flies a refueling mission over the skies of Georgia.

RC-135U Combat Sent OVER GREENVILLE, Texas -- An RC-135U Combat Sent aircraft flies a training mission from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. There are only two Combat Sent aircraft in the Air Force inventory and both are assigned to the 55th Wing at Offutt AFB (U.S. Air Force photo)An RC-135U Combat Sent aircraft flies a training mission from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. There are only two Combat Sent aircraft in the Air Force inventory

Special Duty
Futuristic in its design, the CV-22 Osprey looks like a helicopter on the ground with two sets of propeller rotors on each wing tip. Once airborne, the rotors tilt forward so the aircraft resembles a dragonfly with turboprops. (U.S. Air Force photo)the CV-22 Osprey looks like a helicopter on the ground with two sets of propeller rotors on each wing tip. Once airborne, the rotors tilt forward

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force One carrying President George W. Bush taxies on the flightline here June 16. The president delivered a speech that was broadcast live to servicemembers worldwide. He said with the transfer of sovereignty two weeks away, the future of a free Iraq is coming into view. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason P. Robertson)Air Force One carrying President George W. Bush taxies on the flightline here June 16. The president delivered a speech that was broadcast live to servicemembers worldwide.

Tankers
A KC-10A Extender from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., cruises on a mission while deployed to the 2nd Air Expeditionary Group, Naval Station Diego Garcia. Although the KC-10A's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters while carrying the fighters' support people and equipment during overseas deployments. The KC-10A can transport up to 75 people and about 170,000 pounds of cargo a distance of about 4,400 miles. Without cargo, the KC-10A's unrefueled range is more than 11,500 miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Shaw)A KC-10A Extender from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., cruises on a mission while deployed to the 2nd Air Expeditionary Group,

Trainers
The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. It is used primarily by Air Education and Training Command for undergraduate pilot and pilot instructor training. Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration also use the T-38 in various roles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Thurow)The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training, or JPPT, students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. The trainer is phasing out the aging T-37 fleet throughout Air Education and Training Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Richards)The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training, or JPPT, students in basic flying skills

A T-37 Tweet aircraft from the 85th Fighter Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas, flies over Lake Amistad during a training mission. The T-37 Tweet is a twin-engine jet used for training undergraduate pilots, undergraduate navigator and tactical navigator students in fundamentals of aircraft handling, and instrument, formation and night flying. The twin engines and flying characteristics of the T-37 give student pilots the feel for handling the larger, faster T-38 Talon or T-1A Jayhawk later in the undergraduate pilot training course. The instructor and student sit side by side for more effective training. The cockpit has dual controls, ejection seats and a clamshell-type canopy that can be jettisoned. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andy Dunaway)A T-37 Tweet aircraft from the 85th Fighter Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas, flies over Lake Amistad during a training mission.

The T-43A is a medium-range, swept-wing jet aircraft equipped with modern navigation and communications equipment to train navigators for strategic and tactical aircraft. The T-43A is primarily used in the Air Force's undergraduate navigator training program. Several T-43s are configured for passengers and provide operational support to assigned commands and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Fernando Serna)The T-43A is a medium-range, swept-wing jet aircraft equipped with modern navigation and communications equipment to train navigators for strategic and tactical aircraft.

Transport
OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN -- A C-130 Hercules from the 2nd Airlift Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., flies over the Atlantic Ocean. The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the intratheater portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for paradropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Howard Blair)A C-130 Hercules from the 2nd Airlift Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., flies over the Atlantic Ocean.

The C-141 Starlifter is the workhorse of the Air Mobility Command. The Starlifter fulfills the vast spectrum of airlift requirements through its ability to airlift combat forces over long distances, inject those forces and their equipment either by airland or airdrop, re-supply employed forces, and extract the sick and wounded from the hostile area to advanced medical facility. (U.S. Air Force photo)The C-141 Starlifter is the workhorse of the Air Mobility Command. The Starlifter fulfills the vast spectrum of airlift requirements

Combat landing NORTHFIELD AIR BASE, S.C. - A C-17 Globemaster III from the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., performs a combat landing during an incentive flight here recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen)A C-17 Globemaster III from the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., performs a combat landing during an incentive flight here recently.

Airmen unload vehicles from a C-5 Galaxy here June 11.C-5 Galaxy - Airmen unload vehicles from a C-5 Galaxy here June 11. during Exercise Golden Medic. U.S. Air Force photo.

The C-21A provides cargo and passenger airlift and can transport litters during medical evacuations. The C-21A's turbofan engines are pod-mounted on the sides of the rear fuselage. The swept-back wings have hydraulically actuated, single-slotted flaps. The aircraft has a retractable tricycle landing gear, single steerable nose gear and multiple-disc hydraulic brakes. The C-21A can carry eight passengers and 42 cubic feet (1.26 cubic meters) of cargo. The fuel capacity ofthe C-21A is 931 gallons (3,537.8 liters) carried in wingtip tanks. The safety and operational capabilities of the C-21A are increased by the autopilot, color weather radar and tactical air navigation (TACAN) system, as well as HF, VHF and UHF radios. (U.S. Air Force photo)The C-21A provides cargo and passenger airlift and can transport litters during medical evacuations. The C-21A's turbofan engines are pod-mounted on the sides of the rear fuselage.

X Planes
The Bell X-1 rocket research plane was, of course, the world's first aircraft to break the 'sound barrier'Bell X-1 Rocket Plane - The Bell X-1 rocket research plane was, of course, the world's first aircraft to break the 'sound barrier'.

X-15 The X-plane with the longest and most successful career was North American's X-15.North American's X-15 - X-15 The X-plane with the longest and most successful career was North American's X-15.

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