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First F-35C Delivered to USMC at Miramar

The first carrier-based variant of the F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C, was delivered to the US Marines at MCAS Miramar Tuesday. The fifth-generation stealth fighter is the first to be designed for use with catapult systems on US aircraft carriers.

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Top 5 Blue Angels Videos of 2019

Glad you’re here! Join us on a quick tour below of the best Blue Angels videos from 2019. These Sailors put on some amazing shows this season. Take a look!

5. Head-on Take Off of #6

4. Oshkosh Air Show Flyover

3. Closest Formation Turn

2. Low over the Fence

1. Gyro-Stabilized Cockpit View

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Super Hornet Sound Barrier Shockwave

Photos of jets almost breaking the sound barrier are almost always breath taking and surreal. Usually you see photos of the massive vapor cones surrounding the aircraft. They’re impressive, but they often hide much of the detail of what exactly is going on with these shockwaves.

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Love the Smell of Afterburners in the Morning

Burned jet fuel has a distinct, sweet type of burning smell, and we can’t get enough of it. As far as the five senses, smell is the second to last with which we experience aviation, the final one of course being touch.

F-15 Eagle taxies onto the runway while a Strike Eagle lights up morning.
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F-22 Raptors Landing in Alaska

Raptors were flown by Reserve pilots assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron

Raptors Return

Raptors assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska land during the Reserve Unit Training Assembly weekend March 9. The Raptors were flown by Reserve pilots assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron during the 477th Fighter Groups monthly training weekend. During the week the 477th Fighter Group, Alaska’s only Reserve unit, integrates with the active duty 3rd Wing.

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F-22 Raptor Radar Cross-Section: Bird, bee, fly?

Flying Invisibly

The F-22 Raptor is known for its stealth capabilities worldwide. Years before its introduction into service, adversaries were already clamoring to develop radar defenses able to see it. Even in 2019 it remains as elusive as it is awesome. Below we’ll take a look at the F-22’s radar cross-section, and how its able to slip through air defenses undetected.

A 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. pulls into position to accept fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 756th Air Refueling Squadron, Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility, Md. off the east coast on May 10, 2012. The first Raptor assigned to the Wing arrived Jan. 7, 2005. This aircraft was allocated as a trainer, and was docked in a hanger for maintenance personnel to familiarize themselves with its complex systems. The second Raptor, designated for flying operations, arrived Jan. 18, 2005. On Dec. 15, 2005, Air Combat Command commander, along with the 1 FW commander, announced the 27th Fighter Squadron as fully operational capable to fly, fight and win with the F-22. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)
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US Fighter Jet Aggressor Squadrons – Colorful Camo with a Bite

Colorful Camo Schemes

Aggressor Squadrons are known for their colorful camouflage paint schemes, which are designed to mimic the camo types often used by adversary forces. Aggressors serve as the enemy aircraft in training exercises, so US and allied pilots get familiar with recognizing and fighting against aircraft with these unusual appearances.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from Eielson Air Force Base, flies in formation over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, July 18, 2019. The JPARC is a 67,000 plus square mile area, providing a realistic training environment commanders leverage for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Richardson)
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