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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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USS Stennis November Flight Ops in Atlantic

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 5, 2019. The John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Grant G. Grady)

The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) conducting flight operations in the Atlantic. The Stennis, when fully crewed, has a capacity of more than 6,000 officers and crew.

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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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Naval Strike Missile Insane Close-Up Test Launch: 4 Photos

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 1, 2019) Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that is designed to find and destroy enemy ships. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe/Released)
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TOP 5 Photos of MQ-9 REAPER Summer 2019

As we look back on a busy Summer, there were some pretty incredible photos of the MQ-9 Reaper in action. The drone aircraft took part in numerous crucial operations around the globe. Below we compiled the TOP 5 photos from Summer 2019. Take a look starting with #5 below!

Number 5
A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks and armed with munitions sits in a hanger prior to Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 23, 2019. Reaper’s are maintained, launched and recovered from deployed locations, but are remotely operated from bases in the United States during ISR operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Mason)
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TOP 5 Photos of USAF B-2 Stealth Bombers Escorted by RAF F-35 Stealth Fighters

A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit, currently deployed to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, flies above the English countryside near Dover with two RAF F-35 jets. For the first time, UK F-35 Lightning jets have been conducting integration flying training with the B-2 Spirit stealth bombers of the United States Air Force as part of their deployment to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK. The USAF deployment of the B-2’s from the Bomber Task Force Europe is long-planned. Whilst deployed to the UK the aircraft will conduct a series of training activities in Europe. During this deployment, RAF F-35B Lightning fighters are conducting sorties with the USAF B-2 bombers. Both are 5th generation aircraft and this is the first time that USAF B-2’s have trained with non-US F-35’s. RAF Fairford routinely hosts deployments and exercises by US strategic aircraft. These regular deployments reinforce the US Air Force Europe and the Royal Air Force’s unique and complementary partnership and our collective contribution to NATO. Imagery captured by a USAF Exchange Pilot.

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TOP 10 USS Ronald Reagan Photos from 2019

The USS Ronald Reagan has had an eventful year so far. With 2019 nearly three-quarters of the way complete, the ship has already amassed quite a collection of impressive photos from operations so far in 2019. We collected and ranked the Top 10 USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Photos from 2019 so far, and are presenting them all in order in this post.

Take a look at some of the most incredible and inspiring views from the Gipper this year, starting out with #10 below!

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CORAL SEA (July 11, 2019) The U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of 17 other ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Talisman Sabre 2019. Talisman Sabre 2019 illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship. This is the eighth iteration of this exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton/Released)
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US Army Trains Ukrainian Forces to Fight Putin’s Invasion

YAVORIV, Ukraine – North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and allies train together during multiple demonstrations for distinguished visitors on Sept. 20, 2019, in Yavoriv, Ukraine. Soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s 10th Mountain Assault Brigade and the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division demonstrated the lethal abilities of coalition forces during a wet gap crossing and fire team movement room clearing demonstration for distinguished guests as part of Rapid Trident 2019.

The wet gap crossing demonstrated the coalition forces ability to move swiftly across a body of water utilizing the Ukraine Army’s amphibious vehicle capabilities and simultaneously attacking enemy forces, as they fired live artillery hitting targets in the area of the simulated enemy forces.

Ukraine was invaded in 2014 by separatist forces backed by Russia. The war continues to drag on to this day.

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Blue Angels roaring over Iowa: 6 Photos

Check out some of the TOP photos from the Blue Angels 2019 demonstration in Iowa.

The US Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to conduct 61 flight demonstrations at 32 locations across the country in 2019 to showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to the American and Canadian public.

One of the tightest formations in the air. Always an amazing sight. But the sound of those EIGHT engines in unison almost beats it.
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US Marines in Times Square – Fleet Week New York

U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Fleet Week New York, Sailors with the USS New York (LPD) 21, Coast Guardsmen and members of the Royal Canadian Navy pose for the photo at Times Square in New York City, NY, May 22, 2019. Fleet Week NY is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard service members and experience America’s sea services firsthand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jered T. Stone)

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F-16 Viper Demo Team over Langley

U.S. Air Force Maj. Garrett Schmitz, pilot for the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, performs aerial maneuvers with an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 16, 2019. Air Combat Command pilots must complete rigorous training and receive certification from four levels of United States Air Force leadership before they can earn the title of Demonstration Team Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marcus M. Bullock)

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USS Boxer Canine Drills

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 22, 2019) Gaya, an explosive detection dog with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sits during a five phases of aggression drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies, and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)

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M1A2 Abrams Rapid Deployment in Poland

Soldiers aboard M1A2 Abram Tanks from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division move out, as part of an Initial Ready Task Force (IRTF) exercise, at Johanna Range, Poland, May 20, 2019. An IRTF is a no-notice, rapid-deployment exercise designed to test a unit’s ability to alert, marshal, and deploy forces and equipment for contingency operations or an emergency disaster. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Mort)