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F-16 GHOST – Aggressor Squadron Mimicking Russian Su-57 Paint

The 64th Aggressor Squadron out of Nellis AFB, NV, recently released its much-hyped GHOST paint scheme, mimicking the Russian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-57. Check out a timelapse video of the paint job below! 


Timelapse video of the painting.
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US Nuclear Carrier & Japanese Destroyers

PHILIPPINE SEA (April 28, 2017) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) leads the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Ashigara (DDG 178), left front, and JS Samidare (DD 106), left rear, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), center rear, and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), right rear, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), right front, during a transit the Philippine Sea. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Brown/Released)

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Blue Angels Seattle Cockpit Video

SEATTLE – (Aug. 4, 2018) B-roll from the slot position of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, performing at Seafair Festival 2018 in Seattle. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform more than 60 demonstrations at more than 30 locations across the U.S. and Canada in 2018. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel M. Young/Released)

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RQ-4 Global Hawk Taxi & Takeoff Video

A 9th Reconnaissance Wing RQ-4 Global Hawk takes off from Beale Air Force Base on the morning of August 16, 2018.

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command Twenty-Fifth Air Force. It is stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California. The wing is also the host unit at Beale.

Its mission is to organize, train and equip the Air Force’s fleet of U-2R Dragon Lady, RQ-4 Global Hawk, and MC-12 Liberty aircraft for peacetime intelligence gathering, contingency operations, conventional war fighting and Emergency War Order support. It is also assigned T-38 Talons for U-2 pilots to maintain flight hours due to limited U-2 aircraft.

Its 9th Operations Group is a descendant organization of the 9th Group (Observation), one of the 13 original combat air groups formed by the Army before World War II.

During World War II, the 9th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) was an air combat unit of the United States Army Air Forces. Active for over 60 years, the 9 RW was a component wing of Strategic Air Command’s deterrent force throughout the Cold War, performing strategic reconnaissance on a worldwide basis.

The Global Hawk is operated by the United States Air Force. It is used as a high-altitude platform covering the spectrum of intelligence collection capability to support forces in worldwide military operations. According to the United States Air Force, the superior surveillance capabilities of the aircraft allow more precise weapons targeting and better protection of friendly forces.

Cost overruns led to the original plan to acquire 63 aircraft being cut to 45, and to a 2013 proposal to mothball the 21 Block 30 signals intelligence variants. Each aircraft was to cost US$60.9 million in 2001, but this had risen to $222.7 million per aircraft (including development costs) by 2013. The U.S. Navy has developed the Global Hawk into the MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance platform.

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F-16 Formation Break [GIF]

The F-16 is a single-engine, highly maneuverable, supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter aircraft; it was designed to be a cost-effective combat “workhorse” that can perform various missions and maintain around-the-clock readiness. It is much smaller and lighter than predecessors, but uses advanced aerodynamics and avionics, including the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire (RSS/FBW) flight control system, to achieve enhanced maneuver performance. Highly nimble, the F-16 was the first fighter aircraft purpose-built to pull 9-g maneuvers and can reach a maximum speed of over Mach 2. Innovations include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick, and reclined seat to reduce g-force effects on the pilot. It is armed with an internal M61 Vulcan cannon in the left wing root and has multiple locations for mounting various missiles, bombs and pods. It has a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than one, providing power to climb and accelerate vertically.

F-16 Flight Hill Air Force Base by Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Hill Operating Location.


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Lockheed Martin T-50A Training Simulations

Visitors crowd around a Lockheed Martin T-50 during Luke Days 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 17, 2018. Luke Days demonstrates the Air Force’s continuing progress in building the future of airpower with military and civilian air acts including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-35 and F-22 static displays, science, technology, engineering, and math exhibits, and military operations demonstrations.

Lockheed Martin video from last Fall where the T-50A conducted a mission simulating strikes on several virtual targets. Lockheed explains some of the new technologies that will be included in the T-50A if it’s selected for the USAF’s T-X trainer replacement program, which is tasked with finding a successor to the T-38 Talon.

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F-35 Ski-Jump Launch Test

The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first-ever ski jump of an F-35B Lightning II short take-off/vertical-landing (STOVL) variant June 19 from a temporary 10-foot ramp constructed on the runway. During flight 298, BAE test pilot Peter Wilson launched aircraft BF-04 from a land-based ski jump located aboard NAS Patuxent River. This test is the first of a series of U.K. ski jump events scheduled for 2015.

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A-10 Highway Takeoff and Landing In Estonia

USAF A-10 attack jets landing and taking off on a highway in Estonia near the Russian border. These aircraft are temporarily stationed at Ämari Air Base in Estonia. Pilots are training for combat scenarios in which a temporary or remote landing strip would be required for refueling and rearmament.

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Harrier Vertical Night Landing

An AV-8B Harrier II, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), returns to the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) after conducting missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Craig Z. Rodarte/Released)

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2018 Syrian Airstrikes Cruise Missile Launch Video Released

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 14. Monterey is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.

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T-38 Cockpit Formation Flyover Video

U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 560th Flying Training Squadron fly T-38C Talons in formation for the 45th Freedom Flyer Reunion over Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, March 19, 2018. The Freedom Flyer Reunion is an annual celebration recognizing the incredible service of Air Force Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War, their honorable return, and their connection with the 12th Flying Training Wing during Operation Homecoming. (U.S. Air Force video by SSgt Thomas Smith)