Oregon International Air Show 2016: US Navy Super Hornet West Coast TAC DEMO

The Oregon International Air Show featured some ear blasting greatness from the US Navy Super Hornet West Coast Demonstration Team! Flying a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aka “Rhino” two-seat multi-role fighter, the pilot literally screamed through the at speeds close to 1,125 km/h / 700 mph (edging on the sound barrier) on a number of fast low… Read More Oregon International Air Show 2016: US Navy Super Hornet West Coast TAC DEMO

US Marine Corps Adversaries

VMFT-401 “SNIPERS” Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) “Snipers” is a United States Marine Corps adversary squadron (aggressors) based at MCAS Yuma in Arizona (the premiere aviation training base of the USMC). An adversary squadron is tasked with providing realistic training for USMC fighter pilots by acting as an enemy aircraft (an aggressor). They implement tactics and flying techniques of… Read More US Marine Corps Adversaries

USMC VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters”

Prior to the 2015 Yuma Airshow at MCAS Yuma in Arizona a couple of US Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters“ (based at MCAS Miramar) fired up their engines, rolled out onto the tarmac and with a loud roar took off into the skies on another valuable training mission.… Read More USMC VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters”

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014

2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles on the key stages of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF): The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, The Cold War… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014

Semper Fi – Flying Leathernecks Marine Corps Aviation Museum

I recently wrote on one of my other blogs about the US Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia which pays tribute to all Marines, but specifically depicts the more traditional image of the grunts on the ground. In this case it depicts the Marines taking Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima in World War Two. While out… Read More Semper Fi – Flying Leathernecks Marine Corps Aviation Museum

Luftwaffe Day 2012 – Flying Heritage Collection

Well Saturday August 11th, 2012 was the day German World War Two fighters, a Messerschmitt Bf-109E and Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 were meant to fly at the Flying Heritage Collection – Luftwaffe Flying Day. Alas things didn’t quite work out as planned! The Bf-109 was ruled out due to technical problems, so it was replaced in the flying schedule by a Fieseler Fi-156 Storch… Read More Luftwaffe Day 2012 – Flying Heritage Collection