Vietnam Helos – Angels and Demons from the Sky

During the Vietnam War the helicopter totally changed infantry combat. Helicopters could be used to insert and extract troops, including medical evacuations. Helicopter gunships could also be used to attack the enemy at close quarters to friendly troops and provide fire support. They were the angels of the sky to their own soldiers and demons to… Read More Vietnam Helos – Angels and Demons from the Sky

Don’t mess with the Spectre!

“Death Angel” is a USAF Lockheed AC-130H “Spectre” gunship (a modified Lockheed C-130 Hercules) used for close air support, interdiction, recon and base protection duties. The original AC-130A model was introduced in 1968 and developed to take over from its Vietnam era predecessor the Douglas AC-47 “Spooky” gunship. The various models of the “Spectre” have been used in missions over Vietnam,… Read More Don’t mess with the Spectre!

USAF Heritage Flight – Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012

At the Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012 in July among the many air displays was a USAF Heritage Flight consisting of a North American TP-51D Mustang “Little Witch“(a two seater) and a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon from Hill AFB in Utah. Both aircraft did impressive solo displays. The display included some nice low passes by both… Read More USAF Heritage Flight – Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012

The “Big 3” bombers of the USAF

July 21st, 2012 The backbone of the United States Air Force is long-range strategic bombers. Today this duty falls to the Rockwell B-1 Lancer,the venerable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and the Northrop-Grumman B-2 Spirit. The Joint Base Lewis McChord Air Expo 2012 displayed the “Big 3” strategic bombers in flight (saturday only). There is always something special about seeing these… Read More The “Big 3” bombers of the USAF