Category: fighters

Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first student, Brigadier General Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew the wing’s first training sortie. Luke has a long and storied history of training fighter...

Changing of the Guard at MCAS Yuma

Since 2012, the first active F-35B squadron of the US Marines Corps has been based at MCAS Yuma. This first squadron is VMFA-121 “Green Knights”, which flew the FA-18D Night Attack Hornet out of MCAS Miramar in California before the transition...

144th Fighter Wing F-15 Eagles

The 144th Fighter Wing / 194th Fighter Squadron, of the California Air National Guard, is the US Air Force’s latest F-15 Eagle unit to form. Based in a tight corner of the Fresno / Yosemite International Airport in central...

USS Bataan LHD-5 (Nick BIG 5) VMM-263 ends longest Navy deployment in 40 years and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

The USS BATAAN LHD-5 is an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, 40650 tons displacement, 257.2 meters long, 33.5 meters wide, 42.6 meters flight deck width, 8.2 meters draft, 70000 PS and 20+ miles an hour. Cost: 731...

An Aggressive Launch

The 18th Aggressor Squadron (18 AGRS) has called Alaska’s Eielson AFB home since 2007.  Flying modified F-16 jet fighters, the 18th AGRS “prepares Combat Air Force, joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow’s victories through challenging, realistic threat replication, training, test...

The Last Tomcat Cruise

The Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Florida. One loud “bang” and the C-2A Greyhound catches one of the cables to land on the aircraft carrier “Theodore Roosevelt”. We leave the plane, a dream has become true; we’re on...