Saturday, November 7, 2015

Romanian Mig-21

The Romanian Air Force is one of the last 4 Mig-21 users in Europe. There Mig -21 were upgraded a number of years ago by Elbit to the lancer standard, The upgrade including new avionics suite, an improved radar and the ability to deliver precision weapons. Next year Romania is scheduled to start taken deliver of refurbished F-16's from both the Portuguese and the U.S. Air Force.
But for now we can still enjoy the very clean old school jets.

B-52's in Britain

Earlier this year B-52's from Minot AFB deployed to RAF Fairford for and exercise. Here are some great pics by Tom Osborne.

New Eagle pics

Two new ones at least for me of the F-15.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Russian Fighters in Syria

In the various video's and articles about the Russians in Syria I've seen at least three different kinds of jets, SU-25 Frogfoots, SU-24 Fencers and SU-34 Fullbacks.
A very intersting group of jets, hers are some pics.
SU-25 Frogfoot

SU-34 Fullback

SU-24 Fencer

199th DeployingF-22 Raptors to the Middle East

Without much fan fair the 199th FS has apparently deployed F-22 Raptors to the Middle East on Sept 30.
Here is what was attached to the video

U.S. F-22 Raptors deploy from Hawaii headed to the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, which includes Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all of the Middle East. Filmed On September 30, 2015. Unit - U.S. Air Force, 199th Fighter Squadron, 19th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, 15th Wing

F-22 of the 199 FS

Alabama Back? They Never really left, AL 38 - GA 10

The Georgia Bulldogs offered nothing in yesterdays game between the hedges as Alabama's Crimson Tide ran them off the field. The best parts was watching the GA fans start to stream out with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

Like a herd of thundering elephants the Crimson Tide has taken the field.

The Battle of Mogadishu

22 years ago this weekend the Battle of Mogadishu occurred.
This battle is another example of of the insanity of allowing DoD civilians to dictate and limit how on scene Commanders handle their  mission.

The simple fact of the matter is that Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and the Clinton administration decided that giving the Commanders what they asked for USAF AC-130 gunship coverage and the USMC M-1 Abrams tanks would make us look too imperialistic.

I've read some of the apologists analyst paper on the use of tanks and APC's in this operation and how it would not have made much of a difference. I heartily disagree with all of them. Having the heavy fire power in support and armor protection by these tracked vehicles in my opinion would have prevented many of the deaths and and decreased the number of wounded. Anyone who would argue this point should apologize to the widows and family of the men who were KIA.

Mogadishu is another example that shows how dedicated and brave our Armed Forces members are. It also shows how our politicians will task our military with ridiculous missions but then limit their support, kind of like a boxer fighting with one arm tied behind his back. If your wondering how Afghanistan is going to end look no further than Somalia.


1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta
MSG Gary Gordon
MSG Tim Martin
SFC Randy Shughart
SFC Earl Filmore
SFC Matt Rierson
SSG Daniel Busch

160th Special Operations Aviation Detachment
CWO Raymond Frank
CWO Clifton Wolcott
CWO Donovan Briley
SSG William Cleveland
SSG Thomas Field

3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment
Sgt Casey Joyce
Sgt Dominick Pilla
Sgt Lorenzo Ruiz
Cpl Jamie Smith
Spc James Cavaco
PFC Richard

2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment 2nd Brigade 10th Mountain Division
Sgt Cornell Houston
PFC James Martin

19th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment
LCPL Mat Aznan Wang

Hillary Lawyering Up?

All I can say is its about time.
In my 22 years in the service I held multiple clearances and handled classified material on a regular basis. During this time we had recurrent training on how to handle material and most importantly what types of punishment we could expect if classified information was  mishandled. When I retired I was giving a briefing on non disclosure of what I knew. Shoot I still won't talk about installed avionic systems even though I know the systems have been upgraded over the years.

This is what makes the Clinton story so outrageous, Anyone who is has a security clearance is given substantial training. Every email that was on the unsecured server or sent to people without a need to know over this server is a separate charge. What I want to know is what is the FBI and the Justice department waiting for? In my own career I've seen people make bone headed mistakes and get charged and punished. So the bottom line is we either have rule of law or we don't.

Her continued candidacy and support from the left goes to show how far we have sunk as a nation and how the left is truly nothing but  partisan hacks.

Here is a link to today's story from the New York Post.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Great Statement

This guy is 110% correct. So much criticism from so many media and political people who not in a million years would stand up and fight.
If the S**t ever hits the fan they will be victims praying to be helped by a sheepdog.


After the alleged intercept of Israeli F-15's by the Russians I've been checking various blogs and aviation pages to gauge the reaction.  What I read was the usual fan boy crap of how great the Russian planes are so on and so forth. What they fail to realize is the last C model Eagle was built in 1987 with the original A models built back in 1973. So the Russians today field aircraft like the and SU-34 which finally entered service in 2006 that is about on parity with the F-15C. This in from my point of view is still doubtful because of continuing avionics mods to the Eagle.

Being an old retired Eagle Keeper I'm somewhat biased but realistic in the sense the the Eagle is one old airfame now but still has tremendous capability as seen with Strike Eagle and its variants.

One thing you never hear anyone discuss is how these same Russian jets would fare against the Raptor, a true 5th generation super maneuverability fighter in service today. It too bad the current administration chose to halt production at 189 aircraft. Maybe the next President will get it together and we can get the F-22C in production.

Here is a nice video of the F-22

Russian Jets in Syria

A short report on the Russian fighters in Syria. As you can see it a lot more than a handful of SU-25 that had been previously reported.
Our current administration has been owned by the Russians at this point and as far as can be seen there is no solution. The Russians have no established themselves as a big player in the Middle East much like the during the 70's.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Mr. Bones at Sphangdahlem

F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Mr Bones deployed last week to Sphangdahlem Air Base, Germany from Tyndall AFB, Fl. 
I believe this deployment would fall under the Air Combat Commands Rapid Raptor deployment plans that have been exercised in the pacific. This deployment marks the first one of its kind to USAFE.

I for one am glad to see Mr Bones activated again.

Roll Tide

College football is back and the Crimson Tide looked good. Derick Henry simply out muscled and shredded the Wisconsin defense. The Alabama defense line showed the wall that they are shutting down what is usually one of the top NCAA rushing teams, they were totally dominate.
With a defense that should only get better maybe the fear will start creeping back into opponents hearts.

Roll Tide!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Japan Surrenders!

This was the headline 70 years ago today when Japan surrendered to the Allies on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Iranian Nuclear Deal

The Obama administration has now lit the fuse for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Their desperation has led to a deal which is no deal for the United States and our western allies.
The press conference this morning was laughable to say the least, here are some of the money quotes from Obama

"Iran's path to a nuclear weapon has been cut off"

I have been president and commander in chief for over six years now. Time and again I have faced decisions about whether or not to use military force. It’s the gravest decision that any president has to make. Many times in multiple countries I have had to use force, and I will never hesitate to do so when it is in our national security Interest,” Obama said. “I strongly believe that our national security interest now depends on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which means that without a diplomatic resolution, either I or a future U.S. president would face a decision about whether or not to allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon or whether or not to use our military to stop it. But simply, no deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East. Moreover, we give nothing up by testing whether or not this problem .

Obama said that the deal “is not built on trust, it is built on verification

There are many more but you get the general idea of were this is going with the fool in the White House.

After reading numerous articles from both left and right publications and news wires the general impression I get from the deal is we the west will effectively give Iran over 100 billion dollars with the lifting of sanctions. There will be no dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no inspection of its program, no stopping of its missile development program, no long term continuous of the arms embargo and no stopping Iranian sponsorship of international terror groups.

While I don't always agree with the Israeli Prime Minister in this case he got it right.

"From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world. "Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its terror machine and its expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East and across the globe.