Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day

Words simply fail me after a video like this. Everyone of our useless leaders in D.C. need to be sent this  so they can see the  pain of the families of the lost warriors.

After the fall of Ramadi I'm now convinced that no one in the Obama administration has a clue and has sold old not only this country but turned its back on the Armed Forces along with the usual suspects in congress.

My prayers for the fallen
Semper Fi



Sunday, May 17, 2015

F-15C Working as a Strike Aircraft

The IAF pioneered the use of F-15 A-D models as an ad hoc ground attack aircraft back in the early 80's. While the Eagle always had a rudimentary ability to deliver iron bombs the USAF never pursued the course. In its initial development the IAF used F-15 D's to carry AGM-15 glide weapons with the C dropping Mk-82 conventional  bombs. This was the combination used during Operation Wooden Leg the attack on a PLO headquarters located  in Tunisia. (Hat Tip Foxtrot Alpha)

Later the IAF utilized CFT's on the C and D models and with this have extended the ground attack capability of these Eagles. Today they have this home grown capability that can be used in conjunction with their F-15I Ra'am aircraft.

To my knowledge the only USAF C model unit that routinely used CFTs was the 57th Fighter Squadron at Keflavik Iceland for the extra fuel that is carried.




F-15C Baz with CFT's and JDAMS
57 FIS C models with CFT's

A-10 The King of CAS

Beyond the shadow of a doubt the A-10 is the best close air support aircraft in the world today.
The Air Staff arguing for its early retirement shows that they to the man are without honor and do not really believe in supporting the Grunt on the ground. Their lack of leadership is simple unbelievable.
But that aside here is an excellent A-10 video.

American Airlines Boeing 787

Here is an excellent shot of American Airlines newest 787. What is amazing about the 787 in flight shots is the unbelievable flex of the wings. American's 787 are powered by the outstanding General Electric GEnx turbofan.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Downed Marine Helicopter Found

The downed USMC UH-1Y Huey that went down while flying rescue missions in Nepal has been found.
Unfortunately all aboard appear to have been killed in the crash.

Here is the link to the Fox News article

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/05/15/nepal-says-wreckage-missing-us-marine-helicopter-found/

UH-1Y Super Venom

Friday, May 8, 2015

Airmen Badassery,3 Combat Controllers to be decorated

Three USAF Combat Controllers will be decorated for their actions on Sept 27, 2014 in Afghanistan.
These Airman along with their Special Operation Force comrades along with Afghanistan commandos fought a pitched battle against a determined insurgent enemy force.

The three:



Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew J. Greiner, left, and Senior Airman Goodie J. Goodman, right, will receive the Silver Star on Wednesday, May 6, for heroism in Afghanistan in September 2014. Senior Airman Dustin H. Temple, center, will receive the Air Force Cross. (Photos released by the Air Force)

For the full article click the link
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/05/05/in-pitched-afghan-battle-insurgents-wanted-to-take-u-s-troops-hostage/?tid=hpModule_9d3add6c-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e&hpid=z12


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rafale

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for French Mirage fighter jets, there is just something elegant in their design. I've always wondered why the Rafale has not made it to the export market considering how many countries have flown Mirages over the years. Well this has all changed in the last 8 weeks, the Rafale is now been sold to the Egyptian Air Force with 24, Qatar with 24 and the Indian Air Force a current Mirage 2000 user will by initial 36 with a potential follow on for up to a total of 126 airframes.
This is good for the French but does show a problem with the U.S government getting in the way of advanced F-16 sales to Egypt and holding back on equipment for what could have been Super Hornets for the Indian AF.


SR-71, The Sled

Although long retired from the active USAF but still flying with NASA, the Sled is still a wonder of the air. To think that Clarence Kelly and the Skunk Works had to invent many of the systems for this aircraft all in the early sixties is amazing.

Today with all the computers and  technology that's available we can't get a functioning F-35. But enough of that here is some SR-71 glory.












Friday, April 17, 2015

F-15E on Target

Here is a short video of 101 Airborne unit coming under sniper fire and a Strike Eagle terminating the threat.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lest We Forget

Today marks the 46 anniversary of the downing of a U.S.Navy EC-121 by North Korean Mig-17 aircraft. The EC-121 Warning Star call sign Deep Sea 129 was flying from Japan and was assigned to VQ-1. The mission was typical for the Warning Star. It cruised off the North Korean coast conduct SIGNET evaluations.
Sometime around 1 PM local the crew radioed that they  were under attack and a few minutes later the EC-121 disappeared off off radar scopes. After the shoot down the North Koreans boasted of the act. The aircraft and all 31 crew members were lost, may the rest in peace.




Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bad Assery, Gunnery Sergeant Brian Jacklin USMC

Gunnery Sergeant Brian Jacklin will be awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in Afghanistan on June 14.

That morning, the Marine special operations team was in a village compound when it suddenly found itself the target of heavy enemy gunfire. The attack left the team leader and another Marine critically wounded.
“Without hesitation, Gunnery Sergeant Jacklin seized control and orchestrated a counterattack,” his medal citation states.
With the team’s primary communications link inoperable, Jacklin worked to set up alternative communications with a nearby supporting unit. He called in direct and indirect fire and aircraft strikes on the enemy position, while working at the same time to coordinate an evacuation to get the wounded to safety.
Jacklin then led the team members out of their compound to set up a landing zone for a casualty evacuation aircraft, a task that required the team to cross open terrain under fire. When ongoing enemy fire forced the aircraft to wave off on its first attempt to land, Jacklin remained there, “raining M203 grenades on the enemy and directing the fires of his team” until the aircraft could safely land and evacuate the wounded.
Though the rest of the team would be relieved by another special operations unit that evening, Jacklin opted to stay behind and fight the enemy.
“Throughout a raging battle all the next day, he provided vital intelligence, tactical assistance and deadly accurate personal fires,” his citation reads. “Throughout 48 hours, he inspired all around him as he led a vicious fight to defeat a determined enemy force.”




Hat Tip: thisainthell, article from Marine Corps Times

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Why We Fight

As the Obama administration played deal with any cost with Iran here is a little film of Reagan with some updated film. I don't agree with everything the war on terror has become but one thing for sure you do not cannot appease the Islamic terrorists.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Minuteman III Test Launch

Ther was much hang wringing on different internet forums after the fact the USAF test launched a Minuteman III ICBM early Monday. The hand wringers seem to forget that this is a routine test as we have done for years. The Air Force will pick a bird and random from one of the Strategic Missile Wings, transport it to Vandenberg AFB, CA and fire it to the Kwajalein Test Range.

Back in the day when we still tested MIRVS it made for some spectacular pictures as the reentry vehicles streaked in.

Here is the launch from Vandenberg.




MIRV's at the impact range

Saturday, March 14, 2015

F-35 Still a failure

I have discussed the F-35 and its ongoing problems a few times over the last years. The F-35 program remains a great example of what not to do and is a shining trophy to show corruption beyond belief in not only the military high commanded but be symbiotic relation ship between the MIC and oor congressional leaders.

No other aircraft program in the history of the world has cost more and delivered less. Like I have said before the lack of leadership in today's Air Force has allowed the current tactical air fleet to age with no viable alternative in site. In fact the disingenuous comment by program supports use the fact that the F-15 and F-16 is old and even though the F-35 has issues we need to press on.

I say bull, one thing we could do right now is cancel this albatross right now. Use the money in the program to recapitalize the F-15 and F-16 fleet by buying new build F-15 Silent Eagles and F-16 Block 60's. At the same time we could restart the F-22 line and bring the SDB and other weapons mods into the new build.

Why you may ask? Stealth is a zero sum game, while back when the F-117 and B-2 were new it was earth shaking but after 30 years there have been teams of folks out there designed counters that will increase the detection capability of stealth aircraft. Do we need stealth? Yes for sure on day one when the door needs to be kicked in. After that and the initial SEAD not so much, Stealth SEAD by using an F-22 platform will allow the more conventional aircraft to operate in a less lethal environment.

The continued funding of a failed platform will continue to degrade the USAF ability to conduct itself in any future conflict. The people responsible for this be Generals or politician needs to held in account for the collapse of American Air Power

For a great read on F-35 continuing problems and the scandal of lies check out POGO. A lot of people blow off their opinion but never seem to be able to point out were they are wrong and the never refute the facts that are put forth.

http://www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/weapons/2015/not-ready-for-prime-time.html


The jet that does nothing well and never will
 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Obama on guns, Incapable of telling the truth

Obama was doing another town hall on Friday and telling nothing but fabrications about guns and our nuder rate. With two years to go the far left President who hates guns and the second amendment will do anything to try an usurp the 2nd amendment by whipping up hysteria.

Here os the money quote:

Increased gun control measures would go a long way toward cutting down on America’s homicide rate, President Obama said during a town-hall event on Friday.
“Our homicide rates are so much larger than other industrialized countries, by like a mile,” he said during a speech at Benedict College in South Carolina.
“Most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns.”

Here is Bill Whittle with another one of his excellent responses, wake up America to the lies of this government. If they get the 2nd amendment they can get all of them.