JetImagesOnline (latest albums) Feel free to browse around and view some military aviation photos from around the country. JetImagesOnline strives to provide high quality images that capture the action from all forms of aviation, from classic warbirds to current front line military aircraft. en-US Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:42:49 -0700 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:42:49 -0700 ZenPhoto RSS Generator El Centro Base Visit 2014 (1 new image) El Centro Base Visit 2014

El Centro Base Visit 2014 (1 new image)

<p>El Centro Base Visit 2014</p> <p>JetImagesOnline visited Naval Air Facility El Centro on November 20th as part of a group of photographers.</p> <p> </p> <p>NAF El Centro is located in Imperial county California about 100 miles east of San Diego and serves as a tactical training facility for visiting squadrons due to it's proximity to the ranges and excellent all year weather. The Blue Angels also perform their winter training there each year.</p> <p>On this day the VT-9 training squadron from NAS Meridian in Mississippi were visiting with their T-45A jets. Also visiting were the Rhino and Legacy Hornets (F/A-18 C,D,E,F mdoels) from the VFA-106 Gladiators out of NAS Oceana in Virginia.</p> <p>After a safety briefing and a warm welcome from the CO, Captain WIlliam Doster and the XO, Commander Adam <span lang="EN">Schlismann</span><span lang="">, we were bussed to the side of Runway 8. Soon after setting up, an unexpected transient visitor slowly approached overhead - a Harrier from VX-31 at China Lake California. After a quick gas-n-go the Harrier took off towards the east.</span></p> <p>For the next few hours we were treated to many launches and recoveries from the training squadrons and the FRS Gladiators. It was inspring to see the skill and commitment of the Naval Aviators in training. The thundering departures of the Hornets and their precise recoveries were certainly impressive.</p> <p>Later in the day a C-2 Greyhound "COD" from the VRC-30 Providers out of NAS North Island in San Diego arrived. It dropped off some Naval Aviators who headed over to the LSO shack. The COD then took off and performed many touch and gos, stopping periodically to switch pilots and then continued the training. Once again it was great to see the Aviators honing their substantial skills.</p> <p>As the sun set with the typical colorful desert skies, a few more Hornet approaches and departures took place and then it was time to return to the buses.</p> <p>All in all it was a very interesting and inspiring day. Much thanks go to Kris Haugh and his team for their hospitality and for providing this opportunity.</p>]]>
El Centro Base Visit 2014 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:22:42 -0700
Edwards Air Force Base Visit 2014 (1 new image) Edwards Air Force Base Visit 2014

Edwards Air Force Base Visit 2014 (1 new image)

<p>On November 12th 2014 we were fortunate to visit Edwards Air Force Base, home of the Air Force Test Center, the US Air Force test Pilot School and is home to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center and considerable test activities conducted by America's commercial aerospace industry.</p> <p>The day started out at the Century Circle where, as the name implies, they have a group of Century series fighters displayed in a circle. The F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105 and F-106 fighters are featured. Also on display is one of two McDonnell Douglas YC-15s which are predecessors to the current C-17.<br /> Once inside the base, we headed towards the Lockheed NF-104A outside the headquarters of the US Air Force Test Pilot school. Only 3 were ever made and they featured a rocket engine and a reaction control system for controllability at extremely high altitudes.</p> <p>Another interesting piece of history was a Bell P-59B Airacomet – this was mounted on a pylon in front of the base operations building. The Airacomet was the first American jet fighter, while not a spectacular performer, it did serve well in a training role and provided data for subsequent development of higher performance jets. The NASA F-15 HIDEC was parked behind one of the hangars. This was used to investigate and demonstrate methods of obtaining optimum aircraft performance using Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control.</p> <p>No visit to Edwards could be considered complete without a visit to Sound Barrier Park and the bronze Chuck Yeager statue. The statue and the stone monument commemorate the October 14, 1947 breaking of the sound barrier.</p> <p>A tour around the ramp showed plenty of ongoing activity with various aircraft being worked on, such as the B-1, B-52, and an RQ-4 Global Hawk.</p> <p> </p> <p>We got to drive up to the Rogers Dry Lake Bed which was used by the Space Shuttle, the Bell X-1 and many other landmark projects over the years. It has 8 official runways with the longest being 7 1/2 miles and has been declared a National Historic Landmark.</p> <p>Edwards AFB has been involved in the testing of every major Air Force weapons system for the last 60 years. One of the major current test programs at Edwards involves the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and numerous examples were seen flying. The Lockheed Martin CATBird aircraft was seen participating in some test activity as well. The name is a partial acronym for Cooperative Avionics Test Bed. This is a specially modified Boeing 737 with an F-35 nose and a pair of canards aft of the front door. Inside the aircraft there is an F-35 cockpit as well as an array of test equipment.</p> <p>Some hours were spent observing flight ops. Various F-35 were flown and there was much test pilot school activity as well, involving F-16s and T-38s. A B-2 did multiple launches and recoveries most likely for pilot currency training.</p> <p>Some activity from the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center also took place with an F/A-18 Hornet and a Beechcraft King Air mission support aircraft.</p> <p>A visit to the X-1 pit at South Base followed; this is a pit built into the ramp where the Bell X-1 was loaded underneath a B-29 prior to its record breaking flight.</p> <p>The very informative day ended with a visit to the Edwards AFB Flight Test Museum where many rare aircraft were out on display. A YF-22 Raptor was on display inside the museum, this was a finalist in the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter competition. The YF-22 won the competition and evolved into the production F-22A. Outside aircraft included an SR-71, a Boeing B-52D, a NASA F-16XL, the only two seat A-10 and many other notable test aircraft. With a wealth of historical artifacts and test aircraft, you could spend the better part of a day there.</p> <p>Many thanks to John P Haire, Chief of Public Affairs for his very interesting and detailed tour and the wealth of information provided.</p>]]>
Edwards Air Force Base Visit 2014 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:21:51 -0700
Oceana Air Show 2014 (1 new image) Oceana Air Show 2014

Oceana Air Show 2014 (1 new image)

<p>The annual Oceana Air Show returned this year after last year’s budget related cancellation, bringing record attendance according to local news sources. The organizers always put on one of the better shows on the East Coast and this year was no exception. With the only US Navy Hornet demos anywhere this year and the usual fleet air power demo, this show was a must attend. This year’s show was partnered with the Navy Wounded Warrior / Safe Harbor program to bring attention to injured and seriously ill Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and the challenges they face.</p> <p>NAS Oceana, located in Virginia Beach, is a Master Jet Base and is home to 18 Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. All deploy on carriers with the exception of the VFA-106 fleet replacement squadron and the adversary squadron, VFC-12.</p> <p>The show provides an opportunity for the public to visit the base and meet the women and men based at NAS Oceana who defend our freedom.</p> <p>As mentioned above, this show was fortunate enough to feature both the Legacy and Super Hornet demos which were provided by the VFA-106 squadron. The Legacy demo was flown by Lieutenant Joe "Goat" Krukar each morning and the Super Hornet demo was flown in a F/A-18F piloted by Lieutenant Nate "Fonda" Miller with Lieutenant Jason "IAD…S" Hoch as the WSO. Over the weekend, there was rainy and overcast weather at times but that provided great vapor opportunities for the demo teams and the airpower participants. The airpower demo involved some simulated attack sequences , mock dogfighting, an air to air refueling demo and a formation flyby. These were performed by the VFA-32 Swordsmen and the VFC-12 Fighting Omars this year.</p> <p>The statics were quite interesting with regards to the F/A-18 Hornet, as there were 9 color birds (CAG or DCAG) on display, which is highly unusual. There was also a Grumman E-2C CAG bird from the VAW-123 Screwtops out of NAS Norfolk. The Military Aviation Museum brought over their Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, FG-1D Corsair and Douglas A-1D Skyraider. ATAC brought over an F-21A Kfir and a Hawker Hunter for static display.</p> <p>Civilian performers were plentiful and were quite diverse. There was Bill Leff performing his usual high level of precision acrobatics in his highly polished T-6 Texan complete with flashing lights. Bob Carlton performed a unique and graceful show with his Super Salto Sailplane to which he has attached a small jet engine. There was no military parachute team this year so Skydive Suffolk Demonstration Team stepped up and thrilled the crowds with their parachuting skills. Each day a group of wounded warriors were scheduled to do a parachute jump, although deteriorating weather cancelled Saturday’s jumps.</p> <p>The Shockwave Jet Truck is always a huge hit with the crowd, especially the kids. The truck puts out huge flames from the three J-34-48 turbojet engines and surpasses 300 MPH down the runway. On the small side of things, the FLS Microjet performed a fast and entertaining routine much to the crowds amazement as how small it really is. The performance culminated in a race with the Shockwave jet truck, which the truck won on Friday and Saturday.</p> <p>Kent Pietsch performed three separate acts in his colorful Cadet plane each day with some incredible flying skill and a lot of laughter during the comedy routine. He also landed the plane on the rooftop of an RV travelling down the runway. Greg Shelton teamed up with Ashley Battles to showcase some breathtaking wingwalking routines in the 1943 Super Stearman. It was quite amazing to see her hanging on upside down during the acrobatic maneuvers. The Geico Skytypers and Viper Air Shows rounded out the list of civilian performers.</p> <p>The Warrior Flight Team brought their L-39 jet painted in "Vandy 1″ colors and performed a full demo each day, flown by former Tomcat pilot Mark "Crunchy" Burgess. They bring well-deserved attention to the Wounded Warrior cause.</p> <p>There was no night show this year but they did have the Beach Blast on the oceanfront at 31st street. A Rhino from VFA-32 performed four burner passes at dusk and then the sky diving team jumped on to the beach.</p> <p>As the headliner each day, the Blue Angels once again put on amazing performances of flying skill showcasing the talents and teamwork of the US Navy and Marines. While there was great weather for their Friday performance, Saturday’s show had to be called off a few minutes into the show due to the poor weather. On Sunday the weather cleared up right before the Blue Angels show.</p> <p>One of the best things at the NAS Oceana air shows is the presence of squadron row – all the local and some nearby squadrons have tables put out where you can purchase squadron memorabilia such as t-shirts, hats, patches and challenge coins etc… Members of the squadrons are at the tables and it’s always interesting to chat with them.</p> <p>With a full range of diverse aircraft, from a glider, to a micro jet to a Rhino, the crowd experienced the entire spectrum of aviation. The show organizers provided a full day’s worth of great entertainment for which this show has become known for.</p> <p>We would like to thank Oceana PAO Kelley Stirling for providing the media access.</p>]]>
Oceana Air Show 2014 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:45:53 -0700
Warbird Weekend at the AAM (5 new images) Warbird Weekend at the AAM

Warbird Weekend at the AAM (5 new images)

Each Labor Day weekend the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale New York puts together a Warbird Weekend. The museum's aircraft are brought out and flown. <p>This year they had some visitors from the Collings Foundation who brought their pristine B-17G, B-24J and P-51C aircraft. <br /><br />Also this was the first Labor Day featuring the Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II recently acquired by the museum. This A-10 is formerly from the 355th FW at Davis Monthan AFB where it was last used to train ground maintenance crews. Prior to that it served with the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan AB Korea. This was a homecoming of sorts, since Republic Airport was the site of Fairchild Republic where A-10s were built. <br /><br />It also afforded a very rare opportunity to line up all the Republic Aircraft together in one place. This included the aforementioned A-10, F-84E Thunderjet, F-84F Thunderstreak, RF-84F Thunderflash, F-105D Thunderchief and P-47 Thunderbolt.<br /><br />For those who wanted an awesome flight experience, the bombers and the P-51 were selling flights during the weekend, providing an opportunity to relive history.<br /><br />Aircraft flown during the weekend:<br /><br />• B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine"<br />• B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft"<br />• P-51C Mustang "Betty Jane"<br />• B-25 Mitchell “Miss Hap”<br />• P-40 Warhawk “The Jacky C.”<br />• P-47 Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge”<br />• T-6 Texan<br />• C-47 Dakota<br />• WACO UPF-7<br /><br />Aircraft on static display:<br /><br />• The Republic "lineup" mentioned above<br />• Goodyear FG-1D Corsair<br />• Grumman EA-6B Prowler<br />• Grumman F-111 Aardvark<br />• L-39 Albatross X2<br />• Grumman TBM-3E Avenger<br />• Aero L-39ZA<br /><br /><br />The first B-24 flight out on Friday was an honor flight, taking up 5 WWII veterans, 3 of which flew B-24's during the war. On Monday the P-40 and P-51 went up together and performed a number of formation passes over the museum. The B-17 and B-24 flew a couple of times each day giving customers a memorable experience. The museums B-25 and C-47 also made frequent flights. The C-47 offers a paratrooper experience where guests dress in realistic paratrooper gear and go out on a mission. Interesting note on the the museum's B-25 "Miss Hap", it was formerly used as general Hap Arnold's VIP transport and is the oldest surviving B-25.<br /><br />The American Airpower Museum definitely provides a comprehensive look back at aviation history especially Long Island's rich aviation heritage. </p>]]>
Warbird Weekend at the AAM Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:19:59 -0700
Rhode Island Air Show 2014 (1 new image) Rhode Island Air Show 2014

Rhode Island Air Show 2014 (1 new image)

<p>The annual Rhode Island Airshow took place on May 17 &amp; 18 at Quonset Airport in North Kingstown Rhode Island. The performer list was very good in our post-sequestration reality.</p> <p>The headliners were the Blue Angels who put on their usual great demonstration. The F-22 Raptor was also highly anticipated and did not disappoint – Capt John “Taboo” Cummings put on an awesome display and had the crowd cheering at the end. It sure was great to feel the ground shaking power of the Raptor once again.</p> <p>The Marines V-22 Osprey demo was quite impressive as well – showing off the unique capabilities of that platform.</p> <p>The Horsemen performed a demonstration with their Grumman “Cats”. They brought out two Bearcats and a Tigercat for a very impressive performance. That big Tigercat, flown by Steve Hinton, was wonderful to see.</p> <p>Other civilian demos included Julie Clark, Rob Holland, John Klatt and the incomparable Sean D Tucker. The Geico Skytypers showed off their new routine for 2014. There were also performances by a Grumman Wildcat and a Douglas Skyraider.</p> <p>One of the most surprising performances was the Jet powered Waco biplane flown by John Klatt. It is a modified 1929 Waco with a Learjet engine underneath. It shot straight up like a rocket and put on an exciting display – it was a definite crowd favorite!</p> <p>The Heritage flight on Sunday included the Raptor and two P-51 Mustangs “Bald Eagle” and “Bum Steer”.</p> <p>Statics were decent as well. With a T-38 Talon, A-10 Warthog, KC-135, 2 F-15s from Barnes, C-130J, T-34C Mentor… as well as some interesting aircraft from the local museum. I particularly liked the A-7 and their F-14, A-4 and A-6 were also great to see.</p> <p>It was a fun airshow and the weather cooperated for the most part despite the predictions … looking forward to their show next year.</p>]]>
Rhode Island Air Show 2014 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:41:36 -0700
NAS Fallon Base Visit 2014 (4 new images) NAS Fallon Base Visit 2014

NAS Fallon Base Visit 2014 (4 new images)

<p>Visited NAS Fallon, home of the Navy Fighter Weapons School - "Top Gun". Carrier Air Wing 5 was there and we got to observe some of the flight ops. Full report coming up soon.</p>]]>
NAS Fallon Base Visit 2014 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:45:02 -0700
Red Flag 14-2 (1 new image) Red Flag 14-2

Red Flag 14-2 (1 new image)

<p>Red Flag 14-2 took place at Nellis AFB from March 3rd to 14th. In addition to some US squadrons, there were also aircraft from Belgium, Denmark as wells as Saudi Arabia.</p> <p> </p>]]>
Red Flag 14-2 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:05:45 -0700
El Centro and Yuma Visit 2013 (3 new images) El Centro and Yuma Visit 2013

El Centro and Yuma Visit 2013 (3 new images)

<p>Here are some photos from a base visit to NAF El Centro and a spotting trip to MCAS Yuma on October 24th and 25th 2013.</p> <p>Activity was light at El Centro, but we did get to see some interesting chopper action and a C-2 performing touch and gos. In the morning, 8 marine Hornets departed with two KC-10 tankers for the east coast.</p> <p>At MCAS Yuma there was more action inculding a Marine F-35B Lightining II doing a few option passes. Marine Hornets and aggressor F-5s were seen as well.</p>]]>
El Centro and Yuma Visit 2013 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:56:00 -0700
Thunder Over Michigan 2013 (2 new images) Thunder Over Michigan 2013

Thunder Over Michigan 2013 (2 new images)

<p>Thunder Over Michigan has always been one of the premier warbird airshows in the country. The 2013 show continued that trend.<br />While there was no US military involvement this year, there was no lack of jet action. The highlight being the North American F-100F Super Sabre jet expertly flown by Dean Cutshall. He made plenty of afterburner passes in this unique aircraft. In addition there was a Douglas Skyhawk and an F-86 Sabre to round out the jet participants.</p> <p>This years theme was a "Gathering of Skyraiders" and there were four variants of these big warbirds in attendance.</p> <p>There was an unprecented Heritage flight featuring three North American Aviation aircraft: the P-51 Mustang, the F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. There was also a Legacy flight featurng former Navy aircraft: a Corsair, Skyraider and Skyhawk.</p> <p>In addition there were many of the Yankee Air Museum aircraft performing such as the B-17 "Yankee lady",  the C-123 "Thunder Pig", the C-47 Skytrain and various T-6s. There were some beautiful P-51s and a pair of B-25s. Sean D Tucker and Michael Goulian displayed their extraordinary aerobatic skills as well.</p> <p>It was well worth attending this show.</p>]]>
Thunder Over Michigan 2013 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:56:42 -0700
NAF El Centro 2013 Base Visit (1 new image) NAF El Centro 2013 Base Visit

NAF El Centro 2013 Base Visit (1 new image)

<p>NAF El Centro is the winter home of the US Navy Blue Angels and we were fortunate enough to visit the base  while they were practicing.</p> <p>In addition to the Blue Angels, there were some Growlers and Prowlers from VAQ-129 practicing touch and gos as well some transient visitors from the VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters and more...</p> <p>As always the PAO and her staff were very professional and gracious to allow us to visit, and deserve much thanks.</p>]]>
NAF El Centro 2013 Base Visit Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:04:39 -0700