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Osprey refuels

It’s a stunning image this one, showing a USAF Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey receiving fuel from a Lockheed Martin MC-130H Combat Talon II off the coast of Greenland on its way to RAF Mildenhall in the UK. The CV-22 is assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron. USAF

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F-35s from below

Great image here from the US Air Force of a pair of Lockheed Martin F-35As in-bound to Nellis AFB in Nevada earlier this week, not long after the type had been cleared to return to flight after yet another grounding, this time due to a cracked engine fan blade. US Air Force

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Fighter evolution

USAF Heritage Flight

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Friday’s slightly abstract image

As it’s nearly the weekend, I thought I’d go for somethingf slightly different. So here’s a picture of a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor reflected in a crewman’s visor while refueling. Credit: US Air Force

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Alenia C-27J Spartans start combat operations in Afghanistan

Credit: USAF Alenia Aeronautica/L-3 Communications C-27J Spartans, operated by the US Air National Guard, have commenced combat operations in Afghanistan. The Joint Cargo Aircraft provides intra-theatre airlift capability. Click here for the full story.

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USAF Rivet Joint

Three Rivet Joints (one of which is seen below, photography by Craig Hoyle) will enter RAF service from 2014 under what the DE&S has described as “the most complex combined Foreign Military Sales case and cooperative support arrangement that the UK has undertaken with the USAF since World War Two.” The acquisition, which survived the […]

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X-51A Waverider on a B-52 Wing

US Air Force and Boeing researchers on 26 May took a leap towards harnessing hypersonic vehicles for space access or weapons applications with the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight, off the southern California Pacific coast. The Boeing Phantom Works-built X-51A Waverider achieved 140s burn of its Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne-built air breathing scramjet engine and accelerated […]

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USAF’s North American BT-9/BT-14/Yale I seen at London City AIr Fair

This image of a North American BT-9/BT-14/Yale I was takem by AirSpace user Binky_Airways on 4th July 2009. He was situated opposite London City Airport during the London City Air Fair.

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Comment: Phantom menace fading away

  Nostalgia plays no role in defence planning, so one of the last users, Turkey, can’t be faulted for retiring its F-4s to make way for the fifth-generation Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter. Continue reading…

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USAF orders production revival for upgraded Maverick missile

  Raytheon is to restart production of a nearly 30-year-old air-to-ground missile system that is scheduled for replacement. Continue reading… Pictured is an F-16 taken by Master Sergeant Andy Dunaway, USAF 

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