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    Citation I to Iowa City, Pilot Vlog 76
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    Published on Aug 1, 2016
    Pilot Vlog 76. A flight in the Cessna Citation I to the Iowa City airport. This is a Citation 500 with a good view of the instrument panel and cockpit during the takeoff from IOW.
     
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    Insanely Powerful and Gorgeous US Planes in Action During Impressive Air Show: F-22/Blue Angels/+
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    Published on Aug 4, 2016
    Awesome video including slow-motion of F-22, McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster (during air-drop),P-51 Mustang, T-33 Silver Star, F-16 Thunderbirds, US Navy blue angels, etc... during Arctic Thunder Open House 2014 and 2016 Air Show.


    Videos credit: Joshua DeGuzman, Sarah Trachte,Daniel Montoya.

    Thumbnail credit: Jared Becker , thumbnail modified by Daily Military Defense & Archive.
     
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    A-10 Lands On Road! Warthog Crossing
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    Published on Aug 4, 2016
    Video by Staff Sgt. David Asbra 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard

    Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Air Force Reserve Unit, 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri; landing and taking off from Jagala Highway, in northern Estonia. The A-10s were guided by a Combat Controller from 321st Special Tactics Squadron on the highway below.

    (U.S. Air National Guard Motion Imagery by Iowa ANG Staff Sgt. David Asbra, Photo by Senior Airman Melissa Sterling 442d Fighter Wing)
     
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    Cessna Caravan First Flight and Flying the Citation M2, Pilot Vlog 77
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    Published on Aug 3, 2016
    Flight Vlog 77. This was a very busy day for me. It Starts with a flight from the Spirit of Saint Louis airport to the lake of the Ozarks airport where I pick up another pilot. We then Fly the Cessna Citation M2 to the Wichita International airport and go to the Cessna Factory to accept the purchase of a new Cessna 208 Caravan. This was my first time flying this single engine turboprop. The Cessna factory pilot and I went out and flew the caravan for about an hour. We then came back, had lunch and topped of the aircraft with fuel. We then loaded back into the Caravan for a flight to the Wiley Post airport north of Oklahoma City where we left it to have an executive interior installed. At Wiley post Matt the Cessna Factory pilot hopped a ride on a Caravan flying back to Wichita, Ks and I then flew the Cessna M2 Back to Lee C. Fine airport to drop the other pilot off then return
     
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    Oshkosh U.S. Coast Guard Flight VLOG - Going Tactical
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    Published on Aug 4, 2016
    Oshkosh / Airventure is one of the coolest Aviation experiences you will have. Join me on a flight in the U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Helicopter.
     
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    US Air Force F-35 ALWAYS READY to make you jealous in the comments section
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    Published on Aug 10, 2016
    A great video of the US Air Force F-35 Aircraft that has a reputation of making people jellous in the YouTube comments section. The F-35A fighter pilots, assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, arrived to perform fourth and fifth generation integration fighter training with F-16 pilots assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing.

    “Integration tactics for the F-16 and F-35 are still being developed, so regular joint training as well as access to our electronic ranges is mutually beneficial,” said Lt. Col. Michael Ferarrio, a 17-year fighter pilot and program manager for the 169th FW. “As leaders of the SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) community, the SCANG has a very high interest in helping develop tactics with our newest SEAD asset, the F-35.”

    The term, generation, refers to an aircraft in relation to the design of its airframe. When the construction of the frame is changed on an aircraft, it signifies the beginning of a new generation. The Air Force’s fourth generation aircraft include the F-15 Eagle and Strike Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets and fifth generation aircraft include the F-22 Raptor and the F-35A Lightning II.

    In the future, the F-16 and F-35 will work together to provide SEAD and DEAD (Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses) for the Combat Air Forces. Joint training is critical to ensure that combatant commanders get assets and pilots that are ready to operate together at a moment’s notice.

    “The benefit here at McEntire is that we have the greatest depth of experience in the SEAD/DEAD mission here between the pilots and the maintainers,” said Ferrario. “The biggest benefit to the Air Force as a whole is to be able to transfer that experience to the latest airframe.”

    This wasn’t the first time working with the F-35A for one crew chief here. Tech. Sgt. Lee Kassay, assigned to the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, had the opportunity to work with this aircraft on a recent temporary deployment.

    “Their pilots were very impressed that we knew something about the F-35,” said Kassay. “All of the crew chiefs here are very knowledgeable, so it is easy to teach them and they are willing to learn.”

    McEntire JNGB is looking forward to the future and is posturing for the potential of receiving the F-35. Upgrades to facilities, along with runway and taxiway improvements have been accomplished that would make the transition from F-16s to F-35s a simple process. The 169 FW is poised to receive the latest in advanced fighter technology, the F-35 Lightning II.

    Video Description Credit: Senior Airman Ashleigh Pavelek

    Video Credit: Staff Sgt. Tarelle Walker

    Thumbnail Credit: Samuel King Modified by ArmedForcesUpdate
     
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    Insane Amount of US Helicopters in Action / Bridge Construction With Help of Helicopters
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    Published on Aug 10, 2016
    Massive amount of US Army Helicopters (Bell OH-58 Kiowa, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Apache,etc...) during large training exercise doing some ground attack, fast disembarkment, etc...

    This video also include CH-47 slingloading bridging section, bridging exercise allowing the construction of a temporary military floating bridge to cross river.


    Videos credit: Fred Brown, Christopher Dennis, Sarah Jones, Preston McDonald

    Thumbnail credit: Joseph Wilbanks, modified by Daily Military Defense & Archive.

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    U.S. AIR FORCE HELICOPTER RESCUE OPERATIONS 1960s TRAINING FILM 80834
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    Published on Aug 8, 2016
    A 1960s United States Air Force film, “Helicopter Rescue Operations” takes it viewer along on various air rescue missions. Designed specifically for helicopter pilots, it’s purpose is to present examples of rescue procedures that will allow to use their training to successfully implement a rescue. Mark 01:05 shows a pilot, co-pilot, and paramedic headed for their helicopter for a standard aircraft and equipment check. “Although the best maintenance in the Air Force has pronounced it ready, you follow the first axiom of rescue procedure — double check everything … a simple mechanical failure can mean a victim instead of a survivor.”

    “Knowing your equipment is part of your job. Another part is waiting,” the narrator continues at mark 03:40, as helicopter crews and the duty control officer are shown relaxing in a ready alert room, with some reading the AARSM 55-1 Rescue and Recovery Operations manual. Good thing, the narrator explains, as three pilots are shown parachuting into the sea at mark 04:30 — no communication, no mayday. One of the pilots uses a survival mirror to signal a passing aircraft, and a rescue operation is launched at mark 06:55. Following some computations to estimate the time of arrival and fuel consumption, the crew fires up the engine of a rescue and after visually clearing the surrounding area, head out to sea. While keeping track of fuel management during the mission, the target comes into view at mark 15:00, and the crew beings the “smoke placement phase” of the rescue mission by dropping a smoke bomb into the water to gauge wind direction, as the narrator outlines the continued time intervals of the operation.

    With the rescue basket in place, the helicopter closes in on the downed pilot in his raft. At mark 18:30, the crew lowers the basket as the officer climbs in. The operation isn’t over, the viewer is reminded, as the rescued pilot informs the crew that were two other men onboard. With the second officer spotted at mark 22:00, the paramedic is lowered into the sea to rescue the unconscious man as the narrator explains the procedures the pilot must follow in the cockpit. Now that the unconscious man is onboard, the paramedic is shown trying to revive him, as the narrator discusses mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, he reminds the viewer at mark 26:35 that “his pick up was made possible by your conscientious application of procedures you learned in training.”

    A second rescue helicopter is shown embarking on a separate search for the third officer after calculating his possible whereabouts, based on the locations of the other two men. Fortunately, the officer is shown accessing his URC-4 survival radio receiver-transmitter, as crews carry on with standard operating procedures. After dropping two paramedics into the forest to rescue the final crewman, he is finally brought to a rendezvous point and in the end, to a waiting ambulance. “You have best used your training, skills, equipment so that others may live,” the narrator says, as the film comes to an end.

    The film features the Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw, (sold commercially under its Sikorsky model number, S-55) was a multi-purpose helicopter used by the United States Army and United States Air Force. It was also license-built by Westland Aircraft as the Westland Whirlwind in the United Kingdom. United States Navy and United States Coast Guard models were designated HO4S, while those of the U.S. Marine Corps were designated HRS. In 1962, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps versions were all redesignated as H-19s like their U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force counterparts.

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    Extremely Powerful US Aircrafts in Action: F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle, the Pride of US AirForce
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    Published on Aug 12, 2016
    Impressive video showing the powerful Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor during taxi, afterburner takeoff, and refueling by KC-135 Stratotanker and the powerful McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle during takeoff and aerial refueling by KC-135 air-tanker.

    Video Credit: Aaron Richardson, Jared Bunn, Michelle Di Ciolli, Derivative Work by Daily Military Defense & Archive

    Thumbnail Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bytemar... original picture under creative common 2.0 Generic , Derivative Work by Daily Military Defense & Archive
     
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    Pilot Life Q&A and HEADSET GIVEAWAY!
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    Published on Aug 11, 2016
    Here is my first Q&A video and I will also be giving away the Faro Air headset in this video. Stay tuned next month for the MyGoFlight flight bag and mounts giveaway!
     
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    Distant Early Warning: "Eyes of the North" 1965 US Air Force; DEW Line, BMEWS... SFP-1287
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    "Describes the arctic mission of the Air Defense Command and pictures its space detection and tracking facilities. Acknowledging the roles of Canadian, Swedish, and English personnel in North American detection operations, the film demonstrates a typical scramble to intercept unidentified aircraft."

    Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
    The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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    Aerospace Defense Command was a major command of the United States Air Forces, responsible for continental air defence. It was activated in 1968 and disbanded in 1980. Its predecessor, Air Defense Command, was established in 1946, briefly inactivated in 1950, reactivated in 1951, and then redesignated Aerospace rather than Air in 1968. Its mission was to provide air defense of the Continental United States (CONUS). It directly controlled all active measures, and was tasked to coordinate all passive means of air defense...

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    The RCA 474L Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS, "474L System", Project 474L) was a USAF "Big L" Cold War system of radar, computer, and communications systems that included the first operational ballistic missile detection radar.[citation needed] The network of 12 radars for detecting "a mass ballistic missile attack launched on northern approaches 15 to 25 minutes warning time" also provided Project Space Track satellite data (e.g., about 1/4 of SPADATS observations)...

    BMEWS consisted of two types of radars and various computer and reporting systems to support them. The first type of radar consisted of very large, fixed rectangular partial-parabolic reflectors with two primary feed points. They produced two fan-like signals that allowed them to detect targets across a very wide horizontal front at two narrow vertical angles. These were used to provide wide-front coverage of missiles rising into their radar horizon, and by tracking them at two points as they climbed, enough information to determine their rough trajectory. The second type of radar was used for fine tracking of selected targets, and consisted of a very large steerable parabolic reflector under a large radome. These radars provided high-resolution angular and ranging information that was fed to a computer for rapid calculation of the probable impact points of the missile warheads. The systems were upgraded several times over their lifetime, replacing the mechanically scanned systems with phased-array radar that could perform both roles at the same time...

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    The Distant Early Warning Line, also known as the DEW Line or Early Warning Line, was a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic region of Canada, with additional stations along the North Coast and Aleutian Islands of Alaska, in addition to the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland. It was set up to detect incoming Soviet bombers during the Cold War, and provide early warning of any sea-and-land invasion.

    The DEW Line was operational from 1957 to 1985 and it was the northernmost and most capable of three radar lines in Canada and Alaska; the joint Canadian-US Pinetree Line ran from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and the Mid-Canada Line ran somewhat north of this. Between 1988 and 1993, most stations were deactivated. Those that remained were upgraded as part of the new North Warning System...
     
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    SUNRISE HEAVIES at Frankfurt Airport
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    Published on Aug 13, 2016
    A380s, A340s, B747s and other heavy aircraft arrive early morning at Frankfurt Airport, Germany - a stunning view backlit by the dawn and after sunrise. Filmed on Aug. 11, 2016
     
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    WORLDS LARGEST Turbo Prop Aircraft great to transport your tax money to pay for US Air force F-35
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    Published on Aug 12, 2016
    The US Air Force Super Guppyis a great idea to transport your tax money. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Super Guppy, designated as 377SG-201, spent the night at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. on Nov. 27, awaiting cargo that called for its versatile airlift capability. The incredible aircraft, specifically designed to transport oversized cargo, was tasked with transporting a large metal ring. The ring of tooling will be used by the fabrication folks to create the heat shield for the Orion rocket.

    "Like a cupcake tin is used to form the cupcakes, this tooling is used to form the heat shield, which ensures all the critical dimensions are the same each and every time," said Stuart Williams, NASA's lead engineer on the project.

    "It looks funny, plus it's an aircraft we don't normally work with," said Sgt. Augustine Corona, load team supervisor, 452nd Aerial Port Support Flight. "I was in charge of the entire cargo loading process and ensured everyone was safe. I had to stay on my game and not be distracted by the sight of this amazing airplane." Corona's primary duty at March ARB is assisting forward-deploying Marines. Supporting the Super Guppy mission was definitely something new for him and his crew.

    The potential, historical impact of the Super Guppy's mission and loading its special cargo provided a first-time training opportunity for many of the March Airmen. "We had some young Airmen out here that have never seen an airplane like this," said Tech. Sgt. Corona.

    The massive, tadpole-shaped aircraft is not only one-of-a-kind in appearance, but also in the operation of its cargo door. A disconnect system at the fuselage break allows the nose to open 110 degrees without interfering with the flight controls. Most Air Force aircraft load from the rear, so this was an unusual experience for Team March Airmen.

    "Before yesterday, I'd never heard of the Super Guppy and now I know that it's the only one out of five still in operation," said Staff Sgt. Vanessa Reed, a broadcast journalist who documented loading of the Super Guppy with 4th Combat Camera Squadron. "The components it's picking up are part of the most advanced space craft to date, it really feels like I just witnessed history."

    This aerospace wonder has a supersized cargo area that is 25 feet in diameter and 111 feet long. In comparison, a C-17 Globemaster III cargo compartment is 18 feet in diameter and only 88 feet long. Its specialized ability to transport oversized, oddly shaped cargo puts it in a class by itself -- no other plane in the world can match its uniqueness.

    In the past, the NASA aircraft proved its one-of-a-kind capabilities when tasked to transport cargo such as a pair of Navy T-38s; spacecraft parts and tools; and even a V-22 Osprey, with its tail intact. In addition, the Super Guppy has been credited with transporting Saturn Rockets and International Space Station modules.

    This aerospace propulsion superhero's Southern California visit facilitated a rare training opportunity between Air Force, NASA, and aerospace corporations.

    Video Description Credit: Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones

    Video Credits: Staff Sgt. Vanessa Reed and Matthew Clouse

    Video Thumbnail Credit: Screen shot from Video by ArmedForcesUpdate
     
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    Gracie's Glider Flight
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    Published on Aug 13, 2016
    A flight with former National Airlines "Stewardess" Gracie in celebration of her 92nd Birthday. Gracie was fearless and flew the glider for almost 10 minutes.
     
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    AWESOME AIRCRAFT !!! US Air Force Historic Aircraft on Display at Aviation Museum
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    Published on Aug 14, 2016
    A great idea for the us air force the XB 70 Valkyrie would have served the us air force very well. DAYTON, Ohio - One of the U.S. Air Force's more unique aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Thursday, Dec. 12.

    The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft, was designed for use by special operations forces. Equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, forward-looking infrared sensor (FLIR) and other advanced avionics systems, the CV-22 can operate at low-altitude, in bad weather and high-threat environments.

    "This new addition to our collection will give us the opportunity to tell two stories," said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, museum director. "One is the use of the CV-22 by Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews. This airframe is also the culmination of decades of research and development, tying in with an early attempt at a tiltrotor aircraft - the Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3 displayed in our Research & Development Gallery."

    This aircraft (serial number 99-0021) is the Air Force's oldest CV-22. It was originally built as a preproduction aircraft for the U.S. Navy. In 2005, it was modified into a CV-22B and designated an Additional Test Asset (ATA). At Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., it flew more than 200 developmental test missions. Transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 2007, it was assigned to the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., where it completed over 400 additional test missions.

    "From the operator standpoint, it hurts to retire a test asset in such good shape and one that has served so well for so long," said Maj. Wayne Dirkes, a CV-22 test pilot from the 413th Flight Test Squadron, who piloted the aircraft during its final flight. "However, we are incredibly proud that it will be in the museum, where it can begin a new public education mission. I can't wait to bring my kids and tell them all about it."

    The CV-22 will remain in storage pending the completion of the museum's fourth building. Once aircraft have been moved into the fourth building, plans call for the CV-22 to be placed on display in the Cold War Gallery. In the meantime, visitors participating in the weekly Behind the Scenes Tours will see the CV-22 during their tour of the museum's restoration area.

    Video Description Credit: NMUSAF PA

    Video Credit: US Air Force

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    Memphis Belle, The B-17 Flying Fortress Story - WW2 Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
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    Published on Aug 15, 2016
    This is the story of the B-17 flying fortress "Memphis Belle," her crew and their 25 successful World War II missions during the period 17 May 1942 to 7 November 1943.

    This aircraft is now undergoing extensive restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio

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    US Military puts a SHOW OF FORCE with large Helicopter Aircraft formation
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    Published on Aug 15, 2016
    US Military puts on a show of force with a huge military helicopter formation. CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - The sun was blazing and the heat was scorching on the Korean Peninsula. Soldiers from the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade train at the forefront of the peninsula at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in South Korea.

    Spc. Daniel Gomez, an OH-58 Kiowa mechanic from the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd CAB, was one of many Soldiers at RLFC on August 20 for the joint/combined exercise, Furious Talon.

    Gomez joined the Army in 2012 because he “wanted to fly.” Although he does not hover the sky like he initially hoped, he does help pilots stay in flight and he is proud of his job.

    “We check radio systems, perform maintenance and make sure that our OH-58 Kiowa is ready to fly,” said Gomez.
    Here at RLFC, Gomez and his unit provided ground support, reconnaissance and attack support to the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, during the exercises.

    “The Kiowa is the best aircraft,” said Gomez. “The Kiowa does more work than other helicopter with less time, fuel and other resources.”

    Gomez recollected his first flying experience in a Kiowa on a big island in Hawaii back in 2013.

    “I got a chance to get in a Kiowa and see it shooting for the first time,” said Gomez. “I instantly fell in love with Kiowa’s.”

    His passion for the helicopter is well known to his coworkers.

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sebastian Rivas, a maintenance test pilot from the 2-6th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd CAB, said Gomez is “highly dedicated and enthusiastic.”

    Rivas is the direct supervisor and also a maintenance advisor of Gomez.

    “We have been working together for the last two and a half years,” said Rivas. “Spc. Gomez brings a positive atmosphere to the troop.”

    Their Colombian backgrounds and passion for the Kiowa brought them together and strengthened their teamwork.
    However, as the U.S. Army plans to retire the OH-58 Kiowa soon, Gomez said he wants to go back to his unit in Hawaii this October, but is diligently searching and preparing for the next chapter in his life.

    After his military career, he plans to work at the CIA or FBI. As Gomez’s supervisor, Rivas wished Gomez to “continue to strive to be a better Soldier and continue to shine.”

    Video Description Credit: Chung Il Kim

    Video Credits: Staff Sgt. David Birchfield and Sgt. Brad Mincey

    Thumbnail Credit: Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman Modified by ArmedForcesUpdate
     
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    The F-111 Tactical Fighter, May 1964 US Air Force; Intro to General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark; SFP-385
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    Published on Aug 15, 2016
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    Early film describing the upcoming General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark, with swing wings and (in the USAF version) terrain following radar. The F-111B US Navy version described in the film never went into production, although prototypes were tested. The F-111B was too heavy to meet US Navy requirements. The Navy later acquired the F-14 Tomcat instead.

    US Air Force Film SFP-385

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    The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical Attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic warfare in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating F-111Cs in 1973.

    The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design influenced later variable-sweep wing aircraft, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. The F-111 suffered a variety of problems during initial development and several of its intended roles, such as an aircraft carrier-based naval interceptor with the F-111B, failed to materialize.

    USAF F-111 variants were retired in the 1990s, with the F-111Fs in 1996 and EF-111s in 1998. The F-111 has been replaced in USAF service by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the B-1B Lancer. The RAAF was the last operator of the F-111, with its aircraft serving until December 2010...

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    Terrain-following radar (TFR) is an aerospace technology that allows a very-low-flying aircraft to automatically maintain a relatively constant altitude above ground level. It is sometimes referred-to as ground hugging or terrain hugging flight. The term nap-of-the-earth flight may also apply but is more commonly used in relation to low-flying military helicopters, which typically do not use terrain-following radar. The technology was originally developed by Ferranti for use with the TSR-2 aircraft...

    The system works by transmitting a radar signal towards the ground area in front of the aircraft. The radar returns can then be analysed to see how the terrain ahead varies, which can then be used by the aircraft's autopilot to maintain a reasonably constant height above the earth.

    This technology is primarily used by military strike aircraft, to enable flight at very low altitudes (sometimes below 100 feet (30 metres)) and high speeds, avoiding detection by enemy radars and interception by anti-aircraft systems. This allows the pilot to focus on other aspects of the flight besides the extremely intensive task of low flying itself. It can also enable low-altitude flight at night and in other low-visibility conditions.

    Some aircraft such as the Tornado IDS have two separate radars, with the smaller one used for terrain-following. However more modern aircraft such as the Rafale with phased array radars can look forward and at the ground simultaneously.

    Most aircraft allow the pilot to select the ride "hardness", to choose between how closely the aircraft tries to keep itself close to the ground and the forces exerted on the pilot. The F-111 used a switch to select for a hard, medium or a soft ride.

    The TFR computer will consider many factors in determining the flight path for the aircraft. These factors include, distance to the forward terrain, aircraft speed and velocity, angle of attack and quality of signal being returned...

    The radar emissions can be detected by enemy anti-aircraft systems with relative ease once there is no covering terrain, allowing the aircraft to be targeted. The use of terrain-following radar is therefore a compromise...

    Even an automated system has limitations, and all aircraft with terrain-following radars installed have limits on how low and fast they can fly...
     
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    Cessna Citation XLS to Ocean Reef, Pilot Vlog 79
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    Pilot vlog 79. Flying the Cessna Citation XLS from the Spirit of Saint Louis airport to the Ocean Reef Club airport in Florida. We have lunch at Alabama Jack’s in key Largo and stayed at the Hampton inn & Suites Homestead.
     
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    EA-18G Growlers At Iwakuni
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    Video by Cpl. Waiyan Tin Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

    A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, conducts flight operations near Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 11, 2016. The flight, observed by the Iwakuni City mayor as well as members of the press and public, provided observers some insight to the operational nature of the Growler. Carrier Air Wing 5 is expected to transition from its present home station, NAF Atsugi, to MCAS Iwakuni in the coming years. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Waiyan Tin)
     
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    Massive Last Flight for the Iconic US Marines Helicopter: CH-46 Sea Knight
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    Published on Aug 16, 2016
    Massive and last formation flight for the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight after 47 years of Service in the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 (VMM-364).

    The Marines Boeing CH-46's were retired by USMC on 1 August 2015 and replaced by Boeing-Bell V-22 Osprey.

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    Close-Up Spotting at FRA 25R Pt. 1/2 (Nordwestbahn Frankfurt Airport)
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    Published on Aug 16, 2016
    Spotting at Frankfurt's latest runway, the "Nordwestbahn", opened in 2011, runway 25R (2800x45m). Aircraft come close to the viewers platform when taxiing to the terminals and here you can see a variety of small and big planes, even A330s, 340s, 350s, B777s - only A380s, B747s and MD-11 can't use this runway.
     
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    WWII U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS SARDINIA INVASION 33004
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    Published on Aug 16, 2016
    This “restricted” black-and-white US War Department Official Training Film, titled “Air Force Intelligence,” was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces prior to the 1943 Invasion of Sicily by Allied troops. An intertitle card at mark 00:38 explains that “it shows the organization and functioning of Intelligence in an Air Force during a planned invasion of Sardinia. Whether or not this latter invasion ever take place does not affect the depiction of the role of Intelligence in air operations.” With that, the film continues with “North Africa: The Interrogation of a Combat Crew,” at mark 01:11 as a crew discusses their most recent mission with a captain as he fills out an intelligence report.

    As the crew questions whether anyone actually reads such a report, the captain seizes the moment to the explain to the crew (and the audience) the importance of such information. Out comes an A-2 chart at mark 02:42 — an oversized flowchart — that details how information gathered about the enemy is disseminated, as animated drawings provide information on how reports move from squadron intelligence officers to group intelligence officers, then on to wing intelligence various commands to the “heart” of the operation, A2 (an Army Air Corp Air Staff position responsible for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance). The combat reports are combined with photo intelligence, technical intelligence, intelligence from prisoners of war, and from espionage, then analyzed and reports sent back out through a chain of command to combat crews.

    The captain continues his lecture, and at mark 07:19 compares Air Force Command to the “brain” of the human body, with the commanding general and his staff responsible for decision making and the overall intelligence plan. In this instance, officers are shown discussing an invasion of Sicily and Sardinia. (Known as Operation Mincemeat, Allied forces convinced the German high command that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia in 1943 instead of Sicily, the actual objective.) As the film continues, the scenes stress the importance of communication between the Air Staff members, particularly operations and intelligence, during mission planning. By mark 14:00, the captain’s talk turns to implementing the intelligence plan, and at mark 17:00 touches on collecting additional information before turning the conversation to collating the data. “There’s an old army slogan: keep your eyes open, keep your mouth shut, keep a copy,” he tells the crew. After evaluating the credibility of data, officers disseminate the information as needed.

    “How does it end?” one of the men asks at mark 27:13. “That’s up to you and every one of us … every one of us contributes to intelligence,” the captain says as the film draws to a close.

    The film was likely influenced by the Office of Strategic Services, the OSS. Some of the variety of techniques shown including interrogation of captured enemy combatants, debriefing of air crews, aerial photography and interpretation, wire tapping, and other methodologies. Messages are shown sent in cipher and decoded by an encryption analyst.

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    BIRTH OF THE B-29 BOMBER WWII OFFICIAL WAR FILM 30 23434
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    Published on Aug 17, 2016
    BIRTH OF THE B-29 is a 1945 propaganda film commissioned by the U.S. War Department and released as War Film 30, one of a series of propaganda newsreels made during the war.

    As the name implies, the film concerns the production of the B-29 Superfortress bomber and its use in the aerial bombing of Japan in World War II. Opening amid scenes of volcanic eruptions, the narrator gives a brief description of the Japanese and their warlike nature, mentioning such concepts as bushido, Hakko ichiu, and Shinto, and states the belief that everything comes from the sky. The Americans are building a devastating new weapon that will be able to travel vast distances and drop giant payloads of bombs on the Japanese mainland: the B-29.

    The manufacturing of B-29 Superfortresses in huge factories is then chronicled, as Americans from every walk of life, black, white, male and female, work together to assemble the giant airplanes, each one larger than the Mayflower. The creation of the bomber is the product of all of their work, as well as the work of the miners and lumberjacks who supplied the raw material, the people who bought war bonds, and the servicemen who died so that the workers could have the time to build it. Soon the Twentieth Air Force is created and the planes are flown to China, where the Americans' allies are happy to build airfields to help defeat the common enemy. The film ends with a B-29 taking off and the narrator saying, "Next stop - Japan!"

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    Flight VLOG - Flying Single Pilot in the Mountains
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    Published on Aug 19, 2016
    Join me on this beautiful VFR Flight in the mountains of TN in the TBM850.
     
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    Worlds MOST POWERFUL !!! US Air Force B-52 Strategic Aircraft
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    Published on Aug 19, 2016
    A great video of the US Air Force B-52 Strategic Aircraft that is considered one of the Most Powerful in the world. ROYAL AIR FORCE FAIRFORD, England -- For more than 50 years the B-52H Stratofortress has served as the backbone of the United States' strategic bomber force. The B-52 is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory, including gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles and joint direct attack munitions to complete its conventional mission.

    Many might associate the B-52 with its nuclear role, but today the aircraft and its crews are forward deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford, England, to demonstrate the conventional capabilities the airframe offers.

    "Associating the B-52 mission with a conventional mission and dropping conventional bombs is important, because it's a capability that we have and are proficient in and train to all the time," said Capt. Jeffery Shaw, 5th Bomb Wing weapons officer.

    While at RAF Fairford, the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron used three B-52Hs to drop inert munitions into a target zone in Latvia and off the coast of Sweden, participate in simulated air strikes, provide naval support to vessels from 15 countries, and coordinate with Latvian, Polish and Lithuanian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.

    In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, air interdiction, offensive counter-air, close air support and maritime operations.

    "This is a pretty phenomenal opportunity because we're integrating the B-52 on an international scale with NATO and Baltic nations," Shaw said. "We have multiple fighter aircraft across this whole area that we're doing close air support work with--Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish JTACs...it's definitely a chance for the B-52 to showcase its capability."

    While participating in various training scenarios during BALTOPS 15 and Saber Strike 15, air and ground crew members demonstrate the sustained capabilities of the B-52 and its ability to provide a credible, flexible and sustained bomber presence anywhere and anytime.

    Shaw noted it's important the B-52s are participating in conventional missions in the Baltics, while operating out of a forward deployed location, projecting an expeditionary airpower. This means crew members are able to reinforce their ability to operate from a forward deployed location and employ the B-52 in a realistic close air support scenario.

    Bomber operations provide a visible signal that highlights the United States' ability to deter strategic attacks, and the flexibility and range of the aircraft were seen during Operation Desert Storm, the Gulf War, Operation Allied Force and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

    As seen in previous operations, the B-52 provides the ability to respond to any potential crisis, future crisis or challenge and their operations shall continue well into 2040.

    The aircraft and support personnel deployed from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, along with men and women from Whiteman AFB, Missouri; F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; Langley AFB, Virginia; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Navy Munitions Command Unit Charleston, and Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, to support a planned B-2 and B-52 bomber deployment to England.

    Video Description Credit: Senior Airman Malia Jenkins

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    Cessna 172 flight from Hillsboro to the coast and back
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    A quick sightseeing flight I took in my Cessna 172; calm clear day flight from KHIO to the coast and back.
    Music by Joey Trife
     
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    Sparrowhawk Ultralight (155-Pound) Sailplane - Evaluation
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    Published on Aug 21, 2016
    A bit of flying an American-made ultralight sailplane over Homestead, Florida. Includes air-to-air and cockpit view. Hope that Greg Cole/Windward Performance will make more of these!
     
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    FRA Nightspotting - Planes in the Dark at Airport Frankfurt
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    Published on Aug 21, 2016
    Business at Frankfurt Airport starts 5 a.m. - the first aircraft arrive in predawn sky, a stunning view when these planes fly right over you... See some of these incoming flights on Aug. 11, 2016 at FRA before the sky brightened...
     
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    Tropical Storm Colin, Flying the Cessna Citation, Pilot Vlog 80
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    Published on Aug 23, 2016
    Pilot Vlog 80. Flying the Cessna Citation XLS from Florida to Saint louis and going over tropical storm Colin. Tropical storm Colin formed in the Gulf of Mexico while we were in Florida and was moving over Tampa bringing lots of heavy rain. We were the only airplane on the ramp at Ocean Reef that day. On the Flight back to Spirit of Saint Louis airport we were above most of the weather except for some very high cirrus clouds at 40,000 ft. Early in the video I have clips of the day before when we were driving down the Florida Keys to key West and went to the southern most point in the continental US.
     
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    F-35C Carrier Testing USS George Washington (CVN-73)
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    Published on Aug 23, 2016
    Courtesy Video USS George Washington (CVN-73)

    F-35C Lightning II carrier variants, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 and the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's F-35C Fleet replacement squadron, conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase of the F-35C. VFA-101 is conducting its first carrier qualifications with the aircraft. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anna Van Nuys)
     
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    Celebrating Thanksgiving While Air Refueling F-16 and F-18 Fighter Jets - KC-10 Extender
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    Air Refueling Squadron conducting an air refueling mission on Thanksgiving day.

    The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is a tanker aircraft in service with the United States Air Force derived from aircraft DC-10 line. The KC-10 is the second transport plane of McDonnell Douglas to be consecutively selected by USAF following the DC-9.


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    B-1, B-2 And B-52 Joint Operations Anderson AFB
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    Video by Tech. Sgt. Miguel Lara Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

    While all three U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command strategic bombers -- the B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, and B-1B Lancer -- routinely conduct missions in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, a result of simultaneous operations marked the first integrated operational mission in the Pacific area for all three bombers.
     
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    US Air Force instructors flying the MD 530F Military Helicopter
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    Published on Aug 24, 2016
    A great video of US Air Force instuctors flying the MD 530F Military helicopter. REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Safety, airworthiness and responsive support of all the non-standard rotary wing platforms are the core functions of the Army’s Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Management Office.

    Since its inception in January 2010, the Army’s Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft project management office has grown in its scope of responsibilities and number of non-standard platforms that it manages.

    Today, one of its product offices managed by Lt. Col. Shawn Powell, is responsible for almost $1 billion in Foreign Military Sales. Powell is the Army’s product director for all non-standard scout, attack, utility and cargo platforms – “non-standard” essentially meaning, any rotary wing aircraft procured and/or supported by the U.S. military that is not currently in the U.S. Department of Defense inventory.

    Powell’s ultimate mission is to support the Department of Defense and the State Department in implementing their security assistance and defense cooperation goals. A more specific mission requirement, Powell said, is “to make sure that we bring our programmatic and acquisition rigor to the process to ensure that all of the country customers are consistently getting the best value for their money, and getting safe, flyable, supportable, and airworthy platforms.”

    Because there is always a potential for U.S. uniformed personnel or government contracted personnel to either ride in these aircraft or sometimes even fly them, “often we have to go beyond what some countries would normally do when procuring non-military aircraft,” said Powell. “This requires the Army to certify the safety and airworthiness of a civilian platform to our high military standards, and in doing it through this single non-standard PM office, we’re ensuring the standards and requirements are implemented accurately and consistently across all of the platforms procured for our international partners.”

    Most cases in the non-standard product office begin with allied countries contacting the U.S. government and asking for help either through security assistance or defense cooperation channels. Currently, all the Original Equipment Manufacturers that build and provide support to these aircraft that Powell and his team work with are U.S. or U.S. based companies. “We are very happy that, to date, we’ve been able to focus solely on contracting with U.S. based companies to facilitate putting their products and/or support in a foreign country.”

    Currently, Powell and his team are working with various partner nations such as El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Costa Rica, Colombia, Indonesia, and Mexico, just to name a few. A given country may have a single case or multiple cases in the works for completely different internal government organizations. “Our foreign allies have varying government and military organizational structures. Just like where we have a separate Army, Air Force and Navy, a partner country might have a Ministry of Interior, a Ministry of Defense, or a National Guard that we would work with as separate and unique entities,” said Powell. “They each have their own command and approval chains, so they often each have their own cases.”

    His office is responsible not just for procuring the aircraft but also for the support, repair and supply cases that are associated with these aircraft. Sometimes, the work – or cases as they are called – deal with countries that already have aircraft and just need some help in areas such as supply line, maintenance and support, or repair. “In some cases we’ve gone in and just identified tools and training that they might need to help fix or enhance their aviation maintenance capabilities.”

    Powell has recently fielded MD Helicopter, Inc. MD 530Fs to Afghanistan and will soon be fielding the same model aircraft to Saudi Arabia. The MD 530F was selected to be used as a primary trainer for rotary wing flight schools in both countries. The product office is currently on contract to deliver MD 500E aircraft to El Salvador, as well as a Bell Huey II to Columbia. “We’ve recently taken over some cases with Egypt working with Agusta-Westland out of Philadelphia providing both AW-139 aircraft and training. We’re also working with Bell Helicopter on a few pending cases to procure more of their Huey II helicopters. We definitely get to spread the work around.”

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    Video Credits: Staff Sgt. John McRell, Airman 1st Class Eric Mann and Gunnery Sgt. Robert Brown

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    US Aircraft Almost Crash by Falling From Aircaft Carrier: US Navy E-2C/ F/A-18/Etc... in Action
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    Published on Aug 25, 2016
    On 19 march 2016, a US Navy E-2C tried to land on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) aircraft carrier but due to technical failure on the arresting gear, the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye failed to stop and rushed to the sea. Fortunately the crew of the E-2C were well trained and managed to recover the plane. The crew was slightly injured.

    This video feature the crew of this E-2C being awarded with the Armed Forces’ Air Medal aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Other part of the video shown mix of video featuring the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet aboard several aircraft carrier.



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    Flak 1944 US Army Air Forces Training Film; Anti-Aircraft Artillery, AAA
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    Explains flak (anti-aircraft artillery) avoidance tactics to World War II pilots and bomber crews.

    US Army training film TF1-3389

    Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound.

    Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
    The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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    ...Important non-English terms for air defence include German flak (from the German Fliegerabwehrkanone, aircraft defence cannon; also cited as Flugzeugabwehrkanone or Flugabwehrkanone) and the Russian term Protivovozdushnaya oborona (Cyrillic: Противовоздушная оборона), a literal translation of "anti-air defence", abbreviated as PVO. Nicknames for anti-aircraft guns include AA, AAA or triple-A, an abbreviation of anti-aircraft artillery, "ack-ack" (from the World War I phonetic alphabet for AA), archie (a World War I British term probably coined by Amyas Borton and believed to derive via the Royal Flying Corps from the music-hall comedian George Robey's line "Archibald, certainly not!"). In Russian all AA systems called as 'zenit' (zenith) systems (guns, missiles etc.)...

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    Germany's high-altitude needs were originally going to be filled by a 75 mm gun from Krupp, designed in collaboration with their Swedish counterpart Bofors, but the specifications were later amended to require much higher performance. In response Krupp's engineers presented a new 88 mm design, the FlaK 36. The eighty-eight would go on to become one of the most famous artillery pieces in history. First used in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, the gun proved to be one of the best anti-aircraft guns in the world, as well as particularly deadly against light and medium tanks.

    After the Dambusters raid in 1943 an entirely new system was developed that was required to knock down any low-flying aircraft with a single hit. The first attempt to produce such a system used a 50 mm gun, but this proved inaccurate and a new 55 mm gun replaced it. The system used a centralised control system including both search and targeting radar, which calculated the aim point for the guns after considering windage and ballistics, and then sent electrical commands to the guns, which used hydraulics to point themselves at high speeds. Operators simply fed the guns and selected the targets. This system, modern even by today's standards, was in late development when the war ended.

    The British had already arranged license building of the 40 mm Bofors gun, and introduced these into service. These had the power to knock down aircraft of any size, yet were light enough to be mobile and easily swung. The gun became so important to the British war effort that they even produced a movie, The Gun, that encouraged workers on the assembly line to work harder. The Imperial measurement production drawings the British had developed were supplied to the Americans who produced their own (unlicensed) copy of the 40 mm at the start of the war, moving to licensed production in mid-1941.

    Service trials demonstrated another problem however: that ranging and tracking the new high-speed targets was almost impossible. At short range, the apparent target area is relatively large, the trajectory is flat and the time of flight is short, allowing to correct lead by watching the tracers. At long range, the aircraft remains in firing range for a long time, so the necessary calculations can in theory be done by slide rules - though, because small errors in distance cause large errors in shell fall height and detonation time, exact ranging is crucial. For the ranges and speeds that the Bofors worked at, neither solution was good enough.

    The solution was automation, in the form of a mechanical computer, the Kerrison Predictor. Operators kept it pointed at the target, and the Predictor then calculated the proper aim point automatically and displayed it as a pointer mounted on the gun. The gun operators simply followed the pointer and loaded the shells. The Kerrison was fairly simple, but it pointed the way to future generations that incorporated radar, first for ranging and later for tracking. Similar predictor systems were introduced by Germany during the war, also adding radar ranging as the war progressed...
     
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    Bally's Bomber! Jack built his own B17G
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    Back in 1999 Jack Bally received the plans that he ordered. Look what he did with those plans!
     
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    U.S. AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND 1964 STRIKE COMMAND EXERCISES 26184
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    This Department of the Air Force color film serves as a report on the Tactical Air Command’s participation in Exercise Desert Strike, conducted by the Air Force and US Army in May 1964. Conducted in the southwestern United States, it was the largest maneuvers on American soil since 1943. General Paul D. Adams, of the United States Strike Command, is shown at mark 03:33, as the narrator explains the exercise covered a variety of combat scenarios, including nuclear warfare. The conflict occured between the imaginery countries of Calonia (including Oregon, California, and most of Nevada) and Nezona (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and the remainder of Nevada). The large‐scale maneuver, in which 100,000 troops and airmen and more than 500 planes, were held in the Mojave Desert with decisions made by the two “governments,” both represented by retired military officers and active State Department personnel. The film offers painstakingly detailed evidence of the exercise, with the “war” commencing at mark 11:00. With scene after scene of “desert warefare,” the narrator offers a continuous narrative of the action, including a proclamation at mark 13:57 to use nuclear weapons if necessary, with one “attack” occuring on Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The film features several aircraft, including the McDonnel F-101 Voodoo and Douglas RB-66 Destroyer light bomber, both of which are seen near mark 15:20, and the North American F-100 Super Sabre. As heavy equipment is shown being loaded aboard a Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport at mark 22:18, the war exercise reaches its climax, as a paratrooper assult team lands on “enemy soil” starting at mark 23:15, followed by more than 1,000 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division. With the end of “hostilities,” the narrator remarks at mark 28:20: “In the years ahead, the world will recall there was a need and from this need the United States Strike Command developed a training program so tough, so realistic, that our enemies could not misjudge our determination.”

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    THUNDERSTORM! in a Cessna Caravan, Pilot Vlog 81
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    Pilot vlog 81. Today I fly Southwest Airlines from Saint Louis to Oklahoma City then, I take a cab to Wiley post airport where I pick up the Cessna Caravan that had a new interior installed. I then fly the caravan to Wichita Kansas but, unfortunately thunderstorms are just to the north of the airport when I arrive. I fly around a small cell, land and then taxi to the Cessna Service Center where the airplane will be geting work done while I'm in class. There was a little rain in the terminal area but, all the heavy stuff and the lightning were to the north of the field.
     
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    MOST LARGEST AIRCRAFT of the US Air Force C-5 Galaxy Military Transport Aircraft
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    Have a lookinside the most largest aircraft of the US Air Force the C-5 Galaxy Military transport aircraft.
    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - People attending the 2010 Airpower Over the Midwest Airshow Sept. 11-12 were able to catch a glimpse of a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del.

    The C-5M Super Galaxy has the latest upgrades in communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management, autopilot and safety equipment for the C-5 airframe, Air Mobility Command officials note.

    AMC began an aggressive program to modernize all remaining C-5Bs and C-5Cs and many of the C-5As in its inventory. The C-5 Avionics Modernization Program began in 1998 and included upgraded avionics, improved communications, new flat panel displays, improved navigation and safety equipment, and a new autopilot system. The first flight of the first AMP-modified C-5 (tail number 85-0004) occurred on Dec. 21, 2002.

    Another part of the C-5 modernization plan is the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program, which includes new General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, pylons and auxiliary power units, with upgrades to the aircraft skin and frame, landing gear, cockpit and pressurization system.

    The C-5 aircraft that undergo both the AMP and RERP upgrades are designated C-5M, also known as the "Super Galaxy." The Air Force plans to upgrade 52 Galaxies to "super" status by the end of 2016.

    Each of the C-5M's CF6 engines produces 50,000 foot-pounds of thrust; up from the 43,000 pounds generated by the older General Electric TF-39 engines. The 22 percent increase in thrust results in a 30 percent shorter take-off roll, a 38 percent higher climb rate to initial altitude, a significantly increased cargo load, and a longer range between refueling.

    To put this into perspective, a C-5M with 50,000 pounds of fuel only needs 1,500 feet of runway to get airborne, while the legacy C-5s need between 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Additionally, a C-5M, at an average Takeoff Gross Weight above 600,000 lbs, can climb to cruising altitude of 34,000 feet in 18 minutes while legacy C-5s need 33 minutes to reach 25,000 feet. The faster climb saves fuel since less is needed at its cruising altitude.

    The AMP and RERP modernization programs are expected to raise the Mission Capable Rate to a minimum wartime goal of 75 percent, at an average procurement unit cost of $119 million per plane, which includes the aircraft and logistics support.

    And the warfighter isn't the only one who benefits from Super Galaxy; the Air Force estimates the C-5M will save taxpayers in excess of $17 billion over the next 40 years.

    As for the airshow, more than 180,000 people attended during both days and tens of thousands of visitors stopped to see the C-5M on display.

    (Mark Diamond, Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, contributed to this story.)

    Video Description Credits: Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol and Mark Diamond

    Video Credit: Jimmy D. Shea

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