Month: September 2020

A detailed description of Operation Wooden Leg, the Israeli F-15 Baz long-range strike that destroyed PLO’s HQ complex in Tunis – The Aviation Geek Club

Operation Wooden Leg had lasted almost twice as long as the Osirak raid of 1981. Bought in the mid-1970s to secure air superiority for Israel in the Middle East for decades to come, the F-15 Eagle has indeed been the unrivalled master of the skies since its arrival in December 1976. In the 1980s, the …

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USMC F-35B crashes, KC-130J makes emergency landing after colliding during mid-air refueling – The Aviation Geek Club

The F-35 pilot ejected safely while the KC-130 did a safe emergency landing. The pilot is now being treated for his injuries. A US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B Lightning II fighter jet assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings crashed in Imperial County, California, on Sep. 29, 2020 after clipping the wing of a service KC-130J tanker during …

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Armenian Su-25 attack aircraft was most probably shot down by an Azeri MiG-29 (and not by a Turkish F-16) – The Aviation Geek Club

In a Facebook post, the Armenian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan, said the Turkish F-16 was 60km (37 miles) deep into Armenian air space. On Sep. 29, 2020 an Armenian Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) attack aircraft was shot down by another military aircraft in a major escalation of the conflict over the disputed …

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Twin pilots get Apache flight together in Afghanistan – The Aviation Geek Club

Stewart Smith had the opportunity to fly his brother Isaac Smith in the Apache, a two seater aircraft. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Isaac Smith and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stewart Smith are two identical twins and both are flying helicopters for the US Army. Originally raised on a dairy farm in southeastern Idaho, at 17 …

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The story of the Lippisch P 13, the Nazi Mach 2.6 interceptor designed to ram Allied bombers that led to the development of the F-102 Delta Dagger and the F-106 Delta Dart – The Aviation Geek Club

Work on the P 13 began in May 1944 and while it utilised the ramjet technology of the P 12 (which had been designed to carry weaponry) its role harked back to the ‘arrows of death’ conceived back in September 1943 – it was a rammer. The Lippisch P 13 was an experimental ramjet-powered delta wing interceptor …

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Here’s why Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose couldn’t be an effective troop transport – The Aviation Geek Club

Empty the Spruce Goose weighed almost twice what a fully loaded B-29 weighed at takeoff when at combat overload weight. They were just insane numbers for the era. The largest wooden airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time, the Spruce Goose represents one of humanity’s greatest attempts to conquer the skies. It was born out of a need to …

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Slim 50.1% majority of Swiss voters approves purchase of new fighter jets – The Aviation Geek Club

The Swiss government will decide next year among the Eurofighter from Airbus , the Rafale from France’s Dassault, Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, or the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II. According to Reuters, Swiss television reported on Sep. 27, 2020 that the country’s voters backed the government’s plan to spend up to 6 billion Swiss francs …

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The many reasons why the Su-27/30/35/57 can’t outmaneuver the F-22 Raptor – The Aviation Geek Club

Over the decade multiple aircraft have scored a kill or two on F-22 Raptor in Red Flags or Northern Edge – never was maneuverability a contributing factor. The Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a Soviet Origin twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. The Su-27 had the Soviet Union’s first operational fly-by-wire control system, based on the Sukhoi OKB’s experience with the T-4 bomber project. Thanks …

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F-35 Vs S-400: how the Lightning II would (theoretically) perform SEAD mission against an integrated AA defense network featuring the S-400 – The Aviation Geek Club

USAF leaders have said that thanks to its stealthiness, the F-35 will become the main platform for the SEAD/DEAD mission in the coming decade. As already reported, on Jun. 1, 2020 Lockheed Martin was awarded a $26.7 million contract by the Pentagon to develop a structural modification for the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter to …

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First Live Fire Testing for the HH-60W Jolly Green II CSAR Helicopter – The Aviation Geek Club

The three weapons tested were: the GAU-2, a 7.62mm gatling gun, the GAU-18, a .50 caliber legacy machine gun and the GAU-21, a .50 caliber newly-designed machine gun. Deep within Eglin’s range, rapid, powerful gunfire reverberated across the expanse beginning Aug. 17, 2020.  Live fire testing began for the HH-60W Jolly Green II’s three primary …

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