Losses and Aviation Safety

[Video] When a US Navy F-14 Tomcat Shot Down a USAF RF-4C Phantom II – The Aviation Geek Club

The video in this post features the HUD footage of a US Navy F-14 Tomcat shooting down a USAF RF-4C Phantom II on Sep. 22, 1987 during NATO Exercise Display Determination 87 over the Mediterranean. The shocking video in this post features the Head-Up-Display (HUD) footage of a US Navy F-14 Tomcat shooting down a …

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How outdated WWII tactics and Soviet-manned North Vietnamese SAM Systems led to the shooting down of 15 B-52 bombers during Operation Linebacker II – The Aviation Geek Club

Seventy-five Airmen died supporting the operation, 33 of whom died in the 15 downed B-52 Stratofortress bombers – the primary bomber flown during Operation Linebacker II. From Dec. 18 to Dec. 29, 1972, Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) launched 729 sorties against 34 targets in North Vietnam as part of Operation Linebacker II. Andersen became …

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The night 12 Chinese MiGs were scrambled to intercept a lone CIA B-17 Spy Plane. They failed, and two of them crashed. – The Aviation Geek Club

On the night of Mar. 13, 1958, one Mig-17PF flown by Wang Guo Shan of the 18th Division was the PLAAF’s last chance against a 34th Squadron (Black Bat) B-17 that had flown for six hours over the southern provinces. After Mao’s communists took control of mainland China in 1949, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency …

The night 12 Chinese MiGs were scrambled to intercept a lone CIA B-17 Spy Plane. They failed, and two of them crashed. – The Aviation Geek Club Read More »

USAF F-102 pilot tells the story of when he was left alone in the cockpit of a KC-135 flying from the US to Okinawa – The Aviation Geek Club

‘So … there I was, the only pilot in the cockpit and I have never piloted a KC-135 before!,’ Roger Daisley, former F-102 pilot. ‘During the Vietnam era, I was stationed in Okinawa, as a pilot, flying the F-102,’ recalls Roger Daisley, former F-102 pilot, on Quora. “I had just finished an R&R to the …

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US Navy F-4 pilot tells the story of when his skipper flew straight for China after his compass precessed during a MIGCAP mission over North Vietnam – The Aviation Geek Club

‘My flight lead was not heading back to our aircraft carrier. In fact he was heading in the very opposite direction, straight for China and at a very high speed,’ John Chesire, former F-4 pilot with the US Navy. ‘My skipper and I were flying a MIGCAP mission over North Vietnam near Hanoi,’ John Chesire, …

US Navy F-4 pilot tells the story of when his skipper flew straight for China after his compass precessed during a MIGCAP mission over North Vietnam – The Aviation Geek Club Read More »

The F-14 Tomcat posed such a serious threat to the Soviets that once they tried to fish one that fell off the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy – The Aviation Geek Club

The Soviets tried to go fishing for an F-14 that fell off the USS John F. Kennedy in 1976 – after the plane’s control systems went haywire and the pilot/RIO had to eject Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the US Navy’s carrier fighter inventory, the Grumman F-14A …

The F-14 Tomcat posed such a serious threat to the Soviets that once they tried to fish one that fell off the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy – The Aviation Geek Club Read More »

The Sad Story of the B-1B Weapons Crew who was crushed between Lancer’s Bomb Bay Doors (Luckily, he survived the incident) – The Aviation Geek Club

When the doors had closed, his body had been compressed to little more than 2 inches in width, about the thickness of the bomb bay door gaskets, plus maybe an extra inch due to the doors cracking and flexing a bit. Those gaskets were the only thing preventing him from being severed in two, and …

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Here’s why the SR-71 Blackbird airframe was designed to leak fuel – The Aviation Geek Club

Pooling under the SR-71 Blackbird it was assumed that it had a mechanical flaw. No way, this was planned! Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane remained the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. Flying at Mach 3+ from 80,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of Earth’s surface per hour. …

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Former US military aviators explain why an experienced fighter pilot can’t fly a Cessna 172 without training – The Aviation Geek Club

‘It’s a very different aircraft from the jets I flew, and despite being much lower performance, the Cessna 172 is perfectly capable of killing you when it impacts the ground,’ David Tussey, former US Navy A-7 Corsair II pilot. The Cessna 172 is an all metal, four seat, high wing, single engine airplane equipped with …

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The story of George ‘Bud’ Day, MoH Recipient, first jet pilot to survive a `parachute-less’ ejection and first Commander of F-100 Misty FACs in Vietnam – The Aviation Geek Club

In the search for an appropriate call-sign for the Commando Sabre sorties, Maj George ‘Bud’ Day remembered a song he had liked in a Las Vegas nightclub in 1958. Johnny Mathis’ ‘Misty’ provided the squadron’s sentimental, but highly respected, label. USAF plans required the phase-out of the F-100 from frontline units by 1970, but it …

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