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  1. OA-37Bs of the 172nd Tactical Air Support Squadron, 110th Tactical Air Support Group, Michigan Air National Guard out of Kellogg ANGB, participating in the Red Flag 84-4 large force exercise at Nellis AFB, June 1984. 70-1312 71-0859 71-0860 71-0863 Thanks for looking, Sven
  2. I didn't see the effects that much at Edwards, but at Nellis F-4Es of the 414FWS and 422FWS were parked in the same spots in the same orientation day after day. Many of those jets had the star 'n' bars on one side with the red bar very faded. Looked like a late WWII insignia.
  3. September 1991: The 110th Tac Fighter Squadron, 131st Tac Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, bids farewell to the Phantom after twelve years operating F-4Cs and F-4Es. A few friends came in to help commemorate the event at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri. Arrival of the 131TFW flagship and static display, 68-0338 RF-4C 65-0854, 106th Tac Reconnaissance Squadron, 117th Tac Reconnaissance Wing, Alabama Air National Guard RF-4C 65-0874, 190th Tac Reconnaissance Squadron, 124th Tac Reconnaissance Group, Idaho Air National Guard out of Gowen Field, Boise Idaho F-4E 68-0411, 163rd Tac Fighter Squadron, 122nd Tac Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard out of Baer Field, Fort Wayne Indiana F-4Es 67-0384 and 67-0348, 113th Tac Fighter Squadron, 181st Tac Fighter Group, Indiana Air National Guard out of Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Indiana The new birds Thanks for looking, Sven
  4. A couple of T-44s (Beech King Air) of VT-31 on the transient line at Nellis AFB. 160973, October 1980 161076, November 1980 Thanks for looking, Sven
  5. Some of the participants at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro Air Show, May 1983. A-6E 155689 VMA-121 A-6E 155706 VMA-242 F-4S 155754 VMFAT-101 RF-4B 157346 VMFP-3 UH-1N 158286 MCAS El Toro Rescue Flight AV-8A 158699 VMA-513 A-7E 159270 VA-94 F-5E 159880/73-0895, Navy Fighter Weapons School F-14A 161444, VX-4 L-5 41-7938 PT-26A 42-66188/FV703/N46836 N3N-3 2792/N72792 P-51D 44-72739/N44727 in the markings of 44-14292 "Man o' War" P-51D 45-11628/NL151X "Ho Hun" F-105D 62-4228 466th Tac Fighter Squadron, Air Force Reserve out of Hill AFB T-38A 67-14929 86th Flying Training Squadron out of Williams AFB F-15B 76-0138 426th Tac Fighter Squadron out of Luke AFB Too much excitement for my son. I was pulling him about in his wagon all day. Using my helmet bag as a pillow... Thanks for looking, Sven
  6. FB-111As of the 509th Bomb Wing out of Pease AFB, at Red Flag 84-5, Nellis AFB, August 1984. 67-7193 “Chappie’s Cruiser” 67-7195 “Kendra’s Choice” 67-0196 “SNAFU” 68-0256 Thanks for looking, Sven
  7. Another test support fleet phantom with the 6512th Test Squadron at Edwards AFB. June 1983 in Air Defense Command Gray October 1983 with the ED tail code added, leading F-4C 64-0727 March 1985 in the test support albino scheme with patchwork external tanks May 1985 January 1989 with an unusual white radome May 1989 during a formation proficiency mission July 1990 September 1990 Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. Some of the participants in the 1990 Naval Air Station Point Mugu air show. The locals.... ERA-3B 144841 of VAQ-34 HH-46A 152501 of the NAS Point Mugu rescue flight HH-46A 152522 of the NAS Point Mugu rescue flight TA-7C 154507 of the Pacific Missile Test Center. A-6E 155698 of the Pacific Missile Test Center with a “buddy” refueling store on the centerline station. F-4S 155740 of the Pacific Missile Test Center carrying an ALQ-167 electronic threat simulator pod. She would be converted to a QF-4S drone the following year. NF-14A 161865 of the Pacific Missile Test Center. Loaded with AIM-9H (shape), AIM-7M (inert) and AIM-54C (inert) AIM-54C (inert) loaded on F-14A 159853 (Vandy One) of VX-4 Visitors... EA-6B 161349 of VAQ-134 AV-8B 162969 of VMA-513 RC-12M 163847 F-111D 68-0179 of th 524th Tac Fighter Squadron, 27th Tac Fighter Wing out of Cannon AFB. Scaled Composites ARES (Agile Responsive Effective Support) N151SC out of Mojave Airport Thanks for looking, Sven
  9. F-111Ds of the 522nd Tac Fighter Squadron, 27th Tac Fighter Wing out of Cannon AFB at Red Flag 90-1, Nellis AFB, November 1989. 68-0095 68-0099 68-0131 68-0151 68-0159 Thanks for looking, Sven
  10. F-14B 162914 of VF-74, the Bedevilers, on the transient ramp at Wright-Patterson AFB, August 1993. Thanks for looking, Sven
  11. Shots of visiting aircraft participating in the Edwards AFB Open House in October 1983. P-51D 44-74446 "Unruly Julie" (N1451D) QF-86F 55-3846 from the Naval Weapons Center at NAS China Lake T-38B 58-1926, from the 82nd Flying Training Wing at Williams AFB F-106A 59-0062, from the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Griffiss AFB F-105D 62-4328, from the 466th Tac Fighter Squadron, Air Force Reserve at Hill AFB RF-4C 65-0902, from the 190th Tac Reconnaissance Squadron, Idaho Air Nation Guard at Gowen Field HH-1H 69-6628 of the 40th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Detachment 5, a tenant unit at Edwards AFB. A-7D 70-1044, 124th Tac Fighter Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard at the Des Moines Air National Guard Base CF-101B 101010 of 409 Squadron based at CFB Comox A-4M 160245 from the Naval Weapons Center at NAS China Lake Thanks for looking, Sven
  12. Some Tweets stopping in at Nellis AFB transient ramp. 58-1964 of the 82nd Flying Training Wing out of Williams AFB. Nellis AFB transient ramp, August 1980. 60-0086 also from the 82FTW. Nellis AFB transient ramp, September 1980. Good thing this was a solo navigation mission. The student flew through upper level hail, damaging all the forward surfaces and shattering the right side windscreen. 68-8040. I think she was also from the 82FTW. Static display at the Nellis Air Show, April 1983. Thanks for looking, Sven
  13. I don't know it for a fact, but I was told she came from Holloman. So, the red tail stripe would have been for the 9TFS of the 49TFW. The less-than-neat touching up on the tail would have obliterated the "HO" tail code and the Tactical Air Command shield on the vertical tail as well as the tail band.
  14. Some 'happy snaps' of aircraft participating in the Edwards AFB Open House in October 1983. This installment show some of the home field aircraft. Part 2 will cover the visitors. F-15C No. 1, 78-0468, F-15 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. She was used as a test bed for potential F-15E Strike Eagle technologies at this time. YA-7D 67-14582, 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. She was used for test support by the 6512th, but also used as a stability and control, spins, and systems curriculum aircraft by the USAF Test Pilot School. The black quadrangles on top of the wings are aids for determining aircraft attitude during spins by optical trackers. F-15A 76-0086, F-15 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. She was a dedicated Anti-Satellite test bed. A-7D 69-6217, 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. A test support aircraft (safety chase, radar target). A-10A 73-1666, A-10 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center O-2A 68-6867, 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. Used as a station hack and range support aircraft. B-1A 74-0160, B-1B Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. F-111D 68-0087, 6512th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. Doing a 'dump'n'burn' to start the aerial demonstrations Thanks for looking, Sven
  15. Excellent pics! Some very nice views of the Sniper pod suspension. Sven
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