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  1. Correct. Became the standard scheme for T-37s and T38s around 1990. The scheme carried over to the T-6A when it replaced the T-37s, but the T-38s eventually went to two-tone grays. Sven
  2. T-37Bs, "Tweets", on the Wright-Patterson AFB transient ramp. 59-0332, 37th Flying Training Squadron, 14th Flying Training Wing out of Columbus AFB. May 1993. 64-13450, 89th Flying Training Squadron, 80th Flying Training Wing out of Sheppard AFB, September 1993. 66-7985, 37th Flying Training Squadron, 14th Flying Training Wing out of Columbus AFB, August 1993. 66-7990, 37th Flying Training Squadron, 14th Flying Training Wing out of Columbus AFB, September 1993. Thanks for looking, Sven
  3. No, not widely used. The 122TFS were assigned as "defenders" for this exercise. As Corsairfoxfouruncle points out above, several units took the opportunity to experiment with gray schemes during 1983-85 when they came to Red Flag. The 182FIS Texas ANG came with an overall water-based grey scheme that weathered very badly (previously posted here}. I don't know if this scheme is standard paint or tempera, but it seems to have weathered fairly well and was retained for at least several months after they returned home.
  4. F-4Cs of the 122nd Tac Fighter Squadron, 159th Tac Fighter Group, Louisiana Air National Guard out of NAS New Orleans. Deployed to Red Flag 84-3 at Nellis AFB, April 1984. These F-4s normally carried the unit unofficial nickname, "Coonass Militia", in script along the vertical tail leading edge - a reference to the Cajun heritage of Louisiana. Lest they offend someone, the wording was painted over for this exercise. I don't know if the text was ever replaced after this exercise, but by the time they converted to F-15s, the name was changed to Bayou Militia. Doesn't have the same ring to it, but political correctness wins out. I seem to remember one aftermarket decal manufacturer covering the "Coonass Militia" in 1/72. I'm thinking it was either Modeldecal or Microscale. 63-7417 63-7471 63-7506 63-7556 63-7679 64-0673 64-0852 Thanks for looking, Sven
  5. 26th Air Division T-Bird... Looks like the remains of the Air Defense Command badge on the tailing front of the newly applied TAC Shield.
  6. F-14A 160696 of VF-111 "The Sundowners" out of NAS Miramar. Edwards AFB transient ramp, January 1982. Thanks for looking, Sven
  7. F-15 77-0139 was assigned to the F-15 Combined Test Force (CTF) at Edwards AFB for its entire career. Its primary mission was engine testing of various modifications to the P&W F100 and how the engine behaved in the F-15. The F-15 CTF comprised cadre from AF Systems Command, McDonnell-Douglas, Pratt & Whitney, and occasionally, Tactical Air Command. The F-15 CTF was one of several CTFs (A-10, B-1, C-17, etc.) under the 6510th Test Wing of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards. The designation of the Systems Command CTF component changed a few times throughout its life. Originally just identified as the AFSC component, in March 1989 it was given the designation 6515th Test Squadron. In October 1989, the new Chief of Staff of the Air Force decreed that all 4-digit unit designations be abolished, and the 6515th became the 415th Flight Test Squadron, assuming the heritage of the 415th Bomb Squadron. The parent wing, the 6510th Test Wing, became the 412th Test Wing. In 1994, F-15 flight test at Edwards had diminished and the 415th was absorbed into the 445th Test Squadron. Testing the A/A37 Aerial Gunnery Target System (carried by F-4E 66-0368), 1980 On static display for some VIP visitors, April 1983. Flying a bombing proficiency mission, July 1984. Most 6510TW aircraft were given "ED" tail codes in early 1984. Testing the new -229 variant of the F100 engine, April 1988. A single -229 was installed in the left engine bay and -100 in the right. On the F-15 CTF ramp in February 1989. Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. Thanks. Home base location corrected above. Never did find the crew to ask where they came from, and sometimes Wikipedia is not your friend. Sven
  9. C-130 A97-008 of 36 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force out of RAAF Base Richmond. She was supporting the F-111C deployment to Red Flag 81-1 at Nellis AFB, November 1980. Thanks for looking, Sven
  10. A-6E Intruders of VMA-332 "Moonlighters" at Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag 81-1, November 1980. 152641 152904 159310 Thanks for looking, Sven
  11. The only T-33 I played with was the NT-33A variable stability jet. My recollection is that both seats were essentially the same except the front seat was fitted with the canopy breaker horns. As you can see, there wasn't any room to put the breakers on the rear seat. All of my photos of USAF T-33s operating in the 1980s show the breakers on the front seat. None of the T-33 images I have of jets in museums or derelict have the breakers on the front seat. None of the RCAF T-birds I have images of have the breakers either. I'm guessing it was a later seat mod for USAF jets? Sven
  12. F-4Es of the 339th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, based at Moody AFB participating in the Green Flag 81-3 large force exercise at Nellis AFB, April 1981. 67-0375 67-0398 68-0326 - Funny, she's carrying a baggage pod, while the rest of the line has Mk82 bombs. 68-0387 68-0390 - Wing King's aircraft. Thanks for looking, Sven
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