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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
  16. A-10As of the 355th Tac Fighter Wing out of Davis-Monthan AFB on the Edwards AFB transient ramp... 75-0264 333TFS, January 1984 75-0278 333TFS, January 1984 75-0297 358TFTS, March 1984 76-0515 358TFTS, February 1984 76-0548 358TFTS, March 1984 77-0225 358TFTS, February 1984 Thanks for looking, Sven
  17. A random selection of Canadian CC-130s. 130311 (C-130E USAF s/n 64-17630) of 435 Squadron, October 1980. Supporting a deployment of CF-5s at Nellis AFB. 130311 (again) now with 436 Squadron, June 1991. Supporting a deployment of CF-188s at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 91-5. That’s the tail of 130388 in the foreground. 130313 (C-130E USAF s/n 64-17632) of 435 Squadron, January 1984. Supporting a deployment of Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment CF-104 and CT-114 at Edwards AFB for USAF Test Pilot School qual flights. 130315 (C-130E USAF s/n 64-17634) of 436 Squadron, September 1980. Supporting a deployment of CF-5s at Nellis AFB. 130338 (C-130H) of 435 Squadron, June 1991. Supporting a deployment of CF-188s at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 91-5. Thanks for looking, Sven
  18. Actually, the LANTIRN pods are dummies. They were using them to determine the effects on aircraft stability and maneuvering. They also did test events to verify that engine inlet distortion from the pods was negligible or non-existent. If memory serves, flight worthy LANTIRN pods were not available until late 1983 or even 1984.
  19. During the 1980s, NKC-135E s/n 55-3135 belonged to the 4950th Test Wing, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB. The 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, at Edwards AFB had no tankers assigned at the time. The solution was to provide a 4950th tanker to Edwards for use by the USAF Test Pilot School as a stability and control curriculum platform and use by the 6512th Test Squadron ("Test Ops") as tanker support for local test programs. Much of the time the tanker on loan was '135, with '128 occasionally filling in when '135 was not available. The tankers were flown crews from the Tanker/Transport Branch of Test Ops and maintained by local crews. 55-3135 started out as a JKC-135A, the "J" denoting a temporary test modification, and was used to support/observe nuclear weapons tests. Hence the many windows on the right side of the fuselage. At some point, someone realized that all those holes in the jet and whatever other modifications existed weren't easily removed, the criteria for a "J" prefix, and the designation of '135 was changed to NKC-135A, the "N" prefix denoting permanent test modifications. Later still, '135 was upgraded to NKC-135E by replacing the original J57 turbojet engines with TF33 turbofan engines. Enough blather? then on with the pics... January 1983 refueling F-16A 80-0550 June 1983 refueling F-15B 77-0166 April 1984 refueling B-1B test bed 74-0158 October 1984, static display for the Edwards AFB Open House January 1985 refueling FSD F-16A 75-0746 May 1985 refueling FSD F-16A 75-0746 May 1985 refueling F-4C 63-7409 June 1991. Where did all those "permanent" windows go? And notice the "ASD" tail band now reads "AFSC". The new Systems Command commander noted that other aircraft with this type of tail band carried the initials of the owning major command (mostly Military Airlift Command birds), rather than the initials of a unit lower on the organizational chart. So, he directed that all the ASD tail bands be changed to AFSC. I'd like to make an aerial diorama of '135 refueling a white-winged F-4E during a cruise missile chase mission, but I'm still trying to work out how to inconspicuously suspend the models. The image in my brain is a single acrylic rod supporting the tanker with the F-4 suspended from the tanker using a brass rod inside the refueling boom. Though I have my doubts that a brass rod that thin would sufficiently support an F-4 model. Hmmmm.... Thanks for looking, Sven
  20. Tomcats of VF-24 at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 84-5 large force exercise, August 1984. 159592 159611 159613 159629 159635 160887 160888 160889 Thanks for looking, Sven
  21. F-111As of the 389th Tac Fighter Training Squadron, 366th Tac Fighter Wing, out of Mountain Home AFB dropped in to Nellis AFB at various times... 66-0018, January 1981 66-0021, February 1981 66-0026 and 66-0056, January 1981 66-0028, November 1980 66-0036, February 1981 Thanks for looking, Sven
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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