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Gunsmoke 1981 - 93TFS

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Air Force Reserve 93rd Tac Fighter Squadron at the Gunsmoke air-to-ground competition September 1981, Nellis AFB.

63-7413

63-7413 93tfs FM KLSV GS81 19810907 23cr

 

63-7500

63-7500 93tfs FM KLSV GS81 19810907 02cr

 

63-7711

63-7711 93tfs FM KLSV GS81 19810907 20cr

 

64-0655

64-0655 93tfs FM KLSV GS81 19810907 25cr

 

64-0796

64-0796 93tfs FM KLSV GS81 19810907 33cr

 

Thanks for looking,

Sven

 

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Yeah! I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of the gunsmoke competitions. Wonder why they ever got rid of it...

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12 hours ago, whiskey said:

Yeah! I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of the gunsmoke competitions. Wonder why they ever got rid of it...

Probably because since 1991 they've been too busy doing it for real. 

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Because the Hogs kept winning. They called it Hogsmoke after that. Major Al Brown of the 81st won it in 81, and again in 83. Beat all comers with gun and dumb bombs.

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Great selection. Thank you for recording the event, pictures like this are priceless.

 

Robert

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The USAF isn't my area of expertise, but I've always loved that colour scheme.

Thanks for a great selection of photos.

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Thank you for sharing your photos once again. These aircraft look very well turned out, was there a competition for best aircraft? 

 

Keith. 

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On 9/12/2018 at 4:27 AM, Britman said:

was there a competition for best aircraft?

I've never heard of a Best Aircraft competition at Gunsmoke. Many units used to tart up their jets just for the exercise: A-10s with chromed cannon shrouds, F-4s with chromed tips on their external fuel tanks, and F-16s with special team tail art being the most obvious.

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