Red Flag 17-2: Coalition Integration

By: Category: Base VisitsMilitary Exercise

MIX (4)[1]

Red Flag is America’s premier training exercise for today’s warfighters. Originally developed to improve our nation’s air to air kill ratio during Vietnam, it has grown into much more than strictly air to air tactics.

Red Flag 17-2, which concluded March 10th, included allies such as Spain, Singapore, and the Netherlands. As with all Red Flags, integration is the name of the game at these exercises. The mission sets allow each nation participating to adapt to each other’s tactics, and to formulate the most effective way to eliminate the threats they face using all assets involved as a singular force. Many lessons and tactics are learned and shared between our coalition partners, and any challenges presented are addressed and overcome so that we maintain a constant state of readiness...

Read More

Patrouille de France Crew Members Share Stories in Melbourne

By: Category: AirshowsMilitary

a400 3

This year’s Melbourne Air and Space show was special in that it marked the first American air show performance by the Patrouille de France. I had the pleasure of speaking with a few of the pilots at the take-off party at the Hilton Rialto place Friday night before the show. If you have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I highly recommend it. Nearly all of the performing pilots were there taking pictures, signing autographs and sharing stories with fans.

pdf 1

I was slightly apprehensive to “interview” these guys at such a busy event, but quickly realized they were more than happy to answer my questions. I first met Captain William Leroy, more commonly known as Athos 5...

Read More

Southern Florida Spotting: Miami International North Side

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldSpotting

_MG_3971 (1000x499) (1)
Photos and Article By Scott Jankowski
KMIA (Miami International Airport) is the 11th busiest airport in the United States, the 36th in the world, and served over forty-four million passengers in 2016. The airport encompasses 3,230 acres of land and is a short six minutes from downtown Miami. From its humble beginnings in 1928, modern day Miami features four runways, six concourses, and one hundred sixty two gates. Over one hundred and nine airlines serve Miami, offering nonstop service to one hundred sixty one destinations all over the world. Miami is a major hub for American and American Eagle, they account for the majority of daily flights...

Read More

Southern Florida Spotting – Fort Lauderdale International

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the World

_MG_8861 (1000x458)

SOUTHERN FLORIDA SPOTTING TITLE IMAGE 8861 By: Scott Jankowski Southern Florida is a perfect place to escape the snow and cold of the Late Midwest Winter for Sun and warmth. Southern Florida also offers up several Airports and Prime locations in which to spot from. It is for these reasons that the next 4 articles will focus on spotting locations and photography from Fort Lauderdale International (KFLL) and Miami International Airports (KMIA). This first article will focus on Fort Lauderdale, specifically the spotting location on the 7th floor of the Hibiscus Parking Garage. The Broward County Aviation Authority has even designated the West Side as an “official” spotting area and has even marked it as such.

_MG_9111 (1000x592)

While the focus of this article is on this location only, Fort Lauderdale Inte...

Read More