Pima Air and Space Museum Receives Orbis DC-10

By: Category: Davis Monthan AFBPima Air and Space Museum

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The Pima Air & Space Museum has added the recently retired Orbis DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital to its ever-expanding world renowned collection.

The Orbis DC-10, Flying Eye Hospital, arrived Monday, November 7 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and then was towed to nearby Pima Air & Space Museum. A formal induction ceremony and opening of public static display will be announced at a later date.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this significant aircraft to the museum, the Tucson community and Arizona in general,” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum...

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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Set to Retire From U.S. Military Service

By: Category: MilitaryWarbird

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The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is one of those rare breeds of aircraft design that has served with the U.S. military for over half a century. The first flight of a prototype occurred on May 27, 1958. In December of 2016, the final flights of U.S. military F-4s will occur, capped off with a final tribute event.

Originally developed from the McDonnell F3H Demon naval fighter, this upgraded design was pitched to the service as a “Super Demon”, a single-seat Navy all-purpose fighter-bomber with many improvements. The Navy had other plans, and asked for a twin-seat all-weather fleet defense fighter; the second crew member would operate a new, powerful radar and weapons system. As designs changed, the new project was named the (now) McDonnell Douglas XF-4H...

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Just A “Few” C-9s Remain in Military Service

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The U.S. Marine Corps recruiting slogan: “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” has a secondary meaning these days… the Marines operate the last pair of some 57 McDonnell Douglas/Boeing DC-9/C-9 military jet transports. The C-9/DC-9 family has been used by multiple U.S. military branches, as well as civilian agencies and a few foreign operators, since the U.S. Air Force put them into operation in the late 1960s.

The McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (DC stands for Douglas Commercial) is a popular U.S. produced airliner, now all but retired from passenger service. Freighter versions still ply the skies in the U.S. and in many countries, but most copies of the fifty-plus year old design are reaching the ends of their useful lives. The DC-9 found favor with the U.S...

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Les Neistat’s Look at Pitch Black 2016

By: Category: AirshowsEventsMilitaryMilitary Exercise


Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week bi-annual multi-national large force employment exercise which was conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal from 29 July to 19 August 2016. Exercise Pitch Black is to Australia, what Red Flag is to the USA. Major exercises such as Pitch Black are essential in ensuring that the Air Force remains ready to respond to threats whenever the RAAF is required by the Australian Government.

A flying display performed at Mindil Beach on 11 August, including a handling display by an Australian F/A-18F Super Hornet from 1 Squadron, also an international four-ship formation display consisting of a Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG and F-16,and a RAAF F/A-18A Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet from 77 and 1 Squadrons and low level flypasts from a n...

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