Category Base Visits

What’s the USAF Weapons School’s Integration Phase?

By: Category: Base VisitsMilitary Exercise

Twice a year, the very prestigious Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base comes to an end with the large-scale capstone phase known as the Weapon’s School Integration phase.

WSINT was held from November 20th through December 13th, 2017. On the last day of this phase, I was able to witness and photograph the nearly 100 aircraft that took to the skies for the final mission of this grueling 6-month course.

From the Nellis AFB website: “Training during WSINT follows lines of operations designed to support U.S. Air Force doctrinal missions. Currently, those lines of operations and mission sets include:

Operation MOJAVE SHIELD – Defensive counterair – Integrate air and missile defense to deter and defeat an adversary

Operation INSTANT THUNDER – Offensive counterair – Gain freedom of ma...

Read More

WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAirshowsBase VisitsEAA AirVentureMilitary ExerciseSpottingTransports

_MG_4546 (1000x520)

As we begin to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018, I pause to reflect on the photos and memories attached to them. This is one of my favorite times of the year, while the airshows and exercises are over it is time to pick my favorite photos from this past year. What makes a favorite photo? I am sure the answer differs for all of us, for me it is just that a “favorite”. It could be as simple as the angle or the light, it doesn’t always have to be a rare type or airline. It could be one aircraft in the shot or many different types in the shot. The Afterburners could be lit, or Beacons and Anti-Collison lights lit for that matter. It could an incredible amount of vapor during a high-g maneuver or vapor trails at altitude.

IMG_9447 (1000x788)

These are some of my favorites from airshows including Thu...

Read More

DACT ’17 at Las Palmas – Gando

By: Category: Airports Around the WorldBase VisitsMilitary ExerciseSpotting

07_Initial

Air to Air Fights where others go on holiday at Las Palmas Airport in the Canary Islands!

DACT – Dissimilar Air Combat Training is a yearly exercise of the Spanish Air Force which took place in 2017 from 13th January to 27th January at Gando, the military part of the Las Palmas airport on the Canary Islands.

31_EF2000T_CE16-03_11-72_2

The DACT exercises of the Spanish Air Force have a long tradition and took place in the last years usually in the early beginning of the year. The exercise focuses like the title suggests on Dissimilar Air Combat Training. Nowadays a lot of Air Forces use just a single aircraft type for Air Combat and most pilots have experience in fighting against aircraft of the same type they’re flying in. So there is always a challenge to fight against a different type. Today the Spanish Air Force utilized with the EF-18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon two different types, making it easier to arrange DACT as with a single-fighter type force.

However, th...

Read More

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