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“Destination: Oshkosh, 2017″

By: Category: AirshowsEAA AirVentureWarbird

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What’s a girl to do? It’s another grey day in Indiana. The sun is not even trying to peek though and I want to go flying! I’m grounded. And I don’t have a pilot’s license or a pilot (for that matter.) I look at the calendar and see that we are just under 30 days until EAA AirVenture!!! It’s that time again. Time to see friends I only get to see once a year. Some come to Oshkosh for the 10,000+ airplanes. I go to Oshkosh for the 500,000+ people and to see my friends from Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, even Canada and New Zealand. I can’t wait to see their smiling faces and hear about their journey to OSH17.

In just under thirty days, my boys and I will awake to the sounds of Team Aeroshell or the GEICO SkyTypers. No alarm is ever needed...

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A Grand Phinale at Holloman AFB

By: Category: EventsMilitaryWarbird

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Lt. Col. Ron “Elvis” King taxies QF-4E 74-1638 back to the ramp

Photography by Scott Zeno and Alice Leong

The U.S. Air Force retired its final McDonnell Douglas/Boeing QF-4 Phantom IIs on December 21, 2016. The jets were the last of the line… more than four thousand airframes of various versions were manufactured for the Air Force. The first version flew in 1963, and for more than half a century, the jets and their crews performed air defense, attack, reconnaissance, Wild Weasel, and ultimately remote control drone service.

The final QF-4Es in service were operated by Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico. The 82 ATRS reports to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall AFB, FL. Holloman AFB sits close to the White Sands Missile Range, where live fire exercises against unmanned drone aircraft are routinely accomplished. The final unmanned Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) mission was flown there on August 17, 2016, although manned missions, carrying various test payloads, lasted into December of that year.

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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.

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

By: Category: MilitaryWarbird

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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.

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