I remember when I was at Whiteman and was doing some laundry at a laundromat. An older woman saw my ABUs and exlaimed "Man, those stealth jets are crazy! You can hear them but you can't see them!", her husband just chuckled.
I did the same while stationed there. More than once I travelled the perimeter road on my 10-speed and eyeballed inward in the beautiful, late afternoon winter weather. Sunsets in AZ can be awesome and were a nice backdrop to the planes. I wasn't into photography then and, actually, even after I was I finally learned to consciously avoid taking photos because everything became about the right framing, angles, and lighting and not about just experiencing the moments.I did the Davis-Monthan tour. It was a tour I would take again but it would be nice to wander.
Not sure if those are F5s or F20s. In either case, one of the cleanest, simplest lines of any jet fighter. I saw a documentary with a segment on the F5, the Top Gun and I believe Air Force equivalent programs were flying them against F14s and F15s respectively, and often beating the newer and much more expensive jets.Navy Reserve Aggressor aircraft. As always, click to view full size:
Not sure if those are F5s or F20s. In either case, one of the cleanest, simplest lines of any jet fighter. I saw a documentary with a segment on the F5, the Top Gun and I believe Air Force equivalent programs were flying them against F14s and F15s respectively, and often beating the newer and much more expensive jets.
Very nice looking jet. I knew I had seen it elsewhere, but couldn't put my finger on it until just now:Those are F-5s, the F-20 never made it to production.
"Flying through Time" is a nice commercial free documentary on military aviation (and some civil aviation) history on Amazon Prime. Episode 13 focuses on the F5. The series also has segments devoted to the Hellcat, F4U Corsair, F14, F15, SR71, Valkyrie, P38, A4, A7, C130, and the Century Series F100 and follow on Aircraft. Not a bad background TV series for rocket building if you are into aviation. Each segment is less than 1 hour.Very nice looking jet. I knew I had seen it elsewhere, but couldn't put my finger on it until just now:
"The aircraft used for the fictional MiG-28s are Northrop F-5E (single seat) and F (two seat) Tiger IIs, which were used by TOP GUN as aggressor aircraft. "
The F-16 demo team:Fwiw, knowing some Fighter Pilots myself, I learned from them that when the F-16 came out, the pilots felt the name "Fighting Falcon" sounded quite a bit "wimpy". They preferred to call it, ( and please keep in mind that there had just been the original Battlestar Galactica series out), the "Viper" as it sounded really deadly and maneuverable. I still see the F-16 referred to in print as the "Viper" once in a while. Cheers
Where exactly is this? and is is a 'predictable' thing? (meaning it happens on a specific date at a specific time)I love watching the videos taken from the Mach Loop. Standing above the aircrafts flight level as they pass by at high speed....I would love to experience in person.
Just a few samples of what is available.