Archive for the ‘21st Century’ Category

The USAF’s 2016 Phinal Phantom II Tour

The USAF’s 2016 Phinal Phantom II Tour Photographic coverage by: Joe Kates, Ulrich Seibicke, Scott Jankowski, Mark Hrutkay, Beau Goff, Bob Shane, and Scott Zeno. Story by Ken Kula with Steve Lewis After 53 years of service and having five main versions of the airframe produced, the last United States Air Force examples of the […]

The USAF Wild Weasel Mission Surpasses Fifty Years

Slightly more than half a century ago, a new U. S. Air Force mission – that of a high importance – was assigned to a handful of pilots and electronic warfare officers. Their mission was to offer a solution to the critical task of defeating the newest and very lethal Soviet Bloc SA-2 anti-aircraft missiles […]

Phancon 2016 Phetes the Phinal U.S. QF-4 Phantoms!

Photos by Howard German, except where noted. Just how did the F-4 Phantom II Society fete the farewell for their favorite U.S. military jet fighter? Well, during a Phancon, of course. Who is this Society and what do they do? To use the organization’s own words: “…The F-4 Society is dedicated to the preservation of […]

100 Years of Australia’s First Flying Squadrons

(Editor’s note: some previous photo credits were incorrect due to my editing error, and have been corrected.) Dies Natalis: 100 Years of Australia’s First Flying Squadrons By Dion Makowski A centenary is a significant celebration for any person, let alone an institution in a country as young as Australia. On Friday, 28 October 2016, the […]