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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 […]

A Grand Phinale at Holloman AFB

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

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Expands Its Dispalys

The fourth building at the sprawling National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now open to the public, displaying some rare aircraft that have been out of the public’s eye for some time. The only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie bomber, the VC-137C, serial number 26000, which was the first well-known Presidential jet transport, and the […]