Archive for the ‘U.S. Air Force’ Category

Boeing’s First KC-135 Served In Many Non-Tanker Roles

Story by Ken Kula with Nicole Cloutier The first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force at Boeing’s Renton, Washington plant in January, 1956. Carrying a serial of 55-3118, the first production KC-135A was named the “City of Renton”, and christened with a bottle of local river water. Interestingly, the first jet-powered […]

Atlantic Trident 17 Commemorates a Century of Cooperation By Three Allies

The United States of America and the French Republic have shared some close political, and even closer military ties since the American Revolution of the late 1700s. During the First World War, America officially entered the conflict on April 6, 1917 as a French ally. In fact, most of the engagements that the American Expeditionary […]

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 […]