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

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 […]

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 […]

THE BERLIN CANDY DROP – OVER MANTEO, NC

Photos and Story by Bill Sarama I was visiting the Village of Duck, on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, about one and a half hours south of Norfolk on December 17th. Being a true Airplane Chaser, I decided to go down to the Manteo Airport, on Roanoke Island (Dare County Regional Airport / […]

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Set to Retire From U.S. Military Service

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 […]