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

MCAS El Toro 1992: Hey, I Remember That!

MCAS El Toro’s 1992 air show had quite a line up, with plenty of jet-engined performers. The 1991 Gulf War’s wind down allowed many combat veterans and their aircraft to be displayed at the show, but there were a few older warbirds that attracted quite an amount of interest too. The Marines’ AV-8B Harriers were […]

My 2015 Air Show Finale Weekend

    The distance “as the crow flies” between NAS Pensacola and Moody AFB is just 280 miles. What a coincidence that this pair of military air bases would host the final large events of the 2015 North American air show season, being so close to each other. Two of the U.S.’s top military flight demonstration […]

Frank Ertl Visits PhanCon and AMARG

Written by Ken Kula Frank Ertl travelled to Tucson Arizona during mid-October to partake in the festivities of the 2015 edition of PhanCon. Just what is a PhanCon? Well, according to the organization’s web site, “PhanCon is an annual international gathering of folks who flew, maintained, supported, photographed, tracked, modeled, or just plain enjoyed the […]

Sixty Eight Years Ago: Mach 1.06

On October 14, 1947, then-Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager exceeded the speed of sound over the High Desert of California. Officially, it was the first time (with proof) that Mach 1 had been exceeded… and there should be an asterisk after this statement.  This was the first time that it was successfully exceeded, as other pilots may […]