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Our Dassault Mirage Scrapbook

French Air Force Mirage F1 at a Maple Flag Exercise at CFB Cold Lake… exercising its all-weather capabilities in pouring rain. Originally designed as a single seat fighter with a secondary bomber role, the French Dassault Mirage family of aircraft was expanded to include advanced fighter-interceptors and pure bomber variants. A pair of these bomber […]

Two “Fini Flights” at Once!

All photos provided by and taken by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Hetz and Master Sergeant Joseph A. Vigil. As 860036 was prepared for the boneyard, it’s flying boom was removed while still at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The all-volunteer crew was piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Mike Pillion who was making his Fini Flight and […]

Hanscom AFB’s 1989 and 1991 Air Shows

42nd Bomb Wing KC-135R based at Loring AFB, Maine. The base is now closed Air Force Base due to the BRAC.  The two year period between 1989 and 1991 saw a pair of air shows at Massachusetts’ Hanscom AFB, to the west of Boston found in the suburb of Bedford. Twenty years has seen a […]

The Perfect “10” of an Aircraft

Forty years and one day after it made its maiden flight, the Air Force has finally flown its first KC-10 west to the boneyard.  KC-10A 860036 (MSN 48249/424) named the “Peace Maker” was the 50th of the 60 airframes built for the United States Air Force. It was delivered on December 2, 1986 to SAC (Strategic […]