Tag Archives: Lockheed Martin

Some Spare Oxygen – Just in Case

There have been quite a few Raptor posts recently.  I guess seeing a bunch of them at Nellis triggered a few things of interest to me.  One was as I looked at the jets after they had passed me by … Continue reading

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Lots of “Daves” to See

If you ask Nancy about a name that I think has good comic potential, it is Dave.  It is not that the name Dave is strange in any way but, if you asked me to name something, my first choice … Continue reading

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Did Someone Patch This Raptor in a Hurry?

The F-22 Raptor has a complex coating system on the skin of the airframe that is part of the overall approach to stealth.  Normally, they look pretty well finished in order to preserve the performance of the system (although I … Continue reading

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Hercules Tankers at Nellis

Red Flag 16-4 was a bit unusual in that tanker support was not what you normally see.  No KC-135s were taking part.  The Israeli Air Force had brought some 707s for tanking there jets.  The rest of the tankers were … Continue reading

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Vipers Sneaking up on Strike Eagle

Before I say anything else, this shot is not original.  I didn’t think of this and I certainly wasn’t the first to shoot it.  Indeed, it is the exact opposite.  This is a shot that I have seen from other … Continue reading

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Weapons School F-35s

The local Nellis traffic gets a bit restricted by the exercise traffic when Red Flag is underway.  Get a mission in during the morning or wait for the gap between the afternoon and the evening evolutions to get airborne.  For … Continue reading

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Lumps and Bumps on the Sufas

Lockheed Martin has been evolving the F-16 over the years.  It has been massively transformed from the original F-16A (which was a big change from the YF-16) to the Block 50/52 version.  The development of the F-16E/F for the UAE … Continue reading

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Have You Been Playing in the Sand?

Red Flag may be well known for the fast jet activity but the jets aren’t the only ones that get to play.  The transports also get to have a role.  One of the exercises earlier this year included the U.K. … Continue reading

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Sufas Finally Come Right

One of the big attractions of Red Flag 16-4 was the appearance of the F-16I jets of the Israeli Air Force.  The Sufa is a variant of the F-16 that incorporates the conformal fuel tanks and a lot of local … Continue reading

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Relaxed Raptor Pilot

All cool fighter pilots should look like they are not operating a complex and expensive jet.  Instead, they should look like they are out cruising in a convertible with their arm resting on the door just taking in the scenery.  … Continue reading

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