F-35 arrives at Nellis AFB Fighter Weapons School

F35desertI won’t get into detail on this post, but check out this new USAF-produced video on the F-35 Lightning II (aka Joint Strike Fighter). Don’t fixate on the gee-whiz shots of the new jet. Pay attention to how they describe the USAF Fighter Weapons School’s role, and think about what they mean as they talk so much about “integrating” the F-35’s capabilities. More on FWS and weapon system integration in future posts…

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Thunderstruck: Israel’s Operation Orchard vs Syrian reactor

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The IAF’s two-seat F-15I is Israel’s version of the F-15E Strike Eagle of the USAF. In Hebrew, it is called Ra’am (thunder).

OK, time for a more current topic…

Without a doubt, the Israeli Air Force is one of most capable, well-trained air services in the world. Since the very birth of their country, IAF leaders and aircrews have  written bold chapters in the annals of air power history.

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Battle of Annette Island and the ghost sub

annettemap1Annette Island lies about 600 miles NW of Seattle, and is part of the island chain at the very southern-most part of Alaska.  During WWII the Pacific Northwest became a minor theater of operations, as Japanese forces invaded the islands of Attu and Kiska (US sovereign territory) and Jap submarines ventured south into coastal waters off British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

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Boly 9118: Canada’s sub-killer

Just finished a 1/72 Airfix kit of the Bristol Blenheim, painted up as a Canadian-built Bolingbroke (aka “Boly”).boly1

I’ve been getting kill-me-now bored of the standard dark earth/dark green/sky RAF paint scheme.  So wanted something different for this.  Found some pics, aftermarket decals, and an interesting story.  Who can pass that up?

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The eagle and the devil: Galland in Nazi Germany

I’ve never understood how some of history’s most courageous, gallant and yes, honorable, warriors could have fought for such an evil regime as Nazi Germany, and remained loyal to devil-incarnate Adolf Hitler.  I know there were complex motives and psychology involved, and sweeping political dynamics.   But its still hard for me to get my head around…

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