McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet @ Axalp 2015, Switzerland
Originally shared by The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (F/A designation for Fighter/Attack). Designed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. The U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has used the Hornet since 1986.The U.S. Navy started the Naval Fighter-Attack, Experimental (VFAX) program to procure a multirole aircraft to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, the A-7 Corsair II, and the remaining McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs, and to complement the F-14 Tomcat.Though the YF-16 won the LWF competition, the Navy was skeptical that an aircraft with one engine and narrow landing gear could be easily or economically adapted to carrier service, and refused to adopt an F-16 derivative. On 2 May 1975 the Navy announced its selection of the YF-17. Since the LWF did not share the design requirements of the VFAX, the Navy asked McDonnell Douglas and Northrop to develop a new aircraft from the […]
29 Jan 2016 in G+ Posts, by
Two legends flying in Sweden
Originally shared by Cavalier F-51D Mustang 2 & Supermarine 361 Spitfire LF16E.This is probably the two most iconic aircraft of WWII. More Mustang images here: More Spitfire images here: #Supermarine #Spitfire #Mustang #Aircraft #Aviation #Warbirds #E_PIC_SE #Biltema  
17 Jan 2016 in G+ Posts, by
A Fairey Firefly that ended its working life as a target tug in Sweden, waiting restoration at IWM Duxford. They do have the wings! They're stored in another hanger, near the Super Sabre
Originally shared by +**** I've tried to photo this one many times, but it's challenge to fit in the huge prop and keep the background clear of parts of other aircraft. #albatroff #firefly #fairey #fighter #navy #airplane #aeroplane #plane #aviation #aircraft #duxford #iwm #cambridgeshire  
30 Dec 2015 in G+ Posts, by
The MiG-21 at IWM Duxford. I wasn't sure if I could make anything of this shot as it's taken at 17mm focal length and bit weirdly proportioned, plus there's the usual museum clutter around it. But I think it came out OK in the end
Originally shared by +**** #albatroff #aviation #iwm #duxford #mig #fighter #military #museum #airplane #aircraft #aeroplane #miyokan #coldwar  
20 Dec 2015 in G+ Posts, by
MiG-21MF Lancer-C of the Romanian Airforce
Originally shared by Radom 2015 The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-21; NATO reporting name: Fishbed) is a supersonic jet fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It was popularly nicknamed "Balalaika", from the aircraft's planform-view resemblance to the Russian stringed musical instrument or ołówek (English: pencil) by Polish pilots due to the shape of its fuselage.A total of 10,645 aircraft were built in the USSR, 194 MiG-21F-13s were built under licence in Czechoslovakia and India built 657 MiG-21FL, MiG-21M and MiG-21bis.Like many aircraft designed as interceptors, the MiG-21 had a short range. This was not helped by the poor placement of the fuel tanks, which caused the airplane's center of gravity to shift rearwards once two-thirds of the fuel had been used. This had the effect of making the plane statically unstable to the point of being uncontrollable, resulting in an endurance of only 45 minutes in clean condition. Additionally when more than half the fuel was used up in early versions, violent maneuvers prevented fuel from flowing into the engine, thereby causing it to shut down mid flight. Source: Wikipedia #Mig #Lancer #Fishbed #Aircraft #Aviation #Fighter #E_PIC_SE  
09 Dec 2015 in G+ Posts, by
I never knew about these aircraft. Glad to have been enlighten about the WB-57F. Back then the B-57 was a tactical bomber and reconnaissance for the US in the 60's
Originally shared by +Aviation Plus #Aviation #Rare PHOTOS: The Three Remaining WB-57Fs Take Flight Over HoustonResidents of Houston Texas were given a rare treat last Thursday: A formation flight by the only three remaining airworthy B-57s, NASA’s WB-57Fs.
02 Dec 2015 in G+ Posts, by
"Slip The Surly Bonds"
Originally shared by +Fly By Photography Lt. Joe “Goat” Krukar speeds past in the F-18 Hornet. Plus, Comment and Share #flying #plane #hornet #f18 #boeing #vfa106 #usnavy #navy #aviation #photography #canonusa #oceanaairshow #airshow #nasoceana #usnavy #flybyphotography  
15 Nov 2015 in G+ Posts, by
Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback or "Hell Duck"
Originally shared by MAKS 2015 The Sukhoi Su-34 (Russian: Сухой Су-34) (NATO reporting name: Fullback) is a Russian twin-engined, twin-seat strike fighter. It is intended to replace the Sukhoi Su-24. Based on Sukhoi Su-27 'Flanker', the two-seat Su-34 is designed primarily for tactical deployment against ground and naval targets (Tactical bombing/attack/interdiction roles, including against small and mobile targets) on solo and group missions in daytime and at night, under favourable and adverse weather conditions and in a hostile environment with counter-fire and EW counter-measures deployed, as well as for aerial reconnaissance. The aircraft shares most of its wing structure, tail, and engine nacelles with the Su-27/Su-30, with canards like the Su-30MKI, Su-33, and Su-27M/35 to increase static instability (higher manoeuvrability) and to reduce trim drag. The aircraft has an entirely new nose and forward fuselage with a cockpit providing side-by-side seating for a crew of two. The Su-34 is powered by a pair of Saturn AL-31FM1 turbofan engines, the same engines used on the Su-27SM; giving the aircraft a maximum speed of Mach 1.8+ when fully loaded. When equipped with a full weapons load, the Su-34 has a maximum range of 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) without refuelling, this can […]
13 Nov 2015 in G+ Posts, by
Charlie: What were you doing there?
Originally shared by Goose: Communicating… Maverick: Communicating, keeping up foreign relations.Goose: [Extending his middle finger] You know, the finger! Charlie: Yes, I know the finger, Goose. The Russian Knights, Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker​!/ #Sukhoi #Flanker #Aircraft #Aviation #Fihgter #jet #E_PIC_SE  
10 Nov 2015 in G+ Posts, by
Sukhoi Su-35S Super Flanker
Originally shared by MAKS 2015 The Sukhoi Su-35 (Russian: Сухой Су-35; NATO reporting name: Flanker-E]) is a heavily upgraded derivative of the Su-27 'Flanker.While the aircraft maintains a strong superficial resemblance to the Su-27, the airframe, avionics, propulsion and weapons systems of the Su-35 have been thoroughly overhauled. Technological advancements have produced more compact and lighter hardware, such as the radar, shifting the centre of gravity to the aircraft's rear. These improvements removed the need for canards (Su-30) and saw the abandonment of the "tandem triplane" featured on several Su-27 derivatives. Also omitted was the Su-27's dorsal airbrake, which was replaced by differential deflection of the vertical stabilizers. Other aerodynamic refinements include a height reduction of the vertical stabilizers, a smaller aft-cockpit hump, and shorter rearward-projecting "sting".The thrust vectoring nozzles operate in one plane for pitch, but the canting allows the aircraft to produce both roll and yaw by vectoring each engine nozzle differently. A similar thrust vectoring system is also implemented on the PAK FA.The engine gives the Su-35 limited supercruise capability, or sustained supersonic speed without the use of afterburners. Radar-absorbent material is applied to the engine inlets and the front stages of the engine compressor […]
08 Nov 2015 in G+ Posts, by