Originally shared by +Fly By Photography January 27, 1937 marks the date of the first flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The P-38, designed for the US Army Air Corps in 1937, features two booms containing the engines with a central pod making up the cockpit. The P-38 was the only US fighter aircraft that was in production when the US entered World War II to the end of the war. The Germans called the P-38 the Fork-Tailed Devil. The Japanese called it Two Planes, One Pilot. Over 10,000 P-38s were produced. Of that total, only 5 are still airworthy. The P-38 Lightning in my photograph belongs to Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in Granite Falls, Minnesota. She arrived at Culpeper Airport on the morning of May 7, 2015 to take part in the Arsenal of Democracy Fly Over of Washington DC on May 8th, the 75th anniversary of VE Day. "Misty Morning Arrival"http://goo.gl/z1qsd2 Delayed by weather on the way from Minnesota, Fagen Fighter's P-38 Lighting, Ruff Stuff, finally arrives at Culpeper Airport at 7:30 am on May 7, 2015, for the Arsenal of Democracy. #warbird #p38 #lightning #p38lightning #plane #usaaf #armyairforces #airforce #aviation #photography #canon #flybyphotography
Originally shared by +Nicolas Brusselaars Picture by l'Armée de l'Air
Originally shared by +Fly By Photography I dug into the archives for today's jet. Photographed here is the F-117 Nighthawk, probably more popularly know as "The Stealth Fighter," at the NAS Oceana Airshow back in 2007. Developed by the secretive Skunk Works division of Lockheed, the F-117 first took to the air on 18 June 1981. The aircraft's faceted shape was designed to reflect a radars' electromagnetic energy away from that radar's receiver, making the aircraft difficult to detect. Additionally, the F-117 didn't carry a radar of its own, as the electromagnetic pulses from an aircraft's radar can be detected by enemy receivers. Instead, it relied on electro-optical and thermal-optical equipment to navigate and deliver its payload. In order to defeat thermal detection, the F-117 used a jet exhaust system that mixed cool ambient air with the hot exhaust as it exited the aircraft. Although popularly referred to as The Stealth Fighter, the F-117 was never capable of and never used to shoot down enemy aircraft. Instead, it was a strike aircraft, used to deliver smart bombs on high value, highly defended targets. F-117s were first used in combat in 1989, during the invasion of Panama to oust its dictator, […]
Originally shared by +Jörgen Nilsson Belgian Air Force F-16 Solo Display.
Originally shared by +E-pic.se http://www.e-pic.se/Aircraft/Aircraft-sorted-by-type/McDonnel-Douglas/McDonnell-Douglas-F-18-Hornet/ 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 […]