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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Old Tom.
An F-14D Tomcat prepares for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto conducts plane guard duties in the Persian Gulf. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 were underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. This was the last active service deployment for the Tom. The F-14 entered active service with the US Navy in 1972, and was retired in 2006. The only other country that operates this specific airframe is the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF).
(U.S. Navy photo by Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird, 6 JAN 2006.)
Stroll among the clouds.
An F15 Eagle from the 173d Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base flies over southern Oregon.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 18 DEC 2012.)
Never leave your wingman.
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft pilot waits for his wingman after refuel during a mission over Afghanistan. The pair were deployed from RAF Lakenheath, England.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway, 27 MAY 2008.)
Black on Blue.
An F-16C Falcon from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flies over a mountain range in Alaska during a Northern Edge 2011 training exercise. The U.S. Pacific Command directed excercise took place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and brought together nearly 6,000 participants from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.
(Photo by Ensign Joe Painter, 16 JUN 2011.)
Nooner #soldierporn: Eagle’s underbelly.
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle flies over the skies of Central California. The aircraft is assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno, California. In November of 2013, the 144th Fighter Wing converted to the F-15 Eagle for the unit’s guard mission.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roy Santana, 7 NOV 2013.)
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are planning legislation to block the Air Force’s plans to retire the A-10.
The A-10, which the Air Force wants to eliminate from its fleet to save money, has vocal supporters in the House and Senate who say they are looking for other defense costs to cut in order to save the aircraft. (Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force)
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft returns to the fight after refueling during a mission over Afghanistan. The first Eagle flew in 1972, and the air superiority fighter entered active service in 1976. Since then, it has been exported to numerous US-allied air forces.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Andy Dunaway, 28 MAY 2008.)
Off to go root around in the dirt.
An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The A-10 is specifically designed to provide close air support for U.S. and coalition ground forces.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, 27 DEC 2009.)
Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing prepare a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II for a mission at Bagram Air Field. The 455th AEW is responsible for providing responsive and precise close-air support to NATO and Afghan ground forces operating in Afghanistan.
(Photo by Captain Raymond Geoffroy, 27 MAY 2012.)
The pinnacle of old school sex appeal.
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. The A-10 Thunderbolt was activated into service in the US Air Force in 1976, and almost forty years later remains the sole aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 7 JAN 2014.)