Oct 15 2012
An amazing roundup of the best military photos we came across since our last military photo compilation. This one is mostly all aviation.
Two Swedish Air force Saab JAS 39 Gripens flying over some stunning mountains. Citation: Steve.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft taxis to its parking spot at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2012. The Globemaster III is a regular visitor to Bagram Airfield, transporting troops, equipment and supplies in and out of Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy)
A soldier firing the deadly FGM-148 “Javelin” missile. Each missile is worth $40,000 USD.
B-1 bomber breaking the sound barrier.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet maneuvers into position for aerial refueling from a U.S.Air Force KC-10 Extender.
Yes this is real. It happened in early 1990 in the Persian Gulf, while U.S. carriers and B-52s were holding joint exercises. Two B-52s called the carrier (USS Ranger) and asked if they could do a fly-by, and the carrier air controller said yes. When the B-52s reported they were 9 kilometers out, the carrier controller said he didn't see them. The B-52s told the carrier folks to look down. The paint job on the B-52 made it hard to see from above, but as it got closer, the sailors could make it out, and the water the B-52 jets were causing to spray out. It's very, very rare for a USAF aircraft to do a fly-by below the flight deck of a carrier. But B-52s had been practicing low level flights for years, to come in under Soviet radar. In this case, the B-52 pilots asked the carrier controller if they would like the bombers come around again. The carrier guys said yes, and a lot more sailors had their cameras out this time.
UH-60 looking beautiful while flying low.
Two Eurofighter Typhoon jets maneuver amid the snowy peaks of the Alps.
A landing craft air cushion enters the welldeck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 2nd, 2012.
An F-111 “Aardvark” making a hard banking turn with its fully opened variable-sweep wings.
F-15 popping flares during a support operation in Afghanistan.
USS Washington with a beautiful sunset as a backdrop.
A formation of F-15's flying with a single F-104 “Starfighter” leading the pack.
View from the cockpit of an F-16, while flying in formation. This is the widely known aerobatics team known as the “Thunderbirds”.
A chase vehicle drives behind a U-2 “Dragon Lady” to communicate altitude and alignment corrections while it lands at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
A new style M327 mortar firing. That muzzle flash is just massive!
A lineup of Mi-28 anti-armour helicopters. See more awesome soviet aviation that we posted here.
A U.S. Marine Corps C-130 refuels two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters under the watch of an AH-1 Cobra and a modernized UH-1Y Venom during the 2012 Kaneohe Bay Air Show on Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Sept. 28, 2012.
Dedicated to the RAF crews from XV Squadron who sadly lost their lives recently in a Tornado training accident in Moray Firth, Scotland. Phot by Ben Clark.
A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter sits at Camp Dwyer in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 4, 2012.
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