Category Base Visits

LANGLEY IN 2018 – THE AIR SHOW AND THE AIR BASE

By: Category: AirshowsBase VisitsEventsMilitary

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Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, had their big airshow on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 18th - 20th, 2018. If anything,
Langley will get the award this year for having the longest official
title - "Air Power Over Hampton Roads 2018 Joint Base Langley Eustis Air 
and Space Expo".

For those of you who are not from the Norfolk area, "Hampton Roads"
does not refer to any asphalt "Road" at all. The body of water known
as "Hampton Roads" is one of the world's largest natural harbors (more
accurately called a "Roadstead" or a "Roads" for short. A "Roadstead"
is a body of sheltered water where ships can safely anchor without dragging 
or "snatching" bottom...
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What’s the USAF Weapons School’s Integration Phase?

By: Category: Base VisitsMilitary Exercise

Twice a year, the very prestigious Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base comes to an end with the large-scale capstone phase known as the Weapon’s School Integration phase.

WSINT was held from November 20th through December 13th, 2017. On the last day of this phase, I was able to witness and photograph the nearly 100 aircraft that took to the skies for the final mission of this grueling 6-month course.

From the Nellis AFB website: “Training during WSINT follows lines of operations designed to support U.S. Air Force doctrinal missions. Currently, those lines of operations and mission sets include:

Operation MOJAVE SHIELD – Defensive counterair – Integrate air and missile defense to deter and defeat an adversary

Operation INSTANT THUNDER – Offensive counterair – Gain freedom of ma...

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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAirshowsBase VisitsEAA AirVentureMilitary ExerciseSpottingTransports

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As we begin to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018, I pause to reflect on the photos and memories attached to them. This is one of my favorite times of the year, while the airshows and exercises are over it is time to pick my favorite photos from this past year. What makes a favorite photo? I am sure the answer differs for all of us, for me it is just that a “favorite”. It could be as simple as the angle or the light, it doesn’t always have to be a rare type or airline. It could be one aircraft in the shot or many different types in the shot. The Afterburners could be lit, or Beacons and Anti-Collison lights lit for that matter. It could an incredible amount of vapor during a high-g maneuver or vapor trails at altitude.

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These are some of my favorites from airshows including Thu...

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