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A Navy MH-60S Seahawk fires flares during an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrierUSS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific Ocean, May 3, 2018. Navy photo by Seaman Michael A. Colemanberry

 

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 1, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) fires a RIM-116 test rolling airframe missile during combat systems ship qualification trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Clint Davis)

 

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 25, 2018) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 94 flies above the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway for a scheduled deployment in the western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Colemanberry)

 

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Strange, the F117s feel like "new" birds and too "young" to retire, but I guess these stealthy birds have been around longer than we realize. 

 

Two specially painted F-117 Nighthawks fly on one of their last missions. The F-117s were retired in a farewell ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 22, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kim Frey)

 

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Upside down A10 Warthog, my favorite active air frame. 

 

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An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, participates in operations at Grayling Air Gunnery Range during Northern Strike 16. Northern Strike 16 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting approximately 5,000 Army, Air Force, Marine, and Special service members from 20 states and three coalition countries during the first three weeks of August 2016 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, both located in northern Michigan. The exercise strives to provide accessible, readiness-building opportunities for military units from all service branches to achieve and sustain proficiency in conducting mission command, air, sea, and ground maneuver integration, and the synchronization of fires in a joint, multinational, decisive action environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Second Lieutenant Andrew Layton)

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A herd of Warhogs

 

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Aircraft from the 23rd Wing conducted a surge exercise May 22, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise demonstrated the wing's ability to rapidly deploy combat ready forces across the globe. The 23rd Wing maintains and operates A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft for precision attack, personnel recovery and combat support worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

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Tomkaz has me wondering when the F-117 was first placed in service. I'll have to go look that up .... the F-35 continues its' slow march towards gen-u-wine serviceability, and perhaps it can already fulfill the particular missions for which the the F-117, a somewhat specialized aircraft, was previously the tool of choice. 

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117 was flying at least in '81 or '82.  I was out on an exercise in nevada and we were way the heck out in the boonies (might have been the NTS - can't recall), and saw it flying one evening.  didn't know what the hell is was and figured it to be a special project.   Don't think they publicly appeared until Panama in '90.   

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On ‎5‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 3:47 PM, tomkaz said:

Strange, the F117s feel like "new" birds and too "young" to retire, but I guess these stealthy birds have been around longer than we realize. 

 

Two specially painted F-117 Nighthawks fly on one of their last missions. The F-117s were retired in a farewell ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 22, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kim Frey)

 

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Long enough for one of them to have been shot down in the Balkans, during the 1990s. Pretty sure they went into service during the Reagan years.

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3 hours ago, BrianBM said:

For sheer drama, it's hard to match a battleship broadside.

Especially after you see it in person.

Somewhere, I still have the pictures.

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