The final C-130 flight of the 107th Airlift Wing taxis on the flight line here, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. September 25, 2014. As a consequence of a more recent force structure announcement, it was decided the 107th would cease flying C-130s, no longer be associated with the Reserve and will transition to their new mission flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Burke)
A B-2 Spirit bomber lines up on the runway in final preperation for the first flight ever for the air frame July 17, 1989, at the Northrop Grumman production facility in Palmdale, California. The first flight was just over two hours long, and ended at Edwards Air Force Base, California, where the aircraft underwent further testing both on the ground and in the air. (Defense Imagery Management Operations Center photo/Released)
Italian national display team Frecce Tricolori Aermacchi MB-339 trainers.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jason Kiggins, 480th Fighter Squadron flight commander from Largo, Fla., soars off the runway at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 30, 2014. Aircraft from the 480th FS are heading to the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment, 52nd Operations Group, Lask Air Base, Poland. The 52nd Fighter Wing’s forward-based, ready forces provide timely, decisive airpower to meet emerging challenges.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)
SPAD VII.Designed by Louis Béchereau around Hispano-Suiza 8 HS 150 hp developed by Marc Birgkit in 1915.Prototype flew in April 1916.Immediately showed far superior performance to aircraft then in service.268 ordered.Production took a long time to organize as only 207 were built by end of year.Production difficulties overcome,other plants produced in turn not only in France (3355) but also in England (137) & Russia (63).
hunderbird Fly-by The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly-by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the start of a NASCAR race in March 2014. Image: U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr. (Flickr)
Alenia Aermachi C-27J « Spartan ». Peru has announced it has ordered 2 tactical transport versions for it's air force.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 525th Fighter Squadron performs a touch-and-go on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, flightline during a training mission, Aug. 6, 2014. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance rapidly and at great distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards/ Released)
It first flew on 25 February 1963, & this year (2014) celebrates 50 years service as the transport workhorse of the French Armée de l'Air (& German Luftwaffe). Here a C-160 Transall on maritime patrol.
Capt. John Cummings, F-22 Raptor Demonstration pilot, practices his routine over Tyndall on Jan. 23. While Cummings will do most of his training at Langley, Air Force Instructions require him to make three off-station practice flights of the routine before performing at an air show. (Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Dustin Mullen)