F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

The boys from Edwards and their new jets are on a det to Mountain Home.

I have been to Mountain Home while doing a PCS back in 79. The room didn’t cost a fortune and I needed to get paid.

 

 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans Maj. Ethan Sabin, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, settles into the cockpit of an F-35A at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2016. Sabin is assigned to the 31st TES from Edwards AFB, Calif., which is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans An F-35A soars above the runway at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016. While here, the F-35s are scheduled to fly approximately four sorties a day with their 4th generation counterparts, dropping 20-30 inert weapons during multiple training scenarios throughout the test.

 

Source: F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

Life Event

Life event/Milestone.

It’s official.
I am a Tool Room Attendant.
No more flight line or jets for me.
The foot issues enabled me to obtain a reasonable accomodation to get off the line.
For the record:
ACC on 83-1120, 80-3666, 80-0584 and 88-0445. DCC for a time on 88-0456.
It was a good run. Father Time finally let me know that it was time to do something else not as strenuous, as well did my doctor..
The main bragging point: Oldest Crew Chief on the Line at Red Flag 12-2 at the age of 57!

Why a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider

“The “special relationship” with America is central to Britain’s national security and America also counts heavily on British diplomatic and military support. In an era of budget “austerity” in Britain and sequestration in America, there is great benefit for both countries when it comes to joint military operations and platforms procurement.

The combination of budgetary factors, procurement costs and issues, and the continuing need for air and sea power is why the relationship between the US and UK is so “special” that Britain’s next aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will likely be home to US Marine Corps F-35Bs — American fighters flying from a British warship.”


F-35 In Flight

Read more: http://ciceromagazine.com/features/special-relationship-u-s-marine-fighters-flying-from-a-uk-warship/#ixzz3Yl0ET8HBhy a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider.

French Navy Etendards and a Rafale refueling from a Super Hornet

In recent joint operations of the Charles de Gaulle and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups, someone got some really cool pics!

Operation Inherent Resolve

The French and American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are currently deployed along with their battle groups to support strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

http://theaviationist.com/2015/03/10/super-hornet-refuels-rafale/

Somebody’s Gotta Do It – CNN’s Mike Rowe Pays Tribute to Navy Seabees

“Mike Rowe, show host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It, is known for his own hard work and appreciating hard work. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he praised one of the hardest working groups (and often the most overlooked) groups around– the Navy Seabees.”

Mike Rowe is a really good man. He is one that youngsters these days should take onboard as a role model in my humble opinion.

I miss Dirty Jobs but I do DVR his new show on CNN. It is the only show on CNN worth any effort.

The entire straight skinny is at the link below.

Somebody’s Gotta Do It – CNN’s Mike Rowe Pays Tribute to Navy Seabees.

Report: Pay and benefits panel to recommend killing 20-year retirement – Stripes

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Members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, from left, Michael Higgins, Dov Zakheim, Alphonso Maldon Jr., Christopher Carney, Peter Chiarelli, listen as San Diego military leaders answer questions about pay and benefits in March 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Airport-Harbor Island. The commission is charged with evaluating the military compensation and benefits system and making recommendations about how best to update it.

This panel is a full hand of low life scum bags…………I said it.  The damage could be on a horrendous level…….. Report: Pay and benefits panel to recommend killing 20-year retirement – Stripes.

The Aviationist » One of the most awesome pictures ever taken on board USS Enterprise: starry night over Gulf of Aden.

When someone asks me that question…………………Why did you join the Navy? Yeah. Where are you gonna see something like this? I have been in those very waters mentioned in article………………aboard Ranger and Kitty Hawk back in the 1980s.

Why?

Indeed. The Best Light Show is that which was made by G-d Almighty.

The Aviationist » One of the most awesome pictures ever taken on board USS Enterprise: starry night over Gulf of Aden..

I can say that at the age of 60 that there are days that I miss it terribly………………………………

Watch The F-35C Operate From An Aircraft Carrier In The Dark Of Night

Found this at FoxTrotAlpha.Jalopnik……………………………….

Seeing as that in 1988, I did do a long work up sea period on Nimitz…………and the new toy has finally gone to sea…………..I figured, What the Heck! It finally hit a deck!

I still miss the Intruder and Corsair II though…………………………….

Watch The F-35C Operate From An Aircraft Carrier In The Dark Of Night

Watch The F-35C Operate From An Aircraft Carrier In The Dark Of Night.

A History Lesson, Plane Pr0n and Ship Pr0n all in one.

I came across this on YouTube. HMS Ark Royal R09 in 1975 conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean Sea. I am not sure what time of year it was but in the late Autumn of 1975, when I was aboard USS Independence CV62, we conducted a cross deck with Ark Royal. In 1976, we did it again.

This ship is gone now………………as are the Phantoms of 892 Squadron, the Buccaneers of 809 Squadron, the Gannetts and the Sea Kings and the Turbine H-34……………………………..

The RN Phantoms were amazing with those Rolls Royce Speys and the unique afterburners and the very long nose strut extend for the short cat stroke on The Ark.

Hands To Flying Stations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

USAF: F-35 Engine Fix Coming

Since there has been so much interest regarding the F-35 program in general and with the C version making the first arrested landings aboard USS Nimitz, I thought I would toss this one into the mix.

Some Potential Solutions Being Tested By Pratt & Whitney, Official Says Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Ligh

via USAF: F-35 Engine Fix Coming.