Airframes

Airframes from the past and present used by the U.S. Air Force

  • Airframe: F-22 Raptor

    See more F-15 photos on Flickr The F-22A Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter incorporating fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and unprecedented pilot situational awareness, making it the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world. The Raptor’s sophisticated aerodynamic design, advanced flight controls […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses October 5, 2017
  • Airframe: F-15 Eagle

    See more F-15 photos on Flickr During its heyday, the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle was the pinnacle of U.S. air superiority, incorporating advanced technology and a forward-thinking design that created a highly-maneuverable multi-role fighter aircraft. The F-15 was born out of necessity, as the Vietnam War demonstrated the Air Force’s need for a new fighter […]

    Airman Magazine No responses September 18, 2017
  • Airframe: The U-2 Dragon Lady

    See more U-2 photos on Flickr The U-2S is a high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft providing signals and imagery intelligence and has the ability to detect radar, acoustic, nuclear, chemical and biological signatures. The plane’s long, high-profile wings give the U-2 glider-like flight while the fuel-efficient engine eliminated the need for aerial refueling on long […]

    SSgt Perry Aston No responses August 14, 2017
  • Airframe: The SR-71 Blackbird

    See more SR-71 photos on Flickr Following the loss of two U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft over the Soviet Union and Cuba in the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson demanded the seemingly impossible — a surveillance aircraft that could not be shot down by Soviet Bloc anti-aircraft missiles or interceptor aircraft. To answer this Cold […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses July 10, 2017
  • Airframe: The F-35A Lightning II

    See more F-35 photos on Flickr The F-35A Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter combining advanced aerodynamics, survivability in high-threat environments and an enhanced ability to provide pilots and allied assets across operational domains with robust situational awareness. The F-35 is the result of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program to develop a single-engine, stealthy, […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 26, 2017
  • F-4 Flies for Final Time

    See more “F-4 Flies for Final Time” photos on Flickr As he slides his hands across the edges of the wings and walks from nose to tail, inspecting all aspects of the jet, a wave of emotion begins to hit Jim Harkins. His weathered features appear calm and determined, but they hide the tears he […]

    Airman Magazine No responses February 21, 2017
  • The Aggressors

    ‘Bad guys’ give Red Flag pilots taste of aerial combat

    Airman Magazine One response November 10, 2016
  • Daily Deployed

    See more “Daily Deployed” photos on Flickr After working the night shift as a newly arrived remotely piloted aircraft pilot at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, Maj. Jeremy slept on a mattress that snugly fit in his closet. He resorted to the unusual sleeping arrangement to get the rest he needed during the day as […]

    Airman Magazine No responses November 8, 2016
  • Airman Aerials

    Amazing aerials from around the Air Force

    Airman Magazine No responses August 22, 2016
  • Lightning Strike

    See more “Lightning Strike” photos on Flickr Her movements are deliberate as she works on the aircraft. Cutting tape to cover a minor repair on the aircraft’s tail, her precision mirrors a doctor performing surgery — everything she does is exact. Her hands run smoothly but firmly across the aircraft as she applies sealant to […]

    Airman Magazine No responses November 17, 2015