Airframes

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

  • B-1B LANCER

    For more than 30 years the B-1B Lancer has proven itself as an essential part of America’s long-range strategic bomber force. Capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force, the B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in […]

    TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses May 17, 2018
  • Icon of Airmanship

    Through the cockpit windscreen, Capt. Robert Morgan saw flashes of light from the wings and engine cowling of a German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 at his 12 o’clock and closing at an incredible rate. Each wink of light from the fighter’s wing root meant another 20mm cannon shell was heading directly at his B-17F Flying Fortress […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 3, 2018
  • B-52H Stratofortress

    During more than five decades of operational service, the Boeing B-52 heavy bomber has been the backbone of the strike capability of the U.S. Air Force. Its long range, ability to operate at high altitudes and capability to carry nuclear or precision-guided conventional ordnance to any point on the globe, has made it a key […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses April 16, 2018
  • C-17 Globemaster III

    See more C-17 photos on Flickr The C-17 Globemaster III has proven to be a workhorse in the U.S. Air Force’s airlift arsenal. Utilizing strategic airlift capabilities the aircraft is able to deliver troops and cargo to bases in contingency environments and forward operating bases in austere locations. The airframe’s versatile platform can perform tactical […]

    TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses March 9, 2018
  • Pilot Exchange

    See more Pilot Exchange photos on Flickr A formation of fighter aircraft races across the sky, performing acrobatic feats that appear to defy the laws of physics. The crowd looks on in amazement as the jets roar through the air. The airshow’s announcer keeps the audience in suspense as the formation builds up for the […]

    TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses February 20, 2018
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon

    See more F-16 photos on Flickr The F-16 Fighting Falcon, originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin), is a proven compact, single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft. Since the F-16A’s first flight in December 1976, this highly maneuverable air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack aircraft has provided mission versatility and high-performance for the U.S. and allied nations at […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses February 12, 2018
  • E-3 Sentry (AWACS)

    Since 1977, the E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) has provided airborne surveillance and command and control functions over battle spaces in conflicts around the globe. Operated by four countries and NATO, the E-3 allows radar to detect low-flying aircraft over land, a capability impossible for previous airborne radars due to an inability […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses January 8, 2018
  • AC-130 Gunship

    The AC-130 gunship is a devastating display of force and firepower. Through the years, the aircraft has been equipped with an array of side-fired canons, howitzers, mini-guns, wing mounted missiles and bombs and laser guided missiles launched from the rear cargo door, earning it the moniker the “Angel of Death.” The primary missions of the […]

    Airman Magazine No responses December 22, 2017
  • Airman Aerials

    Since its early days as a service, the Air Force has embraced technological advances in air and space capabilities and played an integral role as a global airpower. Airman Magazine regularly updates Airman Aerials, a photographic art gallery, featuring some of the best aerial photography from around the service in recent history. The staff plans […]

    Airman Magazine No responses December 18, 2017
  • Airframe: A-10 Thunderbolt II

    The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan-powered aircraft designed specifically for close air support and ground attack missions against armored vehicles. See more ‘A-10 Thunderbolt II’ photos on Flickr The aircraft’s sub-sonic speed and large straight-wing design allows for extreme maneuverability at low altitudes and extended time on target or to loiter above […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses November 8, 2017