Airframes

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

  • KC-135 Stratotanker

    “Nobody kicks ass without tanker gas.” While it may sound cliché, it’s a common motto within the tanker community. For more than 60 years of continuous service, the KC-135 Stratotanker has been the core aerial refueling capability for U.S. operations around the world. The KC-135 provides the Air Force with its primary mission of global […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses August 13, 2018
  • C-5 Galaxy

    Since 1969 the C-5 Galaxy has dwarfed all other airframes in the Air Force inventory. Providing the U.S. Air Force with heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability capable of carrying oversized loads and all air-certifiable cargo, including the M-1 Abrams Tank. Development and Design During the Vietnam War, the USAF saw the necessity of moving large […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses July 16, 2018
  • EC-130H Compass Call

    The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system with a primary mission to disrupt enemy command and control infrastructures limiting adversary coordination and force management. The aircraft is a heavily modified variant C-130 Hercules, one of the most important and longest flying airframes in Air Force history. From the outside the aircraft may […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 11, 2018
  • Target Acquired

    For decades the F-16 Fighting Falcon was the world’s premier fighter jet.  Small, maneuverable and fast, it has been used for air-to-air operations and air-to-ground operations.  Even today, with its current upgrades, it is one of the world’s most advanced fighters. This is why they are blowing them up. In a small compound on the […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses May 24, 2018
  • 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