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Webmaster Bob Sherman on 11/11/2011
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
USAF Air Police
Lackland AFB, Texas 1965 - 1966
Homestead AFB, Florida  1966 - 1968
Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam  1968 - 1969


My Medical Update - June 22, 2012

Father's Day June 17, 2012
The last 6 months have been the toughest in my
life. I have been fighting bladder cancer since
Dec 2009. For a short period in the last months
of 2011 I appeared to be cancer free....not so ..
in Jan of 2012 after a Pet Scan... the cancer has
spread to my lower back.  Trying to keep weight
on me has been a real problem. Eating was a
real pain until it was recently found that I have
3 large stomach ulcers. Treatment for them has
finally allowed me to eat well again and I am finally
gaining back some weight. Its day by day.
Am I Winning or Losing my fight with the cancer?
Only time will tell ...Some good days some bad days

So send a Prayer for me when you have time!

I enjoy email from viewers of my pages and I will
respond as I can ... Keep them coming!

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USAF Aircraft in Service - 1947 to Present

With a few USAAF Aircraft by Request of Former Pilots

Page Last Updated : Friday  June 22, 2012

The United States Army Air Corp  was created as part of the US Army on July 2, 1926.  The USAAC Operated under
 that Military Command until June 20, 1941,  when  it then became the
USAAF,  United States Army Air Forces, and as
it was so before, during, and after WWII.  It then became the
USAF,  a  New Separate Military Branch, under the
National Security Act of September 18, 1947. A Majority of USAAF Aircraft were then transferred to USAF Control.

In 1959, The USAF Quit appointing Warrant Officers

I always remembered from Basic Training the phase. "Be My Little General"
as to the Order and Number of Stars for the General Grades.
 

On this Page I have Tired to Research and Display as many of Aircraft that were on Active duty in the USAF after 9/18/1947.

The Majority of Information and Photos are From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, With Photos being Public Domain !
Some pictures included have the WWII insignias as I was not able to find the aircraft with USAF insignias
While other Aircraft may have other Countries and US Service Paint

Some info and Photos have been supplied by the Men who worked on them & Pilots who Flew them

I also know that there have been many Variants of Aircraft and Some of the Older Aircraft Designations have been dropped
from the Current Standard Designations used currently;
 Green are Current, Red are dropped designations.

Aircraft Designations
 
A- Ground Attack, OA- Amphibian, AT- Advanced Trainers, B- Bombers, BT- Basic Trainers, C - Cargo,
E- Special Electronic Mission, F- Photo Reconnaissance, F- Fighters, H- Search and Rescue, J- Missile Tracking,
K- Tankers,
L- Liaison, M- Medivac, N- Testing Platform, O- Observation, P- Pursuit, P- Patrol/ Maritime,
PT- Primary Trainer,
Q- Multi-mission Remote Control,  R- Helicopters, R- Reconnaissance, SR- Special for the
SR-71, Strategic Reconnaissance, T- All Trainers, U- Utility,
UC- Utility Transport, V- VIP Staff Transport,
X- Experimental, and W- Weather Reconnaissance -
There may be More!

"I have tried to Display the Most Common or Primary use of each aircraft !"

I have tried to be as Accurate as Possible and Invite all input. I am Happy to make  Corrections and Additions !

I was really lucky to have served in the USAF as a Security Air Policeman from 1965-1969,  Right ... Not my Choice !
But in this role I  to got patrol all areas of the bases I was stationed at. I was able to see Aircraft of all types,
Meet the Men that maintained them, and the Air Crews that flew them. Even as a Air Cop, I volunteered to fly
as much as I could.

Over the Past several months, I have received dozens of emails about this page and I want to make it the Best.

"Keep them Coming "

Thank You

Bob Sherman

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"Go Air Force"


USAAF Glider Aircraft

USAAF  Waco CG-4A - 1942- 13,900 + Built - Towed mostly by C-47s
They could carry 2 Pilots and 13 Troops or a Jeep and 4 Troopers
At the end of WWII, the majority of the remaining aircraft were sold for scrap, with
some being converted as towed camping homes.

 

USAAF  Waco CG-4As waiting to be loaded up and used during Operation Market Garden
During September 17-25, 1944 in Europe

 

USAAF Drone Aircraft

USAAF  Culver Aircraft - PQ-14 Cadet - 1942- 12,000 + Built
A Radio-controlled target drone for anti-aircraft training

 

USAF Training Aircraft

 

USAF  North American T-6 Texan - 1935 - 15,495 Built- In service till 1950s !

 

USAF  North American L-17A Navion - 1948 - 1200+ Built - Used for Liaison, Personnel
and Cargo Carrier, and Pilot Training.

 

USAF  North American T-28A Trojan  - 1949 - 1,948 Built - Heavily used by
the US Navy as Trainers also. Many USAF models were modified to become
AT-28Ds Attack Aircraft and used by the VNAF.

 

USAF  Aeronca  L-16A/B Champ - 1950 - About 250 Built- Used as Trainers and Observation

 

USAF  Piper PA-18  Super Cub - 1950s - Used as Initial Indoctrination Entry-level Trainers



USAF  Convair T-29  Navigation Trainer ... One of many Variants of the Convair CV-240, 340, and 440s

 

USAF   Convair NC-131H  Total In-Flight Simulator - A Stranger variant of a  CV-340 aircraft

 

USAF  Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star  - 1948 - 6,557 Built- In service till 1980s !
T-33s were used by more than 30 countries worldwide ...
In 2010, a T-33 Shooting Star owned by Boeing was used as a chase aircraft during the
maiden flight of the Boeing 787

 

USAF  Beechcraft T-34  Mentor  - 1953 - 450 Built for USAF - In service till 1960s !

 

USAF  Cessna T-37  Tweet - 1957 - 1,269 Built - In service till 2011 !

 

USAF  Northrop T-38  Talons  - 1961 - 1,187 Built  - 1961-1972

 

USAF  North American T-39 Sabreliner  - 1962 - 800+ Built  - 1959-1982 - Still in Service

 

USAF  Cessna T-41 Mescalero - 1964 - 224 Built

 

USAF  De Havilland UV-18 Twin Otter - 1966 - 3 used at the USAF Academy for Parachute Training

 

USAF  Raytheon T-1 Jayhawk - 1992 - 180 Built

 

USAF Beechcraft T-6A Texan II - 2000 - 435 Built

 

USAF  Boeing T-43  -  1973 - 19 Built


USAF  Observation  Aircraft

 

USAAF  Curtiss O-52 Owl - 1940 - 203 Built

 

USAAF  Interstate Aircraft  L-6   Cadet - 1940  - 574  Built

 

USAAF  Taylorcraft L-2  Grasshopper - 1941

 

USAF  Stinson L-5  Sentinel - 1942-1945  - 3,896  Built, Used into the 1950s

 

USAF  Stinson L-13A  Grasshopper - 1945-1947  - 301  Built, Used into the Korean War

 

USAF  Cessna 0-1 -  Bird Dog - 1950  - 3,431 Built - Over Vietnam

 

   

USAF  De Havilland L-20A/U-6A -  Beaver - 1950-1970 - 200 Built for USAF, 800 for Army - Korean & Vietnam

 

USAF  Helio Aircraft Co. U-10  Courier - 1954  - 120 Built for USAF - Flying over Vietnam

 

USAF  Cessna 0-2 -  Skymaster - 1967  - 532 Built - Vietnam

 

Preserved Cessna O-2 Skymaster in New Jersey - 2008

 

USAF  North American Rockwell  0V-10 -  Bronco - 1968  - 158 Built - Over Vietnam

 

USAF  0V-10s at Patrick AFB, Fl in 1980
>> Click on the Picture for a 2800 Pixel Enlargement <<

 

USAF  Boeing 0C-135B Open Skies - 1993 - 3 Built - In Service today
They Support the "Treaty on Open Skies" - They are Unarmed and Carry Only Photo Equipment
>> Click on the Picture for Enlargement <<

 

USAF  Hawker Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty - 2009  - 37 Built - Used in Iraq and Afghanistan

 


USAF Air Lift / Cargo Aircraft

 

USAAF  Douglas DC-2 / C-39  Transport - 1934 - About 200 Built

 

USAF  Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando - 1940 - 3,181 Built
Used in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam - Retired in 1968

 

  

 USAF   Douglas DC-3/C-47  Skytrain / C-53 Skytrooper  10,000 + Built
Many Civilian owned aircraft still flying today throughout the world

    

 USAF   Douglas DC-3/C-47  Skytrains being loaded during the Berlin Airlift in 1948

 

   

USAF  Douglas DC-4/C-54 Skymaster - 1942 - 1,170 Built - Retired in 1972
A Main Airlift Aircraft during the Korean war

 

USAF  Lockheed C-69/C-121 - Constellation - 1943 - 22 Built for USAAF

 

USAF  Douglas C-74 Globemaster  - 1945 - 14 Built - Retired in 1956

 

USAF  Fairchild C-82 Packet  - 1944 - 223 Built - Replaced by C-119
>> Click on the Picture for a 1800 Pixel Enlargement <<

 

USAF   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter - 1947 - 60 Built - Retired 1978

 

USAF   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter with Additional Jet Engines

 

USAF   Boeing YC-97J Stratofreighter with Turboprop Engines - 1947 - 2 Prototypes Built

 

USAF  Convair XC-99 - Largest Piston Heavy Cargo Plane  - 1 Built - In Service 1949-1957

 

USAF   Douglas C-118  Liftmaster  - From DC-6 - Built 1951 thru 1953 - About 102 C-118s Built 

 

USAF   Fairchild C-119  Flying Boxcar - 1949 - 1,180+ Built

 

USAF  Fairchild XC-120 Packplane - 1 Prototype Built from C-119


 

 

 USAF  Fairchild C-123 Provider - 1949 - 307 Built

 

USAF  Douglas C-124 Globemaster II - " Old Shaky" - 1950 - 448 Built - Retired 1974

 

 

  USAF  Lockheed C-130 Hercules

 

USAF  Convair C-131A  Samaritan

 

USAF  Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

 

USAF   Boeing EC-135J StratoLifter

 

USAF De Havilland C-7A Caribou

 

USAF  Beechcraft  C-12 Huron

 

USAF  Short Brothers  C-23A Sherpa

 

   

USAF  Lockheed  C-141 Star Lifter

USAF   Mc Donnell Douglas  C-9A Nightingale

 

   

USAF  Lockheed  C-5 Galaxy                                                      USAF   Boeing  C-17 Globemaster III

 

USAF  Alenia Aeronautica  C-27J Spartan - In Service 2008 with 38 on Order

 


USAF  Rescue and Recovery Aircraft

 

  Consolidated OA-10 / PBY-5 - Catalina Flying Boat- 1936 - 4051 Built for All Service Branches
In service till late 1950s !

Search and Rescue OA-10 at USAF Museum

 

USAF Boeing SB-17G - 5th Rescue Squadron with Air Droppable Life raft

 

USAF Douglas SC-54D Skymasters - 28 Built in Mid 1950s - With 40 Man Air Droppable Life rafts

 

USAF  Sikorsky  R-6A - Hoverfly II - 1945 - 225 Built
In service till late 1950s !

 

USAF  Sikorsky  H-5 - Dragonfly - 1945 - Over 300 Built
In service till 1957

 

 

USAF  Grumman  HU-16B - Albatross

 

USAF  SA-16/HU-16B - Albatross - 1949 - 466 Built for All Service Branches
In service till late 1970s !

 

USAF  Kaman Aircraft  HH-43 - Huskie - 1948 - 200+ - In service till late 1970s

 

Over Vietnam

USAF  Piasecki  H-21 - Shawnee - 1949 - 185 Built - In service till mid 1970

 

USAF  Sikorsky  H-19 - Chickasaw - 1950 - 1500+  Built - In service till 1970s
Used in Korea & Vietnam

 

USAF  Sikorsky  H-34  - Choctaw - 1954 - 2,108 Built - In State Side Colors

 

USAF  Sikorsky  H-34  - Choctaw - 1954 - 2,108 Built - In service till 1970s
Used in Vietnam,  Photo of Copters at Tan Son Nhut

 

USAF  Sikorsky  HH-3/C/E - Jolly Green Giant- 1959 - 120 Built - In service till 1990s !

 

USAF  Sikorsky  HH-53J - Super Jolly Green Giant - 1966 - 72 Built - Retired 2008?

 

USAF  Sikorsky  H-34  - Choctaw - 1954 - 2,108 Built - In service till 1970s
20 UH-1F's Converted to UH-1P Gun ships for USAF 20th Sp Ops Cmd - Used in Vietnam
Both Models retired in 2001

 

USAF  Bell Huey HH-1H of the 304th Rescue Squadron

 

USAF  Bell  HH-1N - Twin Huey - Twin Engine - 1970 - In service to Present
Primary use is at Nuclear missile bases, patrolling Missile fields, Personnel transport, Search
and Rescue, and VIP transport in Washington, DC. They are in need of replacement!


 

USAF  Sikorsky  HH-60G - Pave Hawk - 1990 - 111 Built

 

Boeing  HH-47G - Chinook - 2006 - 141 were to be Built for USAF - Cancelled in 2007
As of late 2010 they are being re-bid with no result yet.

 

USAF  Bell Boeing CV-22 - Osprey- 2006 - 50 will be Built for USAF & 408 for other Service Branches

 

 


USAF  Fighter Aircraft

 

USAF  Lockheed  P-38 - Lightning - 1941 - 10,000+  Built - In service till 1949 !


USAAF  Curtiss  P-40 - Warhawk - 1939-1944 - 13,000+  Built - Scrapped after WWII

 

USAF  Republic  P-47 - Thunderbolt - 1942 - 15,686 Built - In service till 1954 !

USAF  Curtiss  A-25A - Shrike  - 1942 - 900 for USAAF

 

USAF North American P-51/F-51  - Mustang - 1942 - 15,875 Built - In service till 1953 !

 

 

USAF Northrop P-61 - Black Widow- 1944 - 742 Built

 

USAF  Douglas A-1E - Skyraider - 1945  - 3,180 Built - In service till 1970s - Used in Vietnam

 

USAF  Lockheed  P-80/F-80 - Shooting Star - 1945  - 1,715 Built - Retired in Mid 1950s - Used in Korea

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Around 1946 The USAAF had put requirements out for a Long Range Penetration Fighter
that could escort the heavy bombers of the time. Prototypes from 3 different companies
were built.

The First was the USAF McDonnell XF-88 - 1948 - 2 Prototypes

 

USAF McDonnell XF-88 Jet with a additional Turboprop - 1948 - 2 Prototypes

 

The Second was the  USAF Lockheed XF-90  - 1949 - 2 Prototypes

 

And Third was the USAF North American XF-93A  - 1950 - 2 Prototypes

Experience learned during the Korean War and the introduction of the High Speed B-47
Bomber called for the cancellation for a Long Range Penetration Fighter and all contracts.
McDonnells XF-88 was redesigned and went on to become the F-101.

 

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USAF  Lockheed P-80s of the 36th FBS at the Ready in Korea in 1950

 

USAF  North American F-82  - Twin Mustang - 1946 - 270 Built

 

USAF  North American AT-28A  - Trojan - 1949 - 1,948 Built - Many used as Fighters

 

 

VNAF  T-28Ds from the USAF in the Skies over Vietnam in 1962

 

  

USAF  Republic F-84E - Thunderjet-  1946 - 7,524 Built    

 

    

USAF  Republic  F-84F Thunderstreak / RF-84F Thunderflash -  1954 

 

USAF  ThunderBirds Demo Team using F-84F Planes
>> Click on the Picture for a  Enlargement <<

 

 

USAF  Republic  XF-91 Thunderceptor - 1949 - 2 Prototypes Built from F-84

 

USAF   Republic  XF-84H Thunderscreech - 1955 - 2 Prototype Built

 

USAF  North American F-86  - Sabre - 1949 - 9,860 Built

 

 USAF F-86  Sabres on Alert in Korea
>> Click on the Picture for a 2600 Pixel Enlargement <<
 

 

USAF  North American F-86D/K/L  - Sabre Dog - 1950 - 2,847 Built
One of the First Fighters Outfitted with All weather Radar    

 

USAF  Northrop F-89  - Scorpion - 1950 - 1,050 Built - In service till 1969 !

 

 

USAF  Lockheed F-94  - Starfire - 1950 - 855 - Built - In service till 1960 !  

 

     

USAF  North American F-100 Super Sabre - 1953 - 2,294 Built    USAF  McDonnell F-101  Voodoo - 1957 - 807 Built

 

    

USAF  Convair -102 - Delta Dagger  - 1953 - 1000 Built              USAF  Lockheed F-104 - Star Fighter - 1958 - 2578 Built

 

USAF  F-104Cs of the 475th FIS at DaNang AB, Vietnam  in 1965

 

         

USAF  Republic F-105 - Thunderchief  - 1958 - 833 Built                  USAF  Convair F-106 - Delta Dart - 1959 - 340 Built

 

       

USAF North American  F-107 - Super Super Sabre                   USAF North American  XF-108 - Rapier
1955 - 3 Built                                                              1958 - 1 Mockup Built

 

USAF   McDonnell Douglas  F-4 - Phantom II  - 1960 - 5,195  Built - 1958-1981
Used by USAF,  US Navy & US Marines !

 

USAF  Northrop  F-5A/B/C - Freedom Fighter - 1962 - 836  Built
USAF  Northrop F-5E/F - Tiger II - 1972 - 1400+ Built

 

USAF  General Dynamics F-111  - Aardvark - 1967 - 563 Built

 

USAF  LTV A-7D - Corsair II - 1967 - About 500  Built for USAF - Over Vietnam - In service till 1991!

 

USAF  Cessna A-37 - Dragonfly - 1967 - 577  Built - Over Vietnam - In service till late 1980s !

 

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-15A-D - Eagle - 1976 - 1100 + Built

 

USAF  General Dynamics YF-16 and a Northrop YF-17 Prototypes Flying Togeather - 1974
The USAF went with the F-16, The YF-17 was developed into the Navy F/A-18

 

USAF  Fairchild Republic A-10  - Thunderbolt II -  "Wart Hog" ,  "Tank Killer" - 1977 
 715 Built - Still in Service today!

 

The Tank Killer 30 MM Gun on the A-10

 

USAF  General Dynamics F-16 - Fighting Falcons - 1978 - Over 4,400 Built

 

USAF  Lockheed F-117 - Night Hawk - 1st Stealth Fighter - 1983 - Retired 2008 - 64 Built
Replaced by the USAF F-22 - Raptor
s- 2nd Stealth Fighter - 2005

 

USAF  McDonnell Douglas F-15E - Strike Eagle - 1988 - 340+ Built

 

USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 - Raptors- 2nd Stealth Fighter - 2005 - 135 Built as of Feb 2009

 

USAF Lockheed Martin F-35 - Ligthning IIs- 3rd Stealth Fighter - 2006 - 13 Test Planes built, 14 on Order

 


USAAF Bomber Aircraft

 

USAAF Martin B-10 -  1934 - 342 Built

 

USAAF  Douglas B-18 - Bolo - 1938 - 350 Built - Most were destroyed at Pearl Harbor and
in the Philippines at the beginning of WWII !

 

USAAF  Douglas B-23 - Dragon - 1938 - 38 Built - Based at 34th Bomb Wing at
McChord AFB, WA - Never saw Combat, Used for training and as VC-67 transports.
One of these is presently undergoing restoration in Moses Lake, WA

 

USAF Bomber Aircraft

USAF Boeing B-17 - Flying Fortress - 1938 - 12,731 Built

USAF  Douglas A-20 - Havoc - 1941 - About 7,500 Built

 

             

USAF Consolidated B-24 - Liberator - 1941             USAF North American B-25 - Mitchell - 1941
18,482 Built                                                             9,984 Built   

 

USAF Martin A-26 -  Marauder  - 1941- 1947 - 5,288  Built

 

USAF Douglas A/B-26 - Invader - 1943-1972 - 2,452 Built- Often Confused as a B-26
but was a completely different Design. They were Designed with a Single Pilot & the
2nd Crew Member would act as the Navigator, Gun loader or Bombardier, with a 3rd
Crewmember operating remote controlled guns in the Dorsal and Ventral Gun Turrets.
They served in all Wars from WWII thru Vietnam and with the CIA.
The Photo above is B-26 of the 3rd Bomb Group that carried out the last USAF
Bombing over Korea, 24 minutes before the Armistice Agreement was signed June 27, 1953.

 

A USAF Douglas A-26  Invader in Danang AB, South Vietnam
Photo Contributed by R. Scott Lindley

 

A Whole line of USAF Douglas A-26  Invaders in Danang AB, South Vietnam
Photo Contributed by R. Scott Lindley

 

 

USAF Boeing B-29 -  Super Fortress  - 1944 - 3,970 Built

 

USAF Boeing B-29 -  Super Fortress  - In Dark Colors

 

USAF Consolidated B-32 - Dominator - 1945 - 118 Built
All Scrapped in Aug 1945,  None remaining any where !

 

USAF  Northrop XB-35 - Flying Wing - 1946 - 13 Prototypes  Built
Cancelled July 1948 - Some airframes used for XB-49 development

 

              

USAF Convair B-36 - Peace Maker - 1949 - 384 Built               USAF North American B-45 - Tornado - 1948 - 143 Built
 420 mph - In service till 1959 !                                          1st Jet Powered Bomber - 570 mph
                                                                                      In service till 1959 !

 

 USAF  Convair XB-46 - Medium Jet Bomber - 1947 - 1 Built
  Cancelled 1947

 

 

         USAF Boeing B-47 - StratoJet - 1951 - 2,032 Built
  607 mph - In service till 1969 !

 

USAF Martin XB-48 - Medium Jet Bomber - 1947 - 2 Built
  Cancelled 1948

 

USAF Northrop XB-49 - Flying Wing - 1949 - 3 Built
 Last Prototype Scrapped Dec 1953

 

USAF Boeing B-50 - Superfortresss - 1949 - 371 Built
350 mph - In service till 1965!

 

USAF  Martin XB-51 - Low Level Jet Bomber - 1949 - 2 Built
645 Mph - Cancelled 1952 - Both crashed

 


 

   

USAF Boeing B-52 - Stratofortresss - 1952 - 650 mph - 744 Aircraft were built, Production ended in 1962

 

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Many B-52s were destroyed per the terms of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
(START). AMARC was tasked with eliminating 365 B-52 bombers. The progress of this task was verified by Russia via
satellite and first-person inspection at the AMARC facility. Initially, the B-52s were chopped into pieces with a 13,000 pound guillotine.

 

Retired B-52s sit at the "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, Arizona

 

In 1991, B-52s ceased continuous 24-hour SAC alert duty

94 Aircraft are still in Service today and planned to be used till 2040.

On 16 February 1991 a flight of B-52Hs launching from and returning to Barksdale AFB, in Louisiana, struck
targets inside Iraq. This was at the time the longest distance combat mission in history,
35 hours and 14,000 statute miles round trip !


 

This Video Will Bring Back Memories to all Mid-1960s SAC  Personnel

Many a Day or Night when I was stationed at Homestead AFB SAC held "ORIs",  Operational Readiness
Tests,  in which the SAC Air crews raced to their planes, B-52s and KC-135s ,and made ready to launch.
Most were no launch exercises to test response times. Some times it was a launch test.
At Homestead AFB in the Mid 1960s we could Launch about 12 B-52s and 12 KC-135s.
See the link below for a video of a SAC Alert Response and MITO exercise at Minot AFB, ND,  in June 2009

 Click here for the    B-52 MITO Video

About 10 minutes


 

 

USAF B-52 - Stratofortresss - Over Iraq  1991

 

USAF B-52 - Lower Deck

 

Taking off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam

>>>>>  Link About a  B-52 that Lost it's Tail ..Very Interesting  <<<<<

 

USAF Martin B-57 - Canberra- 1954 - 598 mph - 403 Built - In service till about 1976 !

 

          

USAF Convair  B-58 - Hustler - 1960 - Mach 2.1, 1400 mph - 116 Built - In service till 1970 !

 

USAF Convair YB-60 - Heavy Bomber - 1952 - 2 Built - Scrapped July 1954

 

 

USAF  Douglas B-66  Destroyer - 1956 - 294 Built - 631 mph - In service till 1973 !

 

 

USAF  North American XB-70  - Valkyrie - 1964 - 3.1 mach 2,056 mph - Only 2 Built

 

 

USAF  North American  XB-70  - Valkyrie - 1964 - On the Ramp- Never put into service.

 

USAF General Dynamics FB-111 Aardvark - 1968 - 76 Built for 2 SAC Bomb Wings - Last retired 1991

 

   

USAF  Rockwell  B-1 - Lancer - 1974 - Mach 1.25  830 mph - 104 Built

 

A USAF Rockwell B-1B  in a High Speed Flyby

 

USAF  Northrop Grumman  B-2  - Spirit "Stealth Bomber"  -  604 mph - 1989 -  Only 21 Built


 

USAF  Gunship Aircraft

 

USAF  Douglas AC-47 - "Puff the Magic Dragon"  - 1965 - Unknown number Built

 

USAF  Fairchild AC-119G/K  - Shadow/Stinger- 1958 -  52 Built

 

USAF  Lockheed AC-130A/U - Spectre/Spooky- 1968/1995 -  43 Built

 


USAF  Air Refueling Aircraft

 

USAF  Boeing KB-29 - Strategic Tanker - 1948 -  282 Built

 

USAF Boeing KB-50J -Tanker - 1960s -  F-100, F-101 & B-66 Being Refueled
During the Battle of Britain Day September 14, 1963 in England

 

Another View of Battle of Britain Day Fly-By

 

USAF  Boeing KC97- Stratotanker - 1950 -  816 Built
>> Click on the Picture for a 2000 Pixel Enlargement <<

 

USAF  Lockheed HC-130 - Hercules - 1959
>> Click on the Picture for a 3000 Pixel Enlargement <<

 

USAF  Boeing KC-135A - StratoTanker - 1957-1965 -  803 Built

 

USAF  Boeing KC-135R - StratoTanker - With New CFM-56 Turbofans

 

USAF  Boeing KC-135R - A View from the Boom Operator's Window
Operator laying down and head on chin rest.

 

USAF  McDonnell Douglas KC-10 - Extender - 1981 - 64 Built

 

USAF  Boeing KC-46A

The On Feb 24, 2011, the USAF Awarded Boeing Aircraft the 3.5 Billion Contract for up to 179
KC-46A Aircraft, which will be built on the 767 platform with Glass Cockpits from 787s.
The new aircraft will also have the capability of up to 190 passengers and 19 pallets of cargo.
18 KC-46A's are to be delivered by 2017. The older KC-135s could only provide for 52
passengers and 6 pallets of cargo.

 


 

USAF  Reconnaissance/Utility/Special Ops Aircraft

There were Many Variants of USAF Planes used for Reconnaissance

Shown below are just a few of the Well known Aircraft.

USAF  Northrop RF-15A- Reporter - 1946 - 36 Built

USAF  Beech Aircraft UC-45 Expeditor - 1946 - VIP Transport - 900+ Built - In Service till 1963

 

USAF  Boeing RB-17G - Fotorecon  1948 - 20 + Converted - Assigned till 1951 to Travis AFB, CA
Also the 6204th Photo Mapping Squadron completed mapping of North Korean by November 1950.

 

USAF North American RB-45C - 1948 - 38 Built - In service till 1959

 

USAF  Martin E/RB-57's - Canberra- 1954 - 598 mph - About 60 Built - In service till 1971 !

 

USAF   Lockheed  EC-121 - Warning Star - 1954 - 232 Built - In Service till 1978 !

 

USAF   Lockheed  EC-121R - Super Constellations Flown by the 553rd Recon Wing from 1967 to 1971
from Korat Thailand. They were known as the "Batcats"
Photo Submitted by a retired USAF Crew member

 

USAF  Douglas RB-66 Photo Recon - 1956 - 36 Built

 

USAF  Lockheed B-69A from P2 Aircraft- Sp Ops - 1954 - 1966 - 7 Built
For CIA with USAF markings - Flown in South China Sea Area, Laos and Vietnam

 

USAF  Douglas EB-66  ECM - 1966 - 36 Built - Used over Vietnam

 

USAF  Lockheed MC-130 AFSOC - 1966 - 2012 - 5 Model types E/H/P/W/J - 86 total built
Their mission is infiltration, exfiltration,  and resupply of Special Operation Forces and
Air refueling of sp ops helicopter and tilt-rotor aircraft.

 

USAF  Lockheed DC-130  - 1964 - 2003 - The C-130 has served many different roles.
In the DC-130 configuration it was used to launch the Q-2C Firebee target drone. During the
opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom three drones flew in ahead of Tomahawk missiles
spooling out clouds of chaff over Baghdad.

 

USAF  McDonnell RF-101/A/Cs - Voodoo - 1957 - About 330 Built - Used during Cuban Missile Crisis and
Vietnam. Photo above, Tan Son Nhut 1965 - It replaced RB-57s - In service till 1982 !

 

USAF /VNAF  Cessna U-17A/Bs - Modified Cessna 185 Skywagons- About 100 Built
Used by the VNAF - this one at Nha Trang AB, Vietman - Mid 1960s

 

USAF  Beechcraft QU-22B - 27 Built in 1970 - Used by the 553rd Recon "Vampires" to orbit over the
Ho Chi Minh Trail to relay Igloo White tactical ground sensor signals to the Task Force Alpha
monitoring station at Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War till 1972. Built to
be a remote controlled aircraft, it was manned by a single pilot after equipment reliability issues.

 

USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4G  Wild Weasel - 1964 - About 550 Built - Used during Vietnam and Gulf War.
It replaced RF-105's - In service till 1995 !

 

USAF General Dynamic EF-111 - Raven - 1983 - 42 Built - Replaced the B-66 - In service till 1998 !

 

Nice Picture of a USAF F-4, A-10 & RF-4C During an Air Show in 1987
>> Click on the Picture for a 3000 Pixel Enlargement <<

 

5 USAF McDonnell Douglas RF-4Cs of the 67th TRW
>> Click on the Picture for a 3000 Pixel Enlargement <<

 

USAF Lockheed U-2 - Dragon Lady - 1957 -  86 Built

 

USAF  Lockheed U-2 in Dark Blue/Black Colors

 

USAF  Lockheed EC-130E Hercules Airborne Battlefield Command & Control - Retired Now

 

USAF  Lockheed EC-130H Hercules Compass Call - 1982 - 55th ECG - 14 Built
USAF  Lockheed EC-130 J Hercules Commando Solo - PSYOP - 1992- SOCOM - 7 Built

 

 

USAF  Boeing RC-135s  - Many Different Variants with Different Electronic Duties and Names - 1961
 32 Built and in Service today with Engines and Airframe Upgrades
>> Click on the Picture for Enlargement <<

 

USAF  Boeing NKC-135  - Airborne Laser Lab - 1963
>> Click on the Picture for Enlargement <<

 

 

USAF   Boeing EC-135 - Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA) - mid 1960's thru mid 1990s
They were used in support of NASA Space programs and were stationed predominantly
at the Air Force Eastern Test Range at Patrick AFB, Florida.
Information provided by a retired USAF member
 

USAF  Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix - 1965 - 11 Built - These Aircraft are fitted with
Equipment for Detecting Atmospheric Particulate Debris and Gaseous effluents
including Radiation from Nuclear detonations and Accidents through out the world.
Most recently over flew  Japan's Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011.
>> Click on the Picture for Enlargement <<

 

USAF Lockheed SR-71 2 Seater Trainer - Blackbird - 1966

 

 

 Lockheed YF-12A - Blackbird

 

Lockheed SR-71A - Blackbird

Records - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The SR-71 remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career.
From an altitude of 80,000 ft (24 km), it could survey 100,000 square miles (260,000 km2) per hour
 (72 square kilometers per second) of the Earth's surface. In addition, it was accurate enough to take
a picture of a car's license plate from this altitude. On 28 July 1976, an SR-71 broke the world record for
its class: an absolute speed record of 1905.81 knots (2,193.17 mph, 3,529.56 km/h), and an "absolute altitude record"
of 85,069 feet (25,929 m). Several aircraft exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs but not in sustained flight.

When the SR-71 was retired in 1990, one example was flown from its birthplace at United States Air Force Plant 42
in Palmdale, California, to go on exhibit at what is now the Smithsonian Institution's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
(an annex of the National Air & Space Museum) in Chantilly, Virginia. On 6 March 1990, Lt. Col. Ed Yeilding and
 Lt. Col. J. T. Vida piloted the Blackbird, setting a coast-to-coast aircraft speed record: 67 minutes 54 seconds,
at an average speed 2,125 mph (3,419 km/h). Three additional records were set within segments of the flight,
including an average speed of 2,190 mph (3,524 km/h) measured between the radar gates set up in St. Louis and
Cincinnati. These four speed records were accepted by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the recognized
body for aviation records in the United States. An enthusiast site devoted to the Blackbird lists a record time of
64 minutes 20 seconds between Los Angeles and Washington DC for that 6 March 1990 flight.

The SR-71 also holds the record for flying from New York to London in 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds, set
on 1 September 1974. This equates to an average velocity of about Mach 2.68, including deceleration for in-flight
refueling. Peak speeds during this flight were probably closer to the declassified top speed of Mach 3.2+.
(For comparison, the best commercial Concorde flight time was 2 hours 52 minutes, and the Boeing 747
averages 6 hours 15 minutes.)

 

USAF  Boeing YAL-1 - Airborne Laser Testbed - SOCOM- 2002
>> Click on the Picture for Enlargement <<

 

USAF  Fairchild Swearingen C-26B - 11 - Used by ANG,  Homeland Security - 2005

 

USAF  Lockheed AL C-130- Airborne Laser Testbed - SOCOM - 2007

 

USAF  Beecdhcraft MC-12 Liberty - Recon over Iraq  - 2009

 


USAF  Pilatus Aircraft U-28A - 319th Sp Ops - 23 Built - 2010

 


USAF Command, VIP, & Liaison Aircraft

 

USAF  Douglas VC-54C - Skymaster - 1945 - Presidents FDR and Trumans  "The Sacred Cow"

 

USAF  Douglas VC-118B - Liftmaster - 1947- President Trumans "The Independence"

 

USAF  Aero Commander U-4B - 1956 - 1960- Used by President Eisenhower for short trips

 

USAF  Lockheed VC-121E - Super Constellation - 1953- President Eisenhowers "Colombine III"

 

USAF  Boeing VC-137B - Stratoliner - VIP Transport - 1954-1965

 

USAF  Lockheed C-140A / VC-140B Jetstar - VIP Transport - 1957-1979 - 204 Built
>> Click on the Picture for a Enlargement <<

 

USAF Cessna 310 U-3/L-27A Blue Canoe - 1957 - 546 Built

 

USAF C-21 Learjet 35/36 - 1973 - 80 Built for USAF

 

USAF  Boeing E-4A/B National Emergency Airborne Command Post Aircraft - 1974 - 4 Built

 

USAF  Boeing E-3 - Sentry - Airborne Warning and Control System - 1977 - 68 Built

 

USAF  Boeing E-8 - Joint STARS - Airborne Battle Management - 1991 - 17 Built

 

USAF   Boeing  C-40B VIP Transport

 

USAF  Boeing  VC-137C - The Spirit of 76 - Air Force 1 - #26000, Built 1962 & #27000 - Built in 1972

 

USAF  Boeing  VC-25 - Air Force 1 - #28000/#29000  - 1990 - 2 Built 

 

USAF  Boeing  C-32  VIP Transport - 1998 - Boeing 757 - 4 Built
Air Force 1 into Shorter Airports in US and Around the World

 


 

USAF Remote Control Observation and Attack Aircraft

 

USAF  Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk - 2005 -  ? Built - Used in Afghanistan

 

 

USAF  General Atomics MQ-1  -  Predator - 1995 - 195 Built

 

USAF  General Atomics MQ-9  -  Reaper - 2001 - 28 Built - Taxing for Takeoff in Afghanistan

 

USAF  General Atomics MQ-9  -  Reaper - In Flight


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