Category Archives: Kit Bashing

1/1 scale F-4 Phantom-2 model

24 April 2017 (15:42 UTC-07 Tango 06) 03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715

The USAF 36th Maintenance Squadron and Civil Engineering Squadron worked together to refurbish an old F-4E Phantom static display on the U.S. Island territory of Guam.

Veterans of Foreign Wars members, and Vietnam conflict vet, pose in front of the 1/1 scale F-4E Phantom II display at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

During the Vietnam occupation many U.S. Air Force operations were launched from Guam.  The USAF version of the F-4 Phantom II was first deployed in support of the Vietnam occupation in December 1964.  For some odd reason the squadrons who rebuilt the static display painted the aircraft to represent a USAF bird based in West Germany from 1973-75.

DRONE WARS: QF-4 TO QF-16

UTAH: PHINAL PHANTOM PHLIGHT

What does it take to maintain a flying military firetruck?

23 April 2017 / 23:49 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

Susan Kett of U.S. Forest Service, David Lafon of North Carolina Forest Service and Robert Wheatley from CAL FIRE, on the flightline at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Technical Sergeant Miguel Corona, 146th Maintenance Squadron California National Guard, inspects the flight deck of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Tech. Sgt. Kye Dudley, 146th Maintenance Squadron California National Guard, inspects main wheel wells of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Senior Airman Santos Casaus operates ground generator that will provide electrical power to a sleeping C-130J, Gowen Field, Idaho.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Perez inspects the prop of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho. If oil is leaking from the prop hub the whole propeller assembly must be replaced.

Even transports use HUDs (Heads Up Display). Airman 1st Class Alexis Carranza inspects the HUD inside a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017.

Tech. Sgt. Miguel Corona inspects an oxygen mask inside of a C-130J.

Fire in the Hole! USAF Staff Sgt. Kelsey Herzfeld, assigned to the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, preps to connect the MAFFS nozzle to one of two Wyoming Air National Guard MAFFS C-130H. The work was done before leaving for Idaho. The Wyoming Air Militia has been flying MAFFS missions since 1975.

Nevada “High Rollers” C-130H follows a USFS spotter plane over western Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

A MAFFS unit being installed in a C-130H. Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System can dump 3-thousand gallons of water in five seconds!

Video: MAFFS BOMBS IDAHO!

MAFFS bombs Idaho!

23 April 2017 / 18:41 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

Staff Sgt. Benny Romero, 146th Airlift Wing, California Air Militia, inspects the C-130J’s main landing gear on Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017.

MAFFS 9 (C-130H) of 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air Militia, east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

Video of MAFFS practice water drops in western Idaho, 22 APR 2017:

MAFFS 2 and MAFFS 5, from Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado, on Gowen Field, Idaho, for USFS training.

MAFFS 3 (C-130H) of 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air Militia, somewhere east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

MAFFS 8 (C-130H) of 152nd Airlift Wing “High Rollers”, east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

IDAHO CONDUCTS MASSIVE MAFFS TRAINING, IN PREPS FOR HOT WILDFIRE SEASON!

HOLY VIRTUAL ‘COPTER! IOWA MILITIA 1ST TO USE BAT-cave!

 

Idaho conducts massive MAFFS training, in preps for hot wildfire season!

20 April 2017 / 18:27 UTC-07 Tango 06  (01 Ordibehest 1396/24 Rajab 1438/25 Jia Chen 4715)

“We look forward to this joint training with our military and civilian partners. Training together with all four MAFFS wings alongside U.S. Forest Service and other wildland firefighting agencies here in Boise provides a significant opportunity as we prepare for another challenging wildfire season.”-Colonel Bryan Allen, Air Expedition Group

California National Guard C-130J flies by a Nevada National Guard C-130H during Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training at Gowen Field, Idaho

MAFFS=Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System

More than 4-hundred state National Guard and federal Reserve personnel from California, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming arrived in Gowen Field, Idaho, for a week of U.S. Forest Service training: “MAFFS have played a critical role in wildfire suppression for more than 40 years by providing surge capacity when commercial airtankers are fully committed or not readily available as they frequently are during periods of high wildfire activity.”-Kim Christensen, USFS

C-130 aircraft from three National Guard units and a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit arrive at Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017

“Dude!”, 2013 Wyoming militia MAFFS drop:

2013 Wyoming MAFFS load up:

2013 California militia MAFFS drop:

MAFFS : WILDFIRE SEASON 2018 GOING TO BE A HOT ONE!

French AlphaJets invade United States!

20 April 2017 (03:55 UTC-07 Tango 06) 31 Farvardin 1396/23 Rajab 1438/24 Jia Chen 4715

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the United States saving their sorry asses during the First World War, the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (aka Patrouille de France, PAF) is performing at various USAF bases during the month of April.

PAF at Maxwell AFB, 08-09 APR 2017:

 

PAF at USAF Academy, Colorado, 19 APR 2017:

PAF at USAF Academy, Colorado, 19 APR 2017:

Ice Planet Hoth invades Russia with giant ATVs?

17 April 2017 (01:44 UTC-07 Tango 06) 28 Farvardin 1396/20 Rajab 1438/21 Jia Chen 4715

“It is a global project, which we planned for several years, and which demonstrates abilities of people and of vehicles.”-Anna Golubeva, To The East coordinator

On Friday four odd looking giant All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) left  Arkhangelsk, Russia, on a 10-thousand km (6-thousand-214 miles) trip across the Arctic.

The vehicles are the radical Sherp ATVs and will travel where no other ground vehicle has gone in the Arctic “…the only thing you can see is the shadow from the ISS [International Space Station].”

To The East is sponsored by Russian Geographic Society and the city of Saint Petersburg.  You can buy a Sherp for about $65-thousand USD.

“A crew can live in the vehicle. It is small, highly maneuverable; two people are comfortably in the front part while driving, and they can take a night rest, there is a comfortable soft bed there.”-Alexei Garagashyan, designer/expedition leader

“The vehicle does not have any axles, everything is inside, so in case of necessary maintenance everything is done inside the vehicle. They will not have to crawl under the bottom or freeze outside. Oiling chains – no problem here, just push the button and the oil gets there. The vehicle is made for use in complicated conditions.”-Anna Golubeva, To The East coordinator

Why are they taking this dangerous never before done trip? “…most importantly, it is a unique opportunity to see this country, to meet new people.”-Alexei Garagashyan, designer/expedition leader

U.S. armor shoots up border near Russia! Personnel wounded by gas attack?

15 April 2017 / 23:55 UTC-07 Tango 06 (27 Farvardin 1396/19 Rajab 1438/20 Jia Chen 4715)

NATO member United States deployed an armor unit consisting of M1A2 Abrams to the eastern European country of Latvia, to conduct live fire training on Russia’s border:

According to U.S. military sources, four U.S. Army 19-Kilos (M1 Abrams crew-members) from Fort Carson, Colorado, were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after a “malfunction” of their Panzerkampfwagen.   It happened a week ago, one 19K had to be sent to a hospital in Germany for further treatment.  No details about the malfunction were released.

Also, in an instigatory act NATO member Canada deployed military units (some from Alberta Province) into Latvia’s eastern provinces (districts), which just happen to be populated by ethnic Russians (almost half of which are not considered official citizens of Latvia). The most recent The Globe & Mail report says the Canucks will be “permanently garrisoned” in eastern Latvia.   According to a CBC report, the Canucks will not only be ‘defending’ eastern Latvia from Russians, but from ‘fake news’ as well! 

It’s all part of NATO’s latest instigation against Russia, called operation Enhanced Forward Presence.

Me riding C-130 on the way back to Idaho from a ‘friendly’ with Canadian armor in Alberta, in 2002.

NATIONAL GUARD RESPONDS TO CHEMICAL ATTACK(?) IN ARIZONA!

VEHICLE ID: U.S. ARMY M1A1 SEPV2 GRAFENWOEHR

IDAHO FEMALE BECOMES 1ST EVER U.S. PANZERFRÄULEIN!

WORLD WAR 3: “THIS IS WHERE ARMOR FIGHTS!” IDAHO NATIONAL GUARD RETURNS TO COLD WAR ERA

Vehicle ID: CH-53 Sea Stallion MCAS-Yuma, April 2017

USAF HH-53 at Phu Cat, Vietnam

A Vietnam era workhorse continues to serve and support the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as other countries including Iran.

Iran continually upgrades the RH-53s they bought from the U.S. back in the late 1970s

The CH-53 Sea Stallion (USAF designation HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant) was developed under Sikorsky’s S-65 program, the prototype first flew in 1964.

CH-53E Super Stallion during Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, Yuma, Arizona, April 2017:

VEHICLE ID: AH-1Z USMC FARP

Vehicle ID: AH-1Z USMC FARP

Marine Wing Support Squadrons (MWSS) refuel a AH-1Z Viper (Cobra) during a Forward Arming Refueling Point (FARP) exercise at Yuma, Arizona, 03 APR 2017:

Pic of AH-1Z Viper-Cobra based in Okinawa, Japan

VEHICLE ID: NATO GERMANY SHOWS OFF ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES, IST KOOL!

VEHICLE ID: NEW HH-60M BLACK HAWK FOR HAWAIIAN MILITIA MEDEVAC

USAF admits F-22 stealth jet is a pain to maintain, and that’s just the ‘skin’!

28 March 2017 (12:59 UTC-07 Tango 06) 08 Farvardin 1396/29 Jumada t-Tania 1438/01 Gui Mao (3rd month) 4715

In this video the U.S. Air Force admits that maintaining the expensive F-22 Raptor’s stealth ‘skin’ (LO, or Low Observable surface) is a never ending expensive effort:

DRONE WARS: QF-4 TO QF-16