It has been a busy week, but we finally wrapped up another deployment. Couldn’t have asked for a better crew and better people to fly with. This picture was taken on Veteran’s Day while flying flags for people we know and love as well as some we’ve never met. It also happened to be my 100th combat sortie out here which coincided with the 100th anniversary of WWI ending. Thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice; we will be forever grateful and humbled by your selflessness and dedication. #veteran#veteransday#crewlife#pilotlife#kc135#pilot#airforce#family#anotheronebitesthedust#merica
Why good morning Smithsonian Instagram followers! If you have any questions, please ask away! Military Aircraft I: I have been specially trained to shoot from the air and have over 760 flying hours in various military aircraft with 200 of them being combat hours. I also led the United States Air Force’s largest aerial documentation program where we trained, equipped and certified young aerial photographers.
An AC-130U Gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron flies a local training mission on January 27, 2011 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The AC-130U "Spooky" gunship is the primary weapon of Air Force Special Operations Command. Its primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The U model is an upgraded version of the H and is equipped with side firing, trainable 25mm, 40mm, and 105mm guns.
An F-22 Raptor flies behind a KC-135 during a mid-air refueling mission over the East Coast. The F-22 is assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C., jump from the troop door of a C-130 Hercules over drop zone Luzon during Airborne Operations on Sept. 12, 2010 at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Photos by: @jeremytlock
Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Sanchez, a crew chief with the Hawaii Air National Guard's (HIANG) 154th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to service a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft from the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sanchez served for about a year with the 127th while living in Michigan; before returning home to Hawaii and continuing his military service with the HIANG at the 154th Wing. The Michigan aircraft was passing through Hawaii on a mission to pick up cargo and personnel in Guam. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)