Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Showboating.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets deploy heat flairs during a combat patrol in support of ground troops in Afghanistan. Trust between joint terminal attack controllers and pilots serves as an important aspect of close air support missions.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Aaron Allman, 15 DEC 2008.)


Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Old Tom.

An F-14D Tomcat prepares for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto conducts plane guard duties in the Persian Gulf. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 were underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. This was the last active service deployment for the Tom. The F-14 entered active service with the US Navy in 1972, and was retired in 2006. The only other country that operates this specific airframe is the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF). 

(U.S. Navy photo by Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird, 6 JAN 2006.)


Prowls the gloaming.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet maneuvers into position for aerial refueling during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The multi-role, carrier-capable fighter entered active service in 1978.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Andy Kin, 25 NOV 2010.)


Falcon with a wart.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 93rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, flies a close air support mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom coalition ground forces. The compact, multi-role fighter aircraft entered active service in 1980. It is highly maneuverable and proven in both air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)


Nooner #soldierporn: Eagle’s underbelly.

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle flies over the skies of Central California. The aircraft is assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno, California. In November of 2013, the 144th Fighter Wing converted to the F-15 Eagle for the unit’s guard mission.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roy Santana, 7 NOV 2013.)


Frozen Falcon.

An F-16C Falcon with the 18th Aggressor Squadron, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 168th Air Refueling Wing, both from the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during the Northern Edge Premier Joint Training Exercise at Eielson Air Force Base.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Lakisha Croley, 16 JUN 2011.)


Black on Blue.

An F-16C Falcon from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flies over a mountain range in Alaska during a Northern Edge 2011 training exercise. The U.S. Pacific Command directed excercise took place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and brought together nearly 6,000 participants from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

(Photo by Ensign Joe Painter, 16 JUN 2011.)


Stroll among the clouds.

An F15 Eagle from the 173d Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base flies over southern Oregon.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 18 DEC 2012.)


Triple Nickel.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 555th Fighter Squadron, also known as “Triple Nickel,” out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, maneuvers into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

(Photo by Master Sergeant William Greer, 29 MAR 2011.)


Hawg Spam Thursday.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kyle Babbitt, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. Babbitt, is a Houston native. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces, and remains the most effective and efficient means of delivering that mission.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)

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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Bacon on borrowed time.

"The fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act as adopted by Congress, however, blocks cuts to the A-10 fleet in 2014 and vocal supporters in Congress are pushing to keep the jet flying far beyond this year." (Air Force Times, 30 DEC 2013. Source.)

(Source: relentless-soul)


Mountain Hawg.

Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing prepare a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II for a mission at Bagram Air Field. The 455th AEW is responsible for providing responsive and precise close-air support to NATO and Afghan ground forces operating in Afghanistan.

(Photo by Captain Raymond Geoffroy, 27 MAY 2012.)


Off to go root around in the dirt.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The A-10 is specifically designed to provide close air support for U.S. and coalition ground forces.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, 27 DEC 2009.)


Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Fresh mountain air.

Royal Air Force Chinooks brighten up a winter evening.

(Photo by Nate Anderson, 22 JAN 2014. Source. Used with permission.)


Does not yield right of way.

A CH-53E Super Stallion approaches to land on the flight deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a training exercise. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron T. Kiser, 5 APR 2014.)