Approching The Sound Barrier
The first F-15A flight was made in July 1972, The first Eagle (F-15B) delivered in November 1974. In January two years later the firs F-15 Eagle destined for a combat squadron were delivered.
The F-15C and the two-seat F-15D models entered the Air Force beginning in 1979. These new models had improvements,including 2,000 pounds of additional internal fuel for carrying exterior fuel tanks for a takeoff weight of up to 68,000 pounds.
The F-15 Eagle also was painted with green camouflage as a two seater as it served in many combat rolls and is still active in the USAF.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic interceptor fighter-bomber originally developed McDonnell Aircraft for the U.S. The McDonnell Douglas was the superior fighter plane for the Navy and Air Force during the Vietnam War. This fighter-bomber was critically important in the ground-attack and reconnaissance role of U.S. involvement in the war. As A young boy I always use to watch then take off at McGuire AFB in Cookstown N.J. And with that concept God has given me the talent to create one of the greatest fighter jets of our time
The McDonnell Voodoo a supersonic fighter designed to escort bombers and serve as a fighter bomber, it is an all-weather interceptor and a photoreconnaissance aircraft serving during the Cuban Crisis and the Viet nam War.
Originally as the XF-88 which first flew at Muroc Dry Lake Air Base, Calif., The two prototypes became the F-101 Voodoo.
McDonnell delivered 807 F-101 Voodoos, twinjet fighters to escort bombers, and attack those targets providing close support for ground troops. Attack fighter, interceptor and photo reconnaissance aircraft for the USAF.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable with both air-to-surface attacks as well as air-to-air combat. At a reasonably affordable coast, this high performace plane was used with both U.S and allied nations.
For the Fighting Falcon's combat role, the F-16's combat radius can fly for great distances, locating targets in all weather conditions. With a 500 mile distance, the F-16 is both superior in long travel and great accuracy with it's weapons.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is part of the 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City N.J....
Thank You ... Red Devils Our freedom lies in your hands.
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. was the F-86. This fighter plane was designed to go head to head agains the russian MiG 15 during the Korean War. It was so effective it had a 10-1 kill ratio.
Future models were designed to take out enemy aircrafts in flight or on the ground and had much more powerful weapons and engines.All flew in the 650-mph class and a service ceiling of over 45,000 feet.
I remember the F-86 Saber Jet, at the
time as boy I was dealing with the F-84 Thunderstreak when one day the F-84' where gone and on the ramp where a couple of F-86 saber jet coooool
The Hornet is part of the Cobra program. The F/A-18 Hornet traces back to the Northrop Cobra, this was a twin engine multimission fighter developed in the late 1960s. The Cobra was never built as intended. In 1971, the Air Force was looking for a lightweight fighter prototype program; from the Cobra design One winner in the Air Force competition, in 1972 for two YF-17 prototypes, General Dynamics was the winner, building two single YF-16s.
The F-18 with it's winding engines attracts the ears of many viewers all over the world. In this digital painting it's color sceam represents an aggresser aircraft ..... such as used in Top Gun.
The swing wing" F-111 entered the Air Force in 1967. It provided new technoligies among weapons systems. Being the first production aircraft with a swing wing that swept back or brought forward to increase efficiency during high speeds. It also had the first terrain-following radar, allowing the aircraft to fly at night at low altitudes, as well as the first crew escape module. The aircraft was more of a controversial aircraft ever to fly, ingchieving one of the safest operational records of any aircraft in USAF history.
The F-111 flies twice the speed of sound (Mach 2) sweeping its wings backward while in flight. The wings being swept forward for takeoffs, landings or slow speed flight.
The United States Navy Fighter
Weapons School was created on March 3, 1969 at Miramar, California at the direction of the Chief of Naval Operation).
The Program was the result of a study, published in May 1968, researched the failings of the US air to air missiles used in aerial combat over North Viem.
The Navy, came to the conclusion that inadequate air-crew training in air combat maneuvering skills was the problem.
Recommended an establishment of an "Advanced Fighter Weapons School" to revive and train for Dog Fighting.
TOPGUN initially used the A-4 Skyhawk and T-38 Talons to simulate the flying operations of the MiG-17 and MiG-21. The school also made use of Marine-crewed A-6 Intruder aircraft when available. Also theF-5 where used also called The Tiger II.
The B-1 Lancer, a swing-wing bomber Built for high-speed, and low-altitude missions. By 1977, Rockwell International B-As had made 118 flights The next version the B-1B. Its first flight flew Oct.18,1984, and had a range of more than 7,000 miles. The U.S. Air Force ordered 100 B-1Bs was delivered to the Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,
Delivery to the Strategic Air Command took place in June 1985, On Oct. 1, 1986, the B-1B achieved Initial Operational Capability were coming off the production line at a rate of four per month.
The U.S. Air Force decided to retire 33 B-1Bs and remove the aircraft from Mountain Home and the Georgia and Kansas Air National Guard bases.
The F-107, a single seat supersonic nuclear bomber It first flew to the sky in 1956, reaching Mach 1.3. Only three production models were ever made, but the first one crashed but did not kill the test pilot
The F-107 was called the Super Super Saber, with it's advanced wing spoilers and a flight control system at Mach speed.
The intake ducts over the canopy featured the Area Inlet Duct, a variable geometry intake duct. The F-107 was used as a test flight Aircraft before it was retired
This painting is to say a need for speed. With the afterburner lit and a slight decent to the earth Shows the drama that one must of experienced in supersonic flight.
The Bell X-1 was the first piloted plane to fly faster than the speed of sound. It was Flown by "Chuck" Yeager, the Bell X-1 flew to supersonic speeds on October 14, 1947, over Edwards Air Force Base) in the Mojave Desert. Many experts thought when a plane flying faster than the speed of sound would break into a thousand pieces when dealing with the "sound barrier" many planes that where designed poorley for such high speeds were destroyed when nearly reaching Mach Mach 1. But the bullet shape of the X-1, with its strong, super-thin wings and adjustable horizontal stabilizer, made it possible for supersonic travel. The Bell X-1 flight proved, the speed of sound was no barrier in the sky
This plane that made aviation history was the first aircraft to break the sound barrier piloted by Cuck Yeager, USAF
As to mention the wall in the sky was finaly broken at Edwards Air Force Base October the 14, 1947.
The painting shows the Bell X- 1E streaming through the romantic moon sky. I feel that Chuck is going for the gold ....... That wall in the sky. The Sound Barrier
The Supermarine Swift was a British single-seat jet fighter for the Royal Air Force, it was built by Supermarine during the 1950's the Swift entered as an interceptor, but, due to a number of accidents, its life was short.
The Swift had a number of prototypes, the first was the 510, It was based on the Supermarine Attacker, a straight-wing fleet jet with a tailwheel under it's undercarrage, it had swept wings, and first flew in 1948 The 510 became the first British aircraft having swept wings and a swept tailpane.
Back in the 50's there was a movie based on this aircraft where the British where trying to break the sound barrier ... You guest it the name of the movie was called Breaking The Sound Barrier
The Joint Strike Fighter program began with reviews conducted by the Clinton Administration in 1992. At the time, several government organizations were also working on the next-generation strike aircraft.
The US Navy was working on a secret project a stealthy strike aircraft named the "A-12 Avenger and was canceled shortly in 1991. The Navy requirement remained open a new "Attack / Fighter - Experimental (A/F-X)". The USAF also considering a next-generation strike aircraft to replace the F-16, of a"Multi-Role Fighter.
In designing the F-16, systems from other aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle and F-111 were selected.
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Chuck Yeager would have loved this digital painting. Maybe when it was created the concept of what it was like penetrating through that wall in the sky. In the movie the right stuff it also shows that it was like breaking through the sound barrier.
Here as it is shown the X1 Goes into a steep climb to get itself ready for the barrier dive where on the ground it was evitable listening to that big bang of thunder that the sound barrier was broken.
Whips such as the bullwhip move faster than sound: the tip of the whip breaks the sound barrier and causes a snap literally a sonic boom.
An Ghostly flair in the sky, she fly's faster then a bullet. This is why I have named her Orange Ghost.
I remembetr watching the movie The Right Stuff, when Sam Shepard played the part of Chuck Yeager arrogant as he was, I still belive that he was one of the best test pilots that ever lived.
The X1 Will always be remembered for it's achievement in the sky, The monster or that so called wall in the sky always was a challenge. Test Pilots would talk about where the monster in the sky would be ...aww at about 30,000 feet. The greatest show in the sky would be that famous number ..... MACH1
In 1946, two experimental aircraft that where conducted tests at Edwards Air Force Base in California to obtain flight data on conditions in transonic speed range. The early tests on October 14, 1947, in the first piloted flight flew faster than Mach 1.0,
The X-1A was the first high-speed aircraft tested for aviation research. The X-1A was never intended for production it was mainly designed in accordance with specifications provided by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and built by Bell Aircraft Inc.
The X-1 program became the way for all X-craft projects. The X-1 personel also helped lay the cornerstone to America's space program in 1960. The X-1 project helped between U.S. Military capabilities, and research facilities. The flight research collected by the in the X-1 tests provided a basis for American aviation supremacy.y
As a result of the X-1's supersonic flight, won its 1948 Collier Trophy in the program. President Truman honored Bell for Bell Aircraft, and Chuck" Yeager for piloting the aircraft at mach 1 ... the speed of sound.
It was the first delivery to the Air Defense Command to the 327th Fighter Interceptor Squadron on May 1, 1956, The 327th FIS went into operation August 18, 1955. The name of the aircraft would be called the the F102- Delta Dagger chosen in 1957. At the height of its service, 32 Air Defense Command units flew the F-102A. Delta Dagger
Super Star 102 was created with out knowing how great it would turn out to be, but sometimes in the art world as we say you never know. The painting shows the beauty of the aircraft zooming through a sky we only see in a lifetime.
In 1981, the Air Force developed an advanced tactical fighter as a new air superiority fighter. With the new fighter design composite materials for stealth technology, lightweight alloys, advanced flight control systems, theAir Force believed these new technologies would make the F-15 and F-16 obsolete by the 21st century. The F- 22 is an awesome Aircraft this is why I created this art project
The RS-71 Blackbird, designed by Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, named the project the Skunk Works. The Blackbird project began in February 1963. The RS-71 Blackbird was built to be a strategic reconnaissance aircraft. It was the first concept with certain materials
and paint technologies to begin stealth technology. it was the beginning of a new era.
The F-117 Night Hawk project began in July, 1975, The US had 2 fully developed defensive ground-to-air missile systems, And, since then we had to be the best, so we developed the F-117A Night Hawk
During the time there where talks about Area 51 and what they where doing there. People where seeing weird objects or UFO encounters, it was all in view that these where the F-117 Night Hawk.
The B-2 Spirit a strategic stealth bomber used by the United States Air Force (1999), in Afghanistan, and Iraq. It was designed to carry nuclear weapons to strike targets in Soviet territory, designed and developed by Northrop Grumman for the US Air Force. The B-2 test flight was on July 17, 1989, Originally, the US Air Force planned to produce 132 B-2s, But as the cold war ended only 21 where manufactured.
In 1981, the Air Force developed a an Advanced Tactical Fighter Taking far advantage of the new technologies in
fighter design with new matierials, better flight control systems,more trust and propulsion and with stealth capabilities these new technologies would make the F-15 and F-16 obsolete by the early 21st century.
The YF-22 and the F-117A Night Hawk, B-2, both of which these two prototypes first in stealth tecnologies with supersonic capabilities.
Even though when the F-117 first appered into the picture, it's stealth cababilites where astonishing, but it's speed was subsonic.
Blackbird Cloud Buster
The Lockeed SR-71 Blackbird had developed many nicknames, like the "Lady in Black," but evidently named Blackbird. The SR-71 was developed to be a long-range strategic spy plane capable of flying speeds over Mach 3 at 85,000 feet.
The first SR-71 to enter service in 1966 and retired in 1990. But the USAF still flew the Blackbird until 1998, further testing an other technical issues where conducted at Edwards AFB, from 1991 until its final flight in October of 1999. The SR-71 Blackbird will be missed that I assure you.
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The A-4 Skyhawk could fly at 677 mph at sea level, it had provisions for in-flight refueling, it included provisions for avionics pod. Other models of the F-4 had improved engines and also a drag parachute, new avionics and a better view through cockpit canopies, and more ammunition for it's two cannons. A two-seat trainer versions also came into view for training purposes.
It went into it's combat roll witch began with it's first carrier-launched raids on North Vietnam, Aug. 4, 1964.
The A-4 entered the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team from 1974 to 1986. Skyhawks and they remained in active services into the 2000s.
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The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom a two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter created for the United States Navy by McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of US Air Force Thunderbirds precision demonstration flight team
Beginning in 1959, it set a new world speed record, and a new altitude record was recorded.
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