EA-6B Prowlers from the USS George H.W. Bush take a bow on their final front-line cruise.

The last of the Intruder family, Prowlers are involved in electronic jamming over the skies of Iraq in coordination with the US strikes against ISIS, jamming communications and providing cover against any possible SAM threats. The EA-6B will soon be completely replaced with the EA-18G Growler.

via War Is Boring


Wild Weasel

Originally called “Project Ferret,” Wild Weasel is the code name for the US Air Force effort to deploy anti-SAM aircraft and tactics. The Wild Weasel aircraft will act as bait for enemy SAM systems, attacking them when their radars are switched on. The reaction to this tactic by one of the first aviators involved (“You’ve got to be shittin’ me!”) has become an unofficial motto.

  • Wild Weasel I - 1965 - F-100F Super Sabres with two-man volunteer crews. Incredibly heavy casualties, as tactics were evolving and the F-100 was not well-suited to the role.
  • Wild Weasel II - 1966 - Unsuccessful attempt to use converted F-4C Phantoms.
  • Wild Weasel III - 1966 - F-105F Thunderchiefs began to take on the role. Additional conversions led to the F-105G.
  • Wild Weasel IV - Conversion of 36 F-4C Phantoms, due to high attrition of F-105s in the role.
  • Wild Weasel V - Starting in 1975, 134 F-4E models were converted to F-4G standard. These aircraft would continue in this role until 1996.
  • Current - F-16CJ Fighting Falcons are Block 50/52 F-16s specifically outfitted for the SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) role.

First, let me apologize for the abuse of emoticons you’re about to witness.

I’ve been working my tail off to launch a new international awards competition that will recognize the most energy efficient televisions sold around the world. My very small team and I literally built this thing from the ground up (we wrote the competition rules, developed and market tested the award brand name and logo, set-up an international round-robin testing project to contract test laboratories around the world to test the energy efficiency of nominated TVs, etc.).  

The program finally launches tomorrow, so I’ve spent this week focusing on marketing, like getting the press release together for tomorrow’s announcement and securing a news feature to make sure this thing gets enough media attention. And guess what! We got an exclusive with Reuters and the story has already been picked up by the Chicago Tribune. :),0,5154240.story

This is the first time I’ve ever been able to see a tangible outcome of all my work.  It’s so satisfying. :)  Can’t wait for the competition to finally be underway! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!!

F-105D Thunderchief

Designed and deployed as a single seat aircraft, a two-seat Wild Weasel version was later developed for use in the specialized Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) role against surface-to-air missile sites. It was commonly known as the Thud by its crews.

The F-105D model was the definitive production model, all-weather capability because of advanced avionics, 610 built.