An air-to-air right side view of, from foreground: an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, an F-111A aircraft, an F-15C Eagle aircraft and an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The F-16C, F-15C and the A-10A are from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron while the F-111A is from the 431st Test and Evaluation Squadron. The aircraft are in-flight over Hoover Dam.


The Gorgeous Aerial Refueling Photos of USAF Tech. Staff Sgt. Jamie Morton - The Boom Operator’s View.

  • Tech Staff Sgt. Morton at his console.
  • B-1B Lancer nighttime refueling w/ two engines in afterburner
  • F-16C Aggressor Falcon
  • E-3C Sentry AWACS
  • A-10C Warthog/Thunderbolt II
  • F-22A Raptor
  • F/A-18E Super Hornet
  • F-16E Desert Falcon
  • E-4B “Nightwatch” - Advanced Airborne Command Post

via Foxtrot Alpha


Here be dragons! Ms. Codex 243 is an early 16C Italian compendium of Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics, and the jury is out on whether this fabulous initial S on fol. 22r consists of two separate dragons or just the one. Where does one head end and the other begin? Does Aristotle deal with this in any of his other writings?

Manuscript description and digital images can be found here on the Penn Libraries website.

Totally missed the US Air Force’s birthday last week! In my defense I was under the weather and knee deep in a project at work. In any case, excuses aside, Happy belated to the USAF!

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeromy Guinther, a F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, refuels during Valiant Shield 2014. The KC-10 Extender refueled aircraft form the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps over the course of the exercise. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating and estimated 18,000 Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps personnel, more than 200 aircraft and 19 surface ships, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton/Released)

F-16C Fighting Falcon over central Iraq, 14 May, 2006. The fighter is deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq from its home station 177th  Fighter Wing (ANG),  Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)