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f-86-sabre.jpgThe F-86 Sabre started out as a straight wing jet fighter, the XJ Fury.  Incorporating technologies captured from the Germans, the F-86 Sabre would be the first swept-wing jet fighter for the US.  Because the pilot had to be in visual contact to shoot the enemy down with six 50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 was known as the last true dogfighter.  On October 1, 1947 the F-86 made its first flight and was delivered to the Air Force in 1948 and on this day September 15, 1948 an F-86A set the world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph.  The F-86 would rule “Mig Alley” over the Russian Mig-15 when it was introduced into the Korean conflict.  This jet is my personal favorite of all jets, although I am partial to the World War II fighters such as the Mustang. Thanks to fastfreddycz for a very good video.  This beautiful photo below is by Stuart Haigh at Top Jet Pix

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So Putin said Russia Will Be World’s Largest Millitary Aircraft Maker 

Thanks to AmericaMDCCLXXVI for the video.

Last week I read a couple of  articles and Here, on the net about the Russian Government selling some 250 Sukhoi-30 Long Range Fighter Jets to the Iranian Government.  The SU- 30 is not even close to the best Jet Russia has to offer, we should be glad Russia did not sell them any of the SU-47’s, well it wasn’t reported in the news anyway, but who really knows what Russia is selling the Iranians?   The SU -47 is one wicked looking jet fighter.  It’s just comforting to know that The United States has had a forward swept wing jet since 1984, the U.S. X – 29 below and who knows what else our government has in the works to protect our great country.  Unfortunately, the reality is that even our own forward swept wing U.S. X -29 was based on a Jet from World War II, the Junkers Ju 287 which was a German Luftwaffe aircraft begun in early 1943 and had it’s test flight on August 16, 1944.  It was a sort of Frankenstein’s monster, pieced together from several diffent aircraft. Including the nose wheels from two B-24 Liberators, a fuselage of an He 177 and the tail was constructed of Ju 388 parts.  Even then, the Soviets were closer to that project than the Americans.  The Germans had made 17 test flights with the Ju 287 V1 before the allies overran the testing airfield and captured the V1 and the nearly complete V2, and who do you think flew the V2?  Correct, the Soviet Union made a test flight in 1947, and the V3 with improvements failed to get off the drawing board.  My point isn’t that because these jets have forward swept wings it somehow makes them any more lethal, but you have to admit it does make them look futuristic, even if the design does go all the way back to 1943.  Thanks to Realpolitik1776 for the video.

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Elmendorf Air Force Base Anchorage Alaska gets their New F – 22 Raptors.

  Thanks to AmericanMDCCLXXVI for the video.

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I have seen Photos like this one come in my e-mail more than once.  When I started seeing a lot of them I figured that they were Fauxtography instead of Photography.  I found out the other night that they are indeed real.  At Live Science they have fourteen more with write ups about the Jets and where they were taken.  This one was taken…

“Off the coast of Pusan, South Korea, July 7, 1999 — An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151) breaks the sound barrier in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. VFA-151 is deployed aboard USS Constellation (CVN 64).”