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Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: Aircraft profile

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Mission

The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years.

KC-135 Stratotanker: An Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron refuels a Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornado over Iraq using the multi-point refueling system.KC-135 Stratotanker: An Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron refuels a Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornado over Iraq using the multi-point refueling system.

F-4 Phantom II: Aircraft profile

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Aircraft.

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II side: An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Pacific Missile Test Center.McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II side: An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from Pacific Missile Test Center.

A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog"): Aircraft profile

Mission

A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs have excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and are highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms. They can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate under 1,000-foot ceilings (303.3 meters) with 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometers) visibility.

A-10 Thunderbolt II: Three A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly in formation. A-10s provided close-air support for a scout team that received small arms fire Feb. 11 near Balad, Iraq.A-10 Thunderbolt II: Three A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly in formation. A-10s provided close-air support for a scout team that received small arms fire Feb. 11 near Balad, Iraq.

C-141 Starlifter: Aircraft profile

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The C-141A, built between 1963 and 1967, was the USAF's first jet aircraft designed to meet military standards as a troop and cargo carrier.

C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.C-141 Starlifter: A C-141B Starlifter aircraft is followed by a C-130 Hercules aircraft as the Military Airlift Command planes taxi on the flight line during exercise Market Square III.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: Aircraft profile

The Lockheed SR-71 was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: Air to air three-quarter-front view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 Black Bird as it approaches a tanker for refueling.Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: Air to air three-quarter-front view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 Black Bird as it approaches a tanker for refueling.

Convair B-58 Hustler: Aircraft profile

The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 supersonic flight.

Convair B-58 Hustler: Convair XB-58 Hustler during takeoff. Note the landing gear is just beginning to retract. (U.S. Air Force photo)Convair B-58 Hustler: Convair XB-58 Hustler during takeoff. Note the landing gear is just beginning to retract. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Aircraft profile

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The Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight is a medium-lift tandem rotor cargo helicopter, used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment.

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 23, 2004) – A CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the “Dragon Whales” of Helicopter Support Squadron Eight (HC-8).CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter: Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 23, 2004) – A CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the “Dragon Whales” of Helicopter Support Squadron Eight (HC-8).

F-15E Strike Eagle: Aircraft profile

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The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather.

F-15E Strike Eagle: F-15E Strike Eagles, like this one, brought air power to areas of Afghanistan July 30, hitting multiple enemy targets in Gereshk and Garmsir. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matt Cook)F-15E Strike Eagle: F-15E Strike Eagles, like this one, brought air power to areas of Afghanistan July 30, hitting multiple enemy targets in Gereshk and Garmsir. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matt Cook)

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter: Aircraft profile

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Primary function: Transportation of heavy equipment and supplies during the ship-to-shore movement of an amphibious assault and during subsequent operations ashore.

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter: PACIFIC OCEAN (May 15, 2008) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 165 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter: PACIFIC OCEAN (May 15, 2008) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 165 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).

S-3B Viking: Aircraft profile

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The S-3B Viking is an all-weather, carrier-based jet aircraft, providing protection against hostile surface combatants while also functioning as the Carrier Battle Groups' primary overhead/mission tanker.

S-3B Viking: Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 20, 2003) -- An S-3B Viking assigned to the “Dragonfires” of Sea Control Squadron Twenty Nine (VS-29), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations.S-3B Viking: Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 20, 2003) -- An S-3B Viking assigned to the “Dragonfires” of Sea Control Squadron Twenty Nine (VS-29), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations.

EA-6B Prowler: Aircraft profile

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The EA-6B Prowler provides an umbrella of protection for strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar, electronic data links and communications.

EA-6B Prowler: An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) flies a routine training mission.EA-6B Prowler: An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) flies a routine training mission.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: Aircraft profile

Mission

The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night combat search and rescue, or CSAR, operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: FORT BLISS, Texas -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk makes an approach during a live-fire training exercise here April 9. The exercise was part of the 57th Wing Weapons School intensive five and one-half month training program.HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter: FORT BLISS, Texas -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk makes an approach during a live-fire training exercise here April 9. The exercise was part of the 57th Wing Weapons School intensive five and one-half month training program.

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