Wild Weasels

As the last USAFE F-4G Wild Weasels return to the United States for the last time, Barry D Smith talks to the crews that flew the type with such success during the Gulf War.

ONE OF THE MOST dangerous missions of the Gulf War was the suppression of enemy air defences, both missiles and anti-aircraft artillery (AAA). Two squadrons of F-4G Phantoms were sent to the Gulf to combat radar-guided missiles and AAA. Known as Wild Weasels, they tracked and destroyed sites with radar-homing missiles. What follows are comments of several crew members assigned to the 561st Fighter Squadron based

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The Walther PPQM2

If gun manufacturers produced commercials to appear on any of the major networks, Walther’s ad for their PPQ M2 would look like a Lexus commercial. A trusting, deep baritone voice would speak of classic lines, ergonomics, performance, form, function, beauty and even art. Indeed this gun to a true firearm enthusiast is a piece of modern engineering art, for how it balances in the hand and shoots as much as for its appearance.

I wish this gun had been around a few years ago when I was busy filming segments for a gun retailer’s website during the SHOT Show, the

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Rhino Retirement

THE IMPORTANCE OF accurate and timely battlefield aerial reconnaissance information cannot be understated. Knowing the activities and intent of hostile forces can give a tremendous advantage, with the potential to swing the successful outcome of a battle. It is for this reason, even with the National Defence surveillance system of sophisticated satellites, that each of the armed forces has supported a special reconnaissance aircraft.

Past strategy has been to provide a reconnaissance aircraft that was a dedicated special version of the premier fighter. The aircraft would then have the speed and manoeuvrability to go with or follow behind the strike

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Looking for the enemy.

Co-ordinating close air support (CAS) operations or operations against small targets from medium altitudes are key roles for Airborne Forward Air Controllers. The A FAC specialises in finding small targets and guiding other jets to them — and the air war in Kosovo has shown, once again, how effective this role can be within the US armed forces.

From the cockpit of the fighter-bomber flying above the battlefield it is difficult for the crew to identify the warring factions and their intended targets. Scoring a direct hit is obviously the objective, but even with precision guided weapons this can be

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Hit The Target

An Electronic Game

Video games are very popular in urban area, even though video game equipment are very exclusive and expensive. The constructional details of an electronic shooting game are described here. It employs a minimum number of low-cost and easily available components, and has all the actual functions of electronic games. In place of video screen, this project uses an LED display.

Theme of the game

Shooting down a fast moving object in the sky is not easy. Here a number of military aeroplanes appear at different positions for very short durations. All the aircraft are green except one

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Give It Your Best Shot

Want to bust more clays? Then you need to master these five critical areas of wingshooting.

Fall is already upon us and millions of wingshooting enthusiasts are preparing to take to the woods and water to hunt their favorite feathered quarry. As opening day approaches, many hunters will pull their favorite shotgun from where it has been stored since the previous hunting season to get a bit of practice in at their local clay target facility. Unfortunately they discover quickly that shooting clays is a bit tougher than shooting birds. It’s not quite like riding a bicycle after taking five

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F-117. Nighthawk story — operational history.

The second part of Paul and Alison Crickmore’s look at the F-117 brings the story of this highly-specialised aircraft up to date with its operational record.

During the 1980s the f-H7s continued to operate within the security of the ‘black world’. With the Soviet threat diminished and the practicalities and cost of keeping the aircraft hidden from view, it was decided to move the project into the public domain in late 1988. Today the Nighthawk is considered by the public to be the epitome of American technology and with three operational tours under its belt and just a single aircraft

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Many Russian manufacturers of metal products today are thinking about upgrading their own facilities. The choice of equipment — a key issue for many long-term development strategy. What equipment and for what purpose it is necessary to buy, what innovations are needed and which are not.

On all these issues it is difficult to give a definite answer. It should as much as possible to receive and analyze information.

The purpose of this article — to acquaint readers with one of the trends in the development of control systems for steel cord and wire equipment.

Research misconfiguration thread rolling tool will create a new family of control programs, which provide high-quality thread rolling tool setting procedure in the manufacture of fasteners.

The importance of solving the problems in the manufacture of high-quality thread Fasteners is particularly acute in the aviation, automotive and other industries, where

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Best Shot

Fall is already upon us and millions of wingshooting enthusiasts are preparing to take to the woods and water to hunt their favorite feathered quarry. As opening day approaches, many hunters will pull their favorite shotgun from where it has been stored since the previous hunting season to get a bit of practice in at their local clay target facility. Unfortunately they discover quickly that shooting clays is a bit tougher than shooting birds. It’s not quite like riding a bicycle after taking five or six months off.

«If those things had feathers. I’d hit them” is a quote heard

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Assessing NATO airstrikes

Proving the success of bombing raids is a tricky business, Ronald Lewis* reveals why battle damage assessment (BDA) is so important.

FROM THE first days of aerial warfare, pilots and military leaders have craved to know just how much damage they had inflicted on enemy forces. This Intelligence is crucial on the battlefield, for planners need to know whether they can proceed to the next target, or if they will have to hit the previous target again. Lives and vast amount of resources are dependant upon accurate analysis. Failure to recognise that a target has been destroyed may force a

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