The initial production airplanes, the first training F/A-18s have been in service with VFA-125 since November 1980. The new capabilities introduced by the F/A-18 have met with an enthusiastic response among operating personnel. More >>
The F-117A Nighthawk is the world's first operational aircraft designed to exploit low-observable stealth technology. The unique design of the single-seat F-117A provides exceptional combat capabilities. More >>
NicknameApache Maximum Altitude21,000 Feet Top Speed184 mph Range300 miles The AH-64 Apache is a twin-engine, four bladed, multi-mission attack helicopter designed as a highly stable aerial weapons-deliveryMore >>
The KC-135 Stratotanker's principal mission is air refueling. This asset greatly enhances the U. S. Air Force's capability to accomplish its mission of Global Engagement. It also provides aerial refuelingMore >>
NicknameTweet Fundamental trainer Wingspan33 feet Top speed410 mph The T-37 Tweet is a twin-engine jet used for training undergraduate pilots, undergraduate navigator and tactical navigator studentsMore >>
NicknameBlackhawk Maximum Altitude19,000 Feet Top Speed184 mph Range373 miles The Black Hawk is a multi-purpose helicopter that serves as the US Army's principal tactical transport helicopter (replacingMore >>
NicknameWarthog Wingspan57.5 Feet Top Speed439 mph The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple,More >>
A joint effort by British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas resulted in the development of the AV-8A Harrier II which first flew on November 9, 1978. Deliveries began in July 1987 for the USMC AV-8A/RAF GR.5, but was soon followed with the night attack-capable AV-8B/GR.7 variants. Existing RAF GR.5 aircraft in service were upgraded to GR.7 standard by 1994 and AV-8A to B upgrades completed by 1993.
Like the AV-8B, the RAF Harrier GR.7 features a longer fuselage and larger wing area over its predecessor. The redesigned fuselage includes a raised cockpit and modified engine air intakes. For the night attack role, it has a full color digital map display and wide-angle HUD. Weapon delivery sensors include an Angle Rate Bombing Set (ARBS) system with TV and laser target seeker and tracker in the nose, and a forward-looking infrared sensor in the fairing atop the nose. The defensive systems include the Zeus ECM and chaff/flare dispensers located in the rear of the AIM-9 launch rails.