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A-7 line in Bldg. 3001 circa April 1982. (Courtesy photo) TINKER HISTORY: Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II aircraft
The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II was originally designed as a single-seat, mid-weight fighter/bomber for the United States Navy. The prototype A-7A took flight on Sept. 27, 1965, after a short design and development period due to Vought’s experience with the supersonic F-8 Crusader. The A-7 has many features similar to the F-8, but was a
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2017
TSgt. Forrest Vosler. (U.S. Air Force photo) AIR FORCE HISTORY: Enlisted MOH recipient: “Woody” Vosler
Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on the Medal of Honor recipient.Forrest Lee “Woody” Vosler was just 18 years old working as a drill press operator for the Rochester Products Division of General Motors on the day that lives in infamy. Over the next few months, older friends were drafted, but only young men over the age of 21
0 7/07
2017
An F-4D Phantom II assigned to the 507th Tactical Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserves at Tinker, shown on the flight line during a training deployment during the 1980s. This jet wears a Vietnam-era MiG-kill marking in the form of a red and yellow star on the intake splitter-plate. (Courtesy photo by Don Jay) TINKER HISTORY: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is the most significant fighter aircraft of the 20th Century. First flown on May 27, 1958, the Phantom II entered service with the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The Air Force’s initial version was the F-4C which first flew in 1963. For the most part, this article will focus on the versions operated by the
0 7/07
2017
The military derivative of the CFM56 engine is designated F108 and powers U.S. military aircraft such as the KC-135R Stratotanker, RC-135 family of reconnaissance aircraft and the Navy’s E-6B Mercury. (Photo courtesy of Tinker History Office) TINKER HISTORY: CFM International CFM56 (F108) engine
The CFM International CFM56 engine is a high-bypass, two-shaft turbofan produced by an international consortium made up of General Electric in the United States and Safran Aircraft Engines in France. The CFM56 is the world’s most widely used turbofan in commercial aviation. The CFM56 powers entire lines of commercial jets made by Airbus and Boeing
0 6/30
2017
KC-135s line the Bldg. 3001 shop floor in the 1960s. (Photo courtesy of the Tinker History Office) TINKER HISTORY: Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
The Boeing C-135 aircraft is a derivative of the popular Boeing 707 airframe modified from commercial airliner use to military missions with the largest produced model being the KC-135 “Stratotanker” purposely designed for air-refueling. The C-135 family has a large fuselage with traditional tail configuration, low-wing with two underslung engines
0 6/26
2017
C-97 at Tinker Air Force Base in the 1950s. (Courtesy photo) TINKER HISTORY: Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter Aircraft
The Boeing C-97 “Stratofreighter” was designed as a four-engine cargo and troop transport using components and design features from two previous Boeing designs, the B-29 and B-50 bombers, to make an entirely new transport aircraft. The large “pinched” fuselage is formed by taking two B-29 fuselage sections and fusing them together around a straight
0 6/19
2017
In 1938, Lillian Kinkella Keil's mother thought her daughter might like to be one of a brand new group of women, called "stewardesses," so she advised her to go to United Airline's Oakland base and take a look. Keil, a registered nurse, had never seen an airplane and never heard of a stewardess, but one look and she was hooked. This pioneer in passenger care would later combine her two careers and become the most decorated woman in U.S. military history. AIR FORCE HISTORY: Capt. Lillian Kinkella Keil, AF hero
For National Nurse Appreciation week, I get the honor of telling you about one of our greatest military heroes – medical or otherwise, Capt. Lillian Kinkella Keil. One of the most decorated women in American military history, this nurse flew on 425 combat evacuation missions in World War II and Korea. The captain took part in 11 major campaigns,
0 6/19
2017
Ash plumes from the volcano, Mount Pinatubo, that forced Philippine evacuations including Clark Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo) AIR FORCE HISTORY: The Evacuation of Clark Air Force Base
On June 10, 1991, Col. Jeffrey R. Grime, commander of the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Clark Air Force Base, began carrying out the order to evacuate Clark Air Base, Philippines. U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay eventually followed suit. It was worried that a harmless looking nearby volcano, Mount Pinatubo, would erupt. Indeed, the mountain had been
0 6/12
2017
An AGM-84 Harpoon missile being loaded on a B-52. (Courtesy photo) TINKER HISTORY: Boeing AGM- 84A/D ‘Harpoon’ missile
The AGM-84A/D Air Launch Cruise Missile is an air breathing missile capable of sustaining high subsonic flight using Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System guidance. The missile was originally developed for the U.S. Navy capable of being launched from land, submarines and surface ships in the anti-ship role. It was later adapted for
0 6/12
2017
Overall view of a 552nd Air Control Wing E-3C Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) aircraft shown over the central United States as it approaches a KC-135R Stratotanker to refuel.  The AWACS aircraft has a large rotating radar mounted above the aircrafts' fuselage and large sensors mounted along the sides of the forward fuselage and below the nose. The E-3C is based at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Copyright 2003 Greg L. Davis, Aviation Photojournalist TINKER HISTORY: Boeing E-3 Sentry
The Boeing E-3 Sentry is a special mission aircraft built around a highly-modified Boeing Model 707-320 commercial airliner. The Airborne Warning and Control System, or AWACS, is essentially a powerful airborne search and track radar system using a rotating dome affixed 11 feet above the top of the rear fuselage using two aerodynamic pylons. The
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2017
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