Author: Eran Malloch

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RIP Dale “Snort” Snodgrass – Naval Aviator Par Excellence

By now, most of you would know that Snort has sadly passed away due to an aviation accident. Not only has the F-14 Tomcat community lost one of its best, but Naval Aviation (and aviation in general) have also lost a superstar. If you don’t know much about Snort and what made him famous, then…
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[Video] Fight’s On Scene from Speed & Angels

This video is an almost-perfect reproduction of a BFM engagement between 2 VFC-13 F5E Tiger II’s from Paco Chierici’s “Speed & Angels” documentary. It is amazingly lifelike! A huge thank you to Adrián Caparzo for creating it for us! Want More Military Aviation Goodness? Join us in our private Facebook group where you can enjoy…
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Going Nowhere In Full Afterburner In An F-16

By Mitchell BolingAdapted from his book, “Leadership: A View From The Middle”Copyright (C) 2019. Reprinted with Permission. I had a very exciting experience early in my career while stationed with the 36th Fighter Squadron “Flying Fiends” at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. As a U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant and fledgling leader/supervisor, I had…
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[Interview] Kedar Karmarkar – Aviation Photographer Extraordinaire

This video is an interview I did with famous aviation photographer Kedar Karmarkar back in July 2020. You can enjoy the video above and also read the transcript below. Each bullet point is a switch between speakers. Sorry, but I don’t have time to swap those bullets for a name, but I’m confident you’ll find…
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Tomcat RIO by Dave “Bio” Baranek

“Tomcat RIO” is the latest book to be written by former USN F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Dave Baranek. In his new book, Bio regales us with more tales of Naval Aviation adventures and excitement, and goes more into the personalities and misadventures he experienced. From Topgun to Squadron Command You’re in the cockpit…
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My First Flight In An F-16: The World’s Greatest Roller Coaster

By Mitchell Boling Adapted from his book, “Leadership: A View From The Middle” Copyright (C) 2019. Reprinted with Permission. I had been a member of the U.S. Air Force for only sixteen months when I was fortunate enough to be taken for a flight in the back seat of an F-16 fighter aircraft. A twenty-one-year-old…
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What Does An F-14 Tomcat RIO Do?

The team from DCSNZA hosted Dave “Bio” Baranek for a live streaming event earlier today. Dave spend time talking about what the RIO (radar intercept officer) did in the F-14 (a great insight into that world) and then he took to the virtual skies with the DCSNZA team in the Heatblur F-14 Tomcat, tanked with…
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The McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom’s Service in Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operated 24 McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II fighter-bomber aircraft in the ground attack role between 1970 and 1973. The Phantoms were leased from the United States Air Force (USAF) as an interim measure owing to delays in the delivery of the RAAF’s 24 General Dynamics F-111C bombers. The F-4Es…
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Paco Chierici Flies The F5 Again After 13 Years

Our resident fighter pilot/author/movie producer – Paco Chierici – has just come back from a short trip to sunny San Diego where he spent 2 days studying and flying the F5 (the Canadian CF-5D version) and the SIAI-Marchetti S.211 to get type-rated in both planes for future flying opportunities. It’s been 13 years since Paco…
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Bringing the Thrill of a Dogfight to the Page

Life is a story. And life lived on the edge is usually a great story. When I was flying supersonic fighters surrounded by larger-than-life personalities, I felt I was living a bifurcated experience. On the one hand, I was enmeshed in the action, drinking up each moment. And on the other, as a person with…
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