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TARPS (Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System)

The Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) was a large and sophisticated camera pod carried by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. It contains three camera bays with different type cameras which are pointed down at passing terrain. It was originally designed to provide an interim aerial reconnaissance capability until a dedicated F/A-18 Hornet reconnaissance version could…
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The F-16 Block 70

With the F-16 still one of the most prolific Western Fighter Jets in service today, Lockheed Martin has not stood still when it comes to keeping this beautiful but deadly lady up-to-date with modern technologies. Designed to operate to 2070 and beyond, the new Block 70 is built on the capabilities of the F-16V advanced…
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The Final Countdown (1980) Movie – Behind The Scenes

For naval aviation fans – particularly lovers of the F-14 Tomcat – one of the first mainstream movies that brought Grumman’s beautiful and deadly interceptor to fame was the movie “The Final Countdown”, released in Aug 1980. The movie is based around the rather fanciful premise of the USS Nimitz accidentally travelling back in time…
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Heatblur Speed & Angels Tournament with Paco Chierici

A few days before Christmas (2019), Paco was the guest star & co-commentator of the very first DCS Speed & Angels Tournament, hosted by Iron Mike (from Heatblur Simulations) & 104th Maverick (from the 104th Phoenix VFBS). It was a long 4.5 hour event from start to finish, but the Red & Blue force pilots…
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Breaking The Deck & How I Almost Got The Callsign Cobra

I was flying with the maintenance officer. We’d been in Hong Kong for about five days, so you pull into port and you have a good time and go out and drink and don’t think about flying aeroplanes for five or six days and you know, the next day you pull back out to sea…
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SEAD – Suppression of Enemy Air Defence

I ran across a great video on YouTube discussing the basics of SEAD (acronym for Suppression of Enemy Air Defence.) The SEAD mission is vital in the air battle environment, whether it’s over land or sea, because the ability for the bad guys to shoot down your planes is extremely detrimental to any air power.…
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Grumman F-14 Tomcat

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. It was the first such U.S. jet fighter with twin tails. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American…
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DCS Dogfight: F-16C Viper vs JF-17 Thunder

With the launch of Deka Ironwork Simulations JF-17 Thunder module into EA (early access) 2 days ago, it was only a matter of time until someone went up against the F-16 Viper to see how she performed! This video showed up on YouTube yesterday (5th Dec) showing the DCS pilot (Callsign: Cateye) in a guns-only…
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Deka Ironwork Simulations JF-17 “Thunder” Release Trailer

And another plane joins the DCS family! Welcome to the JF-17 “Thunder” from Deka Ironwork Simulations, which went on Early Access sale over on the DCS e-store today! If the trailer is anything to go by, this is going to be a fun and very cool little plane for those who want less Bluefor (American)…
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Paco Chierici Podcast Interview (via the Ready For Takeoff Podcast)

Back in early October 2019, Paco was interviewed by Capt George Nolly, from the Ready For Takeoff Podcast. You can listen to the interview with the embedded player above. George’s website has HEAPS of fantastic interviews, podcasts and resources for anyone interested in getting a career in aviation. Every week, Capt George Nolly brings you…
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