Chris Good's Airplane Page

This first set of pictures and videos have come from various places on the Internet.
The second set of pictures are shots I have taken all at airshows and USAF bases.
I have tried to include the stories that go with each shot.

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Evidently the Navy is teaching a new a new dog-fighting technique that does away with guns and missiles. I understand it's called Aircraft Wrestling. These are photos of a pair of F-18 Hornets at Top Gun which had a mid-air collision and then the pilots "John Wayned" them back to base. Anyone has got to be NUTS to be a Naval Aviator.
Hook down - hydraulics gone - incredible... This truly is a miracle; two heavily damaged aircraft. The pilots would have been justified in "punching out" but instead, they chose to bring the jets in. This endangered their lives but saved the taxpayers about 80 million dollars. The story behind them is: Two F/A-18 Hornets from Top Gun were Dogfighting and made a head on pass, just a bit too close.

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One got home with part of the left wing and left vertical fin and rudder missing, while the other jet is missing everything forward of the cockpit pressure bulkhead and is a flying convertible because the canopy is shattered too.. These guys are lucky. It shows how rugged these aircraft are...Also shows how good our pilots are.

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What is especially intriguing is in picture 03, notice the radome, radar and all of the avionics equipment, everything, in front is gone. This created several problems for the pilot: aerodynamics, eventual loss of hydraulics due to loss of fluid, navigation, and probably the most amazing, as the pieces fell away, some debris had to be ingested by the engines (F.O.D.) and he still was able to bring it home!

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F-14 Tomcat ragtop.  The pilot managed to land the aircraft after the rear-seat passenger punched out by accident.

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Su-27 crashing during a airshow in the Ukraine.  This was actually taken while the aircraft was cartwheeling from right to left through the frame.  Here is the movie of the crash.

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I have seen this photo with different captions, but received this unedited version from someone with first hand knowledge; he was on the deck when the photo was taken. Full details are at http://www.aerofiles.com/f14flyby.html   Thanks to Chris Hann for the photo.

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While this plane may have been going faster than the speed of sound, it is not a picture of the F-18 suddenly "breaking" the soundbarrier.  Imagine a cone with the nose of the aircraft at the tip of the cone, with the cone getting larger going backwards.  The boom heard when a plane is going faster than the speed of sound is actually the overpressure created by the plane traveling through the air.  That "boom" sound hits you as the overpressure "cone" edge hits you.   The plane may have been going faster than Mach 1 for quite a while - that sound "cone" hits you and you hear the "boom."  There is a big difference in the air pressure from just in front of this cone to what is behind the cone.  That sudden difference allows water in the air to condense out of its gas state.

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Here is a video of an F-14 passing an aircraft carrier showing the same thing.  The next time you fly in an airliner, watch the wingtips.  If you fly through an area of high humidity, you will see the water condensing out of the air, usually at the wingtips, where there are high pressure differences caused by the wingtip vortices.  High speed fighter jets create the required pressure differences easier than airlines, which don't travel quite fast enough. 

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B-1B bomber doing the same thing.

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F-14 passing between two ships low and fast.  There is a sonic boom as the plane passes by, but there is not enough moisture in the air to condense out.

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Two F-15's making a very low pass.

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CH-47 Chinook making pickups off a roof in Afghanistan.

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The newest stealth aircraft?

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The pilot had this to contend with when he returned to his plane.

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Motorin' Video by Jeff Colegrove

A very outstanding video of aircraft set to the Sister Christian tune Motorin' (What's Your Price For Flight?). 
Do yourself a favor, download his free video and feel good about flying, if you didn't already.


I have taken all the pictures from here down. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size shot.

a-10_5_tn.jpg (2289 bytes) A-10 Warthog.  Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina, 1986.
a-10_tn.jpg (2266 bytes) A-10 Warthog. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002.
A-10_2_tn.jpg (3176 bytes) A-10 Warthog. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
a-4_tn.jpg (2547 bytes) A-4 Skyhawk.  Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986.
av-8b_5_tn.jpg (2353 bytes) AV-8B Harrier II. Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986.
av-8b_6_tn.jpg (2386 bytes) AV-8B Harrier II.  Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986.
shuttle_carrier_tn.jpg (1909 bytes) Boeing 747 Space Shuttle Carrier.  Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
b-17_2_tn.jpg (1979 bytes) B-17 Flying Fortress.  Gathering of the Eagles, Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 1986.
b-1b_3_tn.jpg (2006 bytes) B-1B Lancer "Bone". Loring AFB, Maine, 1986.
b-1b_tn.jpg (2448 bytes) B-1B Lancer "Bone". Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
B-1B_C-121_tn.jpg (3147 bytes) B-1B Bone and C-121 Constellation. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
b-25_2_tn.jpg (1596 bytes) B-25 Mitchell. Gathering of the Eagles, Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 1986.
c-121_1_tn.jpg (1448 bytes) C-121 Constellation.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-121_2_tn.jpg (1592 bytes) C-121 Constellation.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-121_wide_tn.jpg (2107 bytes) C-121 Constellation.  Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
C-130_fire_drop_tn.jpg (2508 bytes) C-130 Hercules.  Fire retardent drop. Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2002.  
Five seconds later I was covered in red goop.
C-130_3_tn.jpg (2691 bytes) C-130 Hercules.  Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
c-141_wide_tn.jpg (2067 bytes) C-17 Globemaster III.  Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
c-17_5_tn.jpg (1878 bytes) C-17 Globemaster III .  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-17_6_tn.jpg (2027 bytes) C-17 Globemaster III.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-17_7_tn.jpg (1509 bytes) C-17 Globemaster III.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-17_8_tn.jpg (1789 bytes) C-17 Globemaster III.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
C-17 Globemaster III.  Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  2009
C-17 Globemaster III.  Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  2009
C-17 Globemaster III.  Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  2009
C-17 Globemaster III.  Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  2009
c-46_1_tn.jpg (1604 bytes) C-46 Commando.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-46_2_tn.jpg (1738 bytes) C-46 Commando.  50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
c-5a_3_tn.jpg (2220 bytes) C-5A Galaxy. Scott AFB, Illinois, 1990.
C-5A Galaxy, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. 2009.
ch-3_tn.jpg (2534 bytes) CH-3 Jolly Green Giant.   Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina, 1986.
CH-47_Chinook_1_tn.jpg (3060 bytes) CH-47 Chinook.  Mountains above US Air Force Academy, Colorado, 1987.  
This was my ride out of the mountains after teaching SERE (Survival - Evasion - Resistance - Escape).
CH-47_Chinook_2_tn.jpg (2449 bytes) CH-47 Chinook.  Mountains above US Air Force Academy, Colorado, 1987.
f-107_tn.jpg (2750 bytes) F-107.  Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
f-111_3_tn.jpg (2080 bytes) F-111 Aardvark. Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986
f-111_4_tn.jpg (2680 bytes) F-111 Aardvark. Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986
f-111_5_tn.jpg (2897 bytes) F-111 Aardvark. Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986
F-111_bomb_bay_tn.jpg (4603 bytes) F-111 bomb-bay. Canon AFB, New Mexico, 1986
f-117a_tn.jpg (2893 bytes) F-117A stealth fighter. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
f-14_4_tn.jpg (2776 bytes) F-14 Tomcat. Dayton Air Show, Ohio, 1991.
f-15e_tn.jpg (2850 bytes) F-15E Strike Eagle. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
f-4u_2_tn.jpg (1304 bytes) F-4U Corsair. Gathering of the Eagles, Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 1986.
f-6f_tn.jpg (2996 bytes) F-6F Hellcat. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
fa-18_tn.jpg (2864 bytes) F/A-18 Hornet. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
flight_for_life_tn.jpg (2540 bytes) MBB Bo 105 Flight for Life helicopter, Desert north of Las Vegas, Nevada, 2001.
kc-10_tn.jpg (2183 bytes) KC-10A Extender. 50th Anniversary of the Air Force, Nellis AFB, Nevada, 1997.
king_air_tn.jpg (2167 bytes) Beech King Air.  Farmville Municipal Airport, Virginia, 2003.
mig-21_tn.jpg (2644 bytes) MiG-21 Fishbed.  Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
mig-29_7_tn.jpg (2765 bytes) MiG-29 Fulcrum. Dayton Air Show, Ohio, 1992.
OH-58 Kiowa. Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. 2009.
mohawk_tn.jpg (2691 bytes) OV-1 Mohawk. Dayton Air Show, Ohio, 1991.
p-38_3_tn.jpg (1713 bytes) P-38 Lightning. Gathering of the Eagles, Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 1986
p-51d_1_tn.jpg (2745 bytes) P-51D Mustang. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
p-51d_3_tn.jpg (1581 bytes) P-51D Mustang. Gathering of the Eagles, Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 1986
pitts_tn.jpg (2554 bytes) Pitts S-2A Special.  Farmville Municipal Airport, Virginia, 2003.
predator_1_tn.jpg (2447 bytes) Predator UAV. Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 2001.
predator_2_tn.jpg (1762 bytes) Predator UAV. Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 2001.
PZL-104_Wilga_tn.jpg (2942 bytes) PZL-104 Wilga. Dayton Air Show, Ohio, 1991
s-3_tn.jpg (3033 bytes) S-3 Viking. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
shadow_1_tn.jpg (2282 bytes) Shadow 200 TUAV. Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2001.
shadow_2_tn.jpg (1805 bytes) Shadow 200 TUAV. Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2001
shadow_launcher_tn.jpg (3161 bytes) Shadow 200 TUAV on the launcher.  Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2002.
AV_1077_flyby_tn.jpg (1973 bytes) Shadow 200 TUAV in a low fly-by with the flaps down. Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2004.
Shadow 200 TUAV in a low fly-by with the flaps down. Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2009.
Shadow 200 TUAV in a low fly-by with the flaps down. Fort Huachuca, Arizona, 2009.
t-34_tn.jpg (2856 bytes) T-2C Buckeye. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
t-38_2_tn.jpg (2854 bytes) T-38 Talon. Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, 2002
t-38_tn.jpg (3376 bytes) T-38 Talon.  Reese AFB, Texas, 1986.
UH-60 Blackhawk.  Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. 2009.
Thunderbirds_4_tn.jpg (1998 bytes) F-16 Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds. US Air Force Academy, 1987.
Thunderbirds_5_tn.jpg (1432 bytes) F-16 Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds. US Air Force Academy, 1988.
Thunderbirds_6_tn.jpg (2062 bytes) F-16 Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds. US Air Force Academy, 1988.
Thunderbirds_7_tn.jpg (1563 bytes) F-16 Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds. Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 2001.
Thunderbirds_8_tn.jpg (2384 bytes) F-16 Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds. Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 2001.
Thunderbirds_9_tn.jpg (1314 bytes) F-16 Fighting Falcon Thunderbirds. Indian Springs AFB, Nevada, 2001.
x-47a_tn.jpg (3142 bytes) X-47A UCAV. Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Disney World, Florida, 2002.

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