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 at airshows and bases around the country.
I have tried to include the stories that go with each photo.

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These are photos of a pair of F-18 Hornets at Top Gun that made a head on pass just a bit too close, resulting in a mid-air collision.  Somehow the pilots managed to recover them back to base. Hook down - hydraulics gone - incredible... This truly is a miracle with these two heavily damaged aircraft.  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.  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 cart-wheeling 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 sound-barrier.  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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movie

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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movie

B-1B bomber doing the same thing.

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movie

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.

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

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A-10 Warthog
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina
1986
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A-10 Warthog
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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A-10 Warthog
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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A-4 Skyhawk
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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AV-8B Harrier II
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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AV-8B Harrier II
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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Boeing 747 Space Shuttle Carrier
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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B-17 Flying Fortress
Gathering of the Eagles
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
1986
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B-1B Lancer "Bone"
Loring Air Force Base, Maine
1986
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B-1B Lancer "Bone"
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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B-1B Bone and C-121 Constellation
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002

B-1B Bone
Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
2012

B-1B Bone
Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
2012

B-1B Bone
Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
2012
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B-25 Mitchell
Gathering of the Eagles
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
1986
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C-121 Constellation
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-121 Constellation
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-121 Constellation
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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C-130 Hercules
Fire retardant drop
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2002
Five seconds later I was covered in red goop.
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C-130 Hercules
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002

C-130 Hercules
Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
2012

C-130 Hercules
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2012
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C-17 Globemaster III
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-17 Globemaster III
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-17 Globemaster III
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-17 Globemaster III
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-17 Globemaster III
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002

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
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C-46 Commando
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-46 Commando
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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C-5A Galaxy
Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
1990

C-5A Galaxy
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2009
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CH-3 Jolly Green Giant
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina
1986
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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).
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CH-47 Chinook
Mountains above
US Air Force Academy, Colorado
1987

CH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2012

CH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2012

CH-54 Skyhook
Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona
2009
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F-4U Corsair
Gathering of the Eagles
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
1986
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F-6F Hellcat
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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F-14 Tomcat
Dayton Air Show, Ohio
1991
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F-15E Strike Eagle
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
Thunderbirds
US Air Force Academy, Colorado
1987
Thunderbirds_5_tn.jpg (1432 bytes)
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Thunderbirds
US Air Force Academy, Colorado
1988
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
Thunderbirds
US Air Force Academy, Colorado
1988
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
Thunderbirds
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
2001
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
Thunderbirds
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
2001
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
Thunderbirds
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
2001
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F/A-18 Hornet
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002

F/A-18 Hornet
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2012

F/A-18 Hornet
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2012
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F-107
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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F-111 Aardvark
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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F-111 Aardvark
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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F-111 Aardvark
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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F-111 Aardvark - Bomb-bay
Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico
1986
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F-117A Nighthawk
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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MBB Bo 105
Flight for Life helicopter
Desert north of Las Vegas, Nevada
2001
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KC-10A Extender
50th Anniversary of the Air Force
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
1997
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Beech King Air
Farmville Municipal Airport, Virginia
2003
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MiG-21 Fishbed
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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MiG-29 Fulcrum
Dayton Air Show, Ohio
1992

OH-58 Kiowa
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2009
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OV-1 Mohawk
Dayton Air Show, Ohio
1991
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P-38 Lightning
Gathering of the Eagles
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
1986
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P-51D Mustang
Gathering of the Eagles
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
1986
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P-51D Mustang
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002

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Pitts S-2A Special
Farmville Municipal Airport, Virginia
2003
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Predator UAV
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
2001
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Predator UAV
Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nevada
2001
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PZL-104 Wilga
Dayton Air Show, Ohio
1991
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S-3 Viking
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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T-2C Buckeye
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002
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T-38 Talon
Reese Air Force Base, Texas
1986
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T-38 Talon
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
2002

UH-60 Blackhawk
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2009

V-22 Osprey
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2012
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X-47A UCAV
Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
Disney World, Florida
2002
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Shadow 200 TUAV
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2001
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Shadow 200 TUAV
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2001
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Shadow 200 TUAV
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2002
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Shadow 200 TUAV
Low fly-by with the flaps down
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2004

Shadow 200 TUAV
Low fly-by with the flaps down
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2009

Shadow 200 TUAV
Low fly-by with the flaps down
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2009

    Shadow 200 TUAV
Automatic Landing
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Launch Sequence
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Launch Sequence
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Launch Sequence
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

 Shadow 200 TUAV
CH-47 Chinook
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012 

Shadow 200 TUAV
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
2012

Shadow 200 TUAV
Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
2012

F-35B Lightning II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2016

F/A-18 Hornet
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-5N Aggressor
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

CH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

CH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

CH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

CH-47 Chinook
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-5N Aggressor
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-5N Aggressor
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

Mi-24 Hind
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

Mi-24 Hind
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

Mi-24 Hind
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

Mi-24 Hind
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

Mi-24 Hind
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

V-22 Osprey
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

A-6 Intruder
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

C-130 Hercules
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

L-39 Albatross
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

AV-8B Harrier II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-35B Lightning II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-35B Lightning II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

AV-8B Harrier II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

AV-8B Harrier II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-35B Lightning II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

F-35B Lightning II
MCAS Yuma, Arizona
2015

V-22 Osprey
Blackstone Army Airfield, Virginia
2016

V-22 Osprey
Blackstone Army Airfield, Virginia
2016

V-22 Osprey
Blackstone Army Airfield, Virginia
2016

V-22 Osprey
Blackstone Army Airfield, Virginia
2016

UH-60 Blackhawk
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Eurocopter X3
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

Eurocopter X3
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

C-5A Galaxy
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

CH-47 Chinook
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

CH-47 Chinook
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

CH-47 Chinook
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

UH-60 Blackhawk
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

C-5A Galaxy
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

CH-47 Chinook
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012

C-5A Galaxy
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
2012
     

Miramar Air Show, San Diego, California, 14 October 2012

Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona, January 2002 & July 2009

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MCAS Yuma Air Show, Yuma, Arizona, 09 March 2013

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MCAS Yuma Twilight Air Show, Yuma, Arizona, 17 March 2017

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