The JTAC Advanced Instructor Course, where JTACs and TACPs from both conventional and special operations units would learn and improve on tactics, techniques, and procedures in use downrange…
USAF Weapons School: It’s Not Just Jets!
When it comes to travel, there is an old adage that says, “Getting there is half the fun!” I considered those words and applied them to the context of my View More ›
The Knife Fight–Dogfighting in an F-16 (part 2)
In air-to-air combat, getting a missile off the rail is infinitely more complex than starting your car. The weapon needs to actually come off of the pylon, the rocket motor needs to View More ›
U.S. Air Force Weapons School: Priority Zero
Building and teaching is the standard for any institution of higher learning, and like any tactical course, there is a phenomenal amount of information to be assimilated through the hours View More ›
U.S. Air Force Weapons School: Build. Teach. Lead.
Captain Joshua Arki graduated from the U.S. Air Force academy in 2004. He went straight to pilot training and earned himself a fighter slot, his initial assignment being F-16s with View More ›
U.S. Air Force Weapons School: The Challenge
How is a U.S. Air Force Weapons School candidate chosen? What kind of person winds up on the career path placing them at Nellis Air Force Base for six months?
The Knife Fight – Dogfighting in an F-16 (Part 1)
Jet pilots never plan to get in a dogfight—it is more survivable and cheaper (think gas) to pick the enemy off well outside of visual range—but as Paco alludes to, View More ›
U.S. Air Force Weapons School (Part 3)
Over the course of five and a half months, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School makes its students the very best mission commanders in their particular disciplines, and ultimately they View More ›
To Suppress and Destroy: A History of the Wild Weasel (Part 3)
As the F-4G retired from service in 1996, a new aircraft stepped in: the Block 50/52 configuration of the Lockheed-Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon, commonly referred to as the Viper. The delineation View More ›
To Suppress and Destroy: A History of the Wild Weasel (Part 2)
The new Republic F-105F Thunderchiefs and their crews faced a significant challenge, as over 100 North Vietnamese SAM sites were operational by August of 1966. By that time the Weasels View More ›