Air Force Haiti Airlift Relief Operations Coordination Happening at Charleston Air Force Base

IMG_0004The Air Force is providing key airlift capabilities in response to the disaster in Haiti, this is all being handled by Air Mobility Command and the Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott Air Force Base.  One of the main hubs, operating these airlift mission is Charleston Air Force Base.  While the majority of the cargo is being picked up at other locations, they are tasking many of the flights in and out of Haiti right now.  This includes just about every type of airlift “tail” the Air Force has at it’s disposal.  I spent the day touring Charleston Air Force Base yesterday – they had C-130‘s, C-17‘s and C-5‘s parked on their flight line, along with civilian heavy airlift 747‘s. (more…)


2 Sukhoi SU-27UB Aircraft for sale on the open U.S. Market

IMG_3218So you want to go Mach 1.8 huh? (the 2 seat version maxes out at Mach 1.8)  Well now you can, for the low low asking price of $6,000,000 each.  For the first – and possibly the last – time ever you can become the proud owner of 2, Sukhoi SU-27UB 4th generation fighter aircraft.  Just before Oshkosh AirVenture 2009 I visited Pride Aircraft in Rockford Illinois who is offering for sale 2 Sukhoi SU-27UB fighters brought straight to you from a former Soviet Republic.  Number 31 (built in 1990) and number 32 (built in 1988) have been fully restored and both the engines and airframes were “zeroed out” at the factory.  At the moment, the engines have approximately 12 hours each – each aircraft has around 600 hours total time.  These airframes look brand new.  They also both include freshly overhauled Zvedzda K-36DM ejection seats.  Pride has been diligently working to convert all of the instruments, avionics and communications equipment over to standard American gear.  This includes all new commercial grade communication radios and state of the art Garmin 530 GPS units. (more…)