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M.Ayton - School days /Military/
No guesses for where this B-2 Spirit is on final approach to. For at least two Class 19A WSINT missions, three B-2s arrived at Nellis for refuelling stops.
Sand stuck to the underside fuselage of a C-17A Globemaster III indicates this aircraft has undertaken desert strip landings during Operation Coyote.The flow patterns of sand show were debris collects during austere landing operations.
A B-52H Stratofortress climbs away from runway 03L at Nellis, with the number two jet rolling for take-off. The back drop to this shot is the unmistakeable Las Vegas Strip.
Strike power. An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 17th Weapons Squadron makes a flex departure from runway 03R at Nellis.
This toned-down camouflage laden PC-12 turboprop is not used to fly business executives around and about. This is a U-28A operated by Air Force Special Operations Command. Two U-28As were present at Nellis during Class 19A WSINT flying missions from the super base to desert strips in the Nevada Test and Training Range.
MC-130H Combat Talon II 89-0280 is assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron based at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan. Operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, the MC-130H conducts infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply missions in support of special operations forces in hostile or denied territory. The aircraft is equipped with a terrain-following and terrain-avoidance radar housed in the extended nose cone, a multispectral imaging turret and a suite of self-defence systems, the sensors for which are housed in the numerous blisters located around the fuselage.
U-2S Dragon Lady, serial number 80-1080/BB, with special tail markings for the 9th Operations Group commander at Beale Air Force Base, on final approach to runway 21L at Nellis.