Monday, November 14, 2011

Military Jet Age Photos

The following entries provide links to quality images of military jets at a variety of sites.  Some pictures are great as is but you may want to tweak others in any photo editor to get the effect you like.

                                                              F-15 Eagle

This great F-15 Eagle photo is 1280 x 1024 at 72 dpi.  You'll need to scroll just over 2/3 the way down the page for this one.  You'll find other interesting aviation pictures from this site - AR15.


This 1024 x 768 at 72 dpi photo of an F-15 launch of an air-to-air missile is misidentified as an F-14 Tomcat by the Wallpaper Base site... but who cares?  The picture's a definite keeper.

                                        More F-15 information and photos here.

                                                            A-4 Skyhawk

This A-4 taken in a Fast Pass mode is 980 x 689 at 72 dpi.  It is from Richard Seaman's page dedicated to the 2006 Yankee Air Museum Thunder over Michigan Air Show.  You'll find many good photos as you scroll to near the bottom for this one.

                                                             A-7 Crusader

The image is 1024 x 768 at 72 dpi.  The cockpit was snug and fully loaded the Crusader seemed under-powered but it was rugged enough to have a low loss rate over North Vietnam.  The picture is from Wallpaper - S.

                                                                B-1B Lancer

This B-1B photo with wings forward is provided by Wikipedia at 1,219 x 800, 72 dpi.  This variable wing bomber was used extensively in the Middle East and against Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War.  It is armed with conventional weapons and no longer has a nuclear role.  The image is at Wikipedia.


This dramatic bomb run photo is 1,600 x 1,200 at 72 dpi and is provided by Wallpaper Base.  Originally intended by the Air Force as replacement for the B-52 this supersonic strategic bomber has a bomb bay capable of holding up to 75,000 lbs.

                                                              B-2 Spirit

America's stealth bomber, the B-2, pictured flying over desert terrain is unlike any aircraft ever made.  Costing nearly a billion dollars each in current (2011) dollars the Air Force has a limited inventory of 20 planes.  This photo, provided by Wikipedia, is 2,993 x 2,416 at 72 dpi and is available in various other sizes.


This scene of Winter on the Ramparts is 1500 x 997 at 72 dpi.  You'll need to scroll about a quarter of the way down the page for this BUFF photo from AR15.

                                                      C-17 Globemaster III

This picture of C-17s in formation is available at Wikipedia in a variety of sizes, including a large 2974 x 2183 version at 72 dpi.  The US Air Force has just over 200 Globemasters in inventory at a price of nearly $200 million apiece.

                                                            EA-6B Prowler

This 1,600 x 1,200 image at 72 dpi is available at Wallpaper Base.  The Prowler is a four seat electronic warfare aircraft that is expected to continue in operation until at least 2015.

                                                             F-4 Phantom

This jack of all trades Vietnam era fighter-bomber is here pictured at 1,924 x 1,424, 72 dpi.  In a ground support role it was capable of carrying 5 tons of ordinance.  As a fighter it was credited with 280 air-to-air victories over North Vietnam and in the Gulf War.  You'll find this photo at Wikipedia.


Looking at its ordinance it is hard to believe the Phantom was originally designed as an interceptor.  The age of dogfights was thought to be over and early Phantoms in Vietnam had no gun and had to rely on missiles.  This photo offered by the site as wallpaper is 1024 x 768, 72 dpi at Flash-Screen.

                                          More F-4 information and photos here

                                                              F-14 Tomcat

This picture of the Navy's variable wing successor to the F-4 Phantom is 1024 x 768 at 72 dpi.  The Grumman Tomcat was the defensive arm of the US Navy's fleet for 30 years.  This photo is an offering at Wallpaper - S.


The F-14 grew out of Defense Secretary McNamara's failed attempt to make the F-111 a carrier based plane.  It would be America's counter to the Soviet MiG 21 and replace the F-8 Crusader and the Phantom as the Navy's defender of the fleet.  This carrier deck image is 1024 x 768 and is available at Wallpaper Base.

Related Topics:

MiG 29

MiG 21

F-18 Super Hornet


                                        More F-14 information and photos here

                                                            F-16 Falcon

This highly maneuverable, fly by wire, single seat F-16 is seen loaded with ordinance flying over the flat terrain desert.  The F-16 has been in operation with the Air Force since 1979.  This large Wikipedia file is 3,842 x 2,655 at 300 dpi.


The era of fly-by-wire aircraft began with the F-16 as it and subsequent fighter designs became too aerodynamically unstable for human pilots to control without computerized assistance.  This photo is 2,050 x 1,310 at 300 dpi and is available at Wallpaper Base.

                                                             F-22 Raptor

This 1152 x 864 at 72 dpi image of the Raptor in blistering performance mode is provided by Richard Seaman.  It is one of many of his copyrighted photos made available at his website for your computer wallpaper.

                                                     F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The U.S. plans to buy over 2,000 of these aircraft at just over $150 million apiece.  The Air Force has ordered a conventional take off version while the navy receives F-35s designed for carrier landings and the Marines have chosen a short take off, vertical landing model.  The F-35 Wikipedia photo here is 3,000 x 2,357 at 72 dpi.

                                                              F-86 Sabre

This Korean War era jet photo is 980 x 705 at 72 dpi and is about half way down the page.  There are a number of World War II aircraft also pictured on this page by Richard Seaman that is dedicated to the 2006 Nellis AFB Aviation Nation Air Show.  Click the following link to access general pictures of World War II.

                                       More F-86 information and photos here

                                                          F-104 Starfighter

The F-104 flies high over the desert in this 1024 x 683 image from Hubert Peitzmeier's 916-Starfighter Home Page.

                                       More F-104 information and photos here

                                                          F-106 Delta Dart

The image of this Cold War interceptor comes from an unusually large file that is 3000 x 1980 at 300 dpi.  You'll find it a short scroll from the top of the page to access this picture offered by AR15.

                                                         SR-71 Blackbird

Here's a picture of the legendary spy plane flying over rugged terrain and it is available in sizes up to 3,000 x 2,350 at 72 dpi from Wikipedia.  Over 17,000 missions were flown by this product of the famed Lockheed Skunk Works before high operating costs and spy satellites brought its era to a close in 1990.

                                                                  MiG 15

A MiG 15 fly-by as photographed by Richard Seaman at the Chino Air Show in 2010.  The image is 850 x 569.

                                      More MiG 15 information and photos here

                                                                MiG 17

Richard Seaman provides this terrific afterburner shot of a MiG 17 taken at the 2006 Yankee Air Museum Thunder Over Michigan Air Show.  It is 980 x 705 at 72 dpi.

                                                                 MiG 21

There are not enough good wallpaper size images on the internet of historic Soviet aircraft in flight.  This 1600 x 1067 MiG 21 flight shot appears to come from reddit.

                                                           MiG 25 Foxbat

The premier interceptor of its day the MiG 25 was initially designed to counter the US B-70 Valkyrie, but it never went into service.  The 1280 x 866 image is found at reddit.

                                      More MiG 25 information and photos here


Here's a very good bank photo of the Sukhoi Su-27, designated Flanker by NATO.  It is 1152 x 864 and is one of many excellent aviation pictures available at Richard Seaman's Flying Kiwi site.

                                        More Su-27 information and photos here


The odyssey of Richard Seaman continues at Russia's MAKS Air Show with this 980 x 705 image at 72 dpi. You'll find this Su-30 performance picture a long third of the way down the page.


Long range and high speed despite being a turboprop makes the Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear" arguably the Soviet's most important Cold War bomber.  This 1024 x 678 image may be a bit small for wallpaper but its still a fine photo.  It's posted at Military Today.

                                       More Tu-95 information and photos here

                                                  F-22 Raptor escorts Tu-95

The Cold War is over but the Russians and Americans remain two large egos at a small party.  This contemporary reminder of earlier times is posted by the people at AR15 - Home of the Black Rifle.  The image is a generous third of the way down the page and is 2000 x 1500 at 72 dpi.

                                                      RAF Harrier GR7     Before

                                                      RAF Harrier GR7     After

The original picture, 1024 x 768 at 72 dpi, gives you dramatic atmospherics but if you'd like a clearer look at the Harrier you can use most any photo editor to back off the high contrast and heavy emphasis on blue.  The image is offered by Wallpaper - S.

                                                       F-18 Royal Marines

A site called Crazy Themes provides this 1920 x 1200 image at 300 dpi.  It is the Royal Marine version of the American F-18.

                                                      F/A-18 Super Hornet

The F-18 along with the AV-8B Harrier provide the needed ground support role for the Marine Corps.  It remains the Marines all-weather fighter-bomber until the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter becomes operational.  This sunset carrier deck image is 1,200 x 787 at 300 dpi and is another offering from Wallpaper Base.

                                                     Click here to see more

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                                                    COLD VALENTINE

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