Jet Fridays!

We love fighter jets. In fact, we support jet aircraft like the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-5 Tiger II. We also love Fridays. Combine those two together and you have this collection of fun facts and interesting stories about fighter jets and jet engines. Enjoy our Jet Friday posts below.

If you have a jet engine topic for Fridays you would like to see us discuss, email us at About@DuotechServices.com

Jet Friday: The Hustler – An Air Force Record Setter

In the new jet era following WWII, America needed to upgrade its bomber fleet from turboprop aircraft like the B-36 Peacemaker to faster, jet engine powered aircraft. The B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress both met the need for higher altitude and speed to get...

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The U-2 Spy Plane, Difficult to Fly, Land, and Launch

An all black, single-engine aircraft soars through the sky above 70,000 feet. It's at the edge of space, 13 miles above sea level, so without radar, it will likely go unnoticed by anyone on the ground below. It is flying over an undisclosed region of the world...

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Jet Friday: The 1st at Mach 1, Chuck Yeager

A B-29 Superfortress cruises over the Mojave Desert. The heavy bomber is not on a training mission, but rather participating in an event that will shape the future of flight. Strapped to the bottom of the Superfortress is a rocket-powered experimental aircraft and...

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Jet Friday: USAF Thunderbirds Lifting Up The Airshow Crowd

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a 40-year-old fighter aircraft that was designed to win and maintain air superiority. Its designers developed innovative technology for the time, like the pilot’s seat that is elevated and set at 30 degree incline to enable the pilot to...

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Jet Friday: 2 Tours of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Cockpit

Ever wanted to see the inside of an operational jet fighter cockpit? More than that, are you interested in having a professional explain what this stick controls and what action that button performs in one of the most successful fighters in the world, the F-16...

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Jet Friday: Tales of the SR-71 from a Blackbird Pilot

As a reconnaissance plane that flew missions during the Cold War across foreign lands like Russia to find out just what they were up to, a pilot needed something that flew high and flew fast. With the ability to cruise at +2,200 MPH in excess of 80,000 ft, the SR-71...

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Unique F-16 Cockpit View Fixed on Horizon During Flight

If you check out our previous #JetFriday videos, you will see that Duotech has shared many great cockpit based videos recorded during flight demonstrations in the F-16, F-18, F-5, A-10, and others. This video we are sharing today is the most unique view we’ve seen...

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Jet Friday: All the Fighter Jets in the U.S. Air Force

In 1907, the U.S. Air Force, which was originally part of the United States Army as the Aeronautical Division using balloons for observation, took its first steps to leave the earth by requesting bids for heavier-than-air aircraft. In July 1909, with President Taft...

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Jet Friday: An F-18 Screaming Through Downtown Chicago

We have shared video footage of F-18 Hornets piloted by the Navy’s Blue Angels as they put on air shows in previous Jet Friday posts. We have also shown you low flying jets on training maneuvers just above the landscape, zipping through canyons and into snowy mountain...

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Jet Friday: An F-5 Low-Level Flight, Skimming Lake Tahoe

The F-5 Tiger II is a light fighter that was developed to be a high-performance day superiority aircraft. When loaded, the F-5 weighs only 15,745 lb compared to the F-16 at 26,500 lb. Combine that with its two turbojets propelling it to a maximum speed of 1,060 mph, a...

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9 Facts About the C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III is the USAF’s primary strategic, large transport aircraft developed to replace the C-141 Starlifter. The C-17 is operated by three crewmen: a pilot, copilot, and loadmaster. The first production C-17 was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base in...

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Jet Friday: Request a Speed Check – Blackbird SR-71

What's long, black, sleek and leaks aviation fuel onto the ground prior to takeoff (and this does not alarm anyone)? The answer would be the Cold War spycraft SR-71 Blackbird. In 1976, the SR-71 set the record for altitude and speed by an air-breathing aircraft at...

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Jet Friday: A Whittle Jet Engine History

The United States is a very large country. Before passenger aircraft were introduced, long distance travel for most Americans was a major inconvenience. To drive across the country, allowing time for rest, would take four or five days. Today, the ability to travel...

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Stunning Combat Aircraft Photos from Alaska!

Since the United States acquired Alaska from Russia in 1867, the U.S. military has maintained a strong presence in the upper territory. In the beginning, it was responsible for governing Alaska until it became a district in 1884. Today, the Alaskan Command provides...

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Jet Friday: 0-160 MPH < 4 Seconds...On a Tricycle

0-160 MPH in under four seconds. That seems quite exhilarating to those thrill seekers who like speed. A naval aviator in an F-18 Super Hornet being launched off a carrier catapult will experience 2.5g of g-force when accelerating from 0-170 mph in two seconds in only...

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Jet Friday: A Rocket Engine Underwater…In Slow Motion

If you like rocket engines, you’ll like this video. If you like watching animated objects filmed in slow motion, you’ll like this video. If you want to see what happens when a model rocket engine is fired underwater and filmed in super slow motion, then you will love...

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Jet Friday: Top Advanced Fighter Jets of the World

The jet fighter - as the first line of defense for most countries, this tool has become the tip of the spear since the first jet powered aircraft was introduced in 1944. Following Germany’s flight of the Messerschmitt ME 262, which had a top speed of 540 MPH, these...

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Addressing Obsolescence Keeps The Bone Flying

Its designation is the B-1 Lancer. By combining the B and the one(1) it is often referred to by those who fly it as “Bone.” A supersonic heavy bomber, the B-1 Lancer was introduced into service in 1986, but its first flight was in 1974. Why so long from first flight...

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Aircraft Carrier Landing Made Easy(er)

As a military aircraft pilot, besides just simply knowing how to operate the plane, the military continually trains you to take-off, fly in tight formation, perform combat operations, and return to land safely. However, training to fly in the United States Navy, one...

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Jet Friday: Why Fighter Pilots Wear Masks

Watch Video Below We grow up dreaming of flying. When you are on a commercial jet aircraft, like a passenger airliner, the cabin you sit in is pressurized and you are able to conduct your business without a mask for oxygen. If something happens when the aircraft is...

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Jet Friday: Some Fly The Jet…Some Become The Jet

Watch Video Below We grow up dreaming of flying. We watch in wonderment of the little brown bird hopping off the branch of a tree, spreading its wings, and slipping freely into the air. We stand by a river and look up at an eagle soaring above, scanning the water...

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Jet Friday: The A-10 In Close Air Support

Watch Video Below Let’s be honest: if you’ve found this article then you’re like us and can’t get enough of the A-10 Thunderbolt II. You’ll see it’s the truth just by following the links to previous articles we’ve produced: Four Factors that Make the A-10 Thunderbolt...

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Missile With a Man In It – the F-104 Starfighter

[Watch Video Below] The 1967 Shelby Cobra - an iconic muscle car with a spartan interior and no need for a radio because you couldn’t hear it over the engine anyway. When the driver hammers down on the pedal, the Shelby’s 427ci engine digs in with all 425 hp and...

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Jet Friday: How to Build an Aircraft Carrier

[Watch Video Below] Since the United States launched its first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley, in 1922, these floating air bases have been a symbol of American power and presence around the globe. These carriers can be large nuclear powered supercarriers with over...

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