Pictured from left to right: U.S. Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez, U.S. Navy Corpsman Max Soviak and U.S. Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment while serving in Kabul, Afghanistan.
All three men lost their lives during the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, on August 26, 2021.
Fair winds and following seas to these brave warriors and to their fellow service members who gave their lives to help protect and save others. Your sacrifice was not in vain and you will never be forgotten. Semper Fi. 🇺🇸
Sikorsky H-5 landing on the forward 16-inch gun turret of USS Missouri (BB-63) during the 1948 “Midshipmen’s Practice Cruise".
"Guard Mail, ship’s newspapers and personnel were exchanged via helicopter while the cruise squadron was at sea. Most exchanges, however, were made by 'hovering pick-up' in which the helicopter did not land but hovered over the deck."
On June 28, 2005, 19 brave warriors gave their lives during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. It was the most tragic day in Naval Special Warfare history and also devastated the U.S. Army's 160th SOAR. Godspeed to these brave men and their families.
Lt. Michael P. Murphy
Petty Officer Matthew Axelson
Petty Officer Second Class Danny Dietz
Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan
Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy
Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas
Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr.
Petty Officer 2nd Class James E. Suh
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor
Petty Officer Second Class Eric Shane Patton
160th SOAR Night Stalkers:
Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare
Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature
Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby
Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles
Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III
Maj. Stephen C. Reich
Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell
Chief Warrant Officer Chris Scherkenbach
-The mockup Bell D-188A in USAF markings. | Photo: Bell Aircraft
FLIGHTLINE: 157 - BELL D-188/XF-109/XF3L-1
The result of a joint USAF/USN request for a supersonic V/STOL fighter-bomber, the D-188A was canceled before progressing beyond a single mockup.
The genesis of the plane, known internally as Bell Model 2000, was in a 1955 joint request by the Air Force and Navy for a new V/STOL aircraft capable of Mach 2, which would act as a fighter-bomber for the USAF and a fleet defense interceptor for the Navy. The design was highly ambitious and unconventional, with a long fuselage mated to high, short wings that terminated in rotating nacelles holding two engines each. The aircraft would have six or eight J85 engines total depending on the model, four on the wings, two in the tail, and two more optionally in the forward fuselage for vertical thrust. The Navy model would also incorporate a bleed air system to enhance vertical lift and maneuvering.
-Cutaway drawing of the six-engined D-188A variant. | Illustration: Bell Aircraft
-A more simplified drawing of the eight-engined variant, showing the forward pair of lift jets and the vectoring of the aft nozzles for vertical or horizontal flight. | Illustration: Bell Aircraft
Armaments would have consisted of two or four 20mm cannons as well as an internal weapons bay and provisions for hardpoints on the wings for missiles, rockets or bombs, up to 4,000lbs total. Unrefueled combat range would have been 1,350 miles, with a ferry range of 2,300 miles.
-Photo collage of the the D-188A mockup and concept art. | Illustration: Bell Aircraft
-Concept art of the XF-109 in hover. | Illustration: Bell Aircraft
-Bell artwork of a XF-109 undergoing (simplified) maintenance. Taking care of eight jet engines would have been challenging, especially under austere conditions. | Illustration: Bell Aircraft
-Orthograph of the XF-109 in the 1960 configuration. | Illustration: G. De Chiara
-Illustration of the XF3L showing the subtle differences in the empennage. | Illustration: G. De Chiara
The mockup was completed in December 1960, and was displayed in both USAF and Navy markings. By this point however, interest in the program had cooled, with first the Navy then the USAF dropping out by 1961. It's unlikely that the plane would have met the somewhat (okay, very) unrealistic performance goals as stated, so an operational D-188/A would likely have been slower, had less range, and/or carried less of a payload.
-The D-188A mockup in US Navy markings and with the engine pods in VTOL position. | Photo: Bell Aircraft
-The D-188A in XF-109 markings. The XF-109/XF3L mockup was a intriguing look at a future that was not to be. | Photo: Bell Aircraft
On April 7, 1945, American aircraft destroyed the battleship Yamato off the coast of Okinawa during the Battle of the East China Sea. The Yamato was the largest battleship in the world at the time. (US Navy)
(L-R) Actor Cliff Edwards; Lt (JG) John S. "Jimmy" Thach; actor Clark Gable; actor Wallace Beery; Lt (JG) Herbert S. Duckworth; and Lt (JG) Edward P. "Bud" Southwick pose next to an F8C-4 of VF-1B at NAS North Island, California, 16 September 1931