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Leading From Strength and US Missile and Military Might

A view of the aft missile launcher with test surface-to-air missiles aboard the heavy cruiser USS BOSTON (CA-69) during operations off the coast of Vietnam near the I Corps area. In the foreground are used ammunition cans

AN air-to-air right side view of a YF-16 aircraft and a YF-17 aircraft, side-by-side, armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles

A view of a high-altitude supersonic target (HAST). This subscale, air-launched aerial target simulates enemy threat aircraft and missiles through the 1990s. The rocket-powered 20-foot HAST uses preprogrammed as well as command guidance. The HAST was developed by Beech Aircraft

US Army soldiers load MIM-23B Hawk missiles onto a towed launcher

US Army soldiers test an MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

An air to air left side view of a YF-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips

MILESTONES IN MISSILRY

MILESTONES IN MISSILRY
MILESTONES IN MISSILRY

An overhead view of a Soviet AT-3 Sagger anti-tank missiles mounted on two BDRM-1 amphibious reconnaissance cars

A right front view of several vehicle-mounted Soviet SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missiles

A left side view of two vehicle-mounted Soviet SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missiles

A right front view of a vehicle-mounted Soviet SA-9 Gaskin surface-to-air missiles

A right side view of two vehicle-mounted Soviet SS-5 Skean intermediate-range ballistic missiles

US Army soldiers inspect MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

An air to air right side view of a YF-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips

An air to air left side view of a YF-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips, banking right

An air-to-air left underside view of two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The A-10 in the background is carrying a full load of Mark 82 Snake Eye bombs. The A-10 in the foreground is loaded with two Maverick missiles and eight Mark 20 MOD-3 Rock Eye bombs. Both aircraft, assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, are on a tour of Korean air bases

Sergeant Ronald Dowsham of the 5th Cavalry reoganized takes care of his mount after going off duty. Dowsham is an Air Policeman assigned to protect the missiles located here

An air-to-air right underside view of two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The A-10 in the foreground is carrying a full load of Mark 82 Snake Eye bombs. The A-10 in the background is loaded with two Maverick missiles and eight Mark 20 MOD-3 Rock Eye bombs. Both aircraft, assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, are on a tour of Korean air bases

An air-to-air left side view of two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The A-10 in the background is carrying a full load of Mark 82 Snake Eye bombs. The A-10 in the foreground is loaded with two Maverick missiles and eight Mark 20 MOD-3 Rock Eye bombs. Both aircraft, assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, are on a tour of Korean air bases

An air-to-air underside view of two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The A-10 in the foreground is carrying a full load of Mark 82 Snake Eye bombs. The A-10 in the background is loaded with two Maverick missiles and eight Mark 20 MOD-3 Rock Eye bombs. Both aircraft, assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, are on a tour of Korean air bases

A starboard bow view of the Iranian destroyer escort ITS FARAMARZ (DE 74), now redesignated the frigate IS SAHAND (F 74). NOTE: This vessel was sunk on 19 April 1988 by aircraft CVW 11 from the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in retaliation for the mining of the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) in the Persian Gulf. The vessel was hit by three Harpoon missiles and numerous cluster bomblets

Personnel of the 5th Tactical Fighter Wing release the holding straps on AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles aboard a transport cart prior to being loaded aboard an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during the 1978 North American Air Defense Command Weapons Loading Competition

Marines from the 3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion are given classes on the M-2 aiming circle for firing the missiles

A Korean air force F-4 Phantom II aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles taxis on the flight line

Artist's concept of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles fired by F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft

Artist's concept of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles fired by F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft

A ripple launch of Minuteman missiles takes place

Front view of a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight, as seen from the boom operator's section. The Stratofortress is carrying AGM-109 Tomahawk air-launched cruise missiles

Right side view of an F-4C Phantom II, top, and F-104 Starfighter aircraft on a Tactical Training Luke training mission. The aircraft are, respectively, from the 310th and 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadrons, 58th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force. The F-104 is carrying two AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips

A left side view of an F-5 Tiger II aircraft carrying two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles in flight. The aircraft of the 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 405th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force, is involved in Tactical Training Luke

A low angle right side view of an F-104 Starfighter aircraft carrying two AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles in flight. The aircraft of the 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 68th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force, is involved in Tactical Training Luke

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-104 Starfighter aircraft carrying two AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles. The aircraft, from the 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, 58th Tactical Training Wing, 12th Air Force, is involved in Tactical Training Luke

A ground crew loads AGM-109 Tomahawk air-launched cruise missiles on a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft

A left underside view of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (wingtips) and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles (inboard) during a test flight

Two Minuteman III, intercontinental ballistic missiles are launched twelve seconds apart. This launching is part of the Strategic Air Command readiness Exercise, Global Shield 79

A left side view of a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft carrying AGM-109 Tomahawk air-launched cruise missiles

Artist's concept of F-15E Eagle aircraft, in ground support role, carrying an assortment of bombs and missiles

Artist's concept of an F-15 Eagle aircraft firing advanced medium range air-to-air missiles during combat

F-4E Phantom II aircraft armed with three AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, an EROS pod, and four red-tailed AIM-4 missiles

A close-up view of eight AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM) loaded on the rotary launcher in the bomb bay of a B-52G Stratofortress aircraft

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, banking to the right

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles

Weapons department personnel move RIM-7H Sea Sparrow missiles aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

A Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) F-4N Phanton II aircraft is launched from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles

Technicians prepare to load AIM-9P Sidewinder and AIM-7E Sparrow missiles onto an F-4C Phantom II aircraft of the 154th Composite Group, Hawaii Air National Guard

Two AIM -9P Sidewinder missiles mounted on the wing pylon of an F-4C Phantom II aircraft of the 154th Composite Group, Hawaii Air National Guard

A left front ground view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with five AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles mounted under the wings

A left side view of an A-7 Corsair II aircraft of the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, carrying four AGM-65A Maverick missiles in-flight over the Tyndall Air Force Base range

AN air-to-air underside view of an A-7D Corsair II aircraft banking to the left over a range. Two AGM-65 Maverick missiles and one auxiliary fuel tank are on each wing. The aircraft is assigned to the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing

F-4E Phantom II aircraft from the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing. The aircraft is carrying an inboard 2,000-pound GBU-10 laser guided bomb, a Pave Spike laser designator, and two inboard AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles (left side to right)

AN air-to-air left side view of an A-7D Corsair II aircraft over a range. Two AGM-65 Maverick missiles and one auxiliary fuel tank are on each wing. The aircraft is assigned to the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing

AN air-to-air underside view of an F-4E Phantom II aircraft banking to the left. AN auxiliary fuel tank is carried on each wing and two AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles are mounted on the right wing. A Pave Spike airborne laser designator is mounted on the left side of the fuselage and six Mark 82 500-pound low-drag bombs on the centerline. The aircraft is assigned to the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing

Bottom view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, in flight Wing

AN air-to-air right side view of two F-4E Phantom II aircraft banking to the left over a range. Two AGM-65 Maverick missiles are loaded on each wing of both aircraft. AN AN/ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures pod is mounted on the left side of each fuselage. The aircraft are assigned to the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft banking to the left over White Sands Missile Range. Two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles are mounted on each wing and two AIM-7 Sparrow missiles are mounted on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

AN air-to-air right side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft of the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing carrying four AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles

An underside view of an F-4E Phantom II aircraft in flight. Auxiliary fuel tanks are mounted on each wing. A Mark 84 bomb is on the left wing and two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles on the right. A Pave Spike airborne laser designator is mounted on the left side of the fuselage and six Mark 82 500-lb. low-drag bombs on the centerline. The aircraft is assigned to the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing

Air-to-air view of an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing. The aircraft is carrying two 2,000-pound Mark 84 laser guided bombs, two AIM-9L and two AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles, and ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures pod

AN air-to-air right side view of two F-4E Phantom II aircraft banking to the left over a range. Two AGM-65 Maverick missiles are loaded on each wing of both aircraft. AN AN/ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures pod is mounted on the left side of each fuselage. The aircraft are assigned to the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing

Low angle right side view of an F-4E Phantom II aircraft of the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing carrying four AGM-65A Maverick missiles in flight over the Tyndall Air Force Base range

AN air-to-air low angle left view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in a vertical climb over the White Sands Missile Range at Holloman Air Force Base. Two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles are mounted on each wing and two AIM-7 Sparrow missiles are on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

F-4E Phantom II aircraft from the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing. The aircraft is carrying an inboard 2,000-pound GBU-10 laser designator, six 500-pound Mark 82 low-drag bombs, and two inboard AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles (left side to right)

AN air-to-air left side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft in flight over the White Sands Missile Range. Two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles are mounted on each side of the fuselage. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

A front view of a four-ship formation of F-15 Eagle aircraft carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Eagles are from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A front view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Eagles are from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

A front view of a four-ship formation of F-15 Eagle aircraft as one of them breaks away. The Eagles, carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, are from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, involved in exercise Pacific Consort

An air-to-air left side view of an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft with 600-gallon fuel tanks on the wing pylons and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips. This is the first flight of an F-16 with 600-gallon tanks

An air-to-air left side view of an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft with 600-gallon fuel tanks on the wing pylons and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips. This is the first flight of an F-16 with 600-gallon tanks

An air-to-air overhead view of an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft with 600-gallon fuel tanks on the wing pylons and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips. This is the first flight of an F-16 with 600-gallon tanks

Four 70th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-4E Phantom II aircraft armed with AGM-65A Maverick missiles fly in formation during exercise Pround Phantom'80

Weapons specialists use a bomb loader to load AIM-9P Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, from a trailer aboard an F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The airmen are assigned to the 4th Aircraft Generations Squadron participating in the exercise Crested Cap

Four 70th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-4E Phantom II aircraft armed with AGM-65A Maverick missiles fly in formation during Exercise PROUD PHANTOM'80

AN F-4E Phantom II aircraft is being uploaded with missiles during exercise Crested Cap

An air-to-air right underside view of an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft with 600-gallon fuel tanks on the wing pylons and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips. This is the first flight of an F-16 with 600-gallon tanks

AIM-7F Sparrow air-to-air missiles attached to an F-15 Eagle alert aircraft parked on the flight line

A close-up view of AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, under wing, and an AIM-7F Sparrow air-to-air missile attached to an F-15 Eagle alert aircraft parked on the flight line

An air-to-air view of two F-15 Eagle aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (wing pylons) and AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles

Launch of one of the three Pershing (MGM-31A) surface-to-surface missiles

AN air-to-air left side view of an F-15 Eagle aircraft carrying tow AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles during exercise Border Star '81. The aircraft is assigned to the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, 12th Air Force

An air-to-air view of an F-15A Eagle aircraft making a hard left turn over the Armament Division Range. The aircraft is carrying two advanced medium range air-to-air missiles mounted under its left wing

A left front view of an inert version of the advanced medium range air-to-air missiles loaded under the left wing of an Air Force F-15A Eagle aircraft

Air Force technicians load two inert Raytheon versions of the advance medium range air-to-air missiles under the left wing of an Air Force F-15A Eagle aircraft

A female U.S. Army soldier carries test equipment away after inspecting MIM-23B Hawk missiles on a towed launcher

An artist's concept of Pave Paws phased array coverage from the east and west coast stations. Pave Paws performs surveillance to detect the launch of sea-launched ballistic missiles

An air-to-air left side view of an F-18A Hornet aircraft with AIM-9L Sidewinder dummy missiles mounted on its wing tips. The aircraft is from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 4 (VX-4) assigned to Fighter/AEW Wing Pacific

A B-52 Stratofortress aircraft flies overhead near the Air Force Flight Test Center. The Stratofortress is carrying AGM-86 air-launched cruise missiles

An air-to-air left underside view of an F-16B Fighting Falcon aircraft with glide bombs mounted on the outboard wing pylons, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips, and an AN/ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod on the fuselage centerline. A spin-control parachute is attached to the aircraft`s tail section

An air-to-air right underside view of an F-16B Fighting Falcon aircraft with glide bombs mounted on the outboard wing pylons, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wingtips, and an AN/ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod on the fuselage centerline. A spin-control parachute is attached to the aircraft`s tail section

A view of a parked F-15 Eagle aircraft armed with four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles

Bottom view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft carrying AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles. The aircraft is involved in a United States and Royal Air Force tactical bombing competition

Bottom view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft silhouetted against clouds. The aircraft is carrying AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles during a United States and Royal Air Force tactical bombing competition

A view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taxiing out. The aircraft, from the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, is carrying two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and six laser guided bombs. The aircraft is involved in the Strike Command Tactical Bombing Competition between the United States and Royal Air Forces

A view of parked F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft. The aircraft, from the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Strike Command Tactical Bombing Competition is held between the United States and Royal Air Forces

A right side view of a four-ship diamond formation of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The aircraft are carrying AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles during a United States and Royal Air Force tactical bombing competition

388th Tactical Fighting Wing members load AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and laser guided bombs on F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft during the quick turn competition. The aircraft, from the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, is involved in the Strike Command Tactical Bombing Competition between the United States and Royal Air Forces

388th Tactical Fighting Wing members load AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and laser guided bombs on F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft during the quick turn competition. The aircraft, from the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, are involved in the Strike Command Tactical Bombing Competition between the United States and Royal Air Forces

A right side view of a seven-ship echelon formation of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The aircraft are carrying AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles during a United States and Royal Air Force tactical bombing competition

A view of two F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft taxiing out. The aircraft, from the 388th Tactical Fighting Wing, are carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The aircraft are involved in the Strike Command Tactical Bombing Competition between the United States and Royal Air Forces

A right rear view of an AH-1 Cobra helicopter launching missiles for a demonstration during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The helicopter is from the Army Air National Guard

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