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Photos I took during Desert Storm missions in the KC-135R.

























And finally for tonight, my beloved R-model camera platform on an early morning at King Khalid International Airport as we approached to preflight and go fly a mission. 62-3564 from the 28th AREFS, Ellsworth AFB, SD, with it's "illegal" "eyebrows" painted around the windscreen. One of the last ones in shiny SAC gray.




I have many more DS pics. I'll scan a few more tomorrow.

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Great shots Bill!!

Thanks for sharing them with us.

Looking forward to seeing some more.


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Nice been there photies Bill.

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Great shots Bill...thanks for sharing.
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Great pics. Thanks for posting!
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Awesome shots!
Thanks for sharing these.
I'm not sure I've ever seen a shot of an F-16 with the "DS" code.

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Awesome shots!
Thanks for sharing these.
I'm not sure I've ever seen a shot of an F-16 with the "DS" code.

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Designated Spare

or

Desert Storm

or

Destroy Saddam

There is an entire legend surrounding the DS tailcode......
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Coolest thing about 84-1296/DS is that she is carrying live weapons. From earlier threads on the DS-marked Vipers of Dessert Storm, it never was clear if these flew missions or not. Well, now we know
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Bill, those are just fantastic. Historic and unique photos, each of them. Thanks for sharing them here.
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"DS" Vipers: I remember seeing those codes and thinking, "How cool is that!" I think we even said something to the pilot over UHF about that and he said the DS codes were a special in-theater and unauthorized morale-booster and we all chuckled. My memory is vague but that's the gist of what I remember him telling us. The opposite/port side of the jet remained in standard squadron markings. I think those were Shaw birds with the DS codes? I probably have photos of the other side of that DS Viper and when I locate them I'll scan/post. Oh, and yes, they definitely dropped bombs during DS as the photo shows!

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84-1296 flew with the 10TFS 50TFW as verified here;
http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-databas...-profile/1626/

Besides 84-1296 I believe there were 3 other marked with DS-tailcodes; 84-1238, 84-1300 + one more I couldn't find the tail number of.

Sorry for highjacking the thread - please post more great pics
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Thats great stuff right there...Man wished somebody would do some TJ jets from DS in decal form!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey....what's that right there by your throat?

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Thanks for posting these pics Bill...!!!
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More of my Desert Storm images:


EL-coded A-10, all loaded up and ready to go strike the bad guys. Charts stuffed up in the windscreen.




RF-4s! I was thrilled when these two pulled up for gas one morning. They saw me shooting pictures so the wingman said, "Ready?" and then broke hard away and I got this shot. GA tail codes. Note ECM pod on the port inboard.




The F-117 was still kinda' spooky and to see one in daylight was a treat so out came the cameras. We weren't supposed to take pictures of them but the pilots didn't care and even posed their jets for us. He's just gotten gas and the overspill can be seen streaked back over the fuselage.

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37 TFW wing-king bird headed north at dusk. (Cue the "Jaws" shark theme.)



"Got your camera ready?" "Yes sir." (Doors pop open.) "Okay, now shoot." His wingman on my side (right side) also popped his doors, but rolled belly-up to me to show us his LGBs. Too dark and I didn't get a shot of that though.




At night the lava rock that surrounded the exhaust area would glow bright/less bright/bright as the pilot made small throttle adjustments to stay in position. Note the fuel overflow on the spine.

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Grissom AFB R/T (receiver tanker) getting a top-off for practice during a lull in the action.



KC-10 doing same.



Typical view out my windscreen at sunset during the Gulf War. We are number four in a six or eight-ship tanker cell, climbing out of Riyadh to the west for another night of gassing-up the strike forces. I moved us up and right to get an angle-off photo. If I was in proper position those three would be lined up right in front of us.

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An F-16C from "Hillsville" gasses up.



Swan-song for the A-6:



"Falcons" Viper from Shaw with bomb mission symbols under cockpit:



Moody-based Viper (MY code) at sunset, waiting for it to get good and dark.

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"Spang" Weasels fill-up. Nothing consumed fuel quite like the F-4 could. I knew then that this was another swan-song: The combat USAF F-4.






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WOW!....just fantastic shots Bill!

You have a great collection there, once again, thanks for posting them.

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