Cool Ride, Bro! [40 PICS]

July 11th, 2011 Permalink

What did you do at work today? Although I wish I could have, I surely didn’t help “save the world.” What did you drive? I’m not sure about you, but I mostly drove a keyboard. Certainly nothing as exciting as these guys and gals did. Military photographers have captured some spectacular and very cool images to show a day in the life of our U.S. troops. These photos show some definite cool rides and slick tricks that show how the U.S. military goes to work and some of what they do. [40 Photos]

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. U.S. Navy Photo #1 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza

Rainbow and USA military helicopter

Rainbow and USA military helicopter. Photo #2 by MilitaryPhotos


guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) launches a BQM-74E drone

The guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) launches a BQM-74E drone from the flight deck while under way in the Pacific Ocean. The launch was part of a missile exercise to provide defense training for Marine Corps F/A-18 pilots during exercise Valiant Shield 2010. DoD Photo #3 by Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Carl T. Jacobson, U.S. Navy

Thunderbird 5, Lead Solo and Maj. J.R. Williams, Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo, perform their signature maneuver, the Reflection Pass

Maj. Aaron Jelinek, Thunderbird 5, Lead Solo and Maj. J.R. Williams, Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo, perform their signature maneuver, the Reflection Pass during the Puerto Rico Air Show, Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Apr. 3, 2011. U.S. Air Force Photo #4 by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.

B-52 Stratofortress, two F-16 Fighting Falcons, 2 F-2 attack fighters, 2 Navy EA-6B Prowlers

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron leads a formation of two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-2 attack fighters from the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, two U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Electronic Attack Squadron 136 and a Japanese E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from 601st Squadron on a flight over Guam during exercise Cope North Feb. 15, 2010. The U.S. Air Force and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force conduct Cope North annually at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to increase combat readiness and interoperability, concentrating on coordination and evaluation of air tactics, techniques and procedures. DoD Photo #5 by Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force

U.S. Navy Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk helicopter

A U.S. Navy Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, flown by Lt. Brian Roberts, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37, and Cmdr. Brian Gebo, the commanding officer of the squadron, lands next to the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Ford Island in Hawaii Nov. 16, 2010. The helicopter was delivered to become a part of the museum’s collection after reaching the end of its service life cycle. DoD Photo #6 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico, U.S. Navy

MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft land on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft land on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 9, 2011. Instructor pilots and students were conducting flight operations in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor’s Course 2-11, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) 1. DoD Photo #7 by Cpl. Richard A. Tetreau, U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps AAVP7A1 assault amphibian vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine   Expeditionary Unit launches from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Denver

U.S. Marine Corps AAVP7A1 assault amphibian vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit launches from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) under way in the Gulf of Thailand Feb. 8, 2011. Denver is part of the forward deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is currently participating in Cobra Gold 2011, a multi-national strategic training exercise co-sponsored by the U.S. and Thailand. DoD Photo #8 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Blair, U.S. Navy

SS Iowa (BB-61) fires a full broadside of her nine guns during a target exercise near Vieques Island, Puerto Rico- Note concussion effects on the water surface, and 16-inch gun barrels in varying degrees of recoil

USS Iowa (BB-61) fires a full broadside of her nine 16″/50 and six 5″/38 guns during a target exercise near Vieques Island, Puerto Rico (21°N 65°W). Note concussion effects on the water surface, and 16-inch gun barrels in varying degrees of recoil. Photo #9 by Phan J. Alan Elliott

U.S. Air Force's ACAT F-16D flew through   Sierra Nevada canyons and past peaks during ground collision avoidance test flights.

U.S. Air Force’s ACAT F-16D flew through Sierra Nevada canyons and past peaks during ground collision avoidance test flights. The ACAT, which stands for Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology, aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base on a flight originating from NASA‘s Dryden Flight Research Center. Researchers at Dryden are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory in the ACAT Fighter Risk Reduction Project to develop collision avoidance technologies for fighter/attack aircraft that would reduce the risk of ground and mid-air collisions. Photo #10 by NASA/Carla Thomas

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Brent Stevens, the left wingman for the 2011 U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, performs a looping maneuver over Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Brent Stevens, the left wingman for the 2011 U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, performs a looping maneuver over Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. DoD Photo #11 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Johnson, U.S. Navy

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) sails toward the Kingdom of Tonga to begin the first phase of Pacific Partnership 2011. Cleveland is the flagship for Pacific Partnership 2011, which will visit five island nations this summer: Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Partnership 2011 is a humanitarian assistance initiative, which promotes cooperation throughout the Pacific. U.S. Air Force Photo #12 by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley

Minden Air Lockheed SP-2H Neptune tanker drops flame retardant over Texas wildfires

A Minden Air Lockheed SP-2H Neptune tanker drops flame retardant in Texas April 19, 2011, as Wildfires burn across the state. The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard were helping the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies contain the fires, which burned more than 1,000 square miles of land. U.S. Air Force Photo #13 by Staff Sgt. Eric Harris

submarine USS Scranton

The submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) pulls into Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy, to receive supplies and personnel March 6, 2011. Scranton was under way supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. DoD Photo #14 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Cameron Bramham, U.S. Navy

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft returns from a mission over the Helmand River Valley of Afghanistan

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft returns from a mission over the Helmand River Valley of Afghanistan. The aircraft is from Strike Fighter Squadron 113 and embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (2009). DoD Photo #15 by Cmdr. Erik Etz, U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the River Rattlers, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 204, fly in a column formation

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the River Rattlers, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 204, fly in a column formation during a photo exercise in Louisiana. VFA 204 is stationed on Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. DoD Photo #16 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John P. Curtis, U.S. Navy

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft assigned to 391st and 389th Fighter   Squadrons sit on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft assigned to 391st and 389th Fighter Squadrons sit on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and has an array of avionics and electronics systems which gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night and in all weather DoD Photo #17 by Senior Airman Debbie Lockhart, U.S. Air Force

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley arrives in Hong Kong alongside the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley arrives in Hong Kong alongside the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson alongside the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, both ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group 1. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 were under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. DoD Photo #18 by Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft with the 335th Fighter Squadron releases flares

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft with the 335th Fighter Squadron releases flares. DoD Photo #19 by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, U.S. Air Force

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft with the 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., pulls up for air refueling

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft with the 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., pulls up for air refueling over the Nevada Test and Training Range during a training mission as part of Red Flag 11-3, Mar. 3, 2011. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. DoD Photo #20 by Airman 1st Class George Goslin, U.S. Air Force

Andersen Air Force Base combat readiness

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron leads a formations of two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon from Misawa, Japan, an F-15J Eagle from Chitose Japan, two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-2 attack fighters from the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, two U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler aircraft from the Electronic Attack Squadron, an U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye and a Japanese E-2C Hawkeye aircraft on a flight over Guam during exercise Cope North Feb. 21, 2011. The U.S. Air Force and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force conduct Cope North annually at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam to increase combat readiness and interoperability concentrating on coordination and evaluation of air tactics, techniques and procedures. USAF Photo #21 by Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence

Flying over the Dead Sea

U.S. Sailors from the weapons department aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) perform a 21-gun salute in celebration of Independence Day while under way in the Red Sea. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (2009). DoD Photo #22 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bradley Evans, U.S. Navy

The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Fort Worth (LCS 3) launches into the Menominee River during the ship’s christening ceremony

The littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Fort Worth (LCS 3) launches into the Menominee River during the ship’s christening ceremony. DoD Photo #23 courtesy of Lockheed Martin

U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performs at N'awlins Air Show at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performs at N’awlins Air Show at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. Photo #24 by U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos

Navy Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 147 prepares to make an arrested landing during flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean. DoD Photo #25 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom, U.S. Navy

Assisting our allies

An Italian AMX aircraft prepares to take on fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during a mission over Afghanistan. DoD Photo #26 by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, U.S. Air Force

aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), bottom center, and the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), bottom center, and the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), top center, cruise in formation with ships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. DoD Photo #27 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II, U.S. Navy

From left, a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet and two Navy F/A-18E-F Super Hornet  aircraft are illuminated by lights on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as it transits the Suez Canal

From left, a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet and two Navy F/A-18E-F Super Hornet aircraft are illuminated by lights on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as it transits the Suez Canal. DoD Photo #28 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brooks B. Patton Jr., U.S. Navy

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 335th Fighter Squadron drop 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions on a cave in eastern Afghanistan

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 335th Fighter Squadron drop 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions on a cave in eastern Afghanistan. DoD Photo #29 by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, U.S. Air Force

guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile

The guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile March 29, 2011, in the Mediterranean Sea while operating in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. Fourteen nations have partnered to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes all necessary measures to protect Libyan civilians under threat of attack by Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. DoD Photo #30 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Sunderman, U.S. Navy

A BQM-74E Chukar target drone equipped with jet-assisted takeoff packs launches from   the flight deck of USNS Amelia Earhart

A BQM-74E Chukar target drone equipped with jet-assisted takeoff packs launches from the flight deck of USNS Amelia Earhart for an air gunnery exercise in the South China Sea. DoD Photo #31 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kim McLendon, U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion 30 makes a beach landing during Pacific Horizon   11 at Camp Pendleton

U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion 30 makes a beach landing during Pacific Horizon 11 at Camp Pendleton. DoD Photo #32 by Cpl. Albert F. Hunt, U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Coast Guardsman fast-ropes from an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter

A U.S. Coast Guardsman fast-ropes from an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter onto the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher. DoD Photo #33 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Deven B. King, U.S. Navy

A pair of A-10C Thunderbolts

A pair of A-10C Thunderbolts from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi down the runway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. USAF Photo #34 by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Two P-3 Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft from the Japan Maritime Defense Force, left, and the U.S. Navy, right, fly over the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston

Two P-3 Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft from the Japan Maritime Defense Force, left, and the U.S. Navy, right, fly over the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston. DoD Photo #35 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas, U.S. Navy

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to the "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron 131   catapults from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to the “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron 131 catapults from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. DoD Photo #36 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad R. Erdmann, U.S. Navy

A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey aircraft

A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey aircraft flies between Camp Leatherneck and Village Stabilization Platform Hyderabad in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. DoD Photo #37 by Lance Cpl. Justin Williams, U.S. Marine Corps

Texas National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with 600 gallons of water to fight wildfires

Texas National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with 600 gallons of water to fight wildfires. DoD Photo #38 by Staff Sgt. Malcolm McClendon

SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter

An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 flies over the USS Arizona Memorial as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 recently completed a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy Photo #39 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans

A U.S. Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan,   conducts operations over eastern Afghanistan

A U.S. Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, conducts operations over eastern Afghanistan. DoD Photo #40 by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, U.S. Air Force


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