The most detailed account of the 1st AIM-9 dogfight

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The combat debut of the AIM-9 Sidewinder dogfight missile took place 48 years ago and the location was over Wenzhou Bay, China. This article, in Mandarin, is the most detailed account on what actually took place on Sept. 24, 1958, including the time the first PLAAF MiG-17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile fired from a RoCAF F-86.

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Photo: Library of Congress

Three PLAAF MiG-17s’ contrails can be seen in this gun camera footage and the Sidewinder had just left its launch rail.
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Kenyan fighter pilots to receive training from Jordan

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Jordan’s King Abdallah has promised to help Kenya train its fighter pilots. The King was in Nairobi for a one-day visit and the training is part of a series of measures by Jordan to assist Kenya in battling terrorism.

F-5 Tiger Kenya
By SRA ANDY DUNAWAY. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pakistan lost a GIDS Shahpar UAV

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A Pakistan Air Force GIDS Shahpar unmanned aerial vehicle crashed near Mianwali on Sept. 26. Fortunately, no one was injured by the accident.

Iceland says 3 Russian Tu-160s flew below commercial flight

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The Icelandic foreign ministry has complained that three Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers flew between 6,000 and 9,000 feet below a passenger plane that departed Reykjavik and bound for Sweden.

Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack formation - Zhukovsky 2012 (8694274276)
Alan Wilson [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Third U.S. rotational Air Contingent in Philippines

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The U.S. Air Force sent two C-130s plus airmen from the 374th Air Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and other units from across PACAF to Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines for the third rotational Air Contingent.

Air Contingent
U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mark Lazane
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