Small Arms Repairer MOS 2111 Coin Unleashed At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Today

Small Arms Repairer MOS 2111 Coin Unleashed At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Today

Small Arms Repairer MOS 2111 Coin Unleashed At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Today

USMC MOS Coins Bark At The Competition because of their bad ass tendencies and nature! The USMC is the best and they deserve the best and whether its an 0311 Grunt, a USMC Drill Instructor, Machine Gunner, Scout Sniper, United States Marine Recruiter, Combat Engineer, Artilleryman, Mortarman Infantry Assaultman and Small Arms Repairman the jobs of the USMC are built on teamwork, pride and the the overriding desire to be the best. They have the warrior spirit embedded in each US Marine and their drive and demanding of the best in others and especially of themselves is why they succeed in all things.

Small Arms Repairer MOS 2111 Coin

USMC 2111 Small Arms Repairer Marine Corps MOS Coin

Keeping weapons up to date and fully repaired is a key job in any branch of the military, and in the Marines, a big part of this responsibility falls to the small arms repairer/technician. It’s an enlisted job with some specific requirements to be eligible.

The general military definition of small arms, which are somewhat different than light weapons, refers to those weapons that can be used by a single person.

The job of small arms repairer/technician in the grade of Private through Lance Corporal, involves small arms maintenance and repair, inspection procedures, and armory procedures. He or she performs inspections of all small arms, with the exception of vehicular mounted weapons. The small arms repairer/technician also completes basic shop administrative forms and records.

At the Corporal through Gunnery Sergeant level the small arms repairer/technician performs, trains, and supervises inspection, maintenance, and repair of all small arms, to include vehicular mounted small arms. (Source – The Balance.Com)

Custom US Navy Military Shirts Seen Across The Globe

Custom US Navy Military Shirts Seen Across The Globe

Custom US Navy Military Shirts Cross The Globe At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com and its an every day thing. The custom military United States Navy shirts originally designed and printed at Vision-Strike-Wear have gone from Pearl Harbor to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, ATG Mayport and Jacksonville to Groton, Connecticut, New York Nuclear Training facilities to Subic Bay, Sasebo and Atsugi, Japan have travelled the world on US Navy destroyers, cruisers, submarines, aircraft carriers, amphibs, small boys and big boys alike and have graced the backs of US Navy Sailors from Seaman to Master Chiefs. Annapolis to Great Lakes and every major A School in the US Navy has enjoyed the morale building naval tees created by VSW and it has been an amazing journey for all.

US Navy Shellback designs, VBSS Teams, JEA, SCPOA, FCPOA and CPOAs, aka the Goat Lockers where the backbone of the United States Navy resides, The Chiefs, have had custom US Navy shirts created for them by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com with each new design bringing originality, flair, morale, creativity and overall kick ass unique US Navy designs to be enjoyed by US Navy Sailors the world over. If you are interested in having a design created please contact us at Custom US Navy shirts.

Something Wicked This Way Comes! An opportunity to produce a wonderful design for VAQ-134!

Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134), also known as the “Garudas”, is a United States Navy EA-6B Prowler squadron based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-134) was originally established on June 7, 1969 at Naval Air Station AlamedaCalifornia, flying the EKA-3B Skywarrior. VAQ-134 stood down in July 1971 and moved to its current homeport, NAS Whidbey Island. In 1972, the squadron received the EA-6B Prowler and became the Navy’s third operational Prowler squadron. (Source – Wikipedia)

VAQ-134 Garudas FCPOA US Navy Squadron Shirt

The EA-6B is to be replaced by the EA-18G in early 2015,[2] and the last deployment with the EA-6B was on USS George H.W. Bush in 2014.

A custom Navy shirt designed for VX-20 The Backbone of the US Navy!

VX-20 JPOA US Navy Command Shirt

There are some incredible US Squadrons like VQ-4 The Shadows. The Shadows borrowed from the 20 and 30s along with their E-6B aircraft and a whole lot of detail and color thrown in made this a wonderful custom US Navy shirt to create for them.

VQ-4 The Shadows Command Shirt

The USS Topeka SSN-754 called VSW and asked for a design that had their amazing warship, the Capitol of Kansas, Topeka and its state building, US Navy Officer’s Crest, Enlisted Rates, and Motto “Defenders Of The Heartland” created for their ship.

USS Topeka SSN-754 Fight Shirt

The Second Class Petty Officers Association aboard the USS Fort McHenry requested and amphibious design featuring an alligator, anchors, Eagle and chevrons and got it with the kind of detail found at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com!

USS Fort McHenry LSD-43 2nd Class Petty Officer Association Shirt

When a Boomer calls we listen! The USS Tennessee SSBN-734 and its FCPOA did call and wanted a stunning design for their First Class Petty Officer Association and we listened!

USS Tennessee SSBN-734 FCPOA Shirt

The US Navy SEABEES! Amazing. this design created for a Seabees unit and Charlie Co was taken from the VSW Jolly Roger Navy design and updated with text and additional detail!

US Navy SEABEES Charlie Company Shirt

The First Class Petty Officer is an accomplished leader. Just below the rank of Navy Chief, the first classes prepare for their time as future senior leaders. The relationship between first class and chief is an interesting one. Driven hard by the Chiefs the First Class is looked at as the rising leaders and must be scrutinized to ensure they pass into the higher ranks ready to get the job done. The FCPOA is one place where their skills are tested and prepared whether in a CPO 365 environment or through communication and information exchange with other firsts. This US Navy VR-56 Globemasters FCPOA Shirt with male and female E-6 enlisted hold the world up in uniformity and equality as they show others they Have Got This!

US Navy VR-56 Globemasters FCPOA Shirt

When the USS Mustin DDG-89 requested a shirt for the crew the concept was a goat wielding a large Thor like hammer, crow displayed on the shirt, surface warfare insignia along with first class petty officer chevrons. The result was a highly developed and detailed US Navy custom shirt for the crew of the USS Mustin and their FCPOA.

USS Mustin DDG-89 Seventh Fleets Finest Shirt

A satellite phone call from NMC Sigonella made this shirt design for this command a reality. Skulls, crossed cannons, anchor, American and Italian crossed flags and more detail than you can shake a stick at became a reality for this United States Navy command.

NMC Det Sigonella Arms Of The Fleet Shirt

Sometimes we gt to design for US Navy squadrons like VR-62 The Nomads!

VR-62 Nomads FCPOA Hercules Squadron Shirt

The USS Princeton CG-59 an Aegis missile cruiser with the sleek and fine look of a Ticonderoga cruiser. A design with Jolly Roger, knife in mouth, crossed bones, porthole, rough waters in the background, anchors, tridents and the slogan “Honor And Glory!” A wonderful black and white custom US Navy shirt design for an  amazing warship and its crew.

USN USS Princeton CG-59 Honor And Glory Shirt

The warships of the US navy frequently contact VSW with details and information about how they want their crew shirts to look. Within the crew there are divisions like the Engineering Division on board the USS Ramage. They wanted a razor sharp design for their department and that is what they got!

 

USS Ramage DDG-61 Shirt

Of course Second Class Petty Officer’s Associations of the United States Navy order shirts. As future senior leads in the US Navy these associations (SCPOA) are critical to the development of training and skills preparing these future leaders for this role. On occasion they also request some of the coolest military shirts around. So when the SCPOA at FRCMA Oceana gave us a call about their shirts we were overjoyed! Backbone of the Navy!

USN 2nd Class Petty Officers Association Shirt

Coastal Riverine Group 2 wanted a shirt designed for their CPO Mess and they got it. Featuring the US Navy Goat with crossed arms, cover, anchors, fast boats barbed wire and the various commands this important USN Command is associated with all came together for their mess. The moment they ordered their shirts they came back for a second round almost immediately. Semper Fortis!

Coastal Riverine Group 2 CPO Mess Shirt

The US Navy operates at the top of the world and at the lowest geographically but when it comes to the last mile marker and the most southern part of Florida and the US there is a detachment that handles high explosives and is part of the US Navy IYAOYAS community. NC Detachment Key West is that unit and command and they wanted something special when it came to their US Navy shirts.

NMC Det Key West AO IYAOYAS Shirt

Patrol Squadron 1 of the United States Navy requested a Jolly Roger design featuring the USN Rate symbol for Aviation Ordnancemen and the all too famous wording, IYAOYAS.  black and white design with tremendous detail and character which when printed on a black or dark colored shirt really stands out and pops.

VP-1 Patrol Squadron IYAOYAS Shirt

The USS McCampbell CPO Mess requested a custom US Navy shirt featuring their ship US  Flag and Japanese flag showing the support and relationship each country has to one another. The ship’s Motto “Relentless In Battle” along with each of the US Navy Chief’s anchors were also designed.

USS McCampbell CPO Mess Shirt

At the request of the Chief Of The Boat comes this USN shirt design for the USS Columbia. Warrior SSN-771!

USS Columbia Warrior SSN-771 Attack Submarine Shirt

The USS Winston Churchill the only US Navy ship named for a foreign dignitary. The Chief’s Mess wanted a design with a Goat and Greek like look displaying shield, goat, spears and helmet and that is what they got. They reordered almost immediately! “We Steer The Course”

USS Winston S Churchill Chiefs Shirt

Don;t Worry We Got This a common saying among enlisted First Classy Petty Officers when responding to a US Navy Chief. The definite working class among the ranks. Experienced leadership. Hard working and still working to make it among the senior enlisted. The FCPOA’s of the US Navy are developing skills, teaching each other and gaining valuable information. This design created for NAS Fallon FCPOA is one example of the custom US Navy shirts created for the FCPOAs of the US Navy.

Naval Air Station Fallon FCPOA Shirt

A US Navy Gator in a pea coat? We actually did get that request and to top it off we added a Dixie Cup.

US Gator Navy Amphibious Alligator Shirt

When the USS Connecticut called and requested a custom US Navy shirt we answered. The request was taking our Navy Squid with tentacles, dixie cup and pea coat and adding their motto “Arsenal Of A Nation” to the bottom text before printed them on highly durable moisture wicking shirts for the Chief Petty Officers aboard this grand warship.

USS Connecticut SSN-22 Arsenal Of A Nation Shirt

Associations and non-profits also have received a number of wonderful custom shirts and military designs over the years from Vision-Strike-Wear.Com. One such organization, the Tin Can Sailor Association, requested of course a squid ripping open a can of Whoop Ass, with full color and nautical elements. The title “Strength From The Seas” was added and finished this wonderful Tin Can Sailor shirt design.

Tin Can Sailors Squid Can Of Whoopass Shirt

VP-10 Navy Patrol Squadron. We Got This. Orions and tactical control screens were the central theme for this US Navy Squadron which we were proud to work on.

US Navy Patrol Squadron 10 We Got This FCPOA Shirt

Below please find VSW designs that have been originally designed specifically for the commands, ships, squadrons and men and women of the United States Navy. It is an honor to serve you.

Custom US Navy Shirts

A design created for Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 FCPOA of the United States Navy. They wanted a highly detailed and very colorful look for their First Class Petty Officer shirts.

The USS Wayne E Meyer needed a shirt 90 days out from their return to home and something with a twist aimed at their galley and they got it. Straight Out Of The Scullery. DDG-108 custom shirts designs for the US Navy and its sailorsl

USS Wayne E Meyer DDG-108 Galley Shirts

A design created for the crew aboard the United States Navy Cruiser USS San Jacinto CG-56

USS San Jacinto CG-56 Shirt

The USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 FCPOA Shirt created with gators and bulldogs symbolizing the toughness and relationship between the US Navy and the US Marine Corps.

USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 FCPOA Shirt

MALS-24! Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24) is an aviation logistics support unit of the United States Marine Corps. Known as the “Warriors”, they fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) and are currently based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. (Source – Wikipedia) Here is the shirt custom US Navy shirt design requested by the US Navy Chiefs in the MALS-24 Mess.

MALS-24 CPO Mess We Steer The Course Shirt

Getting A Great Custom Military Shirt

Getting A Great Custom Military Shirt

Getting A Great Custom Military Shirt is a great question of your command or association for example just assigned you the task.
Before you get down to the brass tacks when it comes to getting a great custom military shirt design you have to think about it beyond the normal wanting it “fast and wanting it cheap” mentality. It’s the wrong approach when it comes getting quality.

You can have great quality but it comes with a price. The question is why. Simply put a custom shirt requires a custom design and that means someone has to think it up and draw it. Not easy for most people or everyone would be doing it and there are far less affordable and qualified illustrators out in the world that know both how to design, understand how to create original concepts and finally do it in a way that makes the end result truly fantastic. If you want great, well it is possible and for less than you might imagine if done it’s correctly.

USS Tornado PC14 Shirts

So what does it cost?

Before we get into that let’s see what you think is affordable. Let’s take the average military shirt. Most on-line military shirt companies are going to try and sell a basic subdued shirt with few colors and a sleeve print on average for around 19.00 to 23.00. Anyone selling a military shirt on-line for more than this needs to have their head examined. Anything over 20 bucks is ridiculous.

So in the world of costs what does 19.00 buy you?

1. A really decent hamburger, fries a shake and a drink at a better than average restaurant. Not talking a drive through extravaganza.
2. 3.5 cups of coffee with a minimum of three shots per. Maybe 4 if you are dating the barista.
3. Almost a decent car cleaning if you don’t get the lifetime wax and polish treatment. You got a chance to keep it under 19.00 if you miss this wonderful option.
4. Maybe a ride share to work. Maybe and only if there is no tip involved.
5. 4 packs of really good water bottles
6. An overpriced military shirt if the graphics are 1 and two color, the cotton is so thin you can see through it and it’s a “Brand”. Not very exciting.
7. Or you can get involved in a fully custom designed shirt with top-notch military art, professionally printed, on a great shirt. It does happen and it can happen.

So how do we get started? If you have gotten this far then it means you are interested and want a killer designs. We want to help you to achieve this.

How to Get To a Great Custom Military Shirt

Quick Step Guide to Great Custom Military Shirts

1. The best place to start is to have an idea of what you want on the front and back of the shirt, if sleeve printing is involved, if the design will be a black and white or full color and the style of the art. Do you want the art to be comic oriented, serious, maybe something in the middle? Do you know what the text will be on the front and back of the shirt? Is there a motto or slogan that you would like to see. What are the elements you envision? The way to look at this is if you could make a list for example of the top 5-10 things that are most important inn a design what would they be?
2. Quantity. How many items do you want? Quantity plays a major role in how much your shirts and items cost. If you don’t know but think you know offer a range. I would like pricing for 25-100 items. Are there discounts, bulk pricing options and can I get a better price if I order more items? The answer is typically yes.
3. Shirt or apparel color? Important but not crucial. If you know please provide but keep mind most printers understand these things can change. Can I mix and match colors? Absolutely. You want Navy Blue but also a Type 3 Chestnut brown, athletic heather or pink? No problem.
4. What about hoodies, long sleeve, tank tops? Yes. Adding more to your quantities includes these types of items. The price of a hoodie is more than a shirt but overall it helps bring the overall cost down because they can all get printed at the same time.
5. Cotton or dry fit shirts? You bet.
6. Where in the world are these shipping to? APO FPO? No problem. On base or off base housing. No problem. If it can get there with USPS, DHL, FEDEX, or UPS we can get them to you. Having an address helps us know the best and most affordable way to get your items shipped to you.

Let’s Get Started by clicking here at Custom Military Shirts.

Don;t have a cool military shirt idea to get started with?

That is never a problem and a whole lot of custom US Military shirts started out as a napkin sketch or even worse but developed into so amazing concepts with the US Military and Vision-Strike-Wear.Com work together.

Marine Corps Forging Elite Fitness for the Crossfit generation of US Marines designed by VSW!

Marine Corps Forging Elite Fitness Crossfit Shirt

When the United States warship USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 and its FCPOA called VSW for a shirt they got it! Alligators and Bulldogs the perfect combination of US Navy Sailors and US Marines!

USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 FCPOA Shirt

US navy Cruise Shirts. Absolutely. When VFA-211 Rough Riders asked for a shirt for their role in Operation Inherent Resolve and the CVW-1 Tarbox they got it. Colorful. Detailed and all US Navy!

VFA-211 Rough Riders 2015 World Cruise OIR Shirt

Naval Beach Unit 7

I want to start with a brief synopsis of who we are. Naval Beach Unit 7 (NBU7) is the first of its kind, by merging Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC’s), Landing Craft Utility (LCU), and Beach Party Team (BPT) into one command, and our base is located in Sasebo, Japan Typically they are separated into 3 separate commands in the states. Our job is to assist the amphibious Navy by transporting Marine equipment and personnel all throughout the Asian Pacific (7th Fleet). The LCAC’s are hovercrafts that are extremely fast but limited by how much we can carry.

The LCU’s are slow but can carry 3 times what an LCAC can carry. BPT work on the beach and assists in guiding the LCAC’s and LCU’s into the desired beach. We all do different jobs but without us the Amphibious Navy would not be able to complete their missions. This is the information we at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com receive at the onset of a design. This is why we love to work with the US Navy!

Naval Beach 7 FCPOA Shirt

USMC Tank Battalions

USMC Tank Battalions

USMC Tank Battalions

Attached to a Division and a MEU the US Marines do conduct operations involving the Queen of the battlefield and by that we mean their tanks! What is more dangerous than a US Marine with a rifle? A US Marine with an even bigger rifle!

Let’s show you a little USMC Fury!

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GOD LOVES THE MARINE CORPS!

They keep Heaven packed with fresh souls!

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MISSION OF THE TANK BATTALION 

The mission of a tank battalion is to conduct operations ashore utilizing maneuver, armor protected firepower and shock action in order to close with and destroy the enemy, as well as provide expertise in anti-tank operations. Currently, tank battalions utilize the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank and the M88A2 Recovery Vehicle. Tank battalions consist of an headquarters and service company and four or six (4th Tanks) tank companies. Each tank company is equipped with 14 tanks and the H&S Co. has a section of two tanks in the battalion headquarters for use by the battalion CO and XO. (Source – www.quora.com)

USMC 1st TANK BATTALION

1st Tank Battalion USMC Shirt

The 1st Tank Battalion is an armor battalion of the United States Marine Corps which is based out of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. It falls under the command of the 1st Marine Division and I Marine Expeditionary Force. (Source – Wikipedia)

The coat of arms of the 1st Tank Battalion is a jousting shield of blue with a scarlet border and a large numeral “1” (in the 1st Marine Division font) in scarlet behind an M2A4 tank painted as used at Guadalcanal during World War II all behind a diagonal lightning bolt (striking from the shields upper left to the shields lower right). The crest is a Marine Corps emblem of silver and gold contained within a green laurel. A gold banner above the arms is inscribed “First Tank Battalion” and another below the arms inscribed “August-Guadalcanal-1942” in scarlet.

The battle of Guadalcanal began in August 1942 and was the first combat action of the battalion and the M2A4 tank was the first tank used by the battalion. Additionally, the battalion was the only American military unit to ever use the M2A4 tank in battle. The use of this tank memorializes the first combat action of the battalion. The jousting shield is a unique device of mounted and armored warriors and has the upper corner cut away to better wield one’s weapons. The colors of the shield and the 1st Marine Division numeral “1” identify the battalion with its parent division. The lightning bolt represents speed, shock effect and firepower. The laurel, in the crest, is an award of honor, recalling the courage, valor and sacrifices of the battalion.

This coat of arms has existed in Marine Corps records—in varied forms—since at least 1970. Other variations exist, often placing the emblems from the coat of arms (the number “1”, the tank and lightning bolt) on a differently shaped shield or on the diamond insignia of the 1st Marine Division, often substituting a more modern tank for the original and sometimes rearranging the emblems. This latter device (the number “1”, tank, and lightning bolt upon the diamond insignia of the 1st Marine Division) is commonly used as the distinctive unit insignia (or DUI, a badge-type device) of the battalion.

(From “U.S. Marine Corps Ground Unit Insignia.”)

USMC 2nd TANK BATTALION

2nd Tank Battalion USMC Shirt

The 2nd Tank Battalion (2nd Tanks) is an armored battalion of the United States Marine Corps which is based out of the Marine Corps Base Camp LejeuneNorth Carolina. It falls under the command of the 2nd Marine Division and the II Marine Expeditionary Force. (Source – Wikipedia)

USMC 3rd TANK BATTALION

3rd Tank Battalion USMC Shirt

The 3rd Tank Battalion (3rd Tanks) was an armor battalion of the United States Marine Corps. (Source – Wikipedia)

The coat of arms of the 3rd Tank Battalion is that of the 3rd Marine Division, differenced by surmounting the caltrop with a M3A4 Sherman tank, as used on Iwo Jima during WWII and stenciled with a number “3” on the turret and “USMC” on the hull in gold, all above a Marine Corps emblem of gold. A gold banner above the shield isinscribed “Third Tank Battalion” and another below the shield has “Shock, Mobility, Firepower” in scarlet. Subsequent insignia and devices are variations of this original insignia, typically changing the tank to a more modern version.

B-52 Stratofortress The Legend

B-52 Stratofortress The Legend

B-52 Stratofortress The Legend

The B-52 Stratofortrees or the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F#ucker), Heavy, Monkeyknocker and Coconutknocker to name a few is perhaps the most widely used and oldest of heavy strategic bombers in the United States military and the history of the US Air Force. It is also widely known that multiple generations of Americans have served in the same air frames a trait not common with US Military aircraft. This bird is unique and exceptional.

THE LEGEND!

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.

Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36. A veteran of several wars, the B-52 has dropped only conventional munitions in combat. The B-52’s official name Stratofortress is rarely used; informally, the aircraft has become commonly referred to as the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fucker).

The B-52 has been in active service with the USAF since 1955. As of December 2015, 58 were in active service with 18 in reserve. The bombers flew under the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was disestablished in 1992 and its aircraft absorbed into the Air Combat Command (ACC); in 2010 all B-52 Stratofortresses were transferred from the ACC to the newly created Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Superior performance at high subsonic speeds and relatively low operating costs have kept the B-52 in service despite the advent of later, more advanced aircraft, including the canceled Mach 3 B-70 Valkyrie, the variable-geometry B-1 Lancer, and the stealth B-2 Spirit. The B-52 completed sixty years of continuous service with its original operator in 2015. After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, it is expected to serve into the 2040s.The B-52s will reach the end of their service lives by 2045, will be replaced by B-21 Raiders. (Source – Wikipedia)

ADAPTABILITY! 18 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE B-52!

1) The B-52’s very first flight was April 15, 1952 – over 64 years ago.

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2) The B-52 Stratofortress was engineered to carry nuclear weapons during the Cold War, but it has only carried conventional ordnance into combat.

3) There were enormous improvements in aviation happening when the B-52 was first being designed, and it went through 6 major redesigns during its 5 year design period. The YB-52 pictured below was the second-to-last major redesign.

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4) A B-52A Stratofortress was used to carry the USAF North American X-15. The X-15 aircraft achieved the record for fastest manned powered aircraft, with a speed of Mach 6.72.

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5) Over its life there have been 744 B-52s built, but presently there are only 85 in active service, with 9 in reserve.

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6) The B-52 Stratofortress can carry up to 70,000 pounds of ordnance which is the equivalent of 30 fully-loaded Cessna 172s. That is 35,000 tons to put it in perspective.

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7) She is both young and old. B52 production ended in 1962, which means the youngest B-52 is 53 years old. Can you believe it?

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8) The B-52 Bomber has a very unique ejection system; the lower deck crew eject downward. They go north and south.

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9) The B-52 is expected to remain in service until the 2040s. That’s over 90 years of service. A proud and distinct heritage of flight and service.

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10) In the year 1964, a B-52 configured as a testbed to investigate structural failures flew through severe chop, shearing off its vertical stabilizer. The aircraft was still able to continue flying, and landed safely. A fortress indeed.

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11) The aircraft’s navigator and radar navigator sit in the lower deck and part of the aircraft. These are the two seats that eject downward which is rare among aircraft.

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12) To comply with the SALT II Treaty requirements, cruise missile-capable aircraft had to be identifiable by spy satellites. Sure let’s tell you exactly where they are at! To comply, the B-52 “G” models were modified with a curved wing root fairing.

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13) Early models of the B-52s had cabin temperature problems; the upper-deck would get hot, because it was heated by the sun, while the navigation crew would sit on the freezing fuselage floor.

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14) In 1961, a B-52G type broke up in midair over Goldsboro, NC. Two nuclear bombs on board the aircraft were in fact dropped in the process, but didn’t detonate. After the bombs were recovered, the US Air Force found that five of the six stages of the arming sequence had been completed.

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15) In 1972, B-52 tail-gunner Albert Moore shot down a MiG-21 over Vietnam. It was the last recorded bomber-gunner to shoot down an enemy aircraft.

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16) After the USSR fell in 1991, 365 B-52s were destroyed under the START treaty. The aircraft were stripped of usable parts, chopped into 5 pieces with a 13,000 pound steel blade, and sold for scrap at 12 cents per pound. Someone made a killing!

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17) During Operation Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40% of the weapons dropped from the air. They were there and they were on target!

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18) Currently, B-52s cost $70,000 per flight hour to operate. And while they might be ugly, they’re still a pretty amazing and adaptable aircraft. No question about it.

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CARPET BOMBING!

Performance * Maximum speed: 560 knots (650 mph, 1,000 km/h) * Combat radius: 4,480 mi (3,890 nm, 7,210 km) * Ferry range: 11,000 mi (8,099 nm, 15,000 km) * Service ceiling: 55,773 ft (17,000 m) * Rate of climb: 6270 ft/min[9] (m/s) * Wing loading: 30 lb/ft² (150 kg/m) * Thrust/weight: 0.51 * Lift-to-drag ratio: 21.5 (estimated) (Source – Youtube)

 

 

 

VAQ-135 FCPOA US Navy Shirts Take Flight At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com

VAQ-135 FCPOA US Navy Shirts Take Flight At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com

VAQ-135 FCPOA US Navy Shirt

WHO ARE THE BLACK RAVENS?

Electronic Attack Squadron 135 (VAQ-135), known as the “Black Ravens”, is a United States Navy electronic attack squadron that currently operates the EA-18G Growler carrier-based electronic warfare jet aircraft. The squadron is permanently stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island with a radio callsign of “Thunder“. (Source – Wikipedia)

 

EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

  A GROWLER IS NOT A BEER CARRYING DEVICE IN THE US NAVY!

It’s an EA-18G Growler! So what is this miraculous aircraft and what role does it have in the United States Navy?

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. The EA-18G replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in service with the United States Navy. The Growler’s electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman. The EA-18G began production in 2007 and entered operational service in late 2009.

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DELIVERING SHIRTS TO WHIDBEY ISLAND!

Back in July of 2011 when Vision-Strike-Wear.Com was hand delivering CPO365 shirts to the Chief’s Mess at Whidbey Island, the announcement of the first Growler transference at Hangar 5 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was being announced. We got to hear the incredible “Thunder” these amazing aircraft gave off when they launched from the airfield. The Chief’s, Senior Chiefs, Master Chief and for a brief time the Command Master Chief greeted us in the most respectful way. VAQ-135 transitioned from the EA-6B Prowler to the EA-18G Growler.VAQ-135 is the fourth operational squadron to have achieved the qualification following the proven paths of VAQ-132, VAQ-141 and VAQ-138.

As written by Northwest Navy Life

“One thing I’ve noticed throughout this entire process in all the Black Raven Sailors is this; even though the entire squadron was split up attending schools in Oceana, Va., being trained over at VAQ-129, and then reconstituting at VAQ-135, our Sailors never forgot that at the end of the day they are all Ravens,” said Johnson.

“They never went away from what makes this group of people awesome,” he added. “This day would have never arrived, nor would the squadron have performed as well as it did during this transition if it weren’t for these outstanding Sailors and their ruthless work ethic and spirit. Our Sailors are who got us to where we are today.”

The next step for the squadron will be to accept their new Growlers and to begin routine squadron operations again. Black Ravens past and present are anxiously looking to the near future, when the squadron will once again deploy into harm’s way, this time as an expeditionary squadron, employing the world’s premiere Airborne Electronic Attack platform.

THEN CAME THE BLACK RAVENS SHIRTS!

Word spreads rapidly at NAS Whidbey Island and it was less than a week after the delivery of the CPO 365 Mess shirts that we received a call from VAQ-135, The Black Ravens requesting a USN Shirt for their FCPOA. Give it a Japanese feel, add a Raven of course, flags representing the area they were operating in and finish it with a Torii gate. Can do!

VAQ-135 FCPOA US Navy Shirt