What is the US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Programme?

Introduction The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor programme (SFTI programme), more popularly known as TOPGUN, teaches fighter and strike tactics and techniques to selected naval aviators and naval flight officers, who return to their operating units as surrogate instructors. It began as the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, established on 03 March… Read More

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What is Dissimilar Air Combat Training?

Introduction Dissimilar air combat training (DACT) was introduced as a formal part of US air combat training after disappointing aerial combat exchange rates in the Vietnam War. Refer to Aggressor Squadron and US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Programme (aka TOPGUN). Background Traditionally, pilots would undertake air combat training against similar aircraft. For example, pilots… Read More

What is an Aggressor Squadron?

Introduction An aggressor squadron or adversary squadron (in the US Navy and US Marine Corps) is a squadron that is trained to act as an opposing force in military wargames. Aggressor squadrons use enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures to give a realistic simulation of air combat (as opposed to training against one’s own forces). Since… Read More

What is the Battle of Britain Day?

Battle of Britain Day is the name given to the large-scale aerial battle that took place on 15 September 1940, during the Battle of Britain. In June 1940, the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) had conquered most of Western Europe and Scandinavia. At that time, the only major power standing in the way of a German-dominated… Read More

World War II Warbirds

A variety of World War II warbirds played a pivotal part in the allied war effort such as the Lancaster bomber and the P-51 Mustang fighter. Aircraft B-24 Bomber (US): Early models of the long range heavy bomber, known as the Liberator, were primarily used for transporting cargo and persons of special interest. Some of… Read More