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Armchair Pilots of New Jersey Armchair Pilots of New Jersey.... In reality we know very little, but boy do we love our aircraft! ( This page is for aircraft enthusiasts, especially jets!
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Although our focus is mostly on the Vietnam era up until the F-18C, we welcome those who can discuss props, helicopters and, of course, our least favorite type of aircraft, STEALTH! We encourage a friendly "guys talkin' jets atmosphere". No name calling or fighting, just talking about our favorite aircraft. We welcome everyone, from those who flew them to those who worked on them or just armchairs like us!

03/05/2024

A surprise C-130 buzzed over the Compound this evening! It didn’t show up on flightradar 24 as a C-130… However it did bank around and land at Lakehurst. Did anyone else see this mystery C-130 this evening around Central New Jersey…?

23/04/2024

🛫 Who wants an open house and air show? 🛫

Back by popular demand… Mark your calendars!! Power in the Pines is on its way back and we couldn’t wait to tell you.

Oh, and the Air Force Thunderbirds will be in the house!!! 😎🇺🇸 This will be a show you won’t forget. Stay tuned!

"A Monumental Enterprise"William "Bob Zebra" Zanyor takes up ship building! A Tamiya 1/350 scale U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-...
13/04/2024

"A Monumental Enterprise"

William "Bob Zebra" Zanyor takes up ship building! A Tamiya 1/350 scale U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65)! We do expect this Enterprise to be done before the Ford Class version. Stay tuned!

Posted/ Edited by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6
Photos by: William "Bob Zebra" Zanyor

An F/A-18C Hornet from the greatest squadron in the Navy, the mighty Blue Blasters of VFA-34 launches off Cat 3…AME2(AW)
28/03/2024

An F/A-18C Hornet from the greatest squadron in the Navy, the mighty Blue Blasters of VFA-34 launches off Cat 3…

AME2(AW)

"Dead Man's Hand"Armchair Quiz: Christmas gift from my kids on the right. Birthday gift from my wife on the left. Connec...
30/01/2024

"Dead Man's Hand"

Armchair Quiz: Christmas gift from my kids on the right. Birthday gift from my wife on the left. Connection?

Bonus points for guessing my inspiration for the combo.

Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6

"Weather Alert: Scramble the Lead Sled!"One of the coolest fighters of all time, the F-105 "Thunder Chief". Originally c...
14/01/2024

"Weather Alert: Scramble the Lead Sled!"

One of the coolest fighters of all time, the F-105 "Thunder Chief". Originally conceived as a nuclear delivery platform, it ended up in Vietnam. Although out of its element, it still got a kill against a Mig-17. Check out the overhead pic. The camo works! Totally unplanned.

Below is my first Hobby Master 1:72 diecast model, the "Memphis Belle II"

Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6

My contribution to the "Iron Eagle" New Years night tonight! This is a 1:72 scale diecast model that belongs to the vast...
01/01/2024

My contribution to the "Iron Eagle" New Years night tonight! This is a 1:72 scale diecast model that belongs to the vast and ever-growing Armchair Collection. I bid you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Ending the year with a classic! Happy New Year!Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6
31/12/2023

Ending the year with a classic! Happy New Year!

Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6

17/10/2023

Jr. Armchair AJ and I headed out to McGuire today and caught this Charleston C-17 taking off and heading over seas.

Spotted an AH-1Z Viper yesterday over Brendan Byrne State Forest. -AME2(AW)
17/10/2023

Spotted an AH-1Z Viper yesterday over Brendan Byrne State Forest.

-AME2(AW)

"Brick By Brick"One of our favorite jets at Armchair Pilots of New Jersey, the F-4 "Phantom II" or the "Brick"!  If the ...
10/09/2023

"Brick By Brick"

One of our favorite jets at Armchair Pilots of New Jersey, the F-4 "Phantom II" or the "Brick"! If the "Phantom" loses power, you need to "punch out" around 10,000 ft. because the weight of the aircraft makes it fall like a.... well... you get the idea! So, here is a collection of "Brick" pics to honor one of the greatest fighters of all time!

Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6

"You Better Not Be Lion to Me"One of my favorite aircraft of all time, in one of my favorite schemes of all time! The F-...
04/09/2023

"You Better Not Be Lion to Me"

One of my favorite aircraft of all time, in one of my favorite schemes of all time! The F-21"Lion"! It's actually an IAF Kfir leased from the Israeli Air Force. It was designated the F-21 by the Americans after acquiring it as a MiG-23 simulator.

Now part of the "Vast Armchair Collection", this is an Armour 1:100 scale diecast F-21 Aggressor belonging to the VF-43 "Challengers".

Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6

Newest addition to the large and continuously growing Armchair Collection. The 1/200 scale XB-58 Hustler! A very nicely ...
25/08/2023

Newest addition to the large and continuously growing Armchair Collection. The 1/200 scale XB-58 Hustler! A very nicely done diecast made by Herpa models.

20/08/2023

Junior Armchair AJ and I caught a two ship of Vipers last night over Howell NJ, and a single Viper tonight! Just an awesome looking chopper!!!

20/08/2023

AH-1Z Vipers flying over Howell NJ last evening.

ARMCHAIR UPDATE: In an attempt to find out exactly what that was that flew over the coast while I was on vacation with t...
10/08/2023

ARMCHAIR UPDATE:

In an attempt to find out exactly what that was that flew over the coast while I was on vacation with the family in the Outer Banks, NC. I decided to contact the Collings Foundation. Below is what they responded. Thoughts?

Hi Brian,
As far as we know, there are no F-4 types flying in the US currently with US or foreign operators. Based on the location, you likely were seeing one of the civilian aggressor contractors based in Newport News working off the coast. ATAC (https://www.atacusa.com/) operates the IAI F-21 Kfir, which can sometimes be mistaken for a clean F-4E on profile view, though it’s a delta wing.



Hope this helps!

Video file Airborne Tactical Advantage Company ATAC is the global leader of tactical airborne training, having pioneered much of what are now contracted air services industry standards. With a fleet of over 90 aircraft, ATAC provides a wide range of contracted air support capabilities to the U.S. De...

30/07/2023

Alright, here goes a "heads up" for all you military aviation geeks... One of my friends and fellow Armchair Pilot was vacationing down in the Outer Banks where he spotted an F4E Phantom flying North to South rather close to the coastline at a low altitude. It was painted a grey scheme and flying solo at a decent clip. He didn't have time to take any pictures or video. Does anyone know IF we are flying Phantoms out of Norfolk? Or could this have been a Turkish, OR Greek Phantom? As far as I know they are the ONLY countries that are still flying E Model Phantoms.

Junior Armchair AJ and I stumbled upon this U.S.C.G. Dolphin today at Monmouth Executive Airport. The crew was kind enou...
30/07/2023

Junior Armchair AJ and I stumbled upon this U.S.C.G. Dolphin today at Monmouth Executive Airport. The crew was kind enough to invite us to take a closer look! Gorgeous aircraft!

Terrible picture but a USAF C-17 was captured over Armchair Compound East in Collingswood, NJ earlier today. -AME2(AW)
17/06/2023

Terrible picture but a USAF C-17 was captured over Armchair Compound East in Collingswood, NJ earlier today.

-AME2(AW)

04/06/2023

The Armchairs pool is being well protected today!

04/06/2023
01/06/2023

2023 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Power in the Pines 2023! Refueling flyover …

29/05/2023

The Freehold Memorial Day Parade got some "air cover"! Looks like four Vipers! I heard them over Armchair Compound B, but I did not get a visual. Can the Armchair community confirm!

Posted by: Fast Eagle 1-7-6

Power in the Pines 2023.
21/05/2023

Power in the Pines 2023.

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