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US Air Force practiced elephant ride maneuver in Alaska

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US Air Force practiced elephant ride maneuver in Alaska

The US Air Force conducted a tactical exercise at Eilson Air Force Base in Alaska, practicing a maneuver called Elephant Walk. This was reported on Twitter of the airbase.


The exercises involved 18 fifth-generation F-35A fighters, 12 F-16 Fighting Falcon multifunctional light fighters and two KC-135 Stratotankers from the airbase. As part of the exercise, the readiness of the United States Air Force aircraft was tested for rapid response, and the "superiority of the American aviation in this region ".

In turn, according to the Daily Mail, the exercises were held after the activation of long-range aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the PLA Air Force, whose strategic bombers conducted joint patrols in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, according to the newspaper, the United States is very concerned about the deployment of Russian high-altitude interceptors MiG-31 near the American borders, which have already repeatedly "intercepted" American reconnaissance aircraft in the area.

The “Elephant Walk” maneuver is one of the military exercises in which the squadron control of aircraft is worked out in close formation, when the fighter jets take off at intervals of 20-40 seconds. Such a construction and take-off are being worked out in the event of real hostilities, when it is necessary to fly as many planes as possible in a short period of time.

Last year, the US Air Force completed an elephant ride at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, flying 24 F-22 fighters, as well as Boeing E-3 Sentry and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
Photos used:
https://twitter.com/EielsonAirForce
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  1. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 23 December 2020 16: 02
    -16%
    As I understand it, the "superiority" lies in the fact that in the absence of opposition, mattress "litaki" are able to quickly run away to hell?
    1. marchcat
      marchcat 23 December 2020 16: 05
      +9
      Interesting. how much time was spent on the preparation of such a "walk", it's not a breeze.
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 23 December 2020 16: 40
        +5
        Quote: marchcat
        Interesting. how much time was spent on preparing such a "walk"
        It is no less interesting how much they were on the strip, this is all that is in the photo, they lined up, otherwise they could crawl for two hours with tractors, but then kaaak started "with an interval of 20-40 seconds"
      2. Mitroha
        Mitroha 23 December 2020 16: 44
        +6
        superiority of American aviation in the region.

        And in Alaska there are aviation units of some other country? winked
        1. svp67
          svp67 23 December 2020 17: 27
          +6
          Quote: Mitroha
          And in Alaska there are aviation units of some other country?

          Opposite them, across the Berenga Strait, there is ...
          1. Mitroha
            Mitroha 23 December 2020 20: 48
            +3
            So they competed with themselves hi
            ... I think I'm good at dancing. laughing
      3. lucul
        lucul 23 December 2020 19: 47
        +2
        Interesting. how much time was spent on the preparation of such a "walk", it's not a breeze.

        The most important thing is where the exercises were held. If in the Anchorage area it is warmer there than in St. Petersburg, and if in the Utkiagvik area (which I strongly doubt) then it is cool there, yes ...
    2. svp67
      svp67 23 December 2020 16: 21
      +16
      Quote: Stroibat stock
      mattress "litaki" are able to quickly run away to hell?

      The usual practice for them of practicing such a maneuver to withdraw from an attack or a mass flight to deliver their own blow, it would not hurt our air forces to show their capabilities in such a maneuver. It makes more sense than the "heroic" death at the "sleeping" airfield, which is also devoid of shelter
      1. Reserve buildbat
        Reserve buildbat 23 December 2020 16: 22
        +5
        As far as I remember, such training took place regularly in the USSR. Now I do not know.
        1. svp67
          svp67 23 December 2020 16: 28
          +7
          Quote: Stroibat stock
          As far as I remember, such training took place regularly in the USSR.
          Yes, I remember, I saw something similar in my childhood, although I heard more how a regiment on a MiG-25 left its permanent base for ten minutes ... This is certainly something ... Time from the airfield starts a flight, full complement ... An UNFORGETTABLE spectacle.
          Quote: Stroibat stock
          Now I do not know.

          And I don’t know, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to show ... The people should be sure that we can do that too
          1. Reserve buildbat
            Reserve buildbat 23 December 2020 16: 32
            +3
            I have not seen this "live". But more than once I saw a photo where the regiments of the MiG-15, MiG-21 start like this, something else seems to be ...
            Moreover, these were simultaneous sorties with the composition of the regiments, where at the airfield they lined up in stages.
            1. svp67
              svp67 23 December 2020 16: 35
              +1
              Quote: Stroibat stock
              Moreover, these were simultaneous sorties with the composition of the regiments, where at the airfield they lined up in stages.

              I ought to look. Taking off a jet plane has a lot of specifics
              1. Reserve buildbat
                Reserve buildbat 23 December 2020 16: 52
                +2
                In a checkerboard pattern, in pairs, the distance to the eye - 100-150 meters was maintained during the takeoff run. A terrible thing. Somehow I don't want to appear next to the runway when there is such laughing
                Ears, tea, not official
                1. svp67
                  svp67 23 December 2020 17: 14
                  +3
                  Quote: Stroibat stock
                  I somehow do not want to appear next to the runway when there is such
                  Ears, tea, not official

                  Yes, what would you understand ... No, this is something ... Specially we rushed a dozen kilometers on bicycles and stood on the bypass road exactly along the start line ...
                  And the ears, nothing happened to them ... But that feeling when it seems that even air molecules "tremble with fear", and you stand and look at the interceptors taking off ... no, you need to feel it
                  1. Reserve buildbat
                    Reserve buildbat 23 December 2020 17: 19
                    +1
                    No))) It's enough for me that as a child, I was regularly dragged out of a stone quarry before the explosion and sometimes almost tumbled over the steering wheel from the blast wave. laughing
          2. ancient
            ancient 23 December 2020 17: 16
            +11
            Quote: svp67
            Yes, I remember, I saw something similar in childhood

            Exit from under the impact was regularly practiced (20 aircraft: along the runway to the terminal taxiway and on
            line up on the taxiway opposite to the take-off course at a distance of 300-350 meters, the first is already at the preliminary stage, the other 10 taxies from the parking lots and lines up in the order of takeoff, the first of this 10 is also on the preliminary one.
            On the green rocket, both occupy the executive one (from the far taxiway I stretch 200 meters forward) and on command (on the working channel) take off with a 30 second interval (the next ones begin to taxi immediately after the first ones start moving).
            Yes .. they become an executive with the calculation of 400-450 meters from the runway end).
            The regiment is in the air in 10 minutes.
            Attachment in pairs to the leader on the first U-turn (leader 2 minutes in a straight line, driven 1,45).
            Collecting a convoy of couples in the BP - catching up on the route had enough time to "get together" on the exit scheme soldier
            1. svp67
              svp67 23 December 2020 17: 20
              +2
              Quote: ancient
              Attachment in pairs to the leader on the first turn

              You took off in pairs and the "batin" regiment did this until a fraternal regiment from Vasilkov flew to us during the repair of their runway, and so they showed the takeoff as a whole flight, after which our regiment began to take off on alarm. You understand the complexity of this takeoff, especially for a machine like the MiG-25
            2. Bez 310
              Bez 310 23 December 2020 17: 41
              -2
              Quote: ancient
              both occupy the executive ... take off at 30 second intervals

              Yah...
              He himself served on Tu-16, Tu-22m2 (3) in MA, guys with Belaya (YES)
              often flew, but no one in pairs with an interval of 30 seconds
              did not take off.
              Take off once with a 1-minute interval, landing - 2 minutes.
              1. ancient
                ancient 23 December 2020 20: 52
                +1
                Quote: Bez 310
                Yah...

                So takeoff is not a pair but sequentially ...... the leader, but after 30 seconds the slave, and taxied by a pair.
                At 185 we practiced a detachment takeoff - on the strip of a pair of Chugunov - Kotlyar ... and the divisional commander General Kozlov himself took off along the taxiway (with MKVZ 85gr).
                The truth is no longer repeated.
                And so yes, according to the UBP plan, 1-2 minutes for takeoff and 2 minutes for landing.
            3. Andrey Yuryevich
              Andrey Yuryevich 24 December 2020 08: 43
              +1
              Quote: ancient
              The regiment is in the air in 10 minutes.

              Hail Ancient! hi in Brand (gsvg) the regiment left on alarm faster than the last car from the park. yes
        2. Region-25.rus
          Region-25.rus 23 December 2020 16: 45
          +9
          Yes, even in 93, two regiments on Tu-22M2 in the division where I served were practicing this - a couple taxied for takeoff - afterburner - let's go! The first ones have not yet taken off, the second pair of "pedal to the floor" and full speed ahead for takeoff! The crash was ... dear mom! Impressive I must say! And it was beautiful. Especially at sunset.
          1. ancient
            ancient 23 December 2020 17: 22
            +1
            Quote: Region-25.rus
            yes even in the 93rd, two regiments on the Tu-22M2 in the division where I served

            White? wink
            1. Region-25.rus
              Region-25.rus 23 December 2020 18: 03
              -1
              "gray-brown-crimson" In general, the Kamenny Ruchey airbase
              1. ancient
                ancient 23 December 2020 20: 42
                0
                Quote: Region-25.rus
                In general, the Kamenny Ruchey airbase

                And that two regiments of missile carriers were based in Mongohto at once? belay ... oh yes ... 570 and 568 were previously in the composition of 143 mrad ... and after 94, only the united 568 remained.
                Quote: Region-25.rus
                "gray-brown-crimson"

                You have .. "humor" on the ... brink of .. "foul"
                1. Bez 310
                  Bez 310 23 December 2020 22: 03
                  -2
                  Quote: ancient
                  2 regiments of missile carriers were based in Mongohto at once?

                  Well, yes.
                  And a huge anti-submarine regiment.
                  In general, the largest aviation garrison.
                  And after the dispersal of the division, two regiments remained -
                  missile carriers and anti-submarine, and only in 2002
                  year, these shelves were united.
      2. Archivist Vasya
        Archivist Vasya 23 December 2020 16: 59
        +2
        Back in that year, on the topic of the same article, they wrote that we do not hold such events on such a scale because there are not so many (20-30 units) combat-ready aircraft on any base ... We will have to collect from the entire military district, piece by piece. recourse
      3. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 23 December 2020 17: 24
        -5
        Quote: svp67
        our videoconferencing would not hurt to show their capabilities in such a maneuver.

        Landing on the highway as an option to escape from impact
        1. svp67
          svp67 23 December 2020 17: 29
          +1
          Quote: Lipchanin
          Landing on the highway as an option to escape from impact

          This is one of the options for where to leave, but how quickly they do the "leaving" ...
          1. Lipchanin
            Lipchanin 23 December 2020 17: 32
            -4
            Quote: svp67
            and here is how they quickly do "leaving"

            So the Americans do not say how long it takes them before the first car takes off.
        2. Reserve buildbat
          Reserve buildbat 23 December 2020 17: 44
          -1
          It seems that it is voiced by a Chinese auto-translator)))
          1. Lipchanin
            Lipchanin 23 December 2020 17: 47
            -3
            Yes, probably laughing
      4. mark2
        mark2 23 December 2020 18: 47
        -3
        And what about the number of sorties during the active phase of the brigade from the barmaley in Siri, what did not suit you? There are many things that took off with the speed of a bullet. This is where the demonstration of complete superiority lies. The maximum number of departures per day was 139. And one must understand that these were not 139 planes, but each one made 3-4 sorties. And these were combat missions. Takeoff, attack, return, refueling, additional armament and again takeoff. And the fact that the shows of the Yankees are card ballet.
    3. Maz
      Maz 23 December 2020 16: 59
      -1
      And where will they be planted in case of war?
      1. svp67
        svp67 23 December 2020 17: 22
        0
        Quote: Maz
        And where will they be planted in case of war?

        According to the plan, the entire company may fly to a different base, or it may be scattered around the links to various sites ...
  2. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 23 December 2020 16: 02
    +17
    By "elephant ride", they also check
    whether the planes were stolen for parts ("cannibalism").
    Checking whether the bosses of the databases are using inflated data
    about the percentage of combat readiness. am
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 December 2020 18: 22
      -3
      Quote: voyaka uh
      By "elephant ride", they also check
      have the planes been stolen for parts

      Only the Americans could have thought of calling it "Elephant Walk" in Alaska, because where mammoths and elephants all died out. Of course this is their business, but the name also makes sense.
      1. Narak-zempo
        Narak-zempo 24 December 2020 08: 47
        -1
        "The elephants go north" - remember? laughing
  3. prior
    prior 23 December 2020 16: 07
    -9
    "US Air Force has completed the "elephant ride"

    And we need to work out the "elephant landing", or rather the destruction of enemy airfields from which the "truants" took off, so that they had nowhere to land, also in case of real hostilities.
  4. Cool but not Igor
    Cool but not Igor 23 December 2020 16: 13
    -9
    Wow, 30 aircraft at once is about a quarter of all more or less new aircraft in Russia, ho-ho, and we have 3 Mig 31 on Anadyr laughing
    1. businessv
      businessv 23 December 2020 16: 56
      +5
      Quote: Cool but not Igor
      Wow, 30 aircraft at once is about a quarter of all more or less new aircraft in Russia, ho-ho, and we have 3 Mig 31 on Anadyr
      Are you specially registered to write nonsense? smile Colleagues who are interested in the number and composition of videoconferencing, see here: https://aviation21.ru/sostav-boevogo-aviaparka-vks-rossii-na-2020-god/
      1. Cool but not Igor
        Cool but not Igor 23 December 2020 18: 04
        -9
        Hello cheers patriot. From your link the number of aircraft fleets
        USA 13 266 pcs. those. 25% of the entire world park!
        Russia 4 163 pcs. those. 8%! Three times less, not counting the aircraft fleet of NATO countries and satellites of the United States such as Japan, South Korea, which will get involved in a possible war against us when the right moment comes and all at once. Yes, add to this that the serviceability of our aircraft fleet and their different is naturally not in our favor, because a weaker and less wealthy country simply cannot be equal to the global gigimon
        1. businessv
          businessv 23 December 2020 23: 25
          +5
          Quote: Cool but not Igor
          Yes, add to this that the serviceability of our aircraft fleet and their different is naturally not in our favor, because a weaker and less wealthy country simply cannot be equal to the global gigimon
          Hello, all the scatter! And now what if so? Kill yourself against the wall? Your position is clear - give up immediately. So go ahead and with the song, I just asked, why did you register on VO? Nonsense to write, but unfamiliar words, like "gigimon"? smile I almost forgot! You will poke your wife in the navel, if you allow!
        2. Narak-zempo
          Narak-zempo 24 December 2020 08: 50
          0
          Hello, everything is gone, a liberal who does not know the Russian language.
          Gigimon, damn it. Gi-gi-gi.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 December 2020 18: 27
      +5
      Quote: Cool but not Igor
      ho-ho and we have on Anadyr 3 Mig 31

      For the truth, you will be minus. They don't like the truth anywhere. Now, if you wrote "Ho-ho we have 50 MiG-31s ​​on Anadyr!", Now they will minus me too.
    3. iouris
      iouris 23 December 2020 20: 53
      -7
      Quote: Cool but not Igor
      we have on Anadyr 3 Mig 31

      And straight all three are combat-ready.
  5. Evil Booth
    Evil Booth 23 December 2020 16: 15
    -15%
    that is, while they take off, the moment 25 will fly 300 km. in 300 seconds. and everyone there fly supersonic at half slower and fewer kilometers and then fuel oh everything. and remember! tongue it is easy to detect the c300 eot and throw it down with the CD, but the aug nizya and shoot down its planes;
  6. rocket757
    rocket757 23 December 2020 16: 20
    +6
    Training, testing ... the usual work of flyers.
  7. anjey
    anjey 23 December 2020 16: 39
    -5
    Eh, I just want to say
    Yankees - hands off Alaska is Russian land
    laughing
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 December 2020 18: 33
      +1
      Quote: anjey

      -5
      Eh, I just want to say
      Yankees - hands off Alaska is Russian land

      The patriots in Russia are transferred, the USA wants to please more.
      1. anjey
        anjey 23 December 2020 18: 38
        -2
        Lube they don't have one Lave laughing
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 23 December 2020 19: 11
          -4
          Quote: anjey
          Lube they don't have one Lave

          For "lave" and the Motherland and their own mother will be sold, but not many people have left.
          1. anjey
            anjey 23 December 2020 19: 26
            -1
            And the words of Rastorguev,
            give ka little land Alyasochka, give ka darling back
            no one inspires anymore laughing
            1. tihonmarine
              tihonmarine 23 December 2020 20: 00
              -2
              Quote: anjey
              no one inspires anymore

              The wrong "people" went. (people would go).
  8. businessv
    businessv 23 December 2020 16: 52
    -3
    The Elephant Walk maneuver is one of the military exercises in which the control of a squadron of aircraft in close formation is practiced, when fighters take off with an interval of 20-40 seconds.
    The tighter the formation, the higher the AA defense efficiency! Welcome! (Pilots, sorry for the non-professional vocabulary!)smile
    1. My doctor
      My doctor 23 December 2020 21: 28
      0
      Quote: businessv
      The tighter the formation, the higher the AA defense efficiency! Welcome! (Pilots, sorry for the non-professional vocabulary!)

      I think it was like that before, the denser the formation, the more difficult it is to estimate their number and the worse for air defense.
      1. businessv
        businessv 23 December 2020 23: 38
        +5
        Quote: MyVrach
        it is more difficult to estimate their number and so much the worse for air defense.

        It's easier to aim - after all, air defense does not count planes, but shoots them down! wink Moreover, in the event of a miss, the rocket fuse still goes off. Well, and the cannon artillery and all the cards in hand! smile
        1. Narak-zempo
          Narak-zempo 24 December 2020 08: 55
          0
          Quote: businessv
          Well, and the cannon artillery and all the cards in hand!

          It was just the dull mattresses that bombed Germany in an extremely dense formation - especially to make it easier for the German anti-aircraft gunners to aim. And the mathematicians who analyzed the statistics of losses and recommended dense construction were also dumb.
          1. businessv
            businessv 24 December 2020 11: 18
            0
            Quote: Narak-zempo
            It was just the dull mattresses that bombed Germany in an extremely dense formation - especially to make it easier for the German anti-aircraft gunners to aim.
            Where does infa come from, dear? Not knowing the ford, do not poke your nose into the water! Altitude bombing is very different from peak bombing. The mattresses are not stupid, they are cowardly, fighting outside the home, trying not to come under fire from anti-aircraft guns. The only plus of a dense formation during high-altitude bombing is a high degree of damage and a high probability of destroying the target. And I'm wondering what mathematicians had to do with estimating losses ?! Such things do not go further than arithmetic! Learn materiel!wink hi
            1. Narak-zempo
              Narak-zempo 24 December 2020 14: 51
              0
              Quote: businessv
              Teach materiel!

              And I wish you the same. Google "survivor bias" for example.
              And they flew in close formation for maximum concentration of rifle fire on attacking fighters.
              1. businessv
                businessv 24 December 2020 14: 57
                +1
                Quote: Narak-zempo
                Google "survivor bias" for example.
                Don't try to get out, colleague! Separate the cutlets from the flies first, to do this, explain what you want to say! What can the design of military equipment have to do with aircraft formation ?! I already wrote: do not try to talk about what you don’t understand! hi
                1. Narak-zempo
                  Narak-zempo 24 December 2020 16: 09
                  0
                  Quote: businessv
                  Don't try to get out colleague!

                  So you are also a troll on the paycheck?
                  1. businessv
                    businessv 24 December 2020 16: 39
                    +2
                    Quote: Narak-zempo
                    So you are also a troll on the paycheck?

                    laughing It's funny! You used the word "too", from which I conclude that you are a "pay troll." If so, then that explains everything! And I already wrote: if there is nothing to say, just keep silent, especially if you do not understand what you are talking about, because you are paid for trolling, and not for stupidity! hi P.S. I use the address "colleague" to all chat participants on VO, so it's more convenient.
        2. My doctor
          My doctor 24 December 2020 19: 01
          0
          Quote: businessv
          It's easier to eat - after all, air defense does not count planes, but shoots them down! wink Moreover, in the event of a miss, the rocket fuse still goes off.

          Cool wassat No words. crying
          1. businessv
            businessv 24 December 2020 20: 20
            +1
            Quote: MyVrach
            Cool No words.

            That there are no words - noticeably! What exactly is cool? Didn't know that the missile fuse goes off on a miss? Learn materiel, it will be easier to live! hi
            1. My doctor
              My doctor 24 December 2020 21: 28
              0
              Quote: businessv
              That there are no words - noticeably! What exactly is cool? Didn't know that the missile fuse goes off on a miss? Learn materiel, it will be easier to live!

              Cool. laughing
              I think it is not necessary to know how you say "materiel", it is not even necessary to navigate in this topic. But if you want, then you are in the air defense. Two soldiers from the construction battalion will replace the excavator, and the soldier from the air defense will replace at least someone.
              1. businessv
                businessv 24 December 2020 21: 30
                +1
                Quote: MyVrach
                Two soldiers from the construction battalion will replace the excavator, and the soldier from the air defense will replace at least someone.

                Now it is clear what "cool" means - constipation of thoughts, diarrhea of ​​words, just suits your nickname Doctor. ExAvator only. hi
  9. cniza
    cniza 23 December 2020 16: 56
    +6
    when fighters take off with an interval of 20-40 seconds.


    A good exercise that helps to minimize eyewash to superior bosses ...
    1. Sergey Kulikov_3
      Sergey Kulikov_3 24 December 2020 01: 10
      -1
      What is the beauty of this exercise, and how does it reduce the rubbing off of the boss's glasses? Well, they took off and then what? Did they have a move to temporary airfields? No, then don't talk nonsense about exercise.
      1. Narak-zempo
        Narak-zempo 24 December 2020 16: 23
        0
        Quote: Sergey Kulikov_3
        What is the beauty of this exercise, and how does it reduce the rubbing off of the boss's glasses?

        The fact is that it is one thing to write in a piece of paper the percentage of combat-ready vehicles from the total payroll, and another thing to raise them into the air, especially when the alarm is not reported for a week.
  10. Ros 56
    Ros 56 23 December 2020 17: 44
    -6
    I don't know how about they will rise at such an interval, but all of them there and leave to burn out, there is such an opportunity. Well, let's say they rise up and what will they do with such a crowd, or do they expect someone to send them their boards to be torn apart with impunity? These are naive striped. Instead of an elephant ride, let it be better to remember the North Korean MiG Alley.
    1. businessv
      businessv 23 December 2020 23: 35
      +3
      Quote: Ros 56
      Instead of an elephant ride, let it be better to remember the North Korean MiG Alley.
      It seems that minke whales and their henchmen rule on the VO! Notice the downsides? laughing
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 24 December 2020 06: 53
        0
        That's for sure, striped lackeys here are nemeryany and mostly stupid Banderlog. And the most interesting thing goes by without talking, without justifying anything. Yes, and to hell with them, they won't get better from this, and they will podmahivat striped.
  11. 1536
    1536 23 December 2020 18: 21
    -1
    Did you try to work out the "wagtail maneuver" in order to cover the fifth point in case of a good kick?
  12. t-12
    t-12 24 December 2020 01: 43
    +1
    The same takeoff of our aviation. However, in smaller numbers (3 aircraft).

  13. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 25 December 2020 14: 08
    0
    In Russian, the phrase "herd of elephants" is used.
    Apparently literal and unsuccessful machine translation.