Terrorism in Sukhumi

News broke this morning that a large bomb has detonated outside of the Sukhumi city administration building during planning efforts for the upcoming Abkhaz independence day celebrations on the 23rd of July. The Abkhazian government has yet to release any information related to casualties or injuries. The perpetrators of the attack were believed to be Georgian ultra-nationalists who of course harbor resentment for the independence movement in Abkhazia. Smoke could be seen rising from the city throughout the morning and much of the afternoon. Many geopolitical analysts and journalists are worried that this may only be the very beginning of a new chapter in the bloody history of Abkhazian/Georgian relations....

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Blacksnakes Conduct Training Operations

  163rd vFS A-10C 78-0170, piloted by "Chef," over the Spring Mountains during a training flight.

163rd vFS A-10C 78-0170, piloted by "Chef," over the Spring Mountains during a training flight.

The pilots of the 163rd vFighter Squadron have been hard at work, flying countless hours over the sands of the Nevada deserts to receive their qualifications and progress through different phases of their flight training in preparation to soon begin combat operations. Over 50 flight hours were logged in the month of March, indicative of the squadron's growth and capability. We look forward to any new potential applicants.

Operation Pocket

 The view from the cockpit of 163rd A-10C 80-0692, piloted by "Shadow," while in trail orbiting IP Mazda during Operation Pocket.

The view from the cockpit of 163rd A-10C 80-0692, piloted by "Shadow," while in trail orbiting IP Mazda during Operation Pocket.

On February 10th, 2018, our squadron met and flew with two of our partner groups, vVMA-231 and CSG-1. The mission, dubbed "Operation Pocket," was a success and a fantastic learning experience for all parties involved. We plan to continue working with these partners extensively in the coming months to provide more of these immersive and engaging events for our pilots.

A big thank you to CSG-1 and vVMA-231!