The 163rd vFS has released a new video, brought to you by the editing & recording prowess of our own pilot, Rybo. “Soaring with the Snakes” is a powerful tribute to the often under-appreciated beauty we see in DCS every time we fly, and to the Airmen of the 163rd FS that do this day in and day out in service of our country.
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....
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.
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!