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  • Silent missile Can Destroy Enemy Electronics with Microwave Pulses: Air Force Confirms New Weapon"

    05/26/2015 5:31:23 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 26, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Named counter-electronics high-powered microwave advanced missile. Weapon destroys electronic systems without hurting people or buildings. Champ is now an 'operational system already in [the] tactical air force.' Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range has been chosen as the delivery vehicle. From Ocean's Eleven to Star Trek, weapons that wipe out enemy electronics are a staple of science fiction films. For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon as part of Champ, or the Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project. Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using...
  • Valdosta State Student Who Stomped US Flag Wants To Kill All White People

    05/24/2015 8:38:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Chuck Ross
    Eric Sheppard, the Valdosta State University student who was confronted last month by an Air Force veteran after he stomped on the American flag, has issued a violent 4,700-word anti-white rant in which he threatened to “annihilate those who come after me.” Sheppard is wanted by police after they found a gun in his backpack days after the flag-stomping demonstration. In his lengthy letter, submitted to The Valdosta Daily Times this week, Sheppard said he will not surrender and will use violence if necessary. The flag incident made national news after Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran and former Playboy...
  • Affordable $20 million fighter planes

    05/16/2015 5:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 10, 2015 | Brian Wang
    The Textron Scorpion costs $20 million, still not exactly a bargain by most people's standards, but a fifth of the cost of the F-35. It suggests that not every advanced defence project has to necessarily come in years late and billions over budget – and points to a new twist in not only the future of fighter-jet design, but also in more humanitarian roles that a budget jet could carry out. Textron aren’t the only ones creating the tech to address this issue. The single jet fighter JF-17 is a Chinese design, currently being built in collaboration with its sole...
  • Air Force general lost job over ethnic slur

    05/05/2015 9:52:00 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sig Christenson
    A two-star general resigned his command in San Antonio last week after making a racially-charged comment during a lower-ranking officer's disciplinary hearing, the Air Force said Monday. Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, then commander of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, told an accused officer that he appeared “drunker than 10,000 Indians” in a photo of him and another airman. The Air Force confirmed that Keltz made the remark, which initially was reported in a blog.
  • Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska: Two Bear H bombers intrude into air defense zone

    05/01/2015 8:42:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05/01/2015 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers intruded into the U.S. air defense zone near Alaska last week in the latest saber rattling by Moscow, defense officials said. The Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the Alaska zone on April 22. But unlike most earlier incursions, no U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow them, said defense officials familiar with the latest U.S.-Russian aerial encounter. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), declined to confirm the incursion. But he said no jets were dispatched last week to intercept intruding aircraft. The incident...
  • US Air Force refuelling jet disappears off radar over English Channel (Landed Safely)

    04/28/2015 8:02:42 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/28/2015 | MARK DUELL
    A US Air Force refuelling aircraft disappeared off the radar over the English Channel last night. The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time (11.05pm BST) and was last reported on a flight tracking website between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later. It is not yet known why the plane - flying under the code QID72 and based at Mildenhall in Suffolk - fell off the radar at 0.20am. The US Air Force was unavailable for comment.
  • Cruz Supporters Planning to Launch ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’

    04/25/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 25, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    A group of zealous supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-TX) 2016 presidential run is planning to launch a ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’ (TCAF) in the coming months prior to the Republican primaries that begin in less than a year. According to TCAF, “Ted Cruz clearly has the support of the grassroots. He will also have air support.” TCAF says its most prominent air feature will be the “Ted Cruz Blimp,” but it also plans on recruiting “antique aircraft, towed aerial banners, light sport aircraft … [and] parachutes.” Member of TCAF Jerry Collette says he’s going to do everything he can...
  • Vermont law officer charged in road-rage incident in Maine

    04/23/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | April 22, 2015 | Craig Crosby (Kennebec Journal)
    AUGUSTA — A federal law enforcement officer from Vermont was arrested in West Gardiner on Wednesday after allegedly aiming a loaded handgun at another vehicle on Interstate 95. Maine State Police officers arrested Demitria Buhalis, 41, of Brownsville, Vermont, and charged her with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, said Lt. Aaron Hayden. Buhalis is a police officer at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Hayden said. Hayden said a man driving south on I-95 in Sidney called police just before noon to report that a woman who drove past him in...
  • Russian Fighter Jet Nearly Collides with U.S. Spy Jet Over Europe

    04/11/2015 5:04:01 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 10, 2015
    A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, said officials. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest. “On the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez. “The United States is...
  • Attrition: Saudi Arabia Destroys The Yemen Air Force

    04/05/2015 2:15:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 4/02/15
    April 2, 2015: In late March Saudi Arabia destroyed the Yemeni Air Force. How that came to be is a strange tale indeed. Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against Yemen on 25 March 2015 in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized Yemeni government. The call for help was triggered by a rebellion by northern Shia tribes, seeking more power for themselves and less corruption overall. Over the last year the Shia rebels have gradually taken control of over a third of the country. The elected government was preoccupied fighting Islamic terrorists and separatist Sunni tribes in the south...
  • Air Force Launches ‘Virtual Work’ Mobile App (Satire)

    03/12/2015 8:33:52 AM PDT · by Cry if I Wanna · 2 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | March 12, 2015 | Bill Ashleigh
    LANGLEY AFB, Va. — The Air Force has officially eliminated any requirement for face-to-face work accountability with the launch of the service’s “Virtual Work” mobile app last month, according to Hannah Gardener, a spokeswoman for the app’s developer, Zynga.
  • U.S. Air Force launches push to recruit more women and minorities

    03/08/2015 7:45:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Andrea Shalal
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday kicked off a drive to attract and retain more women and minorities, including a push to increase the number of female officers and pilots. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced nine measures that she said were critical to ensuring the Air Force's success, such as a web-based mentoring system, longer deferrals for deployments after pregnancy, and a 30-percent target for the percentage of females in the officer applicant pool, up from 25 percent.
  • Mystery $55 billion Air Force Program Sparks Debate on Cost

    03/03/2015 3:43:50 PM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2015 | Staff
    The U.S. Air Force's secret program to develop as many as 100 next-generation bombers that can stealthily strike any target in the world has some experts calling the $550 million per plane price tag laughable. *SNIP* Another critic compared the initiative to the costly B-2 program, which was eventually slashed, and said the cost estimate is "as close to meaningless numbers can be." *SNIP* The Post reported that the Air Force intends on the plane taking its first stealth flight in the mid-2020s. . "I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we...
  • Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

    03/03/2015 7:01:08 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 43 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/25/15 | Unknown
    The U.S. Army has no interest in taking over the Air Force’s fleet of A-10 attack planes, even if it would save the venerable Cold War-era aircraft from the bone yard. The service’s top civilian, Army Secretary John McHugh, rejected the idea of accepting hand-me-down A-10 Warthogs from the Air Force. “No chance,” he said during a breakfast meeting with reporters on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. “That’s not even been a topic of casual conversation.” “With our own aircraft fleet we’re taking some pretty dramatic steps to reconfigure and become more affordable, and the A-10 mission is not something we...
  • Rafale proposal 'effectively dead' as Dassault bid not cheapest

    02/16/2015 2:39:23 AM PST · by IndianChief · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Even as three Rafale fighters line up in Bengaluru for eye-popping aerobatics displays at the Aero India 2015 exhibition this week, senior ministry of defence (MoD) sources say the proposal to buy the French fighter is "effectively dead".The reason: During three years of negotiations between Dassault and MoD officials in the so-called "contract negotiation committee" (CNC), it has emerged that Dassault's bid was actually higher than that of the Eurofighter Typhoon, not lower as the MoD had announced on January 31, 2012. Dassault had submitted a sketchy commercial bid, and when the CNC obtained details from the French company to...
  • Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

    02/07/2015 10:23:21 AM PST · by rey · 97 replies
    SPLOID Gizmodo.com ^ | 7 Feb 2015 | Jesus Diaz
    Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth. "Everything had to be invented" The A-12 and the SR-71 were a completely different design from anything else before it—and everything after, as time has demonstrated. At the time, many of the technologies needed to make these airplanes were considered "impossible." And yet, thanks to Kelly Johnson and the amazing team...
  • Veteran Protests Davis-Monthan Home Flying Gay-Friendly Flag (AF Base)

    02/06/2015 3:57:04 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    military.com ^ | February 6, 2015
    n outspoken wounded veteran from Tucson has caused a stir on social media over his objection to a flag he calls an affront to the American flag. Instead of red and white stripes, the flag flying recently at a home on Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has stripes of rainbow colors -- traditionally used to show gay pride. Former Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost two legs and an arm in an attack in Iraq, says the flag parodies the American flag. Kolfage says it's illegal and had no business flying on a military base. "I was cutting across base...
  • Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

    01/29/2015 12:45:54 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg
    AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a...
  • Pentagon To Scrap Warplane The Islamic State Fears

    01/26/2015 10:13:33 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 26, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense Spending: The venerable A-10 Warthog, designed to stop Soviet tanks, and the perfect weapon to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, as President Obama promised, faces a budgetary chopping block. We have noted the irony of how Obama was going to war against the Islamic State with weapons systems he had scrapped, ending the production runs of the F-22 Raptor and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They were dismissed by the administration as relics of the Cold War even as Russia was rearming and trying to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've also mentioned the phasing out of the A-10 Thunderbolt,...
  • Air Force UFO files hit the Web

    01/19/2015 9:31:20 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 19, 2015 | No Byline
    From eyewitness accounts of “trails of light” streaking across the sky to sightings of flying saucers, now amateur Mulder and Scullys alike can see if the truth really is out there by poring over almost 130,000 pages of declassified UFO documents that are now available online, reports MilitaryTimes.com. After spending decades filing Freedom of Information Act requests, John Greenewald, a UFO enthusiast, posted declassified records from Project Blue Book -- the U.S. Air Force’s records on alleged UFO and extraterrestrial sightings -- on an online database.
  • My daughter brought up joining the Air Force again

    01/19/2015 11:04:04 PM PST · by MacMattico · 79 replies
    Me
    A while back I brought up that my daughter had mentioned she was researching and thinking about joining the military. About 80% of the people that responded said "not in this environment". Which I completely understand. She brought it up again tonight. I asked her why. She is a very intelligent girl and would probably get in to many colleges with scholarship money. Before when she brought it up, she didn't say why, just that she was looking. Today was different. She told me how much of her high school has turned anti-military and talk about today's soldiers and marines...
  • Hagel Visits San Diego In Farewell Tour To Promote Next-Gen Bomber

    01/14/2015 11:47:10 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    KPBS ^ | 1-13-15 | Robert Burns
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday vigorously endorsed an Air Force plan to build a next-generation strategic bomber, arguing that it would help deter nuclear war and preserve America's global pre-eminence. "I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we go into the next 25 years," Hagel told reporters after addressing a group of several hundred airmen at this B-2 stealth bomber base in western Missouri. Hagel later traveled to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and also planned to visit Navy sailors aboard an aircraft carrier and Army soldiers in...
  • A Flying Fortress Miracle/Incredible story of one B-17’s survival

    01/05/2015 9:19:00 AM PST · by SMARTY · 35 replies
    Warbirds of America
    I just ran into this. It's to amazing. The Link is: http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-communities-and-interests/eaa-warbirds-of-america-warbird-and-ex-military-aircraft/articles/2014-09-a-flying-fortress-miracle
  • Story of the A 10 Warthog and why the F 35 will never be as loved

    12/31/2014 10:05:21 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 51 replies
    youtube ^ | 12-31-14 | Björn Lundahl
    Pierre Sprey discusses design goals of the A-10 Warthog.
  • The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 7:19:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 67 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/31/2014 | Adam Clark Estes
    At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to begin with. Unnamed Air Force officials revealed the bad news in a Daily Beast story about the F-35. Apparently the software that will power the four-barreled rotary cannon on the Air Force version of the jet, the F-35A, won't be ready for at...
  • Warplane downed by Islamic State and pilot taken hostage

    12/24/2014 6:03:26 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    ITV ^ | December 24, 2014 | N/A
    A warplane has been downed in an Islamic State-controlled region of Syria and the pilot taken captive, according to both a monitoring group and supporters of the extremist group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, said the plane came down near Raqqa - a major Islamic State stronghold. *** 3 hours ago Jordan Army confirms pilot captured by Islamic State The Jordan Army has confirmed one of its pilots has been captured in Syria during coalition air raids. In a statement, the army said Islamic State "bears responsibility for his safety". The pilot has been...
  • Is China’s air force catching up to the U.S. Air Force?

    12/15/2014 9:31:37 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/15/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    I am deeply disappointed that Greenpeace engaged in an action at the sacred Nazca Lines in Peru. We have been hearing from many of you and I share your frustration and anger about this situation. The decision to engage in this activity shows a complete disregard for the culture of Peru and the importance of protecting sacred sites everywhere. There is no apology sufficient enough to make up for this serious lack of judgment. I know my international colleagues who engaged in this activity did not do so with malice, but that doesn’t mitigate the result. It is a shame...
  • Air Force Secretary: Transgender people should serve in military because ‘times change’

    12/12/2014 7:38:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 61 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | Ben Johnson
    The Obama administration is signaling its support for transgender people to serve openly in the military, in the barracks of their choice. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James summarized the position, saying, "Times change." She told USA Today yesterday that the possibility of transgender service "is likely to come under review in the next year or so.” James, who never served in the military, was appointed to a Defense Department position in the Clinton administration before being tapped to lead a branch of the service by Barack Obama. “I don't believe this would be a positive step for military readiness...
  • Secretary of the Air Force Supports Lifting the Military Transgender Ban

    12/10/2014 9:33:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Human Rights Campaign Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Stephen Peters
    Today, the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, came out in support of lifting the military’s ban on transgender service. In an interview with USA Today, when asked about the current ban, she said, “From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve.” She also said the current ban “is likely to come under review in the next year or so.” The repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy allowed lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals to serve in the military openly and honestly. However, while the...
  • Unloved Warthog lives to fight another day

    12/09/2014 9:00:06 AM PST · by bkopto · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/8/2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    The A-10 fighter jet, designed to kill Soviet tanks in Europe, made its reputation instead in America's Middle East wars. Now it's back in the region while its advocates fight off the Air Force's attempts to kill it. A-10s from the Indiana National Guard arrived from Afghanistan last month at an air base in southwest Asia, where they will be used for missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Air Force officials said. The plane, affectionately nicknamed the Warthog, is slow and ugly compared with the Air Force's other fighter jets, especially the stealthy, supersonic F-35 that is...
  • A-10 Warthog retirement debated after replacement’s role in ‘friendly fire’ deaths

    12/01/2014 9:17:03 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A large association of battlefield target spotters has written to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to oppose the planned retirement of A-10 Warthog strike jets — a debate that now encompasses the “friendly fire” deaths of five American soldiers in Afghanistan. The A-10 endorsement from the Tactical Air Control Party Association is significant because, outside of the Warthog’s pilots themselves, perhaps no other warriors know its ability to protect ground troops under fire better than the ground controllers who guide it to enemy targets. ... The five fatalities occurred on June 9, when a B-1B strategic bomber — a planned replacement...
  • Modernized Blackjack takes off after avionic upgrade

    Tu-160 has a lift-generating airframe, which is mostly made of aluminum alloys. Titanium alloys make up to 20% of the airframe mass. The bomber’s airframe has a distinctive appearance, with the wing and fuselage gradually integrated into a single-piece configuration. The variable geometry wings (the sweep angle can be varied from 20 to 65) allow the aircraft to use complex flight profiles from low subsonic speeds to mach 2. Photo: UAC/Tupolev design Bureau The first Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack has completed its maiden flight after an avionic modernization that revamped the bombers’ radar and avionic systems in the past two years....
  • The Air Force Just Fired Two More Nuclear Missile Commanders

    11/04/2014 11:16:39 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | Robert Burns
    Adding to signs of distress in the nuclear force, the Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The most senior officer to be relieved was Col. Carl Jones, the No. 2 commander of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, in charge of 150 of the Air Force's 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear ICBMs. He was dismissed "for a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership abilities," and has been reassigned as a special assistant...
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    11/01/2014 1:40:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 5:12 PM EDT | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.</p> <p>The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal questions on sexual acts.</p>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • NATO Intercepts at Least 19 Russian Military Planes in 1 Day

    10/29/2014 8:33:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-29-2014 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia's airspace today, worrying the organization's officials. "These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean had the largest fleet of Russian aircraft activity, with eight planes detected by NATO radar flying in formation from Russian airspace...
  • RC Controlled ISIS & Other Pre-Halloween Treats

    10/26/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-27-2014 | MOTUS
    Let’s kick the Halloween week off with a couple of classic themed costumes: 1. The radio-controlled witch costume, designed by Otto Dieffenbach III, as seen flying over the ocean near Carlsbad California earlier this month: 2. The Religion of Pieces costume, designed by a radio controlled bomb compliments of the U.S. Air Force, as seen on a former member of ISIS, flying somewhere in the skies near Kurdistan earlier this month. Whichever costume you choose, please be sure to keep your head while wearing it, as these are actual flying models and may be dangerous if used improperly. Because what...
  • Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat

    10/25/2014 6:43:41 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 12 replies
    Dr. Reina Pennington, Associate Professor of History Norwich University. The Soviet Union was the first nation to allow women pilots to fly combat missions. During World War II the Red Air Force formed three all-female units--grouped into separate fighter, dive bomber, and night bomber regiments--while also recruiting other women to fly with mostly male units. Their amazing story, fully recounted for the first time by Reina Pennington, honors a group of fearless and determined women whose exploits have not yet received the recognition they deserve. Pennington chronicles the creation, organization, and leadership of these regiments, as well as the experiences...
  • Judge defends custody decision in lesbian mom case

    10/24/2014 7:23:41 AM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/23/2014 | By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    Family Court Judge William Potter responded Thursday to an allegation that he discriminated against a lesbian mother being deployed to Cuba. “Obviously I don’t have a problem with her being gay because I gave her custody,” the judge said. Potter’s comments stemmed from a Las Vegas Review-Journal story about the divorce case of Michelle Bagalawis, who since has changed her last name to Angeles, and Johnny Cardona. Angeles and Cardona, who have a 7-year-old son, were divorced in January 2012. Angeles, a first lieutenant in the Air Force, married a woman in March 2012. After Angeles’ recent deployment to Cuba,...
  • Lesbian mom fighting to keep son in Las Vegas during military deployment

    The lesbian mother of a 7-year-old boy is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to keep her son in Las Vegas during her four-month deployment to Cuba. According to an emergency petition filed by Air Force 1st Lt. Michelle Angeles, Family Court Judge William Potter applied a double standard when he ruled the boy must live with his father in Texas until she returns. “Michelle could only infer the double standard stemmed from her being married to another woman,” according to the document. The child flew to Texas on Saturday when the high court declined to intervene on an emergency...
  • Good news: ISIS is training an air force

    10/17/2014 2:43:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 17, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    America and its coalition partners executing air strikes in Iraq and Syria currently enjoy total dominance in the skies over the so-called Islamic State. That may soon change. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a London-based monitoring group which maintains contacts with an extensive network of sources on the ground in Iraq and Syria, contends that ISIS fighters recently took control of three MiG fighter jets. What’s more, ISIS plans on using them. The SOHR report also claims that the group has the support of defected former Iraqi military officers which are training ISIS fighters on how to fly...
  • Innocent Veteran Headed to Prison on Gun Manufacturing Charges?

    10/07/2014 6:26:01 PM PDT · by PatriotWriter · 15 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | 10-6-14 | Priscilla Jones
    Firearms Expert / Air Force Veteran convicted of embezzlement / manufacturing and dealing firearms speaks out days before his Oct. 9 sentencing. A Congressional inquiry has been opened into the Air Force Office of Special Investigation’s mishandling of the case. The existence of a separate Air Force Inspector General investigation into the lead investigator’s tactics was withheld from both judge and jury during the trial, a direct violation of the law. The Sig Sauer Academy director was slated to be the star witness for the defense but was prevented from testifying by a slick prosecutorial trick. EXCLUSIVE STORY: http://benswann.com/exclusive-air-force-veteran-and-firearms-expert-convicted-of-manufacturing-weapons-speaks-out/
  • This New Air Force Commercial Curiously Leaves Out a President; Can You Guess Which One?

    10/05/2014 3:00:52 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    TPNN ^ | Matthew Burke
    Watch this inspiring new Air Force commercial, which was published barely three weeks ago. It features four presidents, with excerpts of uplifting speeches about this crucial branch of America’s military. However, there’s one very recent commander-in-chief who’s not in this new 30-second commercial. Can you guess which one? This apparent ommission could be intentional or not. Or, it could be a slight. Or, perhaps, the Air Force couldn’t find anything moving this president has said about the military, in this case the Air Force. Which do you think it is?
  • What is the Pentagon’s secret space drone doing?

    09/28/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sharon Weinberger
    For almost two years, an unmanned space plane bearing a remarkable resemblance to NASA’s space shuttle has circled the Earth, performing a top-secret mission. It’s called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle — but that’s pretty much all we know for certain. Officially, the only role the Pentagon acknowledges is that the space plane is used to conduct experiments on new technologies. Theories about its mission have ranged from an orbiting space bomber to an anti-satellite weapon. The truth, however, is likely much more obvious: According to intelligence experts and satellite watchers who have closely monitored its orbit, the X-37B is...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    09/27/2014 12:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    An A-10 Thunderbolt II banks after a strafing run on Aug. 21, 2014, during the Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 exercise at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska. Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17...
  • F-22 Raptor Carried US Flag on Maiden Combat Mission Into Syria

    09/25/2014 7:50:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    ABC News.com ^ | 9/25/14 | KELLY KLEBER
    One of the F-22 Raptor fighter jets that went on the fleet’s first ever combat mission in Syria carried an American flag into battle, according to a mid-air photograph snapped of the plane just after the mission. The photo was taken from an Air Force refueling plane as the next generation F-22 filled its tanks after its mission to strike a single Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) target in Syria – a mission the Air Force said was a “success.” A folded American flag can be seen in the cockpit, in front of the pilot, as reported by...
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • An Air Force Plane Slated For The Scrap Heap Is Now On The Front Lines Against ISIS (A-10, Warthog)

    09/23/2014 1:00:09 PM PDT · by blam · 163 replies
    BI - International Business Times ^ | 9-23-2014 | Christopher Harress
    Christopher Harress, International Business Times September 23, 2014A-10 Warthog in Afghanistan upload.wikimedia.org As the U.S. begins bombing ISIS targets in Syria with a campaign of airstrikes that started Monday, a venerable airplane that was almost sent to the scrapyard joins the fight. The Pentagon will send a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft and up to 300 airmen to the Middle East in early October, to help in the conflict against the Islamic State group, the Indiana National Guard said. The deployment of the 40-year-old aircraft comes just four months after it was controversially saved from defense cuts by Congress, whose rationale...
  • CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Business Journal's Startups and Venture Capital Blog ^ | September 17, 2014 | David Harris, Tech Editor
    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer — which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces — will focus on the remote inspection of small passageways and tunnels that are often blocked by debris and rubble. The drone...
  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 47 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Stephen Losey (Air Force Times) reports (see also the American Humanist Association’s letter to the Air Force Inspector General): An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing “so help me God,” the American Humanist Association said Thursday…. Air Force Instruction 36-2606 spells out the active-duty oath of enlistment, which all airmen must take when they enlist or reenlist and ends with “so help me God.” The old version of that AFI included an exception: “Note: Airmen may omit the words ‘so help me God,’ if...