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  • Today in U.S. military history: Leroy Petry's Medal of Honor, and the 1st flight of the Black Widow

    05/26/2017 6:35:39 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 26, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1917: U.S. Army Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing is named commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force, which is destined for European combat the following year. 1942: The Northrop P-61 “Black Widow” night fighter makes its first flight. The twin-boom P-61 is the first aircraft to carry radar and the U.S. military’s first night fighter. The warplane saw service in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, and is widely believed to be credited with the last “kill” of an enemy aircraft in World War II, when a Japanese “Tojo” fighter pilot flies into the water while attempting to evade a...
  • What Progressives Miss About Arms Sales

    05/24/2017 12:24:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 23, 2017 | Andrew Exum
    Celebrating their success in retaining blue-collar jobs is one way Republicans are winning the votes of working-class Americans. Whew! For once, one of my predictions was correct: Donald Trump had a great visit to Saudi Arabia. It was a great visit for him, it was a great visit for the Saudis and the other Arab Gulf states, and—last but not least—it was a great visit for magical, glowing orbs. I want to spend a little time talking about one of the reasons why the trip went so well. I’ll warn you: This is a somewhat taboo subject for progressive foreign-policy...
  • Daily Mail editorial: Drones are free and creating jobs: what next?

    05/23/2017 3:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | May 22, 2017 | Justin Rogers
    Twenty-five-year-old Blake Oliver saw an opportunity last year and took advantage of it. The young St. Albans resident is simply doing things the old-fashioned, American way — finding a niche to build his own business and earn a living. Instead of struggling to find a job from an established company, Oliver created his own. History has shown that in many cases, its companies like this — a small family firm where smart people see an opportunity and go for it — that become the big employers of the future. As business reporter Max Garland described in the Sunday Gazette-Mail, Oliver,...
  • Germany Might Join the F-35 Program

    05/22/2017 8:35:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 17, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The German Air Force is reportedly looking for additional information about Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as it moves ahead with plans to replace its aging Panavia Tornado multi-role combat aircraft no later than 2035. The stealthy F-35 would be just one of multiple options Germany might consider as it looks to modernize its military in general. In May 2017, Germany’s air arm, also known as the Luftwaffe, asked the U.S. military for classified data on the Joint Strike Fighter, according to a report by Reuters. The letter highlighted the fact that German government and military officials had not...
  • New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight

    05/21/2017 8:37:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    hindustan times ^ | May 19, 2017
    Chinese-developed attack helicopter Z-19E is pictured during its maiden flight in Harbin, Heilongjiang province in China on May 18.(Reuters) China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernisation programme. The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television. Based on the Z-19’s design, the Z-19E, also called the “Black Whirlwind” can be used in quick-response, low-impact and frequent attack missions, the China National Radio reported. “The helicopter...
  • French Mirage Fighters Turned Israel Into a Major Air Power

    05/21/2017 8:16:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    Fifty years ago, on May 19, 1967, the Mirage V made its first flight from Melun-Villaroche airfield in France. Within context of events that were to follow ever the next few weeks, this date marked the birth not only of the modern-day French military aviation sector, but also what can be considered the birthday of the Israeli Aircraft Industries. The Mirage V was a result of close cooperation between France and Israel in the 1950s and 1960s. Its story could be traced back in time to the days when what was then officially designated the Israel Defense Force/Air Force was...
  • Russia’s Legendary Su-27 Fighter Jet Still Second to None in Close Air Combat

    05/21/2017 7:11:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 20.05.2017
    Exactly 40 years ago, on May 20, 1977, the prototype of Russia's legendary Su-27 fourth generation fighter aircraft, Т-10-1, made its first flight. Sputnik reviews the history of development and modernization of the aircraft to show that it is still second to none in close air combat and is far from becoming out of date. Russia's Su-27 rightly serves as a symbol of Russia's defense industry of the second part of the 20th century, on a par with the T-72 tank and Kalashnikov assault rifle. In this particular aircraft, the USSR implemented all of the most advanced technologies of the...
  • Three Planes Will Square Off in the USAF's Light Attack Experiment

    05/21/2017 7:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 15, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    At least three different aircraft will participant in the U.S. Air Force’s light attack experiment, commonly referred to as OA-X, according to the companies involved. All that remains to be seen is just how serious the service actually is about pursuing the concept. On May 12, 2017, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) issued a press release on behalf of itself and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security, announcing that they would be sending their A-29 light attack aircraft to the Air Force’s evaluation. On May 15, 2017, Textron Aviation sent out a notice that its AT-6 Wolverine and Scorpion aircraft were...
  • Air Force fighter jets scrambled after disturbance on American Airlines flight

    05/19/2017 9:28:21 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 86 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 May 2017
    A passenger reportedly tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu international airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow said an airline crew member and an off-duty Honolulu police officer...
  • California races to issue driver’s licenses that will work at airport security

    05/14/2017 9:10:10 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 12, 2017 | Jim Miller
    Facing the prospect of millions of Californians turned away at airport security checkpoints, the Brown administration is racing to bring the state’s driver’s licenses up to federal standards.
  • At LAX's new private terminal, the rich are pampered while normal people suffer

    05/14/2017 6:41:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 14 May 2017 | Rory Carroll
    The guiltiest pleasure at Los Angeles international airport’s (LAX) new private terminal for the mega-rich is not the plush, hushed privacy, or the beds with comforters, or the massages, or the coriander-scented soap, or the Willy Wonka-style array of chocolates and jelly beans, or the Napa Valley cabernet. It is the iPad that sits on a counter at the entrance, with a typed little note: “Here is a glimpse of what you’re missing over at the main terminal right now.” The screen shows travellers hauling bags through packed terminals, queuing in long lines, looking harassed and being swallowed into pushing,...
  • Icon A5 Amphibious Plane Crashes, Killing 2 Company Engineers

    05/11/2017 12:17:01 PM PDT · by DFG · 25 replies
    Popular Mechanics via Yahoo ^ | May 9, 2017 | Andrew Moseman
    Tragedy has struck one of the hopeful new companies trying to invent the future of aviation. On Monday an Icon A5 crashed next to Lake Berryessa in northern California. The disaster killed Icon lead engineer Jon Karkow and his colleague, Cagri Sever. We don't yet know the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating that. CEO Kirk Hawkins published the following statement on the company's Facebook page. I flew in an A5 two years ago when Icon brought the aircraft to New York for media test rides on the Hudson River. It is a gorgeous...
  • First Flight of Gripen E Will Reveal True Cost of Fighter Development

    05/11/2017 7:35:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies ^ | May 11, 2017 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS and LINKOPING, Sweden --- The next-generation variant of Sweden’s Gripen fighter is due to make its maiden flight sometime during the next month, between the first anniversary of its official roll-out on May 18 and the June 19 opening of the Paris Air Show. Whenever it happens, this flight will mark the appearance of a fighter that Saab defines as fifth-generation, but that it says was developed for less than 2 billion euros – just about half the $4 billion cost of the Lockheed Martin F-35’s Block 4 software. Whether or not that figure remains valid – and it...
  • Eurofighter delays threaten German NATO contribution: report

    05/11/2017 7:44:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    Delays in adapting the Eurofighter jet for air-to-ground operations could make it impossible for Germany to fulfill its promise to contribute to NATO's rapid reaction force in 2018, a German government report seen by Reuters suggests. Originally developed for air-to-air combat, Airbus's Eurofighter was only later adapted for bombing, the role in which Germany had planned to use it next year in its contribution to the NATO Response Force. Any delay would be a blow to the German armed forces, which are in the middle of an investment program designed to strengthen their ability to play a larger role in...
  • F-35 buzzing over the house.

    05/05/2017 4:10:33 PM PDT · by DAC21 · 57 replies
    Chino Airshow | 5/5/17 | DAC21
    F-35, P-38 2 x P-51 and Mitchell B-25 flying over the house in formation.
  • Now It's Delta’s turn: We’re sorry for threatening our customer with jail on overbooked flight

    05/05/2017 8:01:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/05/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Fill in the blank: “We are sorry for the unfortunate experience our customers had with …” This time it’s Delta Airline’s turn to apologize profusely for a viral video detailing their customer-service experience. Brian and Brittany Shear had paid for a seat used by their toddler on a flight from Hawaii back to California, where they live, when a flight attendant told them they had to give it up, claiming it was overbooked. When the Shears refused to do so, the video shows someone — it’s still unclear who — threatening them with jail and the loss of their...
  • US Army Says It Badly Needs A Scout Helicopter After Junking The Ones It Had

    05/02/2017 7:34:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 2, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The US Army has executed its grand rotary-wing aviation restructuring plan that saw the ousting of hundreds of Bell JetRanger derivatives from service—653 airframes in total. These included the Army's entire fleet of 187 TH-67 Creek primary trainers and the roughly 340 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance/armed scout helicopters that performed so brilliantly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, just months after the final Kiowa Warriors were officially retired, the US Army is whining about how badly they armed scout helicopter. Under the same aviation plan, the OH-58D was partially "replaced" by far more complex and expensive AH-64E Apache Guardian...
  • David Dao and United Airlines Reach ‘Amicable’ Settlement [tr]

    04/27/2017 11:37:37 PM PDT · by catnipman · 90 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/27/2017 | Daniella Silva
    "We look forward to implementing the improvements we have announced, which will put our customers at the center of everything we do." "We breached public trust, and it's a serious breach," Munoz said in an exclusive interview earlier Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, adding that he had introduced changes at the company because "a circumstance like we've all witnessed should have never happened, never happened." The airline also unveiled new policies early Thursday morning, including a promise to not use law enforcement to remove overbooked customers from planes, additional training for front-line employees and setting up an automated system...
  • Bulgaria opts for Swedish Gripen combat jets

    04/26/2017 5:50:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2017
    SOFIA, April 26 (Reuters) - Bulgaria has decided to start talks with Sweden to acquire eight new Gripen combat jets made by SAAB, interim deputy prime minister Stefan Yanev said on Wednesday, as the Balkan country seeks to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s. The Balkan country has picked the Swedish offer in preference to an offer from Portugal of secondhand U.S. F-16s equipped with U.S. weaponry and an offer from Italy of secondhand Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. A deal is estimated to be worth about 1.5 billion levs ($836 million). A special commission for the negotiations is expected to be set...
  • American tries to learn from United’s mistakes in incident

    04/23/2017 11:42:49 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 52 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | April 22, 2017 7:36 pm | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane. American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away a stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. He has been removed from duty in the meantime.