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  • Ryan Fournier: "I present to you the new #TrumpPence campaign plane"

    07/22/2016 11:28:28 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 45 replies
    I present to you the new #TrumpPence campaign plane. #TeamTrump.
  • Lucky Day, Lucky Day – Governor Mike Pence Gets His Own Campaign Plane….

    07/23/2016 10:35:29 AM PDT · by AmusedBystander · 40 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7/23/2016 | sundance
    Governor Mike Pence gets his campaign airplane delivered today. Top shelf. It was almost complete in the following picture: Pence plane
  • Lucky Day, Lucky Day – Governor Mike Pence Gets His Own Campaign Plane

    07/22/2016 8:15:19 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 95 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 22, 2016 | sundance
    Governor Mike Pence gets his campaign airplane delivered today. Top shelf. It was almost complete in the following picture:
  • Russia to test new ship-based helicopters in Syria

    07/21/2016 11:49:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | JULY 18, 2016 | NIKOLAI LITOVKIN, ALEXANDRA YELFACHEVA
    The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is getting ready for a voyage to the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean. The goal of the deployment is to check the combat capabilities of the ship and its strike group, including Russia's state-of-the-art KA-52K Katran helicopters. The cruiser's deck-based aircraft will join the Syrian campaign from October 2016 to January 2017. The air group's tasks The deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov amounts to a planned inspection of Russian arms, Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) magazine, told RBTH. "Sending the Admiral to Syria is a test of the...
  • MH370 search team raises prospect plane could lie elsewhere

    07/21/2016 12:14:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:53am EDT | Jonathan Barrett and Swati Pandey
    Top searchers at the Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 say they believe the plane may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments, meaning they have been scouring the wrong patch of ocean for two years. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro (FUGRc.AS) have been combing an area roughly the size of Greece for two years. That search, over 120,000 square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, is expected to...
  • Mi-28NM Prototype Delivered to Flight-Test Center In Moscow Region (attack helo)

    07/20/2016 11:19:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 20, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The prototype of the newest Mi-28NM (M stands for upgraded, Modernizirovanny) combat helicopter has been delivered to the Lyubertsy-based flight-test center of the Moscow Helicopter Plant named after M. Mil (a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding), according to open sources. Hence, the flight trials of the rotor-wing aircraft will likely take place in the Moscow Region. The Rostov Helicopter Plant (Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding) produced the demonstrator in 2015. Mi-28NM is known to be equipped with new above rotor-based N025 radar and advanced rotor blades to increase the helicopter’s maximum flight speed. The chin-mounted weapon...
  • Will the new Pilot Bill of Rights 2 Law be dumped by the FAA?

    07/20/2016 1:49:30 PM PDT · by pabianice · 9 replies
    News | 7/20/16 | vanity
    If you fly, you will have heard by now that The Pilots' Bill of Rights 2 has been signed into law. This is the result of the DOT refusing to rule on the proposal for close to five years. In short, it will allow anyone who has held a third class medical since 2007 be able to fly any airplane up to 6,000 pounds, single or twin, VFR or IFR, under 10,000 feet without another current medical certificate. The law becomes effective July 17, 2017. My prediction is that the FAA will never allow it to take effect, esp. with...
  • Seaplane Crashes on Inaugural Flight in China, Killing 5

    07/20/2016 11:42:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    abc ^ | 07/20/2016
    The Cessna 208B, operated by Joy Air General Air, was carrying two crew members and eight invited guests, mostly government workers and local journalists, according to local media. ... The seaplane took off from Jinshan in suburban Shanghai and was bound for the Zhoushan islands, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) to the south. The route is designed for tourists and sightseers who want to escape to the islands from sprawling Shanghai. Local journalists were invited to tour the seaplane before its takeoff, and some of them boarded the aircraft for the subsequent flight along with local officials. Wednesday's flight appeared...
  • Pilots Flying Old F-4 Fighters Were the Turkish President’s Most Loyal Aerial Defenders

    07/20/2016 10:38:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 20, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    On the night of July 15, elements of the Turkish military rose up against Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and very nearly succeeded in killing or capturing their controversial leader. A few military units remained steadfastly loyal to the embattled president. Among them — the 1st Main Jet Base in Eskisehir in northwestern Turkey. The base’s F-4E Terminator 2020 fighters flew to Erdogan’s aid during the direst hours of the daylong attempted coup. But the aged fighters were no match for the much newer F-16s that the rebels had commandeered. Turkish air force squadrons led the ultimately failed coup. Apparently following many months of...
  • FAA Bans Flights Between the US and Turkey

    07/16/2016 10:19:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    NBC10 ^ | 7-16-2016 | Danielle Abreu
    U.S. airline regulators are banning all flights between the U.S. and airports in Turkey as the country fought to overcome a military coup attempt that left at least 161 people dead and scores more wounded Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration ban includes commercial and private planes operating into or out of Turkey, as well as flights to the U.S. by non-U.S. carriers via third countries. (SNIP) Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Ankara issued a statement Saturday warning that U.S. government officials have been told not to use the airport in Istanbul and that U.S. citizens in the country should seek...
  • Dying... Spitfire engineer, 95, gets last wish granted to be reunited with iconic plane....

    07/14/2016 1:49:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 57 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15th July 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A terminally ill former World War Two Spitfire engineer's 'last wish' to be reunited with the iconic plane was granted after top brass saw him looking forlornly through a fence at one from his wheelchair. Ken Farlow, 95, was an electrical engineer during the war, carrying out vital work to keep Spitfires and Hurricanes in the air in Syria and Palestine. But after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, the father-of-three asked daughter Helen if he 'could see a Spitfire - one last time'. Helen, 52, took him to Gloucestershire Airport where the vintage planes were being maintained by the...
  • Space Plane': fly anywhere in the world in four hours

    07/14/2016 12:27:35 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ( UK) ^ | 14 July 2016 , 11:38am | Helena Horton
    Could we soon be saying goodbye to long-haul flights? One company has taken an important step in making this dream come true. Oxford's Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) announced it has received a €10,000 development contract with ESA, so it can work on its revolutionary Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE). This technology can work both in the Earth's atmosphere and in space - which is crucial to space planes. ( scroll down for video explanation of technology)
  • Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Awarded Medal of Honor Almost 50 Years Later

    07/13/2016 1:54:48 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 7/1/16 | Zach Rosenberg
    Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles, an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony later this month for an act of heroism almost 50 years ago. At the time he was given the Distinguished Service Cross, but a dedicated amateur historian finally talked the Department of Defense into reviewing the matter. Following an act of Congress and a Presidential signature (required for Medal of Honor awards), Kettles will receive his new medal in a July 18 ceremony at the White House.
  • Revealed: US Air Force Is Planning to Build a Super A-10 Warthog

    07/13/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 48 replies
    The Buzz ^ | 11 July 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Senior service officials are now exploring “draft requirements” concepts – and evaluating the kind of avionics, engineering, weapons, armor and technical redundancy the aircraft would need, Air Force officials told Scout Warrior. As a result, the Air Force will be looking for the “optimal” type of close-air-support platform by weighing various considerations such as what the differences might be between existing aircraft and future developmental platforms.
  • Cable snaps on USS Eisenhower during landing

    07/09/2016 8:30:40 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 59 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-8-2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-EHwYOfY94 Hope the pilot has some extra underwear around.
  • Pratt & Whitney Awarded New Contract for F-35 Engines

    07/08/2016 7:36:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    United Technologies Corp. ’s jet-engine unit, Pratt & Whitney, received a $1.5 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to build more engines for its F-35 combat jet program. The deal will cover 99 total engines as well as program management, engineering support, spare modules and spare parts. Pratt said Friday that this is the 10th contract with the government for its F135 propulsion systems, which power the fighter jets. Combined with previous awards for the latest batch of engines, the contract totals $1.95 billion, the company said. The new contract for Pratt comes as Lockheed Martin Corp. is...
  • Military Aviation Readiness ‘at the Tipping Point’

    07/07/2016 12:37:27 PM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 7, 2016 | Natalie Johnson
    Domestic aviation readiness across all four military services is at a detriment because of wavering budgets and a greater focus on overseas operations, military leaders testified Wednesday to Congress. “We are about at the tipping point,” Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Magnum, the deputy commanding general for Army Training and Doctrine Command, told the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee.
  • America's new super jet crushes all foes in war game

    07/04/2016 11:26:32 AM PDT · by iowamark · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | July 4 2016 | Daniel Axe
    It's no secret that we at War Is Boring are skeptics when it comes to the F-35 Lightning II. The new, radar-evading, "fifth-generation" warplane is years late, over-budget and  —  by virtue of its many, sometimes contradictory missions  —  represents a design compromise, meaning it's okay at lots of tasks but excels at none of them. Still, the U.S. military plans to replace nearly all of its current tactical jets with as many as 2,400 F-35s at a total program cost, including maintenance, of around $1 trillion.The U.S. Air Force, one of the F-35's main proponents, is understandably optimistic about...
  • For Japan, Air-to-Air Fighters Trump Other Jets

    07/04/2016 10:35:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 04, 2016 | JAMES SIMPSON
    Could Japan’s F-3 program end up being built on the back of the X-2 technology demonstrator? Japanese defense ministry photo In late June, the Japanese ministry of defense made its initial request for information on next-generation jet fighters from manufacturers, kickstarting the long process of replacing the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s Mitsubishi F-2 multirole fighters with a new “F-3.” But as Tokyo looks to counter an increasingly sophisticated Chinese air and naval threat, none of the existing aircraft that are currently available for purchase seems likely to fit Japan’s needs. What Japan really wants is the American F-22. Legally barred...
  • Tejas is not India’s first indegenous fighter, that would be the HF-24 Marut

    07/01/2016 8:28:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | July 1, 2016 | Sushant Singh
    HF-24 Marut is India’s first indigenous fighter. For the HAL and the IAF, July 1, 2016 is a throwback to April 1, 1967. On April 1, 1967, HAL had handed over India’s indigenously designed fighter, HF-24 Marut to the Dagger squadron of the IAF. It was a culmination of a dream dreamt in independent India by Jawaharlal Nehru, to attain self-reliance in the design and production of aircraft. The IAF was asked to provide the requirement for an indigenous fighter in the mid-1950s and the HAL was tasked for the project. In August 1956, Kurt Tank, a German aerospace scientist,...
  • Russia Plans to Sell Over 120 Mi-28NE, Mi-35M Helicopters in 2016-2018

    07/01/2016 8:07:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 01.07.2016
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the report, the Rostvertol plant, which is part of the Russian Helicopters company, delivered 14 Mi-26 heavy cargo helicopters in 2012-2014 and six of these helicopters in 2015, and the plant has foreign orders for upgraded Mi-26T2 helicopters in 2016-2018. "Mi-28NE attack helicopters and multirole Mi-35M helicopters are in constant demand on the internal and external markets: about 140 units were delivered in 2012-2014, and 28 helicopters were delivered in 2015. The expected volume of deliveries for 2016-2018 may amount to over 120 helicopters," the report, obtained by RIA Novosti, reads. The Mi-28NE is a...
  • Airpower Classics - Air Force Magazine

    07/01/2016 5:11:35 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 18 replies
    Air Force Magazine | Various | Air Force Magazine
    In case anyone is interested: 1 Airpower Classics - January -- Jaguar 2 Airpower Classics - February -- Predator 3 Airpower Classics - March -- B2 Spirit 4 Airpower Classics - April -- V22 Osprey 5 Airpower Classics - May -- C17 Globemaster III 6 Airpower Classics - June -- E8 Joint STARS 7 Airpower Classics - July -- F-35
  • The F-4 Is a Great Fighter With a Bad Reputation

    06/28/2016 11:21:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 25, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000 of these heavy supersonic fighters were built, and hundreds continue to serve and even see combat in several air forces today. But the Phantom’s record in air-to-air combat over Vietnam — especially when compared to its successor, the F-15 Eagle, which has never been shot down in air-to-air combat — has left it with a reputation of being a clumsy bruiser reliant on brute engine power and obsolete weapons technology.
  • Boeing’s Historic Deal With Iran Rests on Shaky Foundations

    06/26/2016 9:43:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Boeing Co.’s historic $25 billion deal with Iran Air potentially rides on hopes that Tehran would stop its past practice of using the airline’s planes to ferry fighters and weapons across the Middle East. Exactly five years ago, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian company for a number of infractions. Iran Air used passenger and cargo planes to transport rockets and missiles to places such as Syria, sometimes disguised as medicine or spare parts, the Treasury Department said at the time. In other instances, members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps took control of flights carrying sensitive cargo.
  • B-29 Doc Gets Certified for Airworthiness!

    06/26/2016 11:12:22 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 37 replies
    War History Online ^ | June 8, 2016 | War History Online
    The B-29 bomber known as Doc may be flying again before the summer is over. On May 20th, the nonprofit group Doc’s Friends announced that they had accepted an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Several dozen members of the group, along with other supporters, attended a ceremony at Doc’s hangar at Air Capital Flight Line, the former Boeing Wichita factory complex. “The biggest thing is how important this airplane is to history,” said Jeff Turner, board chairman for Doc’s Friends. “The light of freedom was growing dimmer (during World War II), and the men and women of our...
  • Man Gets Entire Plane To Himself After Fellow Travelers Catch Other Flights

    06/24/2016 3:07:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 74 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 23, 2016
    It’s not every day that the average traveler has an entire row of seats to take over, much less an entire plane. But one Delta passenger flying home this week got to experience the sweet sensation of being the only person on his flight when his fellow travelers opted to take other flights. Everything worked out perfectly for the Atlanta man, despite his initial worries when he showed up to an empty gate area at the airport in New Orleans earlier this week. “I was so nervous,” he told WSB-TV. “I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I missed my...
  • Flight 804: Egypt fails to pull data from damaged recorders

    06/23/2016 3:24:11 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/23/2016 | Amy La Porte
    What sent EgyptAir flight 804 plummeting into the Mediterranean Sea last month, remains a mystery. Egyptian investigators have failed to extract any information from the badly-damaged memory chips of the crucial black boxes. Defeated, Egypt is now sending both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder to the BEA in France for analysis. The BEA -- the French version of the NTSB -- are considered some the best in the world at analyzing this type of equipment. In a statement released on Thursday, EgyptAir said the French will "carry out repair and removal of salt accumulations." "Then (the...
  • WWII Lancaster bomber and its crewmen's remains discovered in German field [after] 69 years

    06/22/2016 9:29:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 21 June 2016 | Jill Reilly
    Sixty-nine years after their burning plane plunged to the ground after being shot down by the Germans, the remains of seven Lancaster Bomber crewmen have been recovered. They were discovered by a team of German historians who spent hours digging a muddy field near Frankfurt looking for the RAF crew after an eyewitness who saw the plane crash guided them to the site. Lancaster ED427 was one of 327 bombers that took part in a raid on the Skoda armaments works at Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. On their return to their base at RAF Fiskerton, Lincs, they came under fire from German...
  • The A-10 Warthog Just Got A Little More Badass

    06/16/2016 1:44:53 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2016 | Sarah Sicard
    Sarah SicardJune 16, 2016 Since the A-10 Warthog, recently seemingly destined for the scrap yard, is now engaging enemy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the form of a new weapon with a badass name - the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System. Manufactured by BAE Systems, the APKWS is equipped with laser-guided rockets, giving A-10 aircraft in Afghanistan a "deep magazine of high-precision weapons," according to Popular Mechanics. One of the biggest advantages to using this system is the minimal collateral damage left when fired, which is a result of its tiny warhead. In addition,...
  • The US may restart production of the world's most lethal combat plane

    06/07/2016 11:42:00 AM PDT · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh made comments at an Air Force Association event on Thursday that were uncharacteristically bullish on the prospect of restarting the F-22 program. Lockheed Martin shuttered the F-22 program almost five years ago. Since then, the top Air Force brass has been focused on the troubled F-35 program as well as looking decades forward to the Next Generation Air Dominance program. In April, however, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in Congress: "In light of growing threats from a resurgent Russia and an aggressive China, further exploration into restarting the F-22 line is deserved." Welsh's...
  • Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s

    06/06/2016 4:25:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    OTTAWA CITIZEN ^ | 06.04.2016 | Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen and John Ivison |
    OTTAWA — The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: “They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.” Rather than a full replacement of the air force’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet, it’s believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending “gap” in Canada’s military capabilities. The Liberals promised during the...
  • Here’s the Key to Understanding the Russian Air Force’s Actions in Syria

    06/06/2016 5:26:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 6 2016 | TOM COOPER
    It’s been nearly 10 months now that I’ve been closely following Russian military operations in Syria on day-by-day and blow-by-blow basis. I admit I was skeptic right from the start — I expected Russians to indiscriminately bombard civilians in insurgent-held parts of Syria. My standpoint drew criticism not only from many of my readers, but also from most of my colleagues. My contacts who serve as professional military pilots could never imagine their Russian colleagues would do such things as bomb civilians. I’m not the least bit pleased that my worst expectations have become truth. I’m only trying to understand why the...
  • Vintage P-47 aircraft crashes in Hudson River, pilot killed

    05/28/2016 10:25:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5-28-16 | Magdalena Doris
    The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed Friday during a promotion for the American Airpower Museum, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 this weekend. Scuba divers recovered the body of the pilot, 56-year-old William Gordon, of Key West, Florida, about three hours after the crash. Gordon was a veteran air show pilot with more than 25 years of experience, according to promotional material for a Key West air show last month. The website for the April 2-3 air show says Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified performers to perform low-level aerobatics.
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets — will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had “a mid-air mishap” off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • Video shows ‘erratic’ woman screaming, removing clothes on Frontier plane

    05/25/2016 9:32:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    kdvr ^ | 05/25/2016
    A Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Portland, Ore., had to turn around before taking off Monday because a woman on the jet began screaming and removing her clothes. A passenger recorded a portion of the meltdown while the airplane taxied, but he said it only represents a portion of what happened before and after. "I was uncomfortable and I wasn't sitting next to her," said Devin, who wanted to remain anonymous because of response from the video. Devin's video shows the woman kicking and screaming on the ground, and hitting her head against the cockpit door. She can also...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • French intelligence warned the country was 'clearly being targeted by ISIS' and was at risk...

    05/19/2016 8:56:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 19 replies
    daily mail ^ | 5/19 | summers
    The head of France's internal intelligence agency had warned the country was being 'clearly targeted' by ISIS a week before the Paris to Cairo flight took off. EgyptAir Flight MS804 has gone missing over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board amid reports of a merchant ship captain having seen a 'flame in the sky'. An Egyptian civil aviation authority spokesman has said the plane, with 15 French passengers and one Briton on board - most likely crashed into the sea. The cause of the disaster remains unknown but it comes seven months after a bomb blew up a Russian...
  • BREAKING: EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo was likely brought down by terror attack(Shortened)

    05/19/2016 6:36:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 108 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 19,2016 | Foxnews.Com
    A Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight that went down in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 aboard early Thursday hours after departing from Paris zig-zagged sharply before plunging, according to aviation officials, who said terrorism was a likely cause of the crash.
  • Pentagon: 'Unsafe' intercept over South China Sea

    05/18/2016 7:39:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 12 replies
    At least two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that was conducting a routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told CNN Wednesday. The Chinese jets came within 50 feet of the American aircraft at one point, the official said.
  • A-10 and F-16 Aircraft “Elephant Walk” at Osan Air Base, South Korea

    05/16/2016 6:06:34 PM PDT · by Sparky1776 · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 12, 2016 | AiirSource Military
    A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft perform an Elephant Walk on the runway during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-01 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Elephant Walk was a demonstration of United States Air Force capabilities and strength.
  • Aircraft nose art makes quiet comeback, reviving Air Force tradition

    05/15/2016 5:11:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 15, 2016
    Air Force fighters and bombers are soaring into the wild blue yonder with new paint jobs, quietly reviving an old tradition. The decorative painting and designs on the noses and wings of Air Force planes may not be as racy as they were during World War II, but they are just as meaningful, the Air Force Times reports. “This is a tradition across the Air Force," Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Ore., told the newspaper. “This truly is a source of morale and pride, especially for the dedicated crew chief to know that...
  • 'Wiped Out': Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts

    05/14/2016 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    EXCLUSIVE: It was just a few years ago, in March 2011, when a pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers – during a harsh winter storm – took off from their base in South Dakota to fly across the world to launch the air campaign in Libya, only 16 hours after given the order. Today, many in the Air Force are questioning whether a similar mission could still be accomplished, after years of budget cuts that have taken an undeniable toll. The U.S. Air Force is now short 4,000 airmen to maintain its fleet, short 700 pilots to fly them...
  • Detroit Bd. of Education has a...Cessna?

    05/13/2016 5:20:06 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    Serial Number 17261081 Status Valid Manufacturer Name CESSNA Certificate Issue Date 07/09/1980 Model 172M Expiration Date 11/30/2017 Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Single-Engine Type Engine 4 Cycle
  • TSA Administrator: 71 of 73 Aviation Employees on Terror Database Were ‘Scrubbed’ From It

    05/13/2016 3:17:53 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 4 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/13/16
    SA Administrator Peter Neffenger said that two of 73 aviation employees with access to secured areas of U.S. airports who were also on the TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment) system – the government’s database of “information on international terrorist identities” – had their credentials removed, while the other 71 were “scrubbed” from the database on the advice of the FBI. A DHS Office of Inspector General report titled, “TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting,” and dated June 4, 2015 said, “our testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes because TSA is not authorized to...
  • Last flight of hero married to his machine

    05/12/2016 12:30:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | MAY 12, 2016 | Sujan Dutta
    Arun Prakash (left) and Shikker Raj Pillai Naval Air Station INS Hansa, Goa, May 11: Blessed are lives like Captain Shikku Raj Pillai's: fighter pilot, naval officer, a hero here this morning, the last on planet earth to land the Sea Harrier. Soon, this afternoon, he would formally hand over command of his squadron, the INAS 300 "White Tigers", to Captain Harshveer Singh. Harshveer is younger and flies the much younger MiG29K. Pillai is moving from Goa to New Delhi. He is delighted to be the hero today but his sunburnt features pale in contemplating the immediate future. As of...
  • The Russian Air Force Was Always Behind the West in One Key Area (Until Now)

    05/12/2016 12:35:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | MAY 11, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Kremlin’s air war over Syria demonstrated that Russia’s once dilapidated military has recovered from its low-point in 1990s in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. But while the Russian Air Force showed off new precision-guided weapons and new high-performance aircraft like the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Su-34 Fullback and the Su-35S Flanker-E, it was evident that Moscow still lacked certain capabilities. One such gap was the lack of a targeting pod like Northrop Grumman’s LITENING G4 or the Lockheed Martin Sniper. However, Russia seems to be rapidly closing that gap with the development of its own indigenous targeting pod under...
  • FAA’s bid to expand air traffic hiring pool hits turbulence

    05/11/2016 9:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsday. ^ | April 24, 2016 | Candice Ruud
    Before the FAA changed the hiring protocol in 2014, the majority of new air traffic control hires had served as controllers in the military or graduated from an FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative program — resulting in associate’s or bachelor’s degrees — and were given preference in hiring because of that experience. ... Since 2014, any applicants with aviation degrees or military service are now on equal footing with people without any experience, because the first step to being hired means passing the questionnaire. In some cases, applicants with no experience are passing the questionnaire while those with academic training degrees...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters — Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle — are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • Requiem for the 'Jump-Jet'

    05/09/2016 10:21:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | May 9, 2016 | Arun Prakash
    The Indian Navy (IN) will bid farewell to its carrier-borne jump-jet the Sea Harrier on May 11 in Goa. It will be a nostalgic moment for those who were associated with this very distinctive fighter aircraft. When the navy's elegant, first-generation Sea Hawk fighter grew old and weary in the late 1970s, having proved its mettle in the 1971 war for Bangladesh, a search was mounted for a suitable replacement. Since most of the contemporary fighters were either unsuitable or unavailable, the future of naval aviation, and of our sole carrier INS Vikrant, looked bleak. Coincidentally, the Royal Navy (RN)...
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 9, 2016 | PAUL NICKELL AND TYLER ROGOWAY
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...