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  • Air Force Sacks First Female To Lead A Fighter Demonstration Team After Just Two Weeks

    02/12/2019 1:18:15 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 68 replies
    The War Zone ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2019 | BY TYLER ROGOWAY
    The United States Air Force has removed Captain Zoe Kotnik, the first women to lead one of the flying force's demonstration teams, after being in the position for just two weeks. Kotnik took the reins of the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team in parallel to a potent media blitz on behalf of the Air Force. The announcement was seen by many as an exciting example of how women are becoming an ever more dominant force within the service's ranks and pilot culture. You can read all about Kotnik and her rise to such a prominent flying position in this previous...
  • F-15X Will Come In Two Variants, And No, It Won't Cost $100M Per Copy

    02/05/2019 5:25:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2019 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Since breaking the F-15X story last July, pretty much everything our original exposé discussed has come true. After many discounted that original report, last December Bloomberg reported that the F-15X would indeed appear as a procurement program of record for the Pentagon's 2020 budget proposal, which is due to be released at any time. Comments by heads of the USAF and industry have since confirmed this eventuality. Still, that report was thin on details, leading to quite a bit of confusion about what would be included in the USAF's initial investment into the F-15X and what was exactly planned for...
  • A U-2 Spy Plane is Flying Over Northern California Pretending to be the Starship Enterprise

    01/31/2019 7:24:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 30, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    One of the U.S. Air Force’s secretive planes is pretending to be a vessel from the far, far future—the 23rd Century in fact. A U-2 spy plane took off from Northern California today broadcasting the aviation code NCC-1701A, which, as all Star Trek fans know, is the designation for the USS Enterprise.
  • Central Texas cemetery invites public to veteran’s funeral

    01/27/2019 1:48:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 27, 2019 | Karen Townsend
    A central Texas cemetery is turning a sad story into a happier ending. The staff of Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery is extending an invitation to anyone in the area to attend a funeral for an unaccompanied veteran Monday. A United States Air Force veteran, Joseph Walker, will be laid to rest at 10:00 A.M. with full military honors. As no next of kin is in the picture, a representative of the Veterans Land Board will accept the American flag on the veteran’s behalf. The Veterans Land Board runs the cemetery.An invitation to the public to attend this funeral is...
  • Texas Cemetery Calling On Public To Attend USAF Vet’s Funeral Monday

    01/27/2019 10:07:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 01/27/2018 | Fuzzy Slippers
    United States Air Force veteran Joseph Walker will be laid to rest in Killeen, Texas on Monday, January 28, 2019, and the cemetery was concerned that no one will attend. The Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery is calling for the public’s attendance at an unaccompanied Texas veteran’s funeral. Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker will be laid to rest Monday, and no one is expected to attend. The cemetery said they do not know where his family is and they do not want him to be laid to rest alone, so they are asking the public to attend. Fox News has...
  • Project 401 - Smaller, Stealthy Son of A-10 Warthog..?

    01/07/2019 8:27:46 AM PST · by gaijin · 40 replies
    Project 401, "Son of Ares" Some speculate this testbed aircraft might be a more modern, low-cost, stealthy option for a ground-attack platform similar to the A-10. No one knows the reason for the extreme dihedral of the wings, a feature not made clear by the photo at left, maybe some freepers can do some meaningful speculation. The video at link shows this feature in quite some detail. .. Sometimes called "Son of Ares", this aircraft is built around the GAU-12 25 x 137 mm (see photo at right), so this round is not nearly the monster carried by the Warthog....
  • USAF's Next Budget Request Will Include New F-15X Advanced Eagle Fighter Jets: Report

    12/22/2018 12:04:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 21, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Last July, I broke a story about the existence of Boeing's F-15X Advanced Eagle concept, one that the plane-maker had been in discussions with the USAF about for many months. That aircraft would be procured to replace America's existing F-15C/D aircraft, the vast majority of which are operated by the Air National Guard. Since my expose, the USAF has officially remained somewhat flippant about the F-15X and its talks with Boeing, which isn't surprising, but according to a Bloomberg report, that is about to change dramatically very soon. The F-15X airframe would be single seat, but it would incorporate decades...
  • Military Investigation Services along with State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

    11/28/2018 12:26:54 AM PST · by barmag25 · 31 replies
    Department Of Justice ^ | 11/27/18 | DOJ
    The press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, located at 4460 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210 Columbia, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Sherri Lydon announced that a press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Corrections, located at 4460 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Represented at the press conference will be members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS), U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID), Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Services (DCIS), Internal...
  • Air Force to Retire Classic B-1 Bombers as Stealthy New B-21s Arrive

    11/14/2018 5:57:47 AM PST · by Cheerio · 44 replies
    Warrior Maven ^ | 11/13/18 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber Warrior Maven Video Report: How long will the B-1 Bomber remain in service? Will it retire when the B-21 arrives? The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber while simultaneously preparing the aircraft for eventual retirement as the service's new stealth bomber arrives in coming years. These two trajectories, which appear as somewhat of a paradox or contradiction, are actually interwoven efforts designed to both maximize the bomber’s...
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed;

    10/14/2018 11:59:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 50 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | October 12, 2018 | COREY DICKSTEIN
    Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES WASHINGTON — How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday. While the vast majority of Tyndall’s operational aircraft were evacuated from the base before the storm, some aircraft were left in base hangars for maintenance or safety reasons, said Erica Vega, a spokeswoman for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The...
  • Tyndall Air Force Base a ‘Complete Loss’ Amid Questions About Stealth Fighters

    10/13/2018 5:40:05 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 92 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10-11-2018 | Dave Philipps
    Sitting in the ruined airplane hangars of Tyndall Air Force Base, which was shredded on Wednesday when Hurricane Michael swept across the Florida Panhandle, may be some of the Air Force’s most advanced — and most expensive — stealth fighter jets. Tyndall is home to 55 F-22 stealth fighters, which cost a dizzying $339 million each. Before the storm, the Air Force sent at least 33 of the fighters to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Air Force officials have not disclosed the whereabouts of the remaining 22 planes, other than to say that a number of aircraft were left...
  • Tyndall AFB Hurricane Destruction Video

    10/11/2018 2:12:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/11/2018 | Live Storms Media
    ***NOT FOR BROADCAST*** Contact Brett Adair with Live Storms Media to license. Extreme damage to Tyndall AFB after Hurricane Michael shot from Helicopter.
  • Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

    10/03/2018 4:18:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | JON GAMBRELL and GERRY SHIH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up. Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure. The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.. Across the Middle East,...
  • Boeing wins $2.4 billion contract to replace Air Force's aging iconic Huey choppers (abbr,)

    09/24/2018 7:15:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Amanda Macias |
    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service's aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America's nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.
  • Air Force secretary calls for biggest buildup in squadrons since the Cold War.....

    09/17/2018 1:01:54 PM PDT · by caww · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9/17/2018 | Jamie McIntyre
    he proposed addition of 74 new combat squadrons to the Air Force would be the biggest increase in the service since the Cold War and is specifically intended to counter growing threats from Russia and China. “We must see the world as it is. … We must prepare,” Wilson said. “We have returned to an era of great power competition." Wilson acknowledges it will take time and additional funding to acquire the aircraft and recruit the pilots and additional personnel crews, but she called the planned expansion “an obligation to our countrymen. “We aren’t naive about how long it will...
  • Brig. Gen. Robin Olds: Warrior, Scholar, Total Badass

    08/26/2018 3:25:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 52 replies ^ | 25 Aug 2018 | Tony Carr
    An old Air Force friend of mine was doing some research and found himself leafing through the papers of retired Brig. Gen. Terryl Schwalier. Those attuned to USAF history will recall that Schwalier was the commander at the center of controversy surrounding the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, a terrorist attack which killed 19 and injured 498 at a remote airbase in Saudi Arabia. Schwalier was scapegoated by the Clinton Administration, which triggered the resignation of Gen. Ronald Fogleman, whose integrity prevented him from continuing as the Air ForceÂ’s Chief of Staff in the face of what he viewed as an...
  • Was the Navy’s F-111 Really That Bad?

    08/23/2018 7:24:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 78 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 2018 | Robert Bernier
    The controversy swirling around the F-35 joint strike fighter echoes previous battles fought over aircraft tasked with serving more than one master. Perhaps the central question in today’s debate is whether a single airplane designed to perform many missions adequately is a better and truly more affordable choice than several airplanes, each designed to perform a single mission flawlessly. In 1968, the Navy had an unequivocal answer: No. But were they right? In the early 1960s both the Navy and the Air Force were shopping for new combat aircraft. The Navy needed a carrier-based interceptor capable of engaging Soviet bombers...
  • Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber Completed New Test Drop of Deadly Nuclear Gravity Bomb

    08/07/2018 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 94 replies
    National Interest ^ | 8/7/2018 | Brad Howard
    The B-61-12 gravity bomb, a GPS-guided behemoth that’s been in development since 2008, can penetrate three meters of earth before detonating and dial up a nuclear yield of between 0.3 kilotons and 50 kilotons of devastating power. A message to Iran? Read on: An Air Force B-2 stealth bomber just completed the first test drop of an advanced nuclear gravity bomb, reported on June 30. The B-61-12 gravity bomb , a GPS-guided behemoth that’s been in development since 2008 , can penetrate three meters of earth before detonating and dial up a nuclear yield of between 0.3 kilotons and...
  • Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base (Thule AFB, Greenland)

    08/06/2018 5:55:49 PM PDT · by Signalman · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/4/2018 |
    A meteor hit Earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force in July, but the Air Force has made no mention of the event. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size traveling at 15.1 miles per second (54,360 miles per hour) struck the ground in Greenland, just 27 miles north of Thule Air Base, on July 25. The base is mainly used to detect missile launches. Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists Hans Kristensen tweeted about the impact, but the US Air Force has not reported the event. Kristensen argues it’s...