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  • Aboard Air Force One with President Trump

    09/20/2019 11:02:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/20/2019 | Michael Savage
    Something is happening in this country, and it is going in the other direction. It is going in our direction. It is going in the direction of America's survival. Here is a man who is conducting world affairs. Here is a man who has the issue of Iran on his hands, North Korea, an election, fundraising, personal and family matters, and he has the dignity and respect for his supporters like the listeners of The Savage Nation, because it's about the audience; it's not about me. And I would say he extended his hand of friendship, and I will never...
  • Donald Trump Unveils Model of New Air Force One Paint Scheme

    09/19/2019 9:41:26 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 158 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2019 | Charles Spieing
    President Donald Trump unveiled a plane model on Thursday demonstrating the new color scheme for Air Force One. The model was spotted on a table in the Oval Office during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I would say the plane basically is an upgrade over that model. We actually are getting things that they didn’t get. We’re saving about $1.5 billion. So it’s going to be terrific,” Trump told reporters. the new Air Force One will go into service in 2024. Despite some critics lamenting the loss of the baby blue and gold...
  • Presidential Message, 72nd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2019 11:12:12 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 9 replies
    White House ^ | September 18, 2019 | Commander In Chief Donald J. Trump
    As Commander in Chief, I am proud to join a grateful Nation in wishing the United States Air Force a happy 72nd birthday. Established after the conclusion of World War II and with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947, the United States Air Force is the world’s most dominant fighting force in air, space, and cyberspace. For more than seven decades, America’s airmen have been at the forefront of protecting our citizens and helping the United States promote global peace and prosperity. In their endeavor to always Aim High, these patriots use unrivaled technology and ingenuity to...
  • The Air Force's New T-X Jet Trainer Now Has An Official Name And Designation

    09/17/2019 10:03:25 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 33 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 9/16/19 | Tyler Rogoway
    The United States Air Force has just disclosed its official name and designation for its new jet trainer—the T-7A "Red Hawk." The announcement came at the Air Force Association's symposium that opened today outside of Washington, D.C. Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan disclosed the jet's official moniker while standing with one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, Colonel Charles McGee—a highly decorated veteran with a whopping 409 combat missions spread across WWII, Korea, and Vietnam—by his side. McGee and his Red Hawk squadronmates not only bombed and strafed the Nazis with amazing acumen, they also did the same to...
  • B-2 stealth bomber flies just 60 feet above impressed plane spotters' heads

    09/13/2019 6:03:53 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 24 replies
    fox ^ | 09/13/2019
    Plane spotters were left in awe at the world's most expensive and secretive plane - while it soared just 60 feet over their heads.
  • Air Force Completely Destroys Media Narrative About Crew Favoring Trump's Scottish Hotel

    09/09/2019 9:56:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/9/2019 | Leah Barkoukis
    Military flights making stopovers in Scotland are not unusual, and there were no rooms closer to the airport, an Air Force spokesman said Saturday in an emailed statement to The Associated Press. “As our aircrews serve on these international airlift missions, they follow strict guidelines on contracting for hotel accommodations and all expenditures of taxpayer dollars,” Brig Gen Edward Thomas wrote. “In this case, they made reservations through the Defense Travel System and used the closest available and least expensive accommodations to the airfield within the crews’ allowable hotel rates.” [...] A local government contractor made the Scotland reservations, and...
  • Boeing Gets New Contract for A-10 Wings

    08/24/2019 11:25:36 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 35 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 8/22/2019 | BRIAN EVERSTINE
    The Air Force this week awarded Boeing a contract worth up to almost $1 billion to expand its effort to add new wings to A-10s, shortly after wrapping up a previous initiative that replaced wings on most of the fleet. “The Air Force currently has a fleet of 281 A-10s and recently announced the completion of wing replacements for 173 A-10 aircraft, by Boeing, from an earlier contract award,” the service said in an Aug. 21 release. The Aug. 21 contract allows the Air Force to re-wing up to 109 aircraft, plus three spares, “depending on how many aircraft are...
  • Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Royal Air Force Red Arrows, F-35s & F-22s in Historic Aerial

    08/21/2019 9:05:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    Air Force Thunderbirds to Join Royal Air Force Red Arrows, F-35s & F-22s in Historic Aerial Parade over the Hudson River Six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will join the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, a formation of F-35A Lightning IIs and a formation of F-22 Raptors during an aerial parade over the Hudson River at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Viewers can expect to see multiple iconic aircraft formations flying by the Manhattan skyline in a sequenced display of teamwork and airmanship. A 6-ship Thunderbird Delta...
  • DOD Tests Intermediate-Range Cruise Missile

    08/20/2019 4:54:45 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 8 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 19 Aug 2019 | BRIAN EVERSTINE
    This story was updated on Aug. 19 at 1:23 p.m. EST to include video of the test. The Defense Department on Aug. 18 conducted a test of an intermediate-range, ground-based cruise missile, about two weeks after the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. A mobile launcher fired the conventionally configured cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif., and it accurately “impacted its target” more than 500 kilometers away, according to a Pentagon statement. “Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities,” the statement reads. The statement alludes to...
  • Tyndall (AFB, Fla.) Proposes New Construction Projects Amid 2019 Spending Sprint

    08/18/2019 4:53:57 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 21 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | August 14, 2019 | Rachel S. Cohen
    Officials at Tyndall AFB, Fla., on Aug. 5 sent Congress a list of projects the Air Force will tackle to rebuild the Panhandle base destroyed by Hurricane Michael last fall, the 325th Fighter Wing’s commander said Aug. 14. Rebuilding about half of the buildings that were damaged is estimated to cost about $3 billion over five to seven years, the wing’s commander Col. Brian Laidlaw said at a Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing in the Florida Panhandle. Air Force Magazine reported in April that new military construction would cost about $2.5 billion, about half the cost of...
  • Air Force completes A-10 re-winging to keep iconic aircraft flying into 2030s

    08/13/2019 2:56:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 13, 2019 | Douglas Ernst
    The iconic A-10 Thunderbolt II will be flying into the late 2030s thanks to a re-winging project completed by the U.S. Air Force. Air Force Materiel Command said in a press release on Monday that 162 A-10s received new wings thanks to a $1.1 billion project that began in 2011. The contract, awarded to Boeing in 2007, required the creation of new parts for the plane’s fuselage. “At the end of the program, making sure we had all the pieces and parts that we needed to make that happen required a really significant team effort,” said Stephen Zaiser, director of...
  • Viral Twitter thread tells story of pilot's body returned home from Vietnam War

    08/08/2019 12:24:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/08/19 | Marina Pitofsky
    Jackson Proskow "I’m at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening. Our incoming plane is carrying the remains of an American pilot shot down over Vietnam in 1967. His remains were only recently recovered and identified and brought back to the US. As we wait at the gate, we’re told that Captain Knight is coming home to Dallas. When he left from this very airport to fight in Vietnam his 5 year old son came to the airfield and waved goodbye. It was the last time he would...
  • Memorial thread for 'zot'.

    08/04/2019 6:05:27 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 122 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2019 | Scott Swett
    Obituary for Col. Ben H. Swett, U.S. Air Force, Retired Col. Ben H. Swett, Ret., passed away on July 20, 2019 in MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital. He had been a resident of Temple Hills, Maryland since 1971. He was born on September 3, 1934 at Saint Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, son of Herbert Elbridge and Marcia Harriet (Fadner) Swett. Though originally named “Herbert Benjamin,” he always used “Ben H.” as his first and middle names. Ben H. Swett attended grade schools in Wisconsin and Colorado, and graduated from Pasadena, Texas, High School in 1951. In 1955, he graduated...
  • Air Force to deploy ground-based lasers in first field test of ‘directed energy’ weapon

    08/03/2019 11:22:38 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 21 replies
    MSN ^ | 2 Aug 2019 | Aaron Gregg
    The Air Force announced Friday it will soon deploy two ground-based laser weapons to an undisclosed location to test how they can be used against small drones, the service’s first “operational field test” of an experimental “directed energy” weapon. Because laser weapons could fire constantly without wasting ammunition, military technology experts have theorized they could one day be useful in combating the small, remotely operated quadcopter drones that ISIS has used. They are also expected to be an effective counter against swarming attack drones, a concept that a handful of countries are exploring.
  • Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane

    07/30/2019 8:11:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 30, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    Think of the X-37B as the Space Shuttle’s smaller, younger brother and you wouldn’t be wrong. With its bullet-like shape, stubby wings, and two tone black and white appearance, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle looks like a smaller, cuter version of the manned orbiter that served NASA for decades. That’s where the comparison ends though: property of the U.S. Air Force, the secretive, unmanned X-37B is built to spend months in orbit, carrying out classified missions on behalf of America’s military space program.
  • Space Force Development: America’s X-37B military space plane passes 700 days in space

    07/29/2019 8:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2019 | Chriss Street
    The Air Force's top-secret X-37B Space Plane that appears to be the prototype for the world’s first stealth outer spacefighter just set a new record of 700-days in orbit. The X-37 is called the “mini-shuttle” because it is about 29 feet long, has a 15-foot wingspan, weighs just 11,000 pounds and there have been five Earth orbit missions since 1999 at altitudes between 200 and 250 miles. The current two reusable X-37B’s look like scale-models military “spacefighter,” but are officially designated as robotic “temporary satellites” to avoid violating the Outer Space Treaty that forbids weapons platforms at altitudes over 62...
  • World War II flying ace C.E. Bud Anderson honored with Ford Mustang 'Old Crow' tribute car

    07/18/2019 2:03:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2019 | Gary Gastelu
    Many photos at link. Ford’s latest Mustang is a tribute to one of the originals. Not a car, but an airplane and the man who flew it. The modified Mustang GT was built by Roush Performance for a charity auction benefiting the education programs of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). It features a paint scheme designed after the one on a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter known as “Old Crow” that was piloted by one of the most honored American airmen in history, C.E. Bud Anderson. Anderson became a triple ace during the war with 16 Ľ victories in...
  • Man sentenced in beating death of retired Colonel

    07/18/2019 8:18:31 AM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Robert Whitmore Colonel, United States Air Force New Reports: June 4, 1998 Man sentenced in beating death of retired Colonel RENO, Nevada - A Reno man was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for the beating death of a retired Air Force Colonel whose body was stuffed in a military footlocker. Charles Michael May, 38, was sentenced Wednesday to at least 20 years for second-degree murder plus another 24 years for cashing checks out of his victim's bank account. May told Washoe District Judge Janet Berry he was saddened by the death of Colonel Robert Whitmore, 79. Deputy...
  • Faster: Meet the Air Force's New Mach 5 SR-72 Spy Plane

    07/17/2019 9:50:59 PM PDT · by bitt · 124 replies
    National interest ^ | 7/13/2019 | Task and purpose
    "Hypersonics is like stealth. It is a disruptive technology and will enable various platforms to operate at two to three times the speed of the Blackbird,” Carvalho told Aviation Week. “Operational survivability and lethality is the ultimate deterrent. Security classification guidance will only allow us to say the speed is greater than Mach 5.” The successor to Lockheed Martin’s SR-71 Blackbird, the Mach 3 long-range recon aircraft that once tore across the skies like a Cold-War era arrowhead before its retirement in 1999, may be inching closer toward reality. According to Aviation Week, a handful of visitors to the SAE...
  • A Tuskegee Airman Turns 95

    07/17/2019 9:32:30 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | July 2019 | Harry Stewart
    On June 27, 1944, I graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School, established in Alabama shortly before America’s entry into World War II... My journey to the flight line started in my high-school library... I came across a magazine article about the first all-black flying combat unit... I decided right then that when I turned 18 the squadron was where I wanted to serve. The train ride down South was eye-opening for a teenager who’d never traveled far from New York. When the train crossed the Mason-Dixon Line, the conductor came by and pointed at me: “Move to the colored car.”...