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  • The Sea Eagle: How America's F-15 Fighter Almost Became a Aircraft Carrier Jet

    10/14/2016 9:24:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Peck | Michael Peck
    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a Dynamic Duo symbolized U.S. military airpower. The Air Force had its powerful F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. But the Navy had the sophisticated swing-wing F-14 Tomcat, glamorized by the movie Top Gun. Yet had events worked out differently, the aircraft that Tom Cruise flew could have been an… F-15 Eagle? For a time, the Navy actually considered a carrier version of the F-15. The F-15N, or "Sea Eagle" as it was unofficially dubbed, was proposed by McDonnell Douglas in 1971, according to author Dennis Jenkins in his "McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle: Supreme Heavy-Weight...
  • Could Russia Really Shoot Down an F-22, F-35 or B-2 Stealth Bomber in Syria?

    10/08/2016 10:32:20 AM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 7th, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    As tensions between Washington and Moscow flare, the Russian military is warning the United States that it has the ability to target stealth aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit that might be operating over Syria with the Almaz-Antey S-400 (NATO: SA-21 Growler) and the recently arrived S-300V4 (NATO: SA-23 Gladiator) air and missile defense systems. However, Western defense officials and analysts are skeptical and note that both the F-22 and the F-35 were specifically designed to counter those Russian-developed weapons. "Russian S-300, S-400 air defense systems deployed in Syria's...
  • Air Force Announces It Will Mandate Diversity Quotas In Candidate Pools For Key Positions

    10/03/2016 10:08:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 70 replies ^ | 10/2/16 | Jonah Bennett
    The Air Force announced a new set of 13 inclusion initiatives Friday with the goal of ensuring the force isn’t as white, male and heterosexual as it is now. Air Force officials are intent on building upon a foundation of nine initiatives from 2015, in order to boost diversity. Those nine initiatives weren’t enough to make the Air Force as diverse as desired, which is why it is taking more intensive steps in 2016. The first new initiative mandates that at least one diverse candidate will have to be in the running for important developmental positions like aide-de camp, senior...
  • When Cadets At A US Airforce Academy Realized Their Janitor Was Medal Of Honor War Hero

    09/29/2016 12:54:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | Jeff Edwards
    Perhaps it was the way he carried himself in an unassuming and humble manner, but day after day hundreds of Air Force Academy cadets would pass this janitor in the hall oblivious to the greatness that was among them. In the mid-1970s, William Crawford might spend one day sweeping the halls and another cleaning the bathrooms, but it was a day approximately 30 years prior that would create for him a special place in the history of war. In 1943 in Italy, the only thing Private William Crawford was cleaning out was German machine gun nest and bunkers.Under heavy...
  • Air Force colonel, facing court-martial on sexual assault charges, found dead

    09/27/2016 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 43 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 9/26/2016 | Craig Whitlock
    An Air Force colonel facing court-martial next month on multiple counts of sexual assault was found dead Sunday at his Colorado home, according to the Air Force. Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey, formerly the vice commander of the 51st Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, had been charged with rape, assault, adultery and other crimes. His court-martial was scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in what would have been a rare instance of the military placing a senior officer on trial for sexual assault. Officials at Peterson Air Force Base said Caughey, 46, was found dead at his off-base residence in...
  • Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

    09/26/2016 2:54:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 25 September 2016 | Sig Christenson
    The shortage stands at 723 pilots this year and is expected to worsen, reaching 1,000 in 2017, with no immediate way to plug the gap because the Air Force needs two years to transform a young officer into a fighter pilot. While active-duty pilot training will increase from 200 this year to 285 in 2017, it won’t begin to replace the lost talent and institutional memory.
  • Pilot dies after U-2 spy plane crashes in California

    09/20/2016 2:19:03 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep 20, 2016
    One pilot died and another was injured after they ejected from a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane that crashed in Northern California Tuesday, an Air Force spokesman confirmed.
  • 1 pilot killed, 1 hurt in U-2 plane crash in Sutter Buttes (N. Calif.-Beale AFB)

    09/21/2016 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Drago · 22 replies
    KCRA-TV - Sacramento ^ | 09/20/2016 | Sarah Heise
    SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —One pilot was killed and a second pilot was hurt after ejecting from a U-2 plane out of Beale Air Force Based that crashed into the Sutter Buttes in Sutter County, Beale AFB officials confirmed...
  • My son is headed to USAF basic! Future C-17 loadmaster.

    09/20/2016 3:15:38 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 63 replies
    Vanity | 20 Sep 2016 | Vanity
    My only son is off to basic training for the Air Force. Adam is his name. He joined the 401st Reserve Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston in SC late in his senior year in High School when he was only 17yo. He managed to get a loadmaster position on the C-17. He graduated high school with a life scholarship to any in state SC school. But he wanted to serve his country and pay his own way through school. He is a scratch golfer. He recently soloed a multi engine airplane. Loves to hunt and fish. He's a fine...
  • Happy Birthday, United States Air Force

    09/18/2016 8:45:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    September 18, 2016
    Happy Birthday, United States Air Force The United States Air Force was established September 18, 1947. The U.S. Air Force song "Wild Blue Yonder" (video) Birthday of the U.S. Air Force (video)
  • Boeing rolls out T-X trainer prototype

    09/13/2016 9:50:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    aviation analysis wing ^ | September 13, 2016
    Boeing unveiled the first prototype of its trainer aircraft for U.S. Air Force T-X advanced pilot trainer program co-developed with the Saab. The aircraft was rolled out from Boeing's facility in St.Louis, Missouri were the F/A-18 and F-15 fighters are assembled. The clean sheet design will be offered to replace the 55 year old Northrop Grumman T-38 fleet operated by USAF for pilot training. The aircraft features anhedral wings and tail fin with side mounted engine air intakes. What makes the Boeing's T-X design unique from the other three competitors is the twin canted tail plane. Other competitors in...
  • Coffee, Cigarettes, and the Fog of War: Air Force One on 9/11

    09/11/2016 9:44:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 11, 2016 | Rosslyn Smith
    One of the untold stories of 9/11 has been a comprehensive telling of what it was like for the President, his staff, the Secret Service, members of the military, guests and the traveling press corps who were aboard Air Force One that day. Bits and pieces have come out. For example, Chief of Staff Andrew Card talked at some length about being caught in the middle of President Bush's insistence he return to Washington, DC and the Secret Service's insistence that either the sky or the hardened bunkers at U.S. Strategic Command outside Omaha were the safest place for him...
  • (Vanity) Need help with USAF tail markings

    09/08/2016 11:06:09 AM PDT · by Celerity · 40 replies
    Self | 9/8/16 | Celerity
    Hey Guys, I've been checking out some military fly-overs this week in eastern Pennsylvania and today a noteworthy flight took place : I had 5 fighter jets, 3 up front 2 in the back. External tanks, flying about 3000-5000 feet. Throughout the week I've spotted one of these flights everyday. I got a tail marking on one, but it appears they are all different. Can someone help me with a tail ID ? It was yellow on the bottom, Orange on top. It was slanted at less than a 45 degree angle, sloping towards the back. Does this marking ring...
  • Air Force investing $12B in F-15s

    09/07/2016 7:55:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 2, 2016 | Zachary Cohen
    (CNN) A $12 billion makeover is underway for the US Air Force's 1980's-era F-15 fighter, a step towards upgrading an air fleet that one military official recently called the "smallest, oldest and least ready" in history. The F-15 has long been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in US history, boasting an undefeated air-to-air combat record with more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane's primary contractor and developer. The Air Force initially planned to replace the entire F-15 fleet with the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, but production of the stealthy aircraft was halted in 2009 and...
  • The Phantastic QF-4 Phantom Full-Scale Target Drone Takes its Phinal Unmanned Phlight

    09/01/2016 3:33:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    20 years after it was fully retired from combat duty by the Pentagon, the F-4 Phantom Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) has taken its last unmanned flight. The bitter-sweet milestone was marked on August 17 at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, now the QF-4’s only home. The jet was shot at during a weapons test by a pair of AIM-120 AMRAAM slinging F-35s. Apparently the QF-4 was not lost in the test, which is not uncommon as often times these drills feature missiles without warheads. Since the AIM-120 is proximity fused and uses a continuous-rod blast fragmentation warhead, as long...
  • Unfathomable heroics of airman left behind by SEAL Team 6

    08/28/2016 6:08:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 28 August 2016 | By Ariel Zilber For
    The United States could be on the verge of posthumously awarding its highest military honor to a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan – and the news is stirring controversy. Sgt. John Chapman, an air force technician who was serving as a radioman for the elite SEAL Team 6 during mission in Afghanistan, died in fierce combat against Al Qaeda gunmen on an Afghan mountaintop on March 4, 2002. The Americans led a coalition of nations in the military effort to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Northrop Grumman to develop laser pod to protect USAF fighters

    08/24/2016 11:47:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Jane's ^ | August 24, 2016 | Gareth Jennings
    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD39.3 million contract related to the development of a laser-based self-defence system for the US Air Force (USAF). The contract, which was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 23 August, is for the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Turret Research in Aero-Effects (STRAFE) programme. Northrop Grumman will develop and deliver an advanced beam control system for integration as part of a complete laser weapons system into a tactical pod for USAF fighter aircraft.
  • Officer Cleared in Military Bible Complaint

    08/24/2016 7:11:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies ^ | 23 Aug 16 | Todd Starnes
    An Air Force major, who was accused of civil rights violations for having a Bible on his work desk, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to military officials at the 310th Space Wing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute, agreed to voluntarily remove the Bible pending a military review. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had filed a complaint against Maj. Lewis -- accusing him of "harboring and encouraging a truly abhorrent example of First Amendment civil rights violations." But a public affairs spokesman told me late Tuesday that Maj....
  • Newly released Hillary email to Huma: ‘I don’t feel great’ so arrange USAF jet to go home

    08/23/2016 6:16:55 AM PDT · by detective · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Truncated title. Full title: Newly released Hillary email to Huma: ‘I don’t feel great’ so arrange USAF jet to go home from DC to Westchester Back in 2009, Hillary Clinton was complaining about her health sufficiently to ask for an Air Force jet to ferry her back home to Westchester County from Washington, DC, so as to avoid the harrowing and taxing experience of taking the Air Shuttle, the way thousands of less-pampered people do on a daily basis Aaron Klein reports for Breitbart: On May 4, 2009, Hillary Clinton wrote to her top aide Huma Abedin, “I still don’t...
  • Boeing offers sneak peak of new T-X trainer

    08/23/2016 2:22:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 22 AUGUST, 2016 | LEIGH GIANGRECO
    After photos leaked of Northrop Grumman and BAE System’s new T-X trainer offering, Boeing and Saab revealed their own T-X sneak peak this week. A few shadowy glimpses of the trainer appeared over four videos posted on Boeing’s new T-X website over the weekend. The clean sheet design has two engine inlets, a high mounted wing and a conventional, vertical tail. That design marks a departure from Boeing’s original V-tail concept the company put forth before partnering with Saab. The new aircraft’s design is also unique from the Boeing T-45 Goshawk used by the US Navy. Boeing’s T-X bid not...
  • Here We Go Again: USAF Aims to Stand Up Dedicated F-16 CAS Squadron At Nellis AFB

    08/20/2016 7:42:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Even though the USAF has shuttered the 65th AGRS based out of Nellis AFB, its only F-15C/D aggressor squadron, our friends at Combat Aircraft Monthly say a new F-16 unit is slated to be activated at the base. This new unit will be made up of eight Block 40 F-16C/Ds, with the squadron envisioned to grow to 16 aircraft as the F-35 comes on line and replaces the Viper in front-line units. The F-16s' mission will reportedly be tightly focused on close air support. Combat Aircraft writes: “The CAS Integration Group’s mission will include high-end training as well as an...
  • Kremlin presses Turkey for access to US airbase

    08/19/2016 7:48:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 28 replies
    The Times UK ^ | 19 August 2016 | Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul | Marc Bennetts, Moscow |Michael Evans
    Russia is pressing Turkey for access to a key airbase used by the US as it tries to extend its influence in the Middle East. The American-built Incirlik base, about 65 miles from the Syrian border, is used by Nato and has about 50 US nuclear warheads stored on site. A senior Russian politician said that allowing Russian jets and bombers to use it would be a logical continuation of President Erdogan’s efforts to rebuild Turkey’s relations with the Kremlin. “It just remains to come to an agreement with Erdogan that we get the Nato base Incirlik as [our] primary…
  • Northrop T-X prototype revealed on Mojave runway (new trainer)

    08/19/2016 8:03:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 20 AUGUST, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Northrop Grumman’s entry for the T-X competition was publicly revealed on 19 August in Mojave, California. Dubbed the Model 400, the Northrop bid is powered by a single GE Aviation F404-102D engine with 17,200lb-thrust, according to the US Federal Aviation Adminitration’s aircraft registration database. Scaled Composites, the Northrop subsidiary devoted to rapid prototyping and flight testing, registered the aircraft on 16 June 2015, but the design was kept under wraps for several more months. Images of the aircraft on Twitter show an aircraft with a prominent, single vertical fin and a nose section similar to the T-38. Northrop revealed a...
  • Air Force Begins Massive High-Tech F-15 Upgrade to Stay in Front of Chinese J-10

    08/18/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent. The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said. “The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040’s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970’s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various...
  • As Turkey "Considers Military Cooperation" With Russia, US Said To Move Nukes Out Of Turkey

    08/18/2016 1:45:50 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past month, ever since the "failed" Turkish coup, there has been a dramatic, and surprising, deterioration in the of Turkey with various European states, most notably Austria and Germany, as well as with the US, and NATO in general. This was confirmed once again earlier today when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lashed out at NATO, in an interview with Russian Sputnik, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. More importantly, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. In the interview, Cavusoglu said that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness...
  • US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

    08/18/2016 7:38:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 76 replies
    Euractiv ^ | 08/18/16 | Georgi Gotev, Joel Schalit
    EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara . According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms. “It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity. According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border. During the failed coup in...
  • Turkish Newspaper Editor Advocates Seizing US Nuclear Weapons at Incirlik

    08/17/2016 4:21:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 16, 2016 | Ibrahim Karagül
    "The nukes in Incirlik must be handed over to Turkey. Or else, Turkey should take control of them."
  • US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

    08/14/2016 11:54:43 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 15, 2016 | Thomas WATKINS
    Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday. Critics have long been alarmed by America's estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, just 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the border with war-torn Syria. The issue took on fresh urgency last month following the attempted coup in Turkey, in which the base's Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the plot.
  • Why The F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters Will Revolutionize War in the Sky

    08/13/2016 12:42:07 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 42 replies
    National Interest ^ | 12 Aug, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    In Len Deighton’s book Fighter, he describes the tactics used by the outnumbered English fighter pilots defending against German Luftwaffe bombers in the Battle of Britain: The professional fighter pilot gained height as quickly as he was permitted, and treasured possession of that benefit. He hoped always to spot the enemy before they spotted him and hurried to the sun side of them to keep himself invisible. He needed superior speed, so he positioned himself for a diving attack, and he would choose a victim at the very rear of the enemy formation so that he did not have to...
  • Let's get our nuclear weapons out of Turkey

    08/13/2016 5:43:44 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 11, 2016 | Steve Andreasen
    On Feb. 14, 1979, less than one month after the shah of Iran’s exile, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun by Iranian militants. Within hours, it was returned to U.S. hands. Now on notice that our diplomats were stationed on a vulnerable outpost in a sea of anti-Americanism, the Carter administration considered, but rejected, closing the embassy. In October, President Carter permitted the shah – despised by Iranians and the regime that replaced his – to enter the United States. Days later, Iranians climbed the embassy gates again, took the Americans there hostage and demanded the shah’s return, beginning...
  • KC-135 Stratotanker reaches historic milestone

    08/10/2016 6:43:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    dvids ^ | 08.09.2016 | Capt. Joseph Simms
    When the first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker took to the sky on August 31,1956, no one at the time could have expected it would still be flying 60 years later. But for the past six decades, this modified Boeing 707 has established itself as one of the workhorses of the Air Force’s inventory, providing air-to-air refueling, personnel and cargo transport, and aeromedical evacuation capabilities throughout the world. In the mid-fifties Strategic Air Command, under the direction of General Curtis Lemay, needed an air refueler that could keep up with the fighter and bomber aircraft of the day. At the time, B-52...
  • New Report Details What 31 US Air Force Pilots Who Flew the F-35 Really Think

    08/06/2016 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 6th, 2016 | John Venable
    Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves. A total of 174 U.S. pilots currently have been trained to fly Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Lightning II. The Heritage Foundation recently interviewed 31 of these former F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, and A-10 pilots. Each expressed a high degree of confidence in the F-35A, their new fifth-generation platform. Here are nine insights gleaned from those conversations: 1....
  • OPINION: Why US Air Force needs a low-cost gun-slinger

    08/05/2016 1:57:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL ^ | Aug 05, 2016
    Roll the clock back six years to 2010. The US Air Force had just shelved a proposal to stand up a new wing of fighters based on the OA-X, a concept for a propeller-driven, light-attack fighter – reviving the role played by the Vietnam-era Douglas A-1 Skyraider. Instead, the USAF would acquire OA-X aircraft on behalf of cash-poor partners, and let them operate the type. If the concept proved useful to those nations, service officials said they would reconsider the merits of standing up a light-attack wing. Six years later, the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano has made its combat...
  • Airpower Classics - F-22 Raptor

    08/01/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | Aug 2016 | Air Force Magazine
    With the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force acquired un equaled power to project air dominance. Lockheed Martin’s single-seat, twin-engined, all-weather fighter blended stealth, supercruise, great agility, and all-sensing avionics. Those features, plus high reliability and low maintenance, marked a huge leap in capability over USAF’s own F-15 Eagle, long the class of air combat. Indeed, the F-22 could not be matched by any known or projected fighter.
  • Incirlik Air Base Turkey - gates blocked? (Facebook)

    07/30/2016 5:15:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 35 replies
    Facebook ^ | 30 July 2016 | Facebook Incirlik Air Base
    Visitor posts: Maryanne Lavelle Today at 4:35pm.Everyone is a panic about why there are police at the airbase right now and the entrances blocked. Can you give us an update of what's going on? Edin Sokan Today at 4:28pm.According to a local news Turkish police have closed all access to Incirlik airbase ( 10th Tank Base)
  • U.S. Air Force asks industry for proposals to replace nuclear missiles

    07/30/2016 11:03:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | 07/29/2016
    The Air Force said in a statement it expected to award up to two contracts for a new ICBM weapons system, or ground-based strategic deterrent, sometime next summer or fall. It also expected to award up to two contracts in the same time frame for a new nuclear cruise missile, or long-range standoff weapon. Modernization of the U.S. nuclear force is expected to cost more than $350 billion over the next decade as the United States works to replace its aging systems, including bombs, nuclear bombers, missiles and submarines. Some analysts estimate the cost of modernization at $1 trillion over...
  • Power Restored to Turkey Base Used for US Airstrikes against ISIS (Incirlik AFB)

    07/22/2016 7:05:52 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies ^ | Brendan McGarry
    Power was restored Friday to the base in Turkey used by U.S. and coalition forces for airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, American officials said. Incirlik Air Base in the southern part of the country had been without power since July 16 and relying on generators to conduct the strikes following the attempted military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We will retain this capability should the power be interrupted again," officials from U.S. European Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany, said in a release. "Meanwhile there is a steady flow of hot food, water, and fuel...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • Turkey Allows Resumption of U.S. Missions From Incirlik Air Base

    07/18/2016 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jul 17, 2016
    Missions by American warplanes flown from the Incirlik air base in Turkey against Islamic State targets will resume following a temporary shutdown in the hours after the failed coup, Defense Department officials announced Sunday.
  • Possible Attack Underway at Incirlik

    07/16/2016 2:18:44 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 225 replies
    Live UA Map ^ | 16 July 2016 | Live UA Map
    Unconfirmed .... "Unconfirmed Reports Of Gunfire, Explosions Inside Incirlik Airbase - Local Sources"
  • Turkey Suspends All US Operations Against ISIS At Incirlik Airbase, Which Vaults B61 Nuclear Bombs

    07/16/2016 9:21:48 AM PDT · by amorphous · 188 replies
    Zero Hege ^ | 16 July, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following the failed Turkish coup, U.S. military operations out of Turkey’s giant Incirlik Air Base - critical in the ongoing campaign against ISIS - came to a halt Saturday afternoon as the Turkish military closed the airspace around the base and suspended all US-led operations, mostly targeting the Islamic State.
  • Air Force To Test Target Drone Turned Low-Cost Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle

    07/15/2016 6:28:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | July 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded target drone builder Kratos a contract to execute what it calls a Low-Cost Attritable Strike Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration (LCASD). This proof-of-concept initiative is centered on creating a (relatively) cheap unmanned combat aircraft that the USAF can afford to lose in combat, even opting to do so willingly by sending it on a one-way mission if need be. Alternatively, if the vehicle had the range to return to friendly territory, it could be repeatedly recovered and launched again on other missions, even from small bases without runways. The contract’s total value is $40.8...
  • Active Shooter at Andrews Air Force Base, DC

    06/30/2016 6:39:31 AM PDT · by Don Hernando de Las Casas · 80 replies
    News Channe 4, Washington, DC
    Not many details yet, active shooter at Andrews.
  • F-15E Strike Eagles unable to shoot down the F-35s in 8 dogfights during simulated deployment

    06/28/2016 5:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 27 2016 | David Cenciotti
    “0 losses in 8 dogfights against F-15E Red Air” The U.S. Air Force F-35A fleet continues to work to declare the Lightning II IOC (initial operational capability) scheduled in the August – December timeframe. Among the activities carried out in the past weeks, a simulated deployment provided important feedbacks about the goal of demonstrating the F-35’s ability to “penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable to conflict theaters.” Seven F-35s deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to carry out a series of operational tests...
  • The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File

    06/15/2016 2:49:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | June 14, 2016 | Andrew P Collins
    The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004. Defense One and others are reporting that the USAF lost its records of 100,000 investigations in their Automated Case Tracking System due to some kind of file corruption that neither Lockheed Martin or the Air Force have been able to figure out. Apparently Lockheed Martin spent...
  • Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records

    06/15/2016 7:58:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 74 replies
    Defense One ^ | 13 June 2016 | Patrick Tucker
    The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud. A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information. Lockheed tried to recover the information for two weeks before notifying the Air Force, according to a service statement. The Air Force has begun asking...
  • 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...
  • Another Boeing Tanker Delay; How Long, Oh Lord?

    06/03/2016 8:05:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON: When Boeing really, truly and finally won the airborne tanker competition by underbidding what was then EADS North America (now Airbus) by at least 10 percent, the chairman of the losing company, Ralph Crosby, said he believed it important that Boeing be watched closely to make sure they delivered at that price and on schedule. “If they aren’t, then they should be held accountable,” he said at the press conference announcing EADS would not protest the win. Well, Boeing’s KC-46 is quite late and very over-budget. It was supposed to be ready for a spring 2017 arrival at Altus...
  • Air Force secretary supports draft registration for women

    06/03/2016 4:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Ottumwa Courier ^ | June 3, 2016 | Richard Lardner, the Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top civilian official said Friday she supports requiring young women to register for a potential military draft as Congress heads toward a divisive debate over whether to erase gender restrictions from Selective Service. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said there's no reason women shouldn't have to sign up just as men between the ages of 18 and 25 do. Women have never before been required to register in the United States and including them in a draft pool has outraged social conservatives....