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  • Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power

    10/04/2015 4:53:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | October 3, 2015 | David Axe
    In 2017, immediately defeating a surge of Chinese warplanes attacking Taiwan will require around 2,200 combat-ready U.S. fighter jets — a full two-thirds of all fighters in the American inventory. That’s the main conclusion of a new briefing paper from RAND, a California think tank. RAND points out that the Pentagon has more and better fighters than China — and superior pilots, too. But over Taiwan, geography favors the People’s Liberation Army. “China does not need to catch up fully to the United States to challenge the U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland.” Historically, PLA...
  • Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

    10/03/2015 7:29:06 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/03/2015 | Alissa J. Rubin
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States airstrike appeared to have badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least nine hospital staff members and wounding dozens, including patients and staff. The United States military, in a statement, confirmed the 2:15 a.m. airstrike, saying that it had been targeting individuals “who were threatening the force” and that “there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Accounts differed as to whether there had been fighting around the hospital that might have precipitated the strike. Two hospital employees, an...
  • U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Defense Officials Say

    10/01/2015 3:01:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Courtney Kube
    A U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Friday, two defense officials told NBC News. The crash happened shortly after midnight local time near Jalalabad Airport.
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    09/30/2015 10:53:06 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/25/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first true stealth fighter, offering a quantum leap in capability and performance when compared with anything else on the battlefield. It was a thoroughbred weapon system meant...
  • U.S. Airman Who Disarmed Train Gunman To Receive Purple Heart

    09/16/2015 12:37:05 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2015 | Yeganeh Torbati
    A U.S. airman who helped disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month will receive a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Air Force leader said on Monday, in an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone. (snip) In addition to the Purple Heart, Stone will receive the Airman’s Medal, the Air Force’s highest non-combat award for bravery. The medals will be awarded at a ceremony at the Pentagon this week.
  • Hawg - You Tube

    09/15/2015 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4 Sep 15 | John Q. Public
    Accompanying article: Hawg: The Story of the A-10 and Close Air Support in Afghanistan
  • Experts: USAF needs more than 80 to 100 new bombers

    09/09/2015 10:14:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 10 SEPTEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    A former commander of the USAF’s bomber force says 80 to 100 new Long-Range Strike Bombers are not enough to meet American national security objectives, and the service should consider buying more to rejuvenate its “withering” combat fleet of Boeing B-1s and B-52s. In his testimony to Congress 9 September, Lt Gen Robert Elder, who directed the 8th Air Force before his retirement, said the production target released by the air force is too few, even though the new aircraft will be more capable. “Our capabilities are withering and we have less than 100 combat-ready bombers with an average age...
  • Air Force Veteran Finds Iconic 'Katrina Kid' After a Decade of Heartfelt Searching

    09/03/2015 6:00:51 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies
    Accuweather ^ | September 3 | Kevin Byrne
    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous effects, an image of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney locked in a heartwarming embrace with a young girl he encountered during rescue operations became a symbol of hope and optimism. For the last decade, Maroney has been determined to meet the child he hugged in the iconic photo. In March, the Air Force Times launched the "Find Katrina Kid" campaign to help Maroney reconnect with the little girl.
  • Airmen Killed in Possible Insider Attack Identified as Special Ops

    08/28/2015 12:27:35 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Aug 27, 2015 | Carlo Munoz
    The two servicemembers killed in southern Afghanistan Wednesday by a shooter in an Afghan uniform were Air Force special operations troops, the Pentagon said Thursday. Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were shot and killed Wednesday by a lone gunman dressed in an Afghan uniform. He opened fire on their vehicle near Camp Antonlik, in Helmand province, the Pentagon said in a news release. Military officials initially reported that two gunmen carried out the attack and that both had been killed in the ensuing firefight. But on Thursday, coalition officials said the shooter and...
  • Four men awarded the Legion d'Honneur by President Francois Hollande

    08/24/2015 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    UK Dail Mail ^ | 8/24/15 | By Simon Tomlinson
    Three Americans and a British grandfather who prevented 'carnage' by tackling the French train terrorist have been awarded France's highest honour for bravery. U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman were presented with the Legion d'Honneur at the Elysee Palace in Paris. French President Francois Hollande, who pinned on their medals, praised the men for taking action in the face of terrorism. The ceremony was held as the first heroic passenger who wrestled a machine gun from the terrorist was today revealed to be an American professor.
  • BREAKING=> Video Released of French Train Terrorist Hogtied by US Servicemen

    08/22/2015 1:07:35 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 73 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Aug 22nd, 2015 9:00 am | Jim Hoft
    Video was released of the Moroccan gunman immediately after the terrorist attack on a high-speed train from Brussels to Paris. The terrorist is laying on the floor hog-tied by US servicemen. ** They beat him unconscious before they tied him up. Spencer Stone, of the U.S. Air Force, was traveling with Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, 22, (right) who was on leave after a tour of Afghanistan, when he heard the gunman load his weapon in the toilet. Skarlatos shouted ‘Spencer, go!’ and they charged him down. (Daily Mail) The train staff locked themselves into a staffroom during the...
  • American train-attack heroes tell how they foiled gunman...after he sliced off one of their thumbs

    08/24/2015 8:14:43 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 August 2015 | Nick Fagge
    A heroic US airman told tonight for the first time how he and his childhood friends brought down a gunman intent on massacring the passengers of the Amsterdam to Paris express train. Spencer Stone revealed how he woke from a deep sleep to see a man holding an assault rifle and that it 'looked like it was jammed and it wasn't working'. Speaking for the first time about his crucial role in thwarting the terrorist attack in northern France in Friday he said the trio decided they had to 'do something or die'.
  • A humble wave from a hero: Wounded US airman who took down AK47-wielding terrorist on French ....

    08/22/2015 12:55:45 PM PDT · by Cecily · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 22, 2015
    The US airman who was stabbed in the neck and hand while tackling a Kalashnikov-wielding terrorist to the ground in a packed Paris-bound train has emerged from hospital with a humble wave. He became a hero while traveling on a high speed train from Amsterdam to France with his two friends - Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, 22, who was on leave after a tour of Afghanistan, and Anthony Sadler of California – when they ambushed a terrorist and averted a tragedy. Having already been suspicious of Ayoub el-Qahzzani's behavior, Stone leaped into action when he heard him load...
  • Video: Three Americans awarded Legion of Honor by French president

    08/24/2015 7:13:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Three Americans received France’s highest honor from its President this morning after risking their lives to stop a terror attack on a train before it could get in motion. The three quick-thinking Americans, joined by a British businessman who helped in rendering the terrorist immobile, received high praise from Francois Hollande. “We are giving you the highest distinction of the country to show you how much we appreciate what you did,” declared François Hollande:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Three Americans who helped thwart an attack by an AK-47-toting gunman on a high-speed train received France’s highest honor on...
  • French official: 2 Americans subdued train gunman

    08/21/2015 4:24:53 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 59 replies
    washington post ^ | August 21 at 6:32 PM | Greg Keller
    PARIS — A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding two people before being subdued by two American passengers, officials said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern France where the suspected was detained, said one of the Americans was hospitalized with serious wounds. Their names were not immediately released. Philippe Lorthiois, an official with the Alliance police union, said on i-Tele that the two Americans were soldiers. In Washington, the Pentagon said it “can only confirm that one U.S. military member was injured in the incident. The injury is...
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • Two Special Ops Airmen Killed During Free-Fall Training in Florida

    08/05/2015 11:00:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | Aug 5 2015, 8:41 am ET | Henry Austin, F. Brinley Bruton and Shamar Walters
    A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star and a father of five were killed during military free-fall training in Florida, the Air Force announced late Tuesday. Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr., 32, and Tech. Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun, 35, were rushed to local hospitals after the accident at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday. Both were Special Tactics Airmen, a force made up of specially-trained air traffic controllers, pararescuemen specializing in rescue operations, and military weathermen and forecasters. ... Special tactics airmen are the Air Force's ground special operations forces. They often embed with Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces to...
  • Air Force jet collides with Cessna over South Carolina

    07/07/2015 12:20:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 96 replies
    wapo ^ | July 7 at 2:24 PM | Mark Berman
    The two planes that collided Tuesday morning were an F-16 fighter and a Cessna 150, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which said it is investigating the collision. The accident occurred about 11 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. A spokesman for Berkeley County said the two planes collided over Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner, a town about 45 minutes north of Charleston. The county government said it is setting up a command center in that town, which is near Lake Moultrie. Debris has been seen on land as well as in the water, officials said...
  • USAF axes July 4 show over security

    07/03/2015 10:59:14 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies ^ | 04 July 2015 | lep
    The US Air Force has cancelled an Independence Day event at a UK base over security concerns. The Red Arrows had been due to perform today at RAF Feltwell in Norfolk, during a two-day public event hosted by USAF members based at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall.
  • F-35 beaten in a dogfight by F-16

    06/30/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/30/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    It’s the most expensive weapon in history, but the F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean, between the cutting-edge F-35, the most sophisticated jet ever, and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35, which has cost the US military more than $350billion, is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35’s ability in close-range...
  • Davis-Monthan AFB: F-16 crashes in Douglas (Arizona)

    06/24/2015 10:48:45 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    KPHO ^ | 6-25-2015 | Catherine Holland
    n F-16 from the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard has crashed near Douglas close to Arizona's border with New Mexico, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has confirmed.
  • Why Don't The Newest US Air Force F-16s Use These High-Tech Fuel Tanks?

    06/23/2015 4:57:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Fuel is the ever-present specter that looms over every pilot. It’s great when you have enough of it, and terrifying when you don’t. This is especially true for notoriously fuel hungry tactical fighters. Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) have become an increasingly popular way to add range to existing fighter designs, such as the F-16, without making a large impact on the jet’s speed and agility. Many overseas operators utilize CFTs on block 50/52 and later Vipers, but why don’t America’s late model F-16s have a similar luxury? Conformal Fuel Tanks are not just the domain of late model F-16s, the...
  • F-16 Durability Testing: 25,000 Hours and Counting

    06/12/2015 6:52:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | June 11, 2015
    FORT WORTH --- Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircraft’s original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours (EFH). Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The F-16 Full Scale Durability Test (FSDT) applies stress to the aircraft’s structure to represent actual aircraft usage and identify potential fatigue issues. FSDT results will be used to help design and verify Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) structural modifications for the U.S....
  • Massive military transport plane picks up John Kerry after he breaks his leg cycling

    06/02/2015 10:21:10 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/01/15 | By Daily Mail Reporters and Associated Press
    A US military C-17 transport aircraft that usually carries at least 100 troops flew to Geneva Airport to pick up Secretary of State John Kerry and flew him to Boston where he'll be treated for a broken leg. The Air Force plane touched down in Switzerland on Monday after taking off from a US base in Ramstein, Germany, and then headed to Massachusetts after collecting the 71-year-old politician. Kerry tweeted out 'big thanks' to his well-wishers and said he looked forward to getting his leg set and getting back to work at the State Department.
  • Gay, lesbian Air Force Academy graduates mark a first in 2015

    05/29/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 47 replies
    The Gazette ^ | May 29, 2015
    The Air Force Academy class of 2015 is the first to come through four years at the academy with the open acceptance of gays and lesbians in the ranks. Tricia Heller, a 1987 graduate, and Tara Sweeney, a '95 grad, attended the ceremony to support Lydia Hill of Boston. Heller and Sweeney helped found Spectrum, the Air Force Academy gay and lesbian support group, of which Hill was one of the first members. "We all served under 'don't ask, don't tell,' so it was important for all of us to be able to be open about who we are," said...
  • UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

    05/29/2015 6:15:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/27/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E’s, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that...
  • Air France flight gets military escort to NYC after threat

    05/25/2015 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:13 PM EDT
    Authorities say U.S. military jets have escorted an Air France airliner to New York’s Kennedy Airport after a threat was made against the flight. The FBI says the jets scrambled Monday morning after an anonymous caller claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft. …
  • Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

    05/24/2015 10:08:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 83 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 24, 2015 | Staff
    Boeing's "CHAMP" (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) is a one-missile, flying blackout. Born into Generation X, I grew up with the threat of nuclear war -- and all its corollaries, from visions of mushroom clouds to "duck and cover" drills in high school to Terminator movies, and of course, the ever-present worry that one day a sneaky Soviet satellite would detonate way up in the sky and fry all of our electronics with an "electromagnetic pulse." So imagine my surprise when the U.S. Air Force confirmed last week that it's developed an electromagnetic pulse weapon of its own, and...
  • Secret space plane, solar sail and CubeSats launching Wednesday

    05/19/2015 10:08:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Amanda Barnett
    How much can you pack on top of one rocket? A United Launch Alliance Atlas V is carrying up the U.S. Air Force's so-called secret space plane, The Planetary Society's solar sail, and several CubeSats, or tiny satellites. The launch window is Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. You can watch it on a webcast starting at 10:45 a.m. ET. The Air Force space plane is actually called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. This is the fourth mission for the plane. It looks like a small space shuttle, but...
  • USAF F-22 Raptor successfully test fired AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles

    05/12/2015 6:16:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USAF ^ | 11 May 2015
    US Air Force's 411th Flight Test Squadron and F-22 Combined Test Force successfully test fired two guided AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles this year as part of the latest phase in getting the Raptor closer to using the missile operationally. The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared missile and the newest of the Sidewinder family of short-range air-to-air missiles carried on a wide range of fighter jets. The first guided launch of the AIM-9X from an F-22 Raptor was Feb. 26, 2015, by Maj. Christopher Guarente, 411th FLTS assistant director of operations and F-22 test pilot (Credit: Lockheed Martin) The first guided launch...
  • U.S. Airmen to Receive Rare Air Force Cross for Valor

    05/06/2015 7:12:33 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 5/6/2015 | D Lamothe
    On Sept. 27, 2014, a team of U.S. Special Operations troops were dropped into a volatile village in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The U.S. military had withdrawn thousands of troops from the country in the previous year, and the mission called for 14 Americans and about 24 Afghan commando counterparts to clear a bazaar of weapons and insurgents, and then get out. It turned into a fight for their lives, three U.S. Special Operations airmen involved in the battle recalled Tuesday. The insurgents, numbering close to 100, sprung a fierce attack in which they not only launched a barrage of fire...
  • Air Force general lost job over ethnic slur

    05/05/2015 9:52:00 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sig Christenson
    A two-star general resigned his command in San Antonio last week after making a racially-charged comment during a lower-ranking officer's disciplinary hearing, the Air Force said Monday. Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, then commander of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, told an accused officer that he appeared “drunker than 10,000 Indians” in a photo of him and another airman. The Air Force confirmed that Keltz made the remark, which initially was reported in a blog.
  • 'Inappropriate comment' derails Air Force general's career

    05/02/2015 6:26:28 AM PDT · by pabianice · 82 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 5/1/15 | Svan
    A comment deemed ethnically offensive has ended the 34-year career of an Air Force major general, a decorated combat pilot who oversaw about 32,000 personnel. Air Force officials have not disclosed the specific words that led to the resignation of Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, commander of 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The comment was made at a public, nonjudicial punishment proceeding, at which a company-grade officer was appealing an Article 15 punishment before Keltz, the convening authority. The hearing was held April 9 in San Antonio. Article 15 hearings are typically held for minor infractions and...
  • Documents show miscues at US counterterrorism base put aircraft in danger

    05/02/2015 2:51:17 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo,via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 30, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The skies above the U.S. military's counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show. Conditions at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the base for U.S. pilots flying sensitive missions over Yemen and Somalia, have become so dire that American warplanes and civilian airliners alike are routinely placed in jeopardy, according to federal aviation experts and documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike other major U.S....
  • US Air Force refuelling jet disappears off radar over English Channel (Landed Safely)

    04/28/2015 8:02:42 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/28/2015 | MARK DUELL
    A US Air Force refuelling aircraft disappeared off the radar over the English Channel last night. The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time (11.05pm BST) and was last reported on a flight tracking website between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later. It is not yet known why the plane - flying under the code QID72 and based at Mildenhall in Suffolk - fell off the radar at 0.20am. The US Air Force was unavailable for comment.
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

    04/25/2015 6:14:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | Mike Wall,
    "The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) are investigating an experimental propulsion system on the X-37B on Mission 4," Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesman, told via email. "AFRCO will also host a number of advance materials onboard the X-37B for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the durability of various materials in the space environment," Hoyler added ... The Air Force owns two X-37B space planes, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. The solar-powered spacecraft are about...
  • Two surviving Doolittle Raiders present Congressional Gold Medal to USAF museum

    04/18/2015 7:50:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2015 | Rick Moran
    They're in their 90's now, old and bent. But 73 years ago today, their courage torched the skies over Tokyo, sending a message that the United States would stop at nothing to achieve victory. Of the 80 airmen and pilots commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle, that took off from the deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 bound for a bombing run over Tokyo, just two are still alive. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, 99, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, 93, will toast their 78 missing comrades at a private event later today, while taking...
  • “A-10 will always be better than F-35 in Close Air Support. In all the other missions the JSF wins”

    04/09/2015 10:24:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 90 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Apr 09 2015
    It’s wrong to compare the F-35 with any other asset that was designed to perform a specific mission: this is, in simple words, what a U.S. F-35 pilot said in an interview he gave to the Danish website focusing on military topics Krigeren. Interviewed at Luke Air Force Base, by Christian Sundsdal, Maj. John Wilson, an F-35 pilot with an F-16 background clearly explained something that is quite obvious to everyone: an A-10 Thunderbolt II will always be better in CAS than the F-35 because it was designed to perform that kind of mission. Similarly, an F-22 will always be...
  • US Begins Aerial Refuelling for Saudi-led Air War

    04/08/2015 11:41:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies ^ | 09th April 2015 | PTI
    The United States has started daily aerial refuelling for warplanes in the Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen, the Pentagon has said. The first refuelling flight took place on Tuesday night with a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker providing fuel for a F-15 fighter jet operated by Saudi Arabia and an F-16 flown by the United Arab Emirates, spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters yesterday. "We will have a tanker sortie every day," Warren said, adding that all flights will be outside of Yemeni air space. Pentagon had announced plans for aerial refuelling earlier and officials say American...
  • USAF Plans for Radical F-35 Upgrade Reveal Obsolescence

    04/08/2015 6:30:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies ^ | April 8, 2015 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- US Air Force plans to replace the F-35 fighter’s avionics, radar and engines are an implicit admission that the current aircraft is already obsolete and that, despite a unit cost of over $250 million, it cannot match the latest foreign fighters coming into service. This is the first time a customer acknowledges that the obsolescence of the F-35’s sensors has degraded the aircraft’s still unproven nominal capabilities to the point that a radical upgrade is necessary, more than a year before it enters service. The upgrade plans were revealed by Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, the USAF’s F-35 program...
  • Air Force Academy Cadet Found Injured in Dorm Room Dies

    04/03/2015 6:17:08 AM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    AP via Stars & Stripes ^ | Friday, April 3, 2015
    Air Force Academy officials say a cadet who was found injured in his dorm room has died. The cadet, whose name has not been released, was found at about 2 p.m. Thursday and died at about 3:45 p.m. Investigators have not released a cause of death or any information about the injuries.
  • Malmstrom tests second Minuteman III missile this week at Vandenberg

    03/30/2015 3:39:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle today at 3:53 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The test reentry vehicle impacted in a pre-established test area in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam approximately 40 minutes after launch. All test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. The launch team, under the direction of the 576th...
  • Two Saudi fighter pilots eject over Red Sea, rescued with US help

    03/28/2015 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 28 March 2015 | Reuters
    Two Saudi pilots ejected over the Red Sea on Friday after their fighter plane suffered a technical problem and were rescued with US assistance, state media said. "A plane of the F-15S type was stricken by a technical fault yesterday evening over the Red Sea and the two pilots were forced to use their rescue seats," state news agency SPA quoted a defense ministry official saying.
  • Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force

    03/27/2015 7:43:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 27 March 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble detecting. The Legion Pod is pitched as a plug-and-play system that can be rapidly adapted to suit different aircraft and customers needs. Presumably, different sensors could end up being carried in the 18 inch thick pod system, not just the IRST and the data-link alone that the pod was unveiled...
  • U.S. Rescues Two Saudi Fighter Pilots After Splashdown Near Yemen

    03/27/2015 4:58:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski
    The U.S. Air Force and Navy rescued two Saudi pilots Friday after they ejected from their F-15 fighter over the Gulf of Aden during combat operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi jet apparently suffered some mechanical problem forcing the pilots to eject. A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk special operations helicopter and crew were dispatched from Djibouti to rescue the Saudi pilots.
  • Air Force Reservist's Suicide Brings Home Tragedy

    03/18/2015 9:57:43 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies ^ | February 23, 2015 | Howard Altman
    That's the question the family and friends of Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette are struggling to answer. At 30, Brunette seemingly had it all. A vivacious and attractive athlete and scholar, she had been lauded by the Air Force for her work in Afghanistan, was a partner in a fitness center about to open in Largo and was known by her family and friends as being the strong one always ready to help others. But for some reason, Brunette, who left active duty after 11 years last June and joined the Air Force Reserve, couldn't help herself. On Feb....
  • How to Build a $400 Billion F-35 That Doesn’t Fly

    03/16/2015 5:27:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 36 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 15, 2015 6:30 AM | Brianna Ehley
    The Pentagon’s embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to be plagued with so many problems that it can’t even pass the most basic requirements needed to fly in combat, despite soaring roughly $170 billion over budget. As the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagon’s history, the $400 billion and counting F-35 is supposed to be unlike any other fighter jet—with high-tech computer capabilities that can identify a combatant plane at warp speed. However, major design flaws and test failures have placed the program under serious scrutiny for years—with auditors constantly questioning whether the jet will ever actually get off...
  • No Promotion Unless A Commitment To Diversity Is Demonstrated, Air Force Sec Says

    03/06/2015 5:19:28 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 79 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-5-2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James has decided to celebrate Women’s History Month by announcing a set of nine initiatives to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the service. The most notable is a new requirement that unless those aspiring to leadership roles can demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion, they will not be considered for promotion. James first declared the changes on Wednesday during a “Women and Leadership in National Security” conference at the Center for a New American Security, and justified the new initiatives by proclaiming, “There’s simply no country in the world as widely diverse as...
  • Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?

    03/05/2015 11:35:55 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies ^ | 03/05/2015 | Pratap Chatterjee
    It was a typical little news story on Washington’s drone wars -- six paragraphs from Yemen, the sort of minimalist report that, in these years, has also regularly come out of Pakistan or even, from time to time, Somalia. “A U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed four suspected al-Qaeda militants on Saturday in the southern province of Shabwa, local Yemeni security officials told Reuters.” Who those “militants” really were we seldom know; there’s rarely follow-up in the mainstream media. It’s just another barely noticed mini-triumph in Washington’s ongoing “covert” drone wars in the Greater Middle East. Those wars have been...
  • Mystery $55 billion Air Force Program Sparks Debate on Cost

    03/03/2015 3:43:50 PM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2015 | Staff
    The U.S. Air Force's secret program to develop as many as 100 next-generation bombers that can stealthily strike any target in the world has some experts calling the $550 million per plane price tag laughable. *SNIP* Another critic compared the initiative to the costly B-2 program, which was eventually slashed, and said the cost estimate is "as close to meaningless numbers can be." *SNIP* The Post reported that the Air Force intends on the plane taking its first stealth flight in the mid-2020s. . "I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we...