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  • Explosion Damages Bixby Air Force Recruiting Station

    07/11/2017 3:59:24 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    News On 6 ^ | July 11, 2017
    BIXBY, Oklahoma - Local and federal authorities are investigating after an explosion outside an Air Force recruiting station in Bixby late Monday. Bixby Police say they started getting calls about an explosion just after 10:30 p.m. The recruiting station is located in the Post Rock Plaza in the 10400 block of South 82nd East Avenue just off South Memorial Drive.
  • Beijing denounces U.S. B-1B bomber flight over South China Sea

    07/07/2017 9:20:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | July 7, 2017 | Elizabeth Shim
    Beijing denounces U.S. B-1B bomber flight over South China Sea By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | July 7, 2017 at 9:27 AM July 7 (UPI) -- China issued a warning after two U.S. B-1B bombers took part in a joint drill with Japan in the East China Sea, then flew over the South China Sea. Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular press briefing on Friday that China is "adamantly opposed to acts that undermine China's sovereignty," South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. China claims sovereignty over nearly the entire South China Sea, a claim...
  • The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers

    07/05/2017 8:40:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Christopher Woody
    The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers Christopher Woody Jun. 23, 2017 US airmen tasked with jobs like surveillance and cyber operations have a growing role on the battlefield, even though they are often physically distant from it. To ensure that kind of work is recognized, the Air Force has introduced new hardware for its service men and women. "As the impact of remote operations on combat continues to increase, the necessity of ensuring those actions are distinctly recognized grows," Defense Department officials said in a memo published on January 7, 2016.
  • Evacuations after truck tested positive for explosives at gate of Hanscom Air Force Base

    07/06/2017 8:36:34 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 49 replies
    NBC4 Columbus ^ | 7/6/3027
    #BREAKING LIVE: Evacuations are taking place after a vehicle tested positive for explosives at the gate of Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston, Massachusetts. http://nbc4i.co/2tMD3Ye
  • Thunderbird F-16 plane flips on its top at Dayton Air Show

    06/23/2017 11:45:00 AM PDT · by WayneM · 10 replies
    WHIO ^ | 23JUN17 | whio.com
    UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m. From Thunderbirds Facebook page: “The United States Air Force Thunderbirds were conducting a single-ship familiarization flight on Friday June 23, 2017. Upon landing there was a mishap at the Dayton International Airport with an F-16D Fighting Falcon at approximately 12:20 p.m. Emergency services are on the scene. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
  • USAF Thunderbirds flight June 23. Landing mishap at 12:20 p.m. More info to come...

    06/23/2017 11:45:46 AM PDT · by johnk · 36 replies
    wdtn.com ^ | June 23, 2017 | By Paul Rodzinka
    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport. The incident happened shortly before 12:30 pm at the Dayton International Airport where aircraft and crews are practicing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The Thunderbirds posted a statement on Twitter about the incident: USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a mishap upon landing at 12:20 p.m. More info to come. — Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) June 23, 2017 Montgomery County dispatchers tell 2 NEWS a plane has run off the end of the runway and is now upside down. Wright-Patterson Air...
  • The U.S. Air Force Almost Rented a Squadron of A-10 Warthogs to Colombia

    06/22/2017 9:25:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 22, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    When the A-10 Warthog first entered service, its primary job was standing ready to blow up hordes of tanks if the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies ever invaded Western Europe or if a similar major conflict erupted on the Korean Peninsula. Decades later, after years of flying the jets in a broader close air support role, the U.S. Air Force looked into what it would take to rent a fleet of the blunt-nosed attack jets to Colombia, where they would've blasted leftist guerrillas and drug smugglers. In early November 2003, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Randall Schmidt, then...
  • USAF Or NATO Should Snap Up The RAF's Retiring R1 Sentinel Radar Planes

    06/16/2017 9:01:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 16, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Royal Air Force is being forced to give up one of its most powerful surveillance assets—its fleet of five Sentinel R1 ground targeting radar planes—due to competing budgetary priorities and yet another round of governmental cost saving measures. The R1 fleet has "been on borrowed time" fiscally for most its relatively short service life, but the final decision to axe the planes once and for all seems to have finally occurred, and they will be phased by the end of the decade. Although this is a major blow to UK Ministry of Defense's portfolio of capabilities, it is an...
  • Now The USAF Wants to Cut A-10 Squadrons and Stop Re-Winging The Fleet

    06/16/2017 11:38:17 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 100 replies
    The WarZone ^ | June 9, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Not only has the fight not been won, but the Air Force's new arguments sound a lot like the old ones. As more details emerge regarding the U.S. Air Force’s plans for the A-10 warthog in the 2018 fiscal year and beyond, it has become clear that the service’s apparent promise to maintain the entire remaining fleet of hardy attack aircraft was highly conditional and entirely temporary. The details come as the low- and slow flying planes continue to prove their worth in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Sadly, none of this is really surprising. On June...
  • USAF and USN Both Come To Terms With Long 4th Generation Fighter Futures

    06/14/2017 10:55:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 14, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to extend the life of hundreds of F-16C/D Vipers, even more than we previously reported. At the same time, the U.S. Navy seems to have come to a similar conclusion with plans to buy more and better F/A-18E/F Super Hornet derivatives. Suffice it to say that the 4th generation fighter will be alive and well within the Pentagon's inventory for a long, long time to come. On June 12, 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) posted a presolictation notice on the U.S. government’s main contracting website, FedBizOpps regarding production of upgrade...
  • Travis air Force base reports real world security incident

    06/14/2017 5:07:50 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 16 replies
    Cbs ^ | 7/14/2017 | Staff
    FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- Travis Air Force Base is under a security alert due to a "real world security incident," the base said in a Facebook post. The Air Force base had a training exercise planned for Wednesday and Thursday, but this is not related to it, CBS Sacramento reports. The base is located in Solano County, about 40 miles southwest of Sacramento.
  • F-35 Fighters Grounded at U.S. Air Force Base in Arizona Due to Pilot Oxygen Problems

    06/10/2017 8:52:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07/10/2017
    The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona suspended all F-35A flights Friday after the five pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms, Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said in a statement. The pilots all used their backup oxygen to land the planes safely. “In order to synchronize operations and maintenance efforts toward safe flying operations we have canceled local F-35A flying,” said Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing. “The Air Force takes these physiological incidents seriously, and our focus is on the safety and well-being of our pilots. We are taking the necessary steps...
  • ULA says it was not allowed to compete with SpaceX for Air Force launch

    06/09/2017 5:29:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Rueters ^ | 06/09/2017 | Irene Klotz
    nited Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Boeing (BA.N) said on Friday it was not given an opportunity to bid against rival SpaceX for the upcoming launch of the U.S. Air Force’s miniature X-37B space plane. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson disclosed during congressional testimony on Tuesday that the service was planning to fly its fifth X-37B mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “ULA did not have the opportunity to bid for the Air Force’s fifth X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) mission which was recently awarded. ULA remains fully committed to continuing to support America’s national...
  • Reality Winner: Woman charged with top-secret leak denied bond

    06/08/2017 5:19:22 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 85 replies
    AP/Foxnews ^ | June 8, 2017 | AP/Foxnews
    AUGUSTA, Ga. – A judge has ruled that a woman charged with leaking secrets to a reporter will remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued that she might possess more stolen intelligence and could try to flee the country. Winner worked for a U.S. government contractor in Augusta. She is a former Air Force linguist who speaks Farsi and Arabic. Prosecutors don't think Winner is a jihadist or terrorist sympathizer, they say that before she left the military, she inserted an external hard drive into a top-secret computer there. They say they don't know what happened to it or...
  • Through Upgrades, Boeing Envisions Longer Utility of the F-15

    06/07/2017 4:52:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AINonline ^ | June 7, 2017 | Bill Carey
    F-15 production is secure through 2019, and planned updates will keep the U.S. Air Force flying the multi-role F-15E Strike Eagle version into the 2040s, Boeing reports. The manufacturer also has a case to make for extending the life of the F-15C/D air superiority version of the 1970s-vintage fighter, which faces a shorter time horizon. “The last time we delivered a Strike Eagle to the U.S. Air Force was in the mid-2000s,” Steve Parker, Boeing vice president for F-15 programs, told reporters visiting the company’s St. Louis-area manufacturing facility May 17. “Right now, over the last couple-year period, is the...
  • Air Force cadet creates bulletproof breakthrough

    06/03/2017 12:20:05 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2017 | Kelly David Burke and Alicia Acuna
    Air Force cadet Hayley Weir had an idea that turned out to be a game changer. "It was just the concept of going out there and stopping a bullet with something that we had made in a chemistry lab." The 21-year-old Weir approached Air Force Academy Assistant Professor Ryan Burke with the idea. He was skeptical. "I said, 'I'm not really sure this is going to work, the body armor industry is a billion-plus-dollar industry," he noted. Weir's idea was to combine anti-ballistic fabric with what's known as a shear thickening fluid to create a less heavy material to use...
  • Meet Boeing's new covert, flying gas station (USAF KC-46 'Pegasus')

    06/03/2017 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Money.CNN ^ | 6/01/17 | Jon Ostrower
    Boeing is set to deliver a refueling tanker that can gas up a jet in midair in complete darkness -- the first of its kind. The U.S. Air Force is buying 179 of the new KC-46 'Pegasus' tankers, which are set to begin delivery at the end of this year. The Air Force has had stealthy jets for decades, but even they have to turn on their lights when refueling in the sky. The KC-46's ability to gas up an aircraft in complete darkness is a first for any military.
  • USAF Fought ISIS With the Wrong Bombs and Tactics For Months

    06/01/2017 11:17:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | May 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    No matter how well prepared a military is, it’s never easy to shift direction rapidly to respond to new threats. One U.S. Air Force briefing suggests Pentagon’s rush to counter ISIS in Iraq and Syria sent the service scrambling to find the right mix of tactics and weapons, with nearly 20 percent of its bombs failing to achieve the desired effect within the first four months of the bombing campaign and potentially contributing to an ongoing shortfall of certain bombs and missiles. On Aug. 7, 2014, the United States kicks off air strikes against the brutal terrorists in Iraq, beginning...
  • ‘Direct Collision’: U.S. Successfully Destroys a Missile in Flight

    05/31/2017 7:17:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/30/2017 | Patrick Goodenough
    In a “critical milestone” for the program to provide a missile defense umbrella over the U.S. homeland, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday reported the first successful interception and destruction in flight of a target with ICBM characteristics. A ground-based interceptor launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California collided with and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-class projectile that had been launched from at atoll in the Marshall Islands, more than 4,500 miles away, the MDA reported. Tuesday’s was the 18th text since October 1999, and the tenth to have been declared successful. Three of the eight...
  • Three Planes Will Square Off in the USAF's Light Attack Experiment

    05/21/2017 7:23:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 15, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    At least three different aircraft will participant in the U.S. Air Force’s light attack experiment, commonly referred to as OA-X, according to the companies involved. All that remains to be seen is just how serious the service actually is about pursuing the concept. On May 12, 2017, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) issued a press release on behalf of itself and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security, announcing that they would be sending their A-29 light attack aircraft to the Air Force’s evaluation. On May 15, 2017, Textron Aviation sent out a notice that its AT-6 Wolverine and Scorpion aircraft were...