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  • Cadet in charge of rape prevention programs charged with rape

    09/21/2017 5:55:19 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Senior cadet Steven Fox from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is accused of assaulting a date he brought to an AFA dance back in 2015, KKTV reported. Court papers accuse Fox of penetrating the man with a finger without his consent and rubbing himself against the man’s leg for sexual gratification, The Gazette reported. Fox’s defense lawyers say the acts were consensual and the two men were dating at the time.
  • KC-46 Faces 3 Category One Deficiencies; Two Affect Boom

    09/20/2017 4:48:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | September 19, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR. and COLIN CLARK
    A KC-46 tanker refuels a C-17 transport in mid-air. Sometimes the refueling boom impacts the receiving aircraft, damaging it. AFA: The four-star chief of Air Mobility Command wants his new KC-46 Pegasus tankers “yesterday,” but the tanker’s boom has a nasty tendency to scrape up planes it’s trying to refuel, as well as two other category one deficiencies, and contractor Boeing has to fix those. The paint scraping problem — formally known as “undetected contact” — by itself could “possibly” delay the new planes’ arrival at AMC, Gen. Carlton Everhart said. That date was already pushed back to “late spring”...
  • Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod Wins F-15C IRST Competition

    09/19/2017 11:21:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for the U.S. Air Force's F-15C fleet. Lockheed Martin will produce more than 130 systems, which will be delivered for aircraft integration. Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track system for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C fleet. Equipped with the company's IRST21® infrared sensor and advanced data processing capabilities, Legion Pod provides long-range detection and tracking of airborne threats in radar-denied environments. The Boeing Company, serving as the U.S. Air...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy 70th Birthday, United States Air Force ~ 18 September 2017

    09/17/2017 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 54 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The Whole World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Happy 70th Birthday, United States Air Force ~ ~ September 18, 2017 ~ Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. The United States Air Force became a separate military service on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. The Act created the National Military Establishment, later renamed the United States Department of Defense, which was composed of three branches, the Army, Navy and a newly created Air Force....
  • Report Claims Famed Russian Test Pilot Warned USAF Pilot Before Fatal Crash Near Area 51

    09/17/2017 7:32:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Rumors continue to swirl around the mysterious death of Lt. Col. Eric "Doc" Schultz near Area 51 on September 5th. Various theories exist, including one that says he was the commander of the elite and shadowy "Red Hats" squadron that secretly flies foreign tactical aircraft for test and training purposes. Make sure to read all about these theories here. Now a report has emerged from the Russian website Radio Moscow claiming that a famous Russian test pilot was not only in contact with Schultz shortly before the crash, but that he warned him of executing certain maneuvers while flying Russian...
  • Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force

    09/15/2017 3:38:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 103 replies ^ | 9/15/17 | David Martosko
    Full title.........................Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force is overhead enemies 'know the day of reckoning has arrived'........................... President Trump spoke to Air Force personnel against the backdrop of a nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber He warned North Korea that 'nothing inspires more confidence in our friends, or strikes more fear in the hearts of our enemies, than the sight of American war planes on the horizon' Kim Jong-Un test-launched his latest missile on Friday, launching it a long enough distance to hit the U.S. territory of Guam Trump said the U.S....
  • Mount Umunhum: Former Mountain-Top Military Base Opens This Week to Public

    09/11/2017 4:24:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 11, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    Thirty-seven years after the U.S. Air Force shut down a mountain-top radar station in the hills south of San Jose that scanned the skies for Soviet bombers during the Cold War, the summit of Mount Umunhum is finally opening to the public this week as a new park, with stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a public agency that owns the 3,486-foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Los Gatos, spent $25 million over eight years on the project. Supporters say the new summit, which visitors will...
  • Drone "Factory in a Can" Would Change Air War Forever

    09/07/2017 9:58:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Sep 7, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Pentagon's research and development arm has laid down a challenge for the defense industry: Give us an armed drone that can carry air-to-air missiles and is inexpensive to produce—oh, and also we need to crank out 500 of them every month. If one of the big defense contractors succeeds at this mission, it will revolutionize military manufacturing and aerial warfare as we know it. In a video posted earlier this week on YouTube, Air Force Lt. Col. Jimmy Jones, a program manager with the Strategic Technology Office, challenged industry with the Flying Missile Rail (FMR) concept. DARPA's vision is...
  • SEALS, Tucano planes and more than 3,300 pounds of weapons

    09/02/2017 5:49:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies ^ | Allison Barrie
    With more than 3,300 pounds of weapons, the fierce Super Tucano can swoop in to unleash hefty firepower from above and save lives of warfighters on the ground. The A-29 “Super Tucano” turboprop aircraft looks like a Latin spin throwback to the World War II era of iconic American fighters- but make no mistake this aircraft is a modern hybrid of low tech and high tech fit to fight current threats. The Super Tucano is currently taking part in the U.S. Air Force's exciting Light Attack Experiment. The A-29 that is part of the Experiment is a partnership between Brazilian...
  • Rockwell Collins USAF Upgrades Could Have KC-135s Flying in Their 90s

    08/31/2017 11:40:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AVIONICS ^ | August 28, 2017 | S.L. Fuller
    Pilots with the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing fly the unit’s first KC-135 aircraft converted with the newest digital avionics cockpit instruments. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air National Guard A Boeing KC-135 with Rockwell Collins-upgraded avionics has been delivered to The Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, the guard said. The aircraft received a Block 45 upgrade, and now has the “newest” digital avionics cockpit instruments. “The jet that we are bringing home was built in 1958 and most of the instrumentation is original to the aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Shawn...
  • US successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii

    08/30/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/30/2017 | Daniella Diaz
    The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency. The Standard Missile-6, built by major US defense contracter Raytheon, intercepted the missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight after being fired from the USS John Paul Jones. The test comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was fired over Japan. A US official, however, told CNN...
  • In Syrian skies, U.S. pilots learn how fast air war can morph

    08/29/2017 9:08:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 28, 2017 | Phil Stewart
    U.S. MILITARY FACILITY IN MIDDLE EAST (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Renken knew that whatever happened next might escalate the war in Syria. The 40-year-old father of four was flying his F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet in “a race track” pattern around an Iranian-made drone, which had just tried to kill U.S.-backed forces and their advisers on the ground. After the drone’s first shot failed to detonate on impact, it was positioning to strike again. So, on June 8, in what was an unprecedented move in the U.S. air war over Syria to that point, Renken...
  • US lauds Saudi pilots in military exercise

    08/27/2017 8:27:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 27 August 2017 | Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
    RIYADH: US forces praised the ability of Saudi pilots participating in the Red and Green Flag 2017 military exercise at Base, Nevada, said Lt. Col. Khalid Al-Yousuf. The participating Saudi pilots seek to portray an honorable image of the Kingdom in terms of capability, he added. The Saudi Royal Air Force (SRAF) is participating with eight Typhoon aircraft, an A303MRTT and two transport planes. The SRAF “remains one of the best (air forces) in the Middle East and the world, and the only force from the Middle East to participate in the exercise for the sixth time in a row,”...
  • The F-22 Raptor's Replacement Is Starting to Take Shape

    08/23/2017 5:06:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 23, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is finalizing technology requirements for a new fighter jet to enter service sometime in the 2030s. Known as "Penetrating Counter Air," the new fighter will replace the F-22 Raptor and maintain American air superiority in future conflicts. The sixth-generation fighter will incorporate a number of new technologies that for now exist only on the drawing board.
  • U.S. will take out any North Korean missile seen as hitting Guam: Mattis

    08/14/2017 4:01:20 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 Aug 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States would know the trajectory of a missile fired by North Korea within moments and would "take it out" if the missile looked like hitting the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. U.S. officials and South Korea's president in recent days have played down the risk of an imminent conflict after Washington and Pyongyang exchanged fiery rhetoric last week. But Mattis told reporters that war could break out if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States. "If they fire at the United States, it...
  • South Dakota Airmen Arrive Ready To 'Fight Tonight' From Guam

    08/11/2017 8:11:34 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 4 replies
    Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula Ellsworth B-1s were last deployed to Guam in August 2016 when they took over CBP operations from the B-52 Stratofortress bomber squadrons from Minot AFB, North Dakota, and Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. “How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight...
  • US could wipe out North Korea in 15 minutes, says Gen. Tom McInerney

    08/09/2017 5:48:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    WFLD-TV ^ | August 9, 2017 | Fox News
    FOX NEWS - Retired Gen. Tom McInerney on Monday said the United States has the capability to take out every city in North Korea, if Kim Jong Un were to fire artillery into Seoul, South Korea. “If he gets our full nuclear retaliatory capability, within minutes after one round going into Seoul, there will be nothing left,” McInerney told Liz Claman on “Countdown to the Closing Bell.” “If you go to Airborne Alert—we used to call it “Chrome Dome”—with nuclear weapons and then we start building up our other forces, et cetera, he will not last 15 minutes.” The Hermit...
  • South Dakota Airmen arrive ready to 'Fight Tonight' from Guam

    08/08/2017 9:03:21 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 37 replies
    Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined their counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions, August 7. This serves as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence missions. After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets. The...
  • U.S. Air Force Commandos Practice Refueling, Rearming F-15s

    08/07/2017 8:15:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 7, 2017 | August 7, 2017
    On July 26, 2017, U.S. Air Force commandos in the United Kingdom practiced deploying to an austere airfield to quickly refuel and rearm F-15C fighters. It was the first time that Air Force special operators and their MC-130 transports had teamed up with F-15C fighters at a so-called “Forward Arming and Refueling Point,” or FARP. The exercise, which the Air Force dubbed “Rapid Eagle,” expands on the similar “Rapid Raptor” concept involving F-22 stealth fighters — and could help the flying branch sustain combat sorties during some future war with, say, Russia. Rapid Eagle involved three separate wings — the...
  • US successfully conducts THAAD missile defense system test in Alaska

    08/02/2017 9:02:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    112 International ^ | 08/01/2017
    The United States conducted test of THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense unit in Alaska, the NBC television channel said on Sunday referring to military officials, Interfax reports. "The anti-missile defense agency and the 11th anti-aircraft artillery brigade from Fort Bliss (Texas) conducted a successful missile test using the THAAD system," the MDA said in a statement. It is noted that the launch of a ballistic missile was made by one of the US Air Force aircrafts, it was intercepted by the ABM system. At the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the test was called "successful." As reported, South Korea is deploying 4...