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  • 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 Forces 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 theyll 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
    BREAKING DEFENSE ^ | May 31, 2016 | COLIN CLARK
    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 arent, then they should be held accountable, he said at the press conference announcing EADS would not protest the win. Well, Boeings 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....
  • Air Force: Thunderbird jet crashes after flyover of academy commencement attended by Obama

    06/02/2016 12:49:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    fox news ^ | June 02, 2016
    Thunderbird jet crashed Thursday after a flyover of the academy's commencement, which was attended by President Obama, the US Air Force said.
  • Pilot parachutes to safety after Thunderbird crashes [Colorado]

    Local news reporting a Thunderbird crashed and the pilot safely ejected.
  • B-52 crashes at Guam air base; no injuries reported

    05/18/2016 7:48:34 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 85 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 18, 2016
    The U.S. Air Force said Thursday a B-52 crashed on Guam shortly after takeoff, but all seven crew members made it out safely. No injuries were reported. The plane aborted on takeoff and caught fire at about 8:30 a.m., Pacific Air Forces public affairs said in an email. It crashed on the flight line of the base. The bomber was deployed to Guam from Minot, North Dakota, as part of the military's continuous bomber presence in the Pacific, The Air Force said. The crew members are with the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and were performing a routine training mission, it...
  • Guardians of the Air Force

    05/17/2016 5:45:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 5/17/2016 | Troy Taysom
    The United States Air Force is a unique service for a multitude of reasons. It was the first branch of the service to allow women into combat roles (security police) and has an entire career field dedicated to protecting air bases, aircraft, Air Force personnel and nuclear weapons. All of the other services require individual units to provide security for themselves, i.e. an Army aviation unit’s members, including her mechanics, are armed and trained as riflemen. Chuck Norris started his martial arts training when he was an air policeman in Korea. Besides Norris, the “Sky Cops” have a storied past...
  • 'Wiped Out': Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts

    05/14/2016 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    EXCLUSIVE: It was just a few years ago, in March 2011, when a pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers during a harsh winter storm took off from their base in South Dakota to fly across the world to launch the air campaign in Libya, only 16 hours after given the order. Today, many in the Air Force are questioning whether a similar mission could still be accomplished, after years of budget cuts that have taken an undeniable toll. The U.S. Air Force is now short 4,000 airmen to maintain its fleet, short 700 pilots to fly them...
  • U.S. Air Power Needs an F-22 Upgrade

    04/29/2016 12:17:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2016 | J. RANDY FORBES and MICHAEL W. WYNNE
    During his long tenure at the Pentagon, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates made many good decisions that helped soldiers and enhanced U.S. security. But his choice to truncate the Air Forces F-22 Raptor program at 187 jets was an exception. With threats to American air superiority growing, it is time for Congress to consider resurrecting the jet or finding a suitable replacement. Conceived in the 1980s, the F-22 Raptor was designed to secure dominance of the skies for decades. America needed fighters that could outperform the newest Soviet models from Sukhoi and MiG. To counter them, the Raptor incorporated cutting-edge...
  • RAF jets to face US F-22 stealth fighters in mock battles over UK

    04/14/2016 10:50:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 13 APRIL 2016 | Ben Farmer
    RAF jets will battle American stealth fighters in mock dogfights over Britain for the first time in the coming days. British Typhoon fighters will take part in air-to-air combat drills against United States Air Force F-22 Raptor jets. The contests will be the first time the aircraft have gone head-to-head in UK skies, RAF sources said. A dozen F-22s arrived at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk earlier this week and are due to stay for practice missions with the RAF until the start of next month. An RAF source said the allies were likely to fight scenarios at both close visual...
  • Air Force releases study on future air superiority

    04/11/2016 4:16:47 PM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | April 11th, 2016 | By Richard Tomkins
    WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The gap between the U.S. military's air superiority capabilities and that of potential adversaries is narrowing, a U.S. Air Force study says. The solution to counter emerging threats is to view air superiority as a condition -- not capability -- using multi-domain solutions developed through a more agile acquisition process. The disclosure was made by Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, and Col. Alexus Grynkewich, the Air Superiority 2030 ECCT study lead, at a recent Air Force Association breakfast. "After 25 years of being the...
  • Air Force Reserve investigating video showing retiree forcibly removed from ceremony

    04/06/2016 3:38:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/6/16 | Edmund DeMarche
    A video that captured a retired U.S. Air Force sergeant being forcibly removed from a ceremony at a California base has prompted an investigation, an Air Force Reserve official said Wednesday. The incident occurred at Travis Air Force Base, near Sacramento on April 3, at the retirement of an unidentified master sergeant from the 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Retired Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez, in civilian clothing, is shown attempting to read a statement before three uniformed airmen forcibly remove him. The 50-second video clip was first posted on JQPublicBlog.com, which called the footage a disgraceful spectacle during what is...
  • Boeing tanker issue may delay U.S. production decision-Air Force

    04/02/2016 5:15:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2016 | ANDREA SHALAL
    A problem that has prevented Boeing Co 's KC-46A tanker aircraft from transferring fuel to a C-17 transport plane may delay a Pentagon decision approving low-rate production of the new tanker in May, the U.S. Air Force said on Thursday. "We don't yet know the schedule impact to the planned May Milestone C decision, but the problem is well understood and we don't expect an extended delay," said Air Force spokesman Daryl Mayer. Mayer said the issue arose during testing of the refueling boom that is used to transfer fuel from the 767-based tanker aircraft to a C-17 transport plane,...
  • Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack

    03/31/2016 10:26:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Spero News ^ | MAR 31, 2016 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack POLITICS | MAR 31, 2016 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS Identified among those killed by Muslim terrorists in Brussels was the wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kato Martinez. Defense Department officials identified Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, of Corpus Christi TX as among the four Americans murdered in a suicide bomb attack at the international airport outside the Belgian capital. Lt. Col. Martinez had been stationed in Brunssum in the Netherlands. The couple had been married 21 years. The Air Force officer, and the couple's four children, were...
  • Air Force wife killed in Brussels attack has been identified

    03/30/2016 3:23:52 PM PDT · by Traveler59 · 24 replies
    Popularmilitary.com ^ | March 30th, 2016 | Michael Swaney
    Air Force officials have confirmed that the 41-year old wife of an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel was killed in the terrorists attack in Brussels. Gail Minglana Martinez died at the Brussels international airport after suffering injuries from the bombs detonated by Islamic State terrorists. Her husband and active-duty airman, Kato Martinez, and their four children were hurt and are still hospitalized.
  • Lockheed F-35 service life extended to 2070

    03/25/2016 9:51:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The projected life of the F-35 Lightning II has been extended by six years to 2070 after the US military services tweaked the number of flight hours their fleets should log before retirement. According to the Pentagons selected acquisition report (SAR), published on 25 March, the total cost of developing, building, basing, operating and maintaining 2,457 aircraft has increased by 6.8% to $1.5 trillion (2015 dollars) compared to one year ago. The bulk of that increase is attributed to the US Air Force, which has altered the assumed number of hours that each of its conventional-variant F-35As will fly in...
  • Obama brings two fuel-guzzling planes to serve as Air Force One in Argentina

    03/24/2016 9:40:44 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 21 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 3/24/16 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama brought along a second, smaller Air Force One for his family to enjoy a day of sightseeing in Argentina on Thursday. After dancing the tango at a state dinner in Buenos Aires Wednesday night, the president and first lady Michelle Obama took their daughters aboard the government plane colloquially known as baby Air Force One Thursday to fly to the scenic town of Bariloche in southern Argentina. Its a Boeing 757 used when traveling to places where the runway is too short for the primary Air Force One. The larger Air Force One, a 747-200, was parked alongside...
  • Hang on, is this an actual flying saucer being towed out of Area 51?

    03/20/2016 6:01:56 PM PDT · by bkopto · 102 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Mar 8, 2016 | Rob Waugh
    Spotter Charlene Yazzle told local Arizona station WDAM news I was driving north and the truck was headed south to the freeway. UFO Sightings Dailys Scott C Waring says, This could be some of the alien tech being moved out of Area S4, part of Area 51. Its a well known fact that lots of new tech the USAF gets is tested there, especially the anti gravity types like the TR3B and some disks. This looks like one of those secret projects. There are black vehicles behind it, but the eyewitness says they are the Department of Safety patrol trucks....
  • USAF studying future attack aircraft options

    03/10/2016 5:18:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 09 MARCH, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The US Air Force has begun studying future close air support (CAS) aircraft to succeed the Fairchild Republic A-10 as the Pentagon evaluates the weaponry it needs for prolonged operations of one year or more. The flying branch is looking at tactical air support platform alternatives for low-intensity permissive conflict like counterterrorism and regional stability operations, similar to the types of missions being conducted Iraq and Afghanistan today, where air superiority has been achieved and coalition aircraft can roam relatively freely in support of ground troops. USAF officials say a portion of a "combat air force study is dedicated to...
  • Americans treated as prisoners by Tito's Partisans/Chetniks treated us like free men and allies.

    03/05/2016 2:31:51 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | March 4, 2016 | Lt. Col. James M. Inks (USAF) / Aleksandra Rebic
    Lt. Col. James M. Inks (USAF) 1921-2004 Lt. Col. James M. Inks (USAF): American Military Forces treated as prisoners by Tito's Partisans / The Chetniks treated us like free men and allies."...I kept an accurate account of what happened to me and my comrades while we were in Yugoslavia. This has recently had its secret classification removed by the army and is now cleared for publication. I hope in the near future to have it before every citizen in the United States, in one of our popular magazines and you can rest assured that I will leave nothing out that...
  • ANALYSIS: America's hypersonic missile revolution beckons

    03/04/2016 6:34:32 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | March 04, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    Long before hitching a ride to the moon aboard Apollo 11, then US Air Force test pilot Neil Armstrong was zipping around in a rocket-powered North American X-15, which to this day remains the fastest manned, winged aircraft ever built. That flight record of Mach 6.72 or 7,274km/h was set by pilot William Pete Knight in 1967. Now, some 59 years later, America still hasnt fully realised the promise that experimental flight vehicle held for military operations. Despite many breakthroughs in fields of hypersonic propulsion and high-temperature materials, the air force doesnt imagine an affordable and operationally relevant surveillance and...
  • Major JW Court Victory (Weekly Update Judicial Watch)

    02/27/2016 10:04:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 26, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Federal Court Grants Judicial Watch Discovery on Clinton Email Issue History Comes Full Circle as Judicial Watch Releases New Document in Whitewater Criminal Corruption Case against Hillary Clinton Air Force Academy Celebrates Witchcraft and Voodoo While Demeaning Christianity Federal Court Grants Judicial Watch Discovery on Clinton Email Issue Your Judicial Watch has achieved another remarkable breakthrough in our tireless efforts to get to the bottom of the Clinton email scandal. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan granted Judicial Watchs motion for discovery into whether the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberately...
  • USAF reveals Northrop's B-21 long-range strike bomber

    02/26/2016 9:06:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 63 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 26 FEBRUARY, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The US Air Force has revealed its bomber for the 21st century, the Northrop Grumman B-21 long-range strike bomber. The official designation comes as the air force for the first time releases an artist's rendering of the still-classified bomber — a flying wing design similar to the Northrop B-2 and the company's concept for the previous Next-Generation Bomber (NGB) project. The air force hasn’t purchased a new bomber in this century and is still dependent on 54-year-old Boeing B-52H and 28-year-old B-1B. Its 21-year-old B-2 Spirit, the only in-service stealth bomber, will be in use through 2060, officials say. Revealed...
  • Raytheon, Italy's Finmeccanica Unveil Proposal for T-X Trainer

    02/23/2016 10:16:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 23, 2016 | Bill Carey
    Raytheon threw its hat in the ring for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X jet trainer replacement program by announcing a partnership with Italy’s Finmeccanica group to offer a variant of the twin-engine Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master for the requirement. Finmeccanica had previously signed a letter of intent with General Dynamics to offer the variant, designated the T-100. At a February 22 press conference in Washington, D.C., Raytheon introduced a T-X industry team that includes Finmeccanica, engine manufacturer Honeywell and training system provider CAE. They will likely compete against three other teams. Earlier this month, Lockheed Martin confirmed that it will...
  • The P-51 Mustang Made a Korean War Comeback

    02/15/2016 4:04:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 14, 2016 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    The public mostly remembers the North American P-51 Mustang as the fighter plane that protected Allied bombers over Germany and Japan during World War II. Overshadowed by newer jet fighters by the time war broke out in Korea in 1950, the re-designated F-51’s relative technological backwardness became a qualified blessing for close air support and battlefield interdiction sorties against the Korean People’s Army. Warren Thompson’s new book F-51 Mustang Units of the Korean War focuses on the veteran fighter’s role in Korea, and also exposes the plane’s little-known history with Australia, South Africa and the Republic of Korea. North Korea’s...
  • Stricken F-16 pilot saved from landing in ISIS-controlled territory by quick-thinking sky crew

    02/14/2016 10:24:06 AM PST · by traumer · 22 replies
    A US air force pilot was saved from ejecting into dangerous ISIS-held territory thanks to the quick-thinking crew of a nearby refueling plane, saving him from potential capture or death, the US Air Force has revealed. The unnamed pilot, whose F-16 fighter jet was passing over ISIS-held territory, had attempted to refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker plane when he discovered that his craft had suffered a malfunction that rendered more than 80 percent of its fuel capability useless. Captain Nathanial Beer, 384th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, explained: 'The lead F-16 came up first and then had a pressure disconnect after...
  • The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

    02/04/2016 1:18:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 02/03/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has been busy highlighting key pieces of the Pentagon’s upcoming budget that will be published on February 9th. One of the primary items identified in it is the development of an aerial arsenal ship. The arsenal ship concept is something we talk about regularly here on Foxtrot Alpha, both those that fly and float. Today, the closest thing to an arsenal ship of any kind are the Navy’s converted Ohio Class ballisitic missile submarines and the Navy’s Aegis-equipped destroyers and cruisers. The flying arsenal ship concept has been around for a very long time, and...
  • A-10 Warthog Retirement Delayed for Six Years

    02/03/2016 10:51:53 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 92 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | February 2, 2016 | KGUN9
    A-10 retirement delayed for six years There is good news for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Air Force will not retire A-10s until the year 2022. Tuesday Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the A-10 has been such a powerful tool in the fight against ISIS that plans to retire the warplane are on hold for another six years. That's what a lot of Southern Arizona was hoping to hear. The A-10 is a huge part of the local economy. More life for the A-10 is good news for the local economy but bad news for ISIS. The plane is...
  • Russian fighter came within 15 feet of U.S. Air Force jet

    01/29/2016 12:40:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:30 AM ET, Fri January 29, 2016 | Barbara Starr and Brad Lendon,
    A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea this week in what the Pentagon is calling an "unsafe" incident, U.S. officials say. "On January 25, 2016, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into this particular incident," said a statement from Army Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a Defense Department spokesperson. Another U.S. military official told CNN that the Russian jet flew along the right side the...
  • Despite Decades of Stealth, Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet

    01/24/2016 11:29:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 24, 2016 | CLYDE HABERMAN
    One of the earliest stealth weapons on record was a stone used by the young Israelite David to kill the Philistine giant Goliath. In the biblical account, David shunned the conventional armaments of his time: sword, helmet, armor. Instead, he went forth with a slingshot and a few stones, kept undetected in a pouch. As any schoolchild knows, one well-aimed fling was all it took to put Goliath down for good. The big guy never saw it coming. It is not clear to what extent David tested his weapon before doing battle, but he presumably had experimented. The first Book...
  • F-22 Raptors Uncaged (An F-22 pilot opens up about the fighter’s first combat)

    01/22/2016 7:25:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | FEBRUARY 2016 | James R. Chiles
    In 2005, The Air Force made it official. The F-22A Raptor was ready for combat. “If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us,” said then head of Air Combat Command, General Robert Keys, at Virginia’s Langley Air Force Base. However, for the next nine years, what has been called the world’s most capable fighter stayed on the sidelines, sitting out, for example, U.S. strikes against Libyan air defenses in March 2011. On the night of September 22, 2014, tomorrow finally came: The 1st Fighter Wing, based at Langley, flew four F-22s to strike ISIS militants in...
  • American Gripen: The Solution To The F-35 Nightmare

    01/22/2016 7:09:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/22/2016 | David Archibald
    One thing that has helped keep the F-35 program going is a perception that there is no ‘Plane B.’ As Margaret Thatcher famously said,“There is no alternative.” No matter how bad the F-35 is, it is going to be built because the U.S. Air Force needs something to replace its worn-out fighters. That appears to be the fallback position in Lockheed Martin’s marketing plan for the F-35. The Department of Defence though is fully aware of the extraordinary cost of the F-35 relative to its performance and is looking to scale back its procurement. That could result in a death...
  • America's F-16 Turns 42: The Viper's Enduring Legacy

    01/20/2016 9:41:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 1/20/2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Forty-two years ago on this day, General Dynamics test pilot Phil Oestricher undertook the YF-16 prototype’s first flight during what was supposed to be a high-speed taxi test at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Oestricher’s so-called “Flight Zero” was completely unplanned and unexpected, but provided extremely valuable data for the development of what eventually became the U.S. Air Force’s mainstay F-16 Fighting Falcon. Oestricher—who passed away on Dec. 18, 2015—said that the flight test plan was to go down the runway pushing the aircraft up to 135 knots, lifting the jet no more than about two feet above the ground....
  • More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge

    01/20/2016 2:33:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 20 at 10:02 AM | Craig Whitlock
    Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force's newest and most advanced "hunter-killer" drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon's favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups. The Reaper has been bedeviled by a rash of sudden electrical failures that have caused the 21/2-ton drone to lose power and drop from the sky, according to accident-investigation documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigators have traced the problem to a faulty starter-generator, but have been unable to pinpoint why it goes haywire or devise...
  • USAF Apologizes for Advertising Gun Range 'Fun Shoot' on MLK Day

    01/17/2016 1:00:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 15 January 2016 | ANTON NILSSON
    Air Force apologizes for advertising a 'fun shoot' at range on Martin Luther King Day using image of murdered civil rights leader - The controversial poster advertised a skeet shoot at an Air Force base in Georgia - The flyer promised attendees would get 'two rounds and lunch' for $20 and featured a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Air Force officials issued a statement apologizing for the 'insensitive' flyer Officials at an Air Force base in Georgia drew criticism on Thursday after posting controversial flyers advertising a 'Martin Luther King, Jr. fun shoot' featuring a picture of the...
  • Air Force To Consider Dropping ‘Man’ From ‘Airman’

    01/15/2016 11:37:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:33 PM 01/14/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The Air Force said it will conduct a review to determine whether the use of "airman" is appropriate given the military's push towards full gender equality. [...] This confirms that a review of job titles, like the one initiated by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, is soon coming. Mabus' review resulted in an order to the Marine Corps to purge the word "man" from job titles, with the exception that compound words can remain the same. In other words, "infantryman" is acceptable, but "reconnaissance man" is not. That order came as part of the broader initiative to open all combat roles...
  • The B-1 bomber: The underappreciated workhorse of America’s air wars

    12/31/2015 2:43:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2015 | Wesley Morgan
    The huge swing-wing airplane is nothing if not flexible — canceled, revived, converted from nuclear strike plane to conventional bomber and then to flying arsenal for the GPS-guided bombs on which ground troops fighting for their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria often rely. And if the U.S. Air Force’s supersonic B-1 bomber is one other thing, it’s misunderstood. It’s no secret that the B-1 bomber, officially called the Lancer but known to its four-man crews as the “Bone” (they proudly call themselves “Bone-drivers”), had a troubled early life. Canceled by President Jimmy Carter and revived by successor Ronald...
  • Here’s The First Shot Of The F-15C Pod That Will Change How The Air Force Fights

    12/30/2015 8:05:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | December 31, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the most important programs that the U.S. Air Force is undertaking is far from glamorous and comes with a funny name: Talon HATE. But this podded system will be vital for eliminating communications barriers between the F-22 and F-15C/D fleets, as well as other weapon systems. It’s showing for the first time on the belly of an Operational Test F-15C flying out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Here’s how it works. The F-15 is no stranger when it comes to evolving with the times, and Boeing is doing just that with this new communications and sensor...
  • The Candy Bomber - worth watching

    12/26/2015 2:36:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Big Geek Dad ^ | Tom Brokaw
    A tribute by Tom Brokaw and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Colonel Gail Halverson, "The Candy Bomber". Colonel Halverson acquired the name for his efforts during the Berlin airlift to provide the German children with candy. He called this candy parachute supply effort "Operation Little Vittles" and it was greatly appreciated by the children. To learn more about Colonel Halverson watch The Candy Bomber Interview. For some reason I cannot repost the url for this site. Just go to the link to watch the whole thing. You won't be sorry.
  • Air Force brings unlikely Christmas to remote Pacific islands

    12/25/2015 9:35:42 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/25/15 | Kirk Spitzer
    FAIS ISLAND, Micronesia - "Santa One-One" was late, and the chief of this tiny island in the western Pacific was concerned: Would there be no Christmas this year? No toys or school supplies? "They are coming today? You are sure?" Louis Mangtau asked. But soon, the afternoon stillness was broken by an Air Force C-130 cargo plane flying low over the palm trees. In its wake was a crate decorated in red-and-white Christmas wrapping, floating gently to earth on a military-green parachute. Strong, young men wrestled the bundle from the open field where it landed to the nearby village center....
  • The Air Force will no longer fire three volley salutes at veteran funerals

    12/25/2015 1:37:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2015 | Fox News
    When a veteran or member of the armed forces dies, he or she is entitled to a ceremony that includes the presentation of a U.S. flag to a family member and a bugler blowing Taps. Most of the time, there is a three-volley rifle salute if requested by family members. But now, if the deceased served in the Air Force, the three-volley salute is not an option because the Air Force can no longer support riflemen for funeral services for veteran retirees. [....] “To me, without the 21-gun salute, it just does not make it complete a proper military burial,”...
  • Remains of Americans killed in Afghanistan attack returning to the US

    12/23/2015 11:55:40 AM PST · by NCDragon · 33 replies
    FOXNews.com ^ | December 23rd, 2015 | FOXNews.com
    The remains of the six Americans killed by a Taliban attacker in Afghanistan Monday were due to arrive back in the U.S. on Wednesday after an emotional ceremony at Bagram Air Field. Some U.S. servicemembers kneeled in front of the victims' photos, guns and helmets. Others saluted. Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen Dec. 23, 2015. The six Airmen lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram Dec. 21, 2015. (DVIDS) The six soldiers, one woman and five men, died...
  • Pentagon chief addresses possible friendly fire strike

    12/20/2015 6:14:55 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | December 19, 2015 | CBS News
    The American airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers on Friday seems to be "a mistake that involved both sides," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. He called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to express condolences. Speaking to reporters during a visit to the USS Kearsarge in the Persian Gulf, Carter said the incident near the western Iraqi city of Fallujah was "regrettable." "These kinds of things happen when you're fighting side by side as we are," Carter said. He said the airstrike Friday "has all the indications of being a mistake of the kind that...
  • Air Force to allow non-officers to fly drones for first time

    12/19/2015 9:58:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 19, 2015 | W.J. Hennigan
    IRBIL, Iraq — The Air Force will allow enlisted personnel to become drone pilots for the first time to help meet demands for increased surveillance over global hot spots, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The decision, which follows months of study, is the latest Air Force effort to overhaul the growing drone program, which has struggled to recruit and retain enough officers to serve as drone pilots. Counterterrorism operations including the battle against Islamic State have created constant demand for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR. Drone pilots say they are overworked and badly stressed. “This group...
  • Boeing, Lockheed to continue protest against U.S. bomber deal

    12/19/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp said they will continue their protest against the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman Corp to build a new long-range strike bomber, calling that process "irreparably flawed".
  • Laser-armed fighter jets by 2020, U.S. Air Force says

    12/17/2015 10:48:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 10:53 AM ET, Thu December 17, 2015 | By Thom Patterson, video produced by Karol Brinkley
    The invention of guns took warfare to a whole new level. Later, airplanes radically changed it again. Now, experts say another big shift is coming, led by energy weapons, including lasers. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, said it's on track to demonstrate a working laser weapon on a fighter jet by 2020. "It really is a national tipping point," said Kelly Hammett, chief engineer for the AFRL's directed energy directorate. "We see the technology evolving and maturing to the stage where it really can be used." Arming larger planes with laser weapons has been possible for years....
  • Aegis Ashore test flight at PMRF

    12/13/2015 1:17:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Hookele - Pearl Harbor - Hickam News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Ho'okele Staff
    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, in conjunction with U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, successfully conducted the first intercept flight test Dec. 9, Hawaii Standard Time, of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system and Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade guided missile, launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai. During the test, a target representing a medium-range ballistic missile was air-launched from a U.S. Air Force...
  • This Is Northrop Grumman's Idea Of A Sixth-Generation Fighter, But Is It Feasible?

    12/13/2015 3:00:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 12 December 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Even as the Pentagon is struggling to figure out a way to afford and field its fifth-generation fighter of choice, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy and the U.S. Air Force—along with industry—are looking at what comes next. This sixth-generation fighter initiative is loosely known as the “F-X program” for the USAF and the “FA-XX” for the Navy. The F-X program looks to to finally replace the F-15 Eagle, as well as the F-22 Raptor, and the FA-XX program aims to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. This new aircraft will be as much about reusable weaponry (lasers) as it...