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  • Force Mismanagement: AFPC Botches Retirements, Airmen Caught in Crossfire

    04/06/2014 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Geosmth · 5 replies ^ | 6 April 2014 | Tony Carr
    Late in the day on April 4th (just before AFPC closed its doors and unplugged its phones for the weekend), notices began going out to airmen retracting previously approved retirements, explaining that approval had been “erroneous.” They’d been given permission to retire, allowed to act on it for a few days, and then informed AFPC was “taking back” that approval. In some cases, this second notice came after the acceptance of a job offer or the hiring of a real estate agent. Spouses gave notice at work or accepted new jobs. In some cases, child care providers were given notice...
  • Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

    03/28/2014 3:07:23 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-27-14 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. A 10th commander, the senior officer at the base, resigned and will retire from the Air Force. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented in the history of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. The Associated Press last year revealed a series of security and other problems in the ICBM force, including a failed safety...
  • Retired USAF general says Malaysia 370 may have landed in Pakistan

    03/19/2014 4:35:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3-19-2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Lt. General Thomas McInerney USAF (ret) is a man to be reckoned with, and he has gone out on a limb citing sources he cannot reveal for his assertion that Malaysia Airlines 370 was taken by a criminal act, that the United States government knows more than it is revealing, and that the airplane could well be on the ground on Pakistan.
  • Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

    03/17/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    World ^ | March 17, 2014 | Michael Cochrane
    Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the US Air Force, Farley argues the United States does not need an independent Air Force in order to effectively wield military air power. Farley, an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, came to his conclusion after studying the conflict between the Army and the Air Force over which military branch was primarily responsible for winning the first Gulf War. “I slowly became more aware that these...
  • Bible controversy hits Air Force base

    03/15/2014 3:07:48 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 31 replies ^ | March 15, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits. “They kicked us out,” Gideon’s volunteer Michael Fredenburg told me in a telephone interview from his home in Montgomery, Ala. “They told us, ‘get your Bibles out.’” Gaylan Johnson, is a public affairs officer for the Military Entrance Processing Command. He told...
  • Father of Airman shot by Opelika police officer speaks out

    03/14/2014 10:13:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 42 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | Elisabeth White
    OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - News Leader 9's Elizabeth White spoke with the father of the 20-year-old Airman who was shot in the stomach March 6 by an Opelika police officer. It was the first on-camera interview Billy Davidson has done since the incident. He met with us in a parking lot just across the street from East Alabama Medical Center, where his son is still recovering with serious injuries to his stomach. Billy tells us his son is and has always been a good kid who is dedicated to his Air Force career. He is well-loved by his friends, family...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 5:12:33 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 replies ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • AF continues to airlift Rwandan units to Central African Republic

    02/14/2014 4:31:42 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies ^ | Published January 20, 2014 | Capt. Christine Guthrie
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AFNS) -- Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. The joint operation with personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force is in support of an African Union effort to confront destabilizing forces and violence within Central African Republic. "The African Union has decided to stand up a mission in the Central African Republic to decrease the violence that has been occurring over the last several months," Lt. Col. Allen Pepper, senior officer in Central African...
  • Air Force brass: Culture of fear led to cheating

    02/01/2014 3:47:53 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 31, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS
    A worrisome culture of fear that made launch officers believe they had to get perfect test scores to be promoted fueled a widening cheating scandal within the military's nuclear missile corps, according to Air Force officials. (snip) Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said the scandal hasn't affected the safety or reliability of the military's nuclear mission. (snip) All 92 officers — nearly 17 percent of the force — have been decertified and taken off the job while the scandal is being investigated. That means other launch officers and staff must fill in, performing 10 24-hour shifts per month, instead...
  • Air Force first lieutenant also a Seattle ‘Sea Gal’

    01/30/2014 11:48:28 AM PST · by Doogle · 23 replies
    NY POST ^ | 01/29/14 | Natalie O'Neill
    One of the hardest-working competitors to hit the field at the Super Bowl this weekend isn’t a football player — she’s a stunning Seahawks cheerleader who is also a first lieutenant in the US Air Force. Rookie “Sea Gal” Alicia Quaco, 25, works long days as a contract manager for the Air Force before rushing to evening cheerleading practice, where she trades camouflage fatigues for tiny shorts, glittery makeup and pompoms. “It’s a lot of costume changes. I don’t get to wear normal clothes very often. And I have hardly any free time,” she said.
  • How a U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle shot down an Iraqi Mig-23 Flogger during Desert Storm

    01/30/2014 5:33:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 29 2014 | Dario Leone
    Developed at the end of the 1960s to be the best air superiority fighter in the world, the F-15 proved to be a real MiG Killer during the Operation Desert Storm scoring most of the allied aerial victories. During the Air War over Iraq the mighty Eagle proved also to be a very robust airframe, bringing back its pilots also after suffering serious damages. After the first ten days of the first Gulf Air War, to avoid the destruction of their air force, Iraqis flew their aircraft to Iran and to prevent this “exodus” the U.S. Air Force was forced...
  • F-35 faces familiar dogfight with competing facts

    01/30/2014 5:29:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 01/30/2014 | Stephen Trimble
    More than 12 years after launching development, a now-familiar scenario for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme is playing out again: a team of outside government evaluators predict a major new delay for entry into operational service, while programme insiders insist that no such thing will happen. Only time will tell which side’s predictions prove most accurate, but the history of the F-35's thrice-delayed operational debut favours the Federal team. The latest debate focuses on the newly-released annual assessment by the office of Michael Gilmore, director of the office of test and evaluation (DOT&E). Last July, Gilmore told Congress that he...
  • Air Force Swears: Our Nuke Launch Code Was Never '00000000'

    01/21/2014 4:11:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JANUARY 20, 2014 | DAN LAMOTHE
    For nearly a decade, an awkward debate has raged about the U.S. military's nuclear force: Did top Air Force officials really choose "00000000" as a code that could enable the launch of a nuclear missile? Ten years later, in a document obtained by Foreign Policy, the U.S. military told Congress that it never happened. But is the Pentagon telling the truth? Bruce Blair, a nuclear security expert and former launch officer , says no. Blair, now a scholar and author at Princeton University, first raised the idea in a piece published in 2004. He accused the Air Force of circumventing...
  • Senior enlisted airman at Offutt's 55th Wing relieved of duty

    01/18/2014 7:30:55 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 16 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | By Steve Liewer
    The senior enlisted airman at Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing was removed from his position earlier this week, base officials acknowledged Friday. Chief Master Sgt. William Thomaston Jr. was relieved Monday after the wing commander, Col. Greg Guillot, "determined that (Thomaston) couldn't effectively perform his duties," said Delanie Stafford, a 55th Wing spokesman. Thomaston had been Guillot's principal enlisted adviser, responsible for the military readiness and well-being of more than 5,000 enlisted airmen at Offutt. Stafford described the decision as "sudden" but said he couldn't discuss details because of privacy laws.
  • Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From Aircraft Carriers

    01/16/2014 8:21:12 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies via Real Clear Histroy ^ | January 13, 2014 | By Steve Weintz
    On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to the fury of the Pakistanis, from whose territory the flight had been launched. First flown in 1957, the 63-foot-long, jet-powered U-2—capable of flying as high as 70,000 feet—is still used by the U.S. Air Force. But after the Powers incident, basing the plane in foreign countries became problematic. Their mere presence...
  • RSK-MiG 'working on lightweight fighter'

    01/14/2014 12:19:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 12 January 2014 | Reuben F Johnson
    Russian aircraft manufacturer RSK-MiG seems to be quietly at work developing a new, lightweight fighter concept that could be a single-engine, lower-tier complement to the Sukhoi T-50/PAK-FA fighter currently in developmental flight testing. Discussions about this MiG project have been around for some time, but speculation about the programme's status was raised by an announcement at the end of December that the single, flying prototype of the MiG 1.44 fifth-generation Multirole Fighter (MFI) project will be put in "conservation storage at a hangar located at the Gromov Flight Research Institute [LII]", according to an official statement by MiG. Up to...
  • US Air Force drug probe grows to 10 officers

    01/10/2014 9:05:35 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>An Air Force investigation into alleged drug use in the ranks has expanded to include 10 officers at six bases in the U.S. and Britain.</p> <p>Nine lieutenants and one captain are being investigated for illegal possession of recreational drugs, Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth said Friday. The case began with the investigation of two officers at Edwards Air Force Base in California and quickly widened to several other bases because of the airmen's contacts with others about drug possession, he said.</p>
  • Helicopter Crashes Off North Norfolk Coast (RAF Lakenheath, England)

    4 Believed Dead. God speed, airmen
  • It’s time to abolish the Air Force(Boston Globe Opinion piece)

    01/07/2014 6:17:54 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 63 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06 Jan 2014 | By James Carroll
    Boston Globe must be excerped only(copyright)
  • From the Pentagon to life in a van

    01/06/2014 6:47:49 AM PST · by LSUfan · 81 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5 January 2014 | Julie Zauzmer
    After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he's unemployed and lives out of his van: Why doesn't this guy get a job as a janitor? Freniere answers his own question: "Well, I've tried that."
  • Will the F-35 Dominate the Skies?

    12/30/2013 9:17:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 76 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 27, 2013 | Robert Farley
    What are we to make of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)? Over the past several months, several pieces of good news about the program have emerged. The Royal Netherlands Air Force [3] just became the second partner organization to operate the F-35. While new reports note a deal is not finalized, a South Korean purchase of the plane [4] looks likely and with Japan [5] [6]already committed the plane looks set to soar in Asian skies. Indeed, while several partners have reduced their commitment over the last year, none have backed out fully. The F-35 Lightning II...
  • NORAD’s Santa-tracking began with a wrong number

    12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number. Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681. Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off. And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has...
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • USAF Band Flash Mob at Air and Space Museum

    12/11/2013 5:54:18 AM PST · by silverleaf · 15 replies
    Military Times ^ | December 2013 | unknown
    A very entertaining and inspirational 6 minutes. Just wish I'd been there. Lucky the atheists weren't there with their lawyers to stop the show.
  • Newspaper confirms former Air Force Academy cadet's OSI account

    12/09/2013 6:11:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 7, 2013 | Dave Philipps
    When former Air Force Academy cadet Eric Thomas faced a disciplinary board in August 2012, a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said he would come to explain how Thomas worked dozens of cases as a confidential informant and had been of great service to the Air Force. The agent never showed up, and Thomas was expelled from the academy eight months later. On Friday, an active-duty member of the Air Force Academy with direct knowledge of the case said the agent, Brandon Enos, did not show up because he was told not to by the...
  • US Air Force Has Secretly Built a New Stealth Drone(Shhh!)

    12/09/2013 3:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space War-UAV News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B...
  • The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It

    12/05/2013 5:28:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 5, 2013 | Dario Leone and David Cenciotti
    Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operationally. So fast that no missiles fired at it had a chance of hitting. When the U-2 spy plane was built in the 1950s, its designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson already knew that it would be vulnerable to enemy defenses.
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker • NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • Record-Setting Rocket Launch to Loft 29 Satellites Tonight: How to Watch Live

    11/19/2013 6:59:00 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies ^ | Nov. 19, 2013 | Mike Wall
    "Ultimately, the ORS-3 is about enabling the warfighter to perform his or her mission efficiently and effectively," ORS-3 mission manager Jeff Welsh, of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, told reporters on Nov. 14. "We support that critical effort through rapid response and reduced-cost space operations."
  • Fanning: Air Force Having Trouble Keeping Pilots, and Pay Isn’t the Problem

    11/16/2013 9:13:16 AM PST · by Sequoyah101 · 55 replies
    Defense One ^ | 11-14-2013 | Tom Shoop
    The Air Force is offering big bonuses to keep its pilots in the service, but they’re not taking them because budget constraints are forcing the service to limit both current flying hours and opportunities to fly the next generation of aircraft,...
  • The Air Force is Quietly Killing Off the A-10—Over Congress’ Protests

    11/15/2013 5:31:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 15, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen is fighting back against the U.S. Air Force’s move to prematurely retire all 350 of its A-10 Warthog attack planes between 2015 and 2018. But the flying branch is already strangling the A-10 force with budget cuts, upgrade cancellations and a reduced contingent of new pilots. The battle is intensifying in Washington, D.C. over the legendary warplane, which was originally meant to destroy Soviet tanks and has flown thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving scores of American lives with its overwhelming firepower.
  • requesting help reading Korean War-era Air Force discharge papers

    11/05/2013 6:40:46 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 16 replies
    self | 11/5/13 | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello FRiends. I am going through my late father's papers from when he was in the Air Force (total of 17 years, active and reserve). I'd like to be able to decipher some of the acronyms and military terms used in duty assignments, etc. Does anyone know of a source online that would help me to decipher these things? Thank you. Examples: 2267th PerPron (CONAC) AFQT-1 I 98Mech 7 Cler 9 Tech 9
  • Air Force servers rejecting FR login

    11/04/2013 10:12:33 AM PST · by jagusafr · 31 replies
    Vanity | Today | Jagusafr
    ALCON - FYI, the Air Force servers are back to not letting me log in to FR due to its "political and activist" nature. I thought we were through with this crap...
  • Lockheed’s SR-72 Could Fill Crucial Pentagon Need

    11/02/2013 6:03:43 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | 1 Nov 13 | David Mamjudar
    Could Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ SR-72 hypersonic concept design fill the Pentagon’s need for a penetrating intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft? The answer could be yes.
  • Rare image of a B-2 stealth bomber and its (MOP) bunker buster bomb (Pic at link)

    10/29/2013 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | October 28, 2013 | By David Cenciotti
    Even if B-52s have been used to test it, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the only aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory currently capable to carry and release the heaviest U.S. bomb, the 30,000-lb GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). The heavy GBU-57 is a 20-foot long GPS-guided bomb believed to be able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, thus being capable to hit and destroy deeply buried targets. Like bunkers in Iran, Syria or North Korea…. There are not many images showing the GBU-57 and even less show the MOP next to its intended platform. ....
  • Boeing, Lockheed team up for new US Air Force bomber

    10/25/2013 5:27:29 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 15 replies
    The air force has two programs, the B-1 and the B-2, aimed at replacing the aging B-52s but they were wracked with heavy cost overruns. The air force only bought 20 of Northrop Grumman's B-2s, the newest long-range bomber in its fleet.
  • Air Force Academy may drop God from school's loyalty pledge

    10/24/2013 7:11:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Denver Channel 7 ^ | 10-24-2013
    The U.S. Air Force Academy may drop a religious reference from an oath cadets take to swear allegiance to the school's honor code. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has protested the "so help me God" phrase that was added to the end of an oath that has cadets swearing they won't lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the religious freedom foundation says tying the honor code to a religious test violates the U.S. Constitution. The full oath reads: I, (name), having been appointed an Air Force cadet in the United States Air...
  • Wounded warrior makes final jump

    10/22/2013 2:00:10 PM PDT · by SZonian · 1 replies
    Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs ^ | 10/18/2013 | Capt. Victoria Porto
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- One by one, Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron lined up at the back of a C-130, paused, then stepped off the aircraft Oct. 16, completing their free fall training jump into the picturesque water of Florida's Emerald Coast. For Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock Jr., this jump was two years and 28 surgeries in the making. In 2011, Yellock, a 23rd STS combat controller, was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While on a mission checking Afghan local police outposts, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. "When I opened...
  • General in Charge of Nuclear Missiles Is Fired

    10/11/2013 6:02:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    ap ^ | October 11, 2013 (AP) | ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer
    The Air Force removed Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, a 35-year veteran, from his command of 20th Air Force, responsible for all 450 of the service's intercontinental ballistic missiles. Carey, who took his post in Wyoming in June 2012, will be reassigned pending the outcome of an investigation into personal misbehavior, the service said. The Air Force would not specify what Carey is alleged to have done wrong, but two officials with knowledge of the investigation indicated that it was linked to alcohol use.
  • Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons removed for lack of trust

    10/11/2013 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 70 replies
    msnbc ^ | 10/11/13
    <p>The top general in charge of the U.S. Air Force's entire arsenal of nuclear weapons has been relieved of his command due to loss of trust, defense officials told NBC News.</p> <p>The officials would not say what led to the firing of Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, but said it had nothing to do with his command of the nuclear stockpile or any form of sexual impropriety.</p>
  • New Air Force cargo planes fly straight into mothballs

    10/07/2013 12:18:03 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies ^ | 10/7/13 | daytondailynews
    There's nothing wrong with the C-27J, it's just that the Pentagon doesn't want it given budget constraints. The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and five more currently under construction are likely headed for the same fate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News. The Air Force has spent $567 million...
  • Draken International Mig-21's Delivered Coast To Coast

    10/02/2013 7:34:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Draken International ^ | October 1, 2013
    Draken International Mig-21's Delivered Coast To Coast (Source: Draken International; issued October 1, 2013) LAKELAND, Fla. --- Draken International, a leading provider of commercial air services, continues to rapidly build up its supersonic fleet with the delivery of twenty-five MiG-21 aircraft. With MiG-21 assembly operations taking place on both coasts, Draken International is able to provide a safe, reliable, real-world "red-air" asset to the Department of Defense and Test Pilot schools across North America. Draken International maintains the largest fleet of privately owned tactical aircraft in the world. The fleet is composed of over 50 ex-military aircraft including Douglas A-4K...
  • Close Air Strike (SU-25), Real Hell , Chechen war (VHS rip)

    09/25/2013 8:10:58 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    Air strike with SU-25, from chechen war SU-25 used FAB 500 (1102.31 lbs) bomb, and NURS
  • Empty F-16 jet tested by Boeing and US Air Force

    09/24/2013 9:18:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 September 2013
    Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones. It said that one of the Lockheed Martin F-16 made a first flight with an empty cockpit last week. Two US Air Force pilots controlled the plane from the ground as it flew from a Florida base to the Gulf of Mexico. Boeing suggested that the innovation could ultimately be used to help train pilots, providing an adversary they could practise firing on. The jet - which had previously sat mothballed at an Arizona site for 15 years - flew at an altitude of 40,000ft...
  • Vietnam-era fliers buried side-by-side at Arlington

    09/23/2013 4:40:39 PM PDT · by Doogle · 24 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 09/22/13 | Jennifer Griffin
    Buried for more than 40 years inside the plane they were flying when they were shot down over Laos in 1969, Major James Sizemore and his navigator Major Howard Andre made their final journey home Monday to Arlington National Cemetery, where they were laid to rest just the way they flew: side by side. A single bugler played TAPS as the families of the airmen gathered and two horse drawn caissons made their way through the cemetery. Overhead, eight civilian pilots performed a tribute flyover at their own expense after the Air Force said it couldn’t perform a traditional flyover...
  • A-10 Thunderbolt

    09/23/2013 10:15:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 81 replies
    NRO ^ | 9/20/2013 | unknown
    Renowned for its lethal striking power and rugged airframe, the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt has proven its mettle on thousands of combat missions in more than three decades in service. But now it's future may be in question due to budget cuts and shifting missions. Here’s a look.
  • Retire B-1 Fleet to Save Future Bombers: Defense Experts

    09/18/2013 9:15:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | September 17th, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    Retire B-1 Fleet to Save Future Bombers: Defense Experts A collection of defense think tank leaders said the Pentagon should retire its B-1 bomber fleet and cut near-term readiness money if it’s going to survive the next decade of sequestration. The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently held a “strategic choices exercise” to look at possible ways to cut the defense budget by $500 billion over the next decade. Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at CSBA told an audience Tuesday at the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, about the results. In addition to the...
  • Sequester may force USAF to retire entire fleets of aircraft

    09/18/2013 3:04:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight International ^ | 09/18/2013 | DAVE MAJUMDAR
    Sequester may force USAF to retire entire fleets of aircraft The US Air Force will likely have to cut entire fleets of aircraft to comply with the Congressional sequestration law, says a top service official. In order to retain a force capable of operating across the spectrum of operations, the USAF will have to sacrifice single-mission aircraft in order to preserve multirole machines. “The only way you really save money is to make entire weapons systems go away,” says Gen Mike Hostage, commander of the USAF’s Air Combat Command. That is “so that the whole logistics train, the whole support...