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  • U.S. Air Power Needs an F-22 Upgrade

    04/29/2016 12:17:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 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 · 66 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...
  • US to help India develop engine for Gen-5 fighter

    12/11/2015 6:40:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | December 12, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    On Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's first official visit to the United States from December 7-10, Washington has signalled its willingness to co-develop with India an aircraft engine for India's indigenous fifth-generation fighter that is called the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). India's Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) believes it essential to work with US company General Electric Aviation (GE) in up-rating its F-414S6 engine into the so-called F-414 Enhanced Engine, which would power the futuristic AMCA. As Business Standard reported earlier (June 1, "Carter to face Indian demand for engine technology"), GE has been eager to partner DRDO in this lucrative...
  • This Is NATO's Dream Team Of Fighters, And One "Bad Guy" That'll Try To Ruin Their Day

    12/11/2015 4:42:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 12/10/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The most advanced operational fighters of U.S., U.K., and French origin pose for the camera high over the Atlantic. The Raptors, Typhoons and Rafales, along with T-38 and F-15E aggressors and E-3 AWACS support, are taking part of the first international anti-access focused aerial exercise dubbed simply “Trilateral Exercise.” You can read all about this inaugural set of war games at the piece linked here, in the meantime, enjoy these awesome images:
  • Air Force withholding names, photos of missing Afghans

    12/10/2015 1:21:45 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Moody Air Force Base officials are not releasing the names or photographs of two missing Afghan trainees. Capt. Korey Fratini said Wednesday the decision to not release the names is a U.S. Air Force decision and not one that has been made by the base commander. "It is a matter of policy," Fratini told The Valdosta Daily Times. The Air Force has maintained a policy of not releasing the names or images of any Afghan personnel in the interest of their personal safety and the safety of their families back in Afghanistan, the captain said. Fratini said the fact the...
  • Air Force Academy Falcons ‘Tebow’ Prayer Circle under Investigation

    12/07/2015 11:18:39 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Bryant Jordan
    A decade after the Air Force Academy football team invited controversy and censure over an “I am a member of Team Jesus” banner in its locker room, the Falcons again appear to be striking a decidedly Christian pose, its members dropping to one knee and holding hands in a public pre-game prayer circle. The academy issued a statement saying it is investigating the practice after cadets and faculty brought it to the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group. “The United States Air Force Academy is attentive to all religious freedom concerns, and we are conducting an...
  • “Close Hold” Email Specifies Race, Gender Requirements for Promotion Board Membership

    12/01/2015 8:20:41 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    jqpublicblog.com ^ | November 30th, 2015 | By Tony Carr
    Earlier this year, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James introduced a series of new personnel initiatives geared toward enhancing diversity, inclusiveness, and equality across the force. At the time, I offered criticism that her ideas appeared more politically expedient than substantive, and that some of what she wanted to do would require contending with various legal obstacles and regulatory challenges. I also worried aloud at the time that implementation of her initiatives, if done clumsily, could prove divisive, and that this might trigger new backlash and disharmony across a force already exhausted from a solid decade of human...
  • First In, Last Out: the story of the SEAD missions flown by the F-105 in Vietnam

    11/30/2015 10:48:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Nov 30 2015 | Dario Leone
    Here’s why Wild Weasel missions were among the most dangerous sorties flown in Southeast Asia. During the Vietnam War the main threat to the strike packages was the V-750 (S-75) Dvina, the first effective Soviet surface-to-air missile (SAM). Better known by the NATO designation SA-2 Guideline, the missile was developed in the mid 1950s and it was used to shoot down Gary Powers’ U-2 over the USSR in 1960 and Maj. Rudolph Anderson’s U-2 over Cuba in 1962. North Vietnam began receiving SA-2s shortly after the start of Operation Rolling Thunder and on Jul. 24, 1965, a Guideline shot down...
  • Vintage Boeing B-52 gets new long-range Lockheed cruise missile

    11/23/2015 9:28:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 23 NOVEMBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Boeing B-52H is the vintage bomber that just won’t quit, and now the Cold War-era “Stratofortress” is being outfitted with one of America’s newest and longest-range conventional cruise missiles. Lockheed Martin has been put on contract to arm the 54-year-old aircraft – which has outlived many of those who predicted its retirement – with the extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon (JASSM) under a $9.1 million contract announced earlier this month. In a statement to Flightglobal, LM director of long-range strike systems Jason Denney confirms that the B-52 will be updated to carry the turbofan engine-powered cruise missile internally on...
  • F-35 Too Expensive: US Air Force Might Buy 72 New F-15 or F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/20/2015 10:19:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 21, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force’s current operational capabilities due to budgetary constraints, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lockheed-Martin F-16’s, or even Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. “F-15s and F-16s are now expected to serve until 2045, when an all-new aircraft will be ready, and plans to modernize F-16s with active electronically scanned array radars and other improvements are being revived,” the article states. U.S. Air Force officials and industry officials revealed...
  • Aaron Allmon verdict deals blow to military’s high-profile attack on sex-related offenses

    11/15/2015 6:37:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    MINOT Air Force Base, North Dakota -- As Air Force missions go, the prosecution of Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II on explosive sexual-harassment charges ran into turbulence and wound up in a nosedive. Despite facing up to 130 years in prison in the early stages of the case, Sgt. Allmon was sentenced Saturday to just 30 days behind bars after a judge found him not guilty of the most devastating charges against him, including assault consummated by a battery and threats against co-workers. Judge Tiffany Wagner did find him guilty of maltreatment of two female service members and...
  • F-16s Could Fly for 92 Years In theory

    11/09/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 7, 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the iconic F-16 jet fighter, just completed a two-year test that simulated a staggering 92 years of normal flying for one of the single-engine planes. That’s a long time. And amazingly, the F-16 — a 1990s-vintage Block 50 version — held up just fine. “The airframe was then subjected to several maximum-load conditions to demonstrate that the airframe still had sufficient strength to operate within its full operational flight envelope,” Lockheed explained in a press release. The point of the test was to provide data for Lockheed’s coming effort to rebuild 300 or so U.S. Air...