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  • Part-Time Wingmen: Collaborative Combat Aircraft* (CCA) Won’t Always Be ‘Tethered’ to Crewed Platforms

    03/28/2023 2:15:15 PM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 8 replies
    Air & Space Forces Magazine ^ | 27 Mar 2023 | John A. Tirpak
    Collaborative Combat Aircraft will be able to carry out missions without direction from crewed aircraft and may not always fly as their “wingmen,” in order to maximize employment flexibility, Air Force leaders developing and testing the new platforms said March 27. In a panel discussion presented by Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, the four generals charged with bringing the CCA concept to fruition said the service has embarked on on a modeling and simulation campaign to figure out how to make CCAs as useful and cost-imposing on an enemy as possible, while making progress on developmental, operational and testing fronts...
  • Air Force Orders First E-7 Jets To Replace Aging E-3 Sentry

    03/02/2023 7:57:08 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | 1 Mar 2023 | Thomas Newdick
    The U.S. Air Force has contracted Boeing to build the first two of potentially 26 E-7A Wedgetail radar planes. Boeing is to kick off work on the U.S. Air Force’s new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, with a contract to develop a version of the E-7 Wedgetail radar plane for the service. The Air Force will use the E-7 to replace at least some of its 31 remaining 707-based E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System, or AWACS, aircraft, which have been struggling with poor mission-capable rates — the Air Force’s metric that reflects levels of operational readiness....
  • The Air Force Grounded Hundreds of Jets Because Their Tails May Fall Off

    03/01/2023 11:31:51 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 52 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 1 March 2023 | Sébastien Roblin
    Something was off with a key component used to literally hold many U.S. Air Force aircraft together—and it resulted in the service grounding 207 vital aircraft according to a Time Compliance Technical Order issues in February. No—it’s wasn’t the Air Force’s numerous F-16 tactical fighters. Nor its new F-35 stealth jets, or venerable B-52 bombers and A-10 ground attack jets. Foremost, it was the workhorse keeping all of those planes refueled in the sky: the service’s airliner-based KC-135 Stratotanker. It also affected RC-135 and WC-135 surveillance aircraft extensively deployed to monitor the activity and technologies of foreign militaries (particularly China,...
  • Illinois hobby club fears its balloon was shot down by the USAF

    02/16/2023 1:51:13 PM PST · by navysealdad · 78 replies
    In the days since the U.S. Air Force shot down three unidentified objects out of the sky, questions linger about just what these objects actually were. On Thursday, a report by Aviation Week offered an intriguing hypothesis about what one of those three objects could be: a "missing in action" globe-trotting balloon belonging to an Illinois-based hobbyist club. The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade’s (NIBBB) silver-coated, party-style "pico balloon" reported its last position on Feb. 10 at nearly 40,000 ft. off the west coast of Alaska.
  • BREAKING. FAA Shuts Down Air Space in Montana Due to National Security

    02/11/2023 5:41:07 PM PST · by cdnerds · 68 replies
    Redstate ^ | 2/11/2023 | Redstate
    According to, a USAF KC-135 tanker flying without a callsign is boring holes in the sky in restricted airspace. This implies something is on the way to that location that will need gas.
  • Hundreds of classified documents found in Tampa home of Retired Air Force officer

    01/31/2023 1:07:59 AM PST · by blueplum · 34 replies
    Fox 13 News ^ | 30 Jan 2023 | Joneé Lewis
    TAMPA, Fla. - As several investigations are underway over classified documents found at the homes of President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, a retired Air Force Intel boss was caught with hundreds at his home. This investigation dates back to January 24, 2017 when the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) received information indicating that Robert Birchum had been storing classified information on a thumb drive at his home in Tampa. A search of his home that same day found a thumb drive containing 135 files that were marked as containing Top...
  • Pentagon Distances Itself from Minihan Memo Suggesting Possible War with China in 2025

    01/30/2023 8:46:27 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 15 replies
    Air and Space Forces Magazine ^ | 29 January 2023 | Chris Gordon
    Comments by Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, the head of Air Mobility Command, about a potential war with China in the next few years have generated international headlines and led the Department of Defense to formally distance itself from the remarks. Minihan, who is known for his energetic, passionate style, prepared a memo saying that Airmen under his command at AMC should prepare to be at war with China within two years. “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.” Minihan wrote in the memo, which circulated on social media and was confirmed as...
  • US, Israel Kick off Massive Exercise with 142 Aircraft, Satellites, and More

    01/24/2023 10:02:39 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 3 replies
    Air & Space Forces Magazine ^ | 24 Jan 2023 | Chris Gordon
    The U.S. and Israel kicked off a massive combined weeklong military exercise Jan. 23, the largest since Israel was moved to U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility in 2021. U.S. officials told Air & Space Forces Magazine the exercise, dubbed Juniper Oak, was notable in both size and scope. CENTCOM said everything from space assets, a carrier strike group, strategic bombers, stealth fighters, electronic warfare aircraft, Special Operations forces, and crews operating HIMARS precision artillery launchers would drill in a “combined joint all-domain exercise.” The exercise will run from Jan. 23-27 and involve 180,000 pounds of live munitions and 6,400...
  • Military probing whether cancers linked to nuclear silo work in US

    01/24/2023 4:51:50 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | January 24, 2023 | Associated Press
    Washington -- Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer and there are “indications” the disease may be linked to their service, according to military briefing slides obtained by The Associated Press. One of the officers has died. All of the officers, known as missileers, were assigned as many as 25 years ago to Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to a vast field of 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos. The nine officers were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a January briefing by U.S. Space...
  • Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the only aircraft with the SR designation

    01/20/2023 3:43:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | 1/11/23 | Blake Stilwell
    There are an unending number of interesting facts about the SR-71 Blackbird, probably the coolest aircraft ever produced by any Air Force, anywhere in the world. It’s the only airframe that’s made of 85% titanium, titanium that was purchased by the CIA from the Soviet Union – the country the aircraft was built to spy on. It’s capable of cruising at more than three times the speed of sound at 85,000 feet – and that speed and altitude are its only defenses. **SNIP** It’s also the only Air Force aircraft ever made with the “SR” designation. The reason for that...
  • South Carolina airman shoots 'gate runner' attempting to illegally enter Shaw Air Force Base property

    12/24/2022 1:26:15 AM PST · by blueplum · 30 replies
    Fox ^ | 23 Dec 2022 | Adam Sabes
    A Shaw Air Force Base airman shot an individual who attempted to illegally get into the property in South Carolina on Friday. According to a press release, the individual who attempted to enter the base is being described as a "gate runner," WCBD reported. The individual was taken to a local hospital....
  • Air Force Says B-2 Can Still Fly If Needed Despite Safety Stand-down

    12/21/2022 9:56:22 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 7 replies
    US Air and Space Forces Magazine ^ | 20 Dec 2022 | Chris Gordon
    A day after publicly disclosing a safety stand-down for its entire fleet of B-2 Spirit bombers, the Air Force clarified that the nuclear-capable B-2 can still fly—if absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense is investigating the Dec. 10 incident at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., involving a B-2 that sparked the safety stand-down in the first place. In a statement released Dec. 20, the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates the Air Force’s fleet of 20 B-2s, said the stealth strategic bombers ”can be flown if directed by the commander in chief to fulfill mission requirements.” Short of that, all...
  • Air Force grounds entire B-2 fleet ahead of traditional Rose Bowl flyover

    12/21/2022 8:10:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of B-2 stealth bombers following an emergency landing and fire earlier this month, and none of the strategic aircraft will perform flyovers at this year’s college bowl games. A bomber experienced an in-flight malfunction on Dec. 10, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, where it caught fire. The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries. The standdown is significant in that there are fewer than 20 stealth bombers in the entire fleet and the aircraft provides, along with the B-52 Stratofortress, the air...
  • Air Force grounds B-2 stealth bomber fleet after aircraft catches fire during emergency landing

    12/19/2022 11:27:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2022 10:03pm EST | Paul Best
    The Air Force has grounded its entire B-2 Spirit fleet and will inspect each stealth bomber after one of the aircraft caught fire during an emergency landing earlier this month. The multi-role bomber, which was first unveiled in 1989, is capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. The 20-aircraft fleet is based out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. A B-2 Spirit experienced an undisclosed in-flight malfunction that resulted in an emergency landing at Whiteman on Dec. 10. No one was injured. …
  • Searchers find five World War II-era US bombers in waters off Croatia

    11/23/2022 8:48:33 AM PST · by fidelis · 59 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 21, 2022 | Wyatt Olsen
    Searchers have located the wrecks of five B-24 bombers that crashed into the Adriatic Sea during World War II, three of which are associated with 23 still-missing crew members. The search mission – conducted over a two-week period in August off the coast of Croatia – was a partnership between Project Recover and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. It was the culmination of a lengthy process of researching military records and obtaining needed permits from Croatia, Mark Moline, the mission leader and a cofounder of Project Recover, said in a phone interview Thursday. Along with the B-17, the B-24 Liberator...
  • US to withdraw permanent F-15 fighter force from Okinawa

    10/27/2022 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 38 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4 hours ago | Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Kana Inagaki in Tokyo
    The US air force plans to replace its entire fleet of F-15 fighter jets based in Okinawa, Japan, with a “rotational” force, a shift that some American and Japanese officials worry will send a dangerous signal to China about deterrence. The air force intends to retire two squadrons of ageing F-15 Eagles that have been permanently based in Okinawa, according to six people familiar with the situation. The decision has triggered alarm in some parts of the Japanese government and the Pentagon because the air force does not intend to replace them with a permanent presence in the near term....
  • Unexpectedly, the USAF Finds Itself With a Critical Shortage of Pilots While It Says It Has Too Many White Officers

    09/20/2022 10:26:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 87 replies
    Red State. ^ | September 18, 2022 | streiff
    UNEXPECTEDLY: ADV. FREQUENTLY USED BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, TO DESCRIBE UNPLEASANT EVENTS OR SITUATIONS THEY HAVE CREATED. ... There has been talk in the media about the difficult recruiting environment the military is facing due to the surplus of fat, stupid, criminally inclined, and all-around unmotivated sluggards that now constitute a majority of the prime recruiting market of 17-21 year-olds; see Military Recruiting Numbers Lowest Since the Vietnam War, What’s Happening to America’s Military?, and Army Backs off Enlisting High School Drop Outs but the Woke Cancer Killing Enlistments Remains Stronger Than Ever. This is...
  • Insect spy drone flies, spies and injects poison

    09/16/2022 7:32:50 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 52 replies
    Global Post ^ | August 3, 2012 · 2:35 PM EDT | Daniel DeFraia
    The US military is developing micro drones, according to Drones come in all shapes and sizes. Some rain hellfire from the sky, others buzz around your ear, masquerading as mosquitos. Back in 2007 the Telegraph reported the US had been accused of "secretly developing robotic insect spies." Government agencies admitted nothing at the time, but they're not gainsaying now. Last year Zoologist Richard Bomphrey of Oxford University told the British Daily Mail about his research into how insect wings evolved over 350 million years. “By learning those lessons, our findings will make it possible to aerodynamically engineer a new...
  • Five Giants Join the Race for USAF’s Next-Generation Fighter Jet Engine

    08/22/2022 6:32:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | 22 Aug 2022, 05:28 UTC · by | Otilia Drăgan
    The U.S. Air Force is getting serious about developing a so-called adaptive engine for its current and future fighter jets and is now putting the money where its mouth is. Five giants in the industry were recently awarded contracts worth a whopping $4.9 billion. General Electric, Pratt &Whitney, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Grumman were awarded contracts worth around $975 million each for the prototype phase of the Next Generation Adaptive Propulsion Program. Until now, only GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney were developing engines as part of the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) with the goal of eventually producing...
  • Chinese company’s purchase of North Dakota farmland raises national security concerns in Washington

    07/02/2022 9:32:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | JUL 1 2022 | Eamon Javers
    Chinese food manufacturer Fufeng Group bought 300 acres of land near Grand Forks, North Dakota, to set up a milling plant. The project is located about 20 minutes from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, raising national security concerns. ... At first glance, the largely barren, wind-swept tract of land just north of Grand Forks, North Dakota, seems to be an unlikely location for international espionage. There’s not much on the more than 300-acre patch of prime Dakota farmland right now other than dirt and tall grasses, bordered by highways and light industrial facilities on the outskirts of the city....