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  • Marine Corps Commandant: In 15 Years, Our Aircraft Won't Need a Human in the Cockpit

    05/04/2018 2:53:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 1, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The head of the United States Marine Corps says the Marines' air power could be completely uncrewed within 15 years. General Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, says the technology exists to realize this future. Neller stressed, however, that aircraft would not be completely autonomous, and would still be directed by a human being making key decisions. The Marine Corps Times quoted Neller from an event at the Brookings Institution saying: “I don’t know what war is going to look like in the future, [but] I think things that fly in the sky, the great majority of them...
  • Air Force selects locations for B-21 aircraft

    05/03/2018 9:17:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 42 replies
    Dyess Air Force Base ^ | May 02, 2018 | Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced that the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s. The Air Force selected Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, as reasonable alternatives to host the new B-21 aircraft. Using the current bomber bases will minimize operational impact, reduce overhead, maximize re-use of facilities, and minimize cost, Air Force officials said. "Our current bomber bases are best suited for the B-21," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson. "We expect the first B-21...
  • C-130 military transport plane crashes near Georgia airport, FAA says

    05/02/2018 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 05/02/2018 | Katherine Lam
  • Security Video Shows Small Plane Landing on Calgary Road Wednesday

    04/25/2018 10:08:03 AM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Global News Calgary ^ | April 25, 2018 | Global News Calgary
    Security video shows small plane landing on Calgary road Wednesday
  • F-35 completes comprehensive flight tests without a single loss or fatality

    04/18/2018 10:11:34 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 23 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 14th, 2018 | David Szondy
    Lockheed Martin's three F-35 Lightning II strike fighter variants have completed what the company called the most comprehensive flight test program in aviation history. On April 11 at US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Navy test aircraft CF-2 carrying external 2,000-lb (907-kg) GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles completed the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. According to Lockheed, a team of over a thousand SDD flight test engineers, maintainers, pilots, and support personnel completed full flight-envelope tests on all three variants of the F-35,...
  • New, Light A-10 Candidate? Scaled Composites Design "401 Jet"

    04/11/2018 4:20:05 PM PDT · by gaijin · 62 replies
    The new JT15D-5 turbofan-powered "401 Jet" of Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites in Mojave, Calif is a small, stealthy, single-engine jet variation on the very novel, 30 year-old "Ares" light attack jet. Never having entered production, Ares was actually an acronym, standing for Agile Responsive Effective Support: Experts note that the X401 would have piloted and drone versions, leading to speculation that the pair could work together synergistically in a "loyal wingman" arrangement, possibly with some form of laser or directed energy weapon occupying the weapons bay, partially visible in the landing flare photo below. A 6-minute YouTube vid explains...
  • F-14 Design Evolution

    02/23/2018 5:33:43 AM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 7 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | 11/30/2014 | PeninsulaSrsVideos
    This is a very informative lecture on the F-14.
  • Is this USAF’s 4,602mph HYPERSONIC warplane? Google Earth snaps mystery craft in Florida

    01/11/2018 8:42:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 132 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | Published 11th January 2018 | By Simon Green
    A MYSTERIOUS aircraft snapped in a Florida airbase could be the US Air Force’s top-secret hypersonic warplane, according to huge claims. Defence firm Lockheed Martin is understood to be working on a state-of-the-art spy plane for the US Air Force, which could reach over 4,600mph. Google Earth images have now surfaced of an object bearing a startling similarity to artist’s impressions of the plane. The silvery shape was spotted at the end of a runway in the swamplands of the Sunshine State, US. According to Tyler Glockner – who uploaded the clip to his YouTube channel secureteam10 – the area...
  • The Oldest Navy and Marine Assets Still in service - M1911, USS Constitution, Gitmo etc...

    11/27/2017 10:01:16 AM PST · by Saint X · 12 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | November 22, 2017 | Staff
    The U.S. Navy has always been an innovator. It pioneered the Global Positioning System, developed nuclear propulsion, and deployed the first operational laser weapon. The recently commissioned USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is brimming with bleeding-edge technology. Its stealth design, Integrated Power System, and long-range gun firing capabilities make it the most sophisticated ship in the world. Likewise, the lead ship in the new carrier class USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) features many technological advances including an electromagnetic aircraft launch system. However, the Department of the Navy is not always in a rush to phase out and replace assets that continue to...
  • 3 Missing After U.S. Navy Aircraft Crashes Into Pacific Ocean Off Japan

    11/22/2017 4:27:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    ktla ^ | http://ktla.com/2017/11/22/3-missing-after-u-s-navy-aircraft-crashes-into-pacific-ocean-off-japan/
    Eight people have been rescued and are in good condition aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said in a statement. Meanwhile US and Japanese ships and planes are searching the area for the three people who remain missing. The names of those who were onboard are being withheld pending the notification of their next of kin, the Navy said. The crash happened approximately 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa as the C2-A Greyhound aircraft was on course to land on the Reagan. It had been transporting passengers and cargo from the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan...
  • What the Hell Was That Mystery Aircraft Flying Over Oregon?

    11/21/2017 12:25:46 AM PST · by ransomnote · 34 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    Something flew over the west coast in late October, that much we know. But the mystery plane disappeared before anyone could figure out what it was and has defied all attempts at identification since. Was it a classified U.S. government aircraft, a flying saucer, or something else? The War Zone reports that in the afternoon of October 25, air traffic controllers started querying commercial airline pilots flying between Portland and Seattle, asking if they could help identify a mystery object. The object in question didn’t have a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) transponder turned on, was not responding to radio...
  • EXCLUSIVE: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

    10/22/2017 6:42:38 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 36 replies
    Defense One ^ | October 22 2017 | Marcus Weisgerber
    That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more...
  • Trump supersizes America’s most famous aeroplane

    09/22/2017 5:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | September 21, 2017 | Tara McKelvey, White House reporter, Air Force One
    Trump's Air Force One looks similar to the one that Obama flew. But plans for a bigger one are now under way. The US president walked down the stairs of Air Force One at an airport in Morristown, New Jersey. He gave a thumbs-up to journalists standing on the tarmac and as he walked past the cameras, he straightened the lapel of his jacket. An image-conscious businessman, he brags about the size of his hands and his ability to make a deal. For the new presidential aircraft, he wants both - a big machine that'll save the taxpayer money. Trump...
  • This Video Taken From A Plane Inside The Eye Of Hurricane Irma Is Very Intense

    09/06/2017 12:51:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 9/6 | Erik Schilling
    <p>Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, is currently making landfall in the Caribbean on the islands east of Puerto Rico, and, like they have with other storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has sent planes in to the storm’s eye. Things get intense. And by intense, I mean pants-shittingly terrifying.</p>
  • Aussie Agency Says it Knows Where MH370 Crashed

    08/18/2017 1:23:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Australia's main scientific agency said yesterday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea north-east of an area scoured in a fruitless, nearly three-year underwater search. Its assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), saying it was not specific enough. The Boeing 777 is thought to have been diverted thousands of kilometres off...
  • Russia keen to sell MiG-35 to India, says top official

    07/23/2017 6:08:21 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Asim Kamal
    Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India with the MiG corporation's chief saying the country has evinced interest in the aircraft and talks were on to understand its requirements. Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko said the MiG-35 was "the best" and definitely better than Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation combat aircraft F-35. He claimed that the MiG-35 would beat the American jet in air to air combat. Tarasenko, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS 2017 air show in Zhukovsky, Russia, said after having presented MiG- 35 in January, the...
  • Jury awards millions to pilots flying improperly packed airplane with USMC MRAPs

    07/19/2017 3:38:14 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    USMC Life ^ | July 13, 2017
    Jury awards millions to pilots flying improperly packed airplane with USMC MRAPs By USMC Life| July 13th, 2017|Featured, News|11 Comments A Cook County jury has returned a verdict in favor of the families of three of seven crew members who perished in the dramatic crash of a National Airlines 747 cargo airplane in Bagram, Afghanistan on April 29, 2013. The crash itself was captured on a dashcam video that went viral over the internet shortly after the accident occurred.
  • Sint Maarten jet engine blast kills New Zealand woman

    07/13/2017 12:37:16 PM PDT · by Enchante · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | July 13, 2017 | Staff
    A New Zealand woman has died on the Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground. The incident happened at the famous Princess Juliana International Airport, which is just metres from the beach. Beachgoers can walk up to the airport fence as planes take off. Police said the 57-year-old woman had been holding on to the fence before the force of the jet engines threw her backwards, causing serious injury.
  • SpiceJet’s order to buy planes from Boeing will support many American jobs: Trump (100 planes)

    06/27/2017 2:20:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hindu ^ | June 27, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said a recent order for 100 new aircraft placed by an Indian airline will create thousands of American jobs, referring to SpiceJet’s decision to buy planes from Boeing. SpiceJet had announced an order worth $22 billion with the US aircraft maker in January. The order is expected to create 1.32 lakh high-skilled jobs in America. “I was pleased to learn about an Indian airlines’ recent order of 100 new American planes, one of the largest orders of its kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs,” Mr. Trump said alongside Prime Minister...
  • How Private Jet Travelers Were Still Flying Despite The Heat In Phoenix

    06/24/2017 5:36:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/24/2017 | Doug Gollan
    How Private Jet Travelers Were Still Flying Despite The Heat In Phoenix Doug Gollan , Contributor I write about luxury travel from private jets to experiences Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. If you tuned on the news this past week you learned this time there were no “tapes” and that airplanes sometimes can’t fly in extreme heat. Nearly 50 flights by American Airlines were canceled, impacting thousands of passengers when temperatures at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport approached 120 degrees. While thousands of airline passengers were being inconvenienced by weather as happens to tens of thousands of flights...