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  • Some Disturbing Facts About America's Dwindling Bomber Force

    09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-16-2013
    One of the most distinctive features of U.S. military power is the Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers. .... However, after 80 years of steadily developing better bombers — basically, since it entered World War One — the U.S. ceased spending money on new long-range strike aircraft following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There aren’t many bombers left. All of the bombers are old. No new bomber is waiting in the wings.
  • 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...
  • Ellsworth Grounds Bombers Due To Sequestration

    04/12/2013 11:36:52 PM PDT · by DakotaGator · 94 replies
    Keloland Television ^ | April 12, 2013 | Derek Olson
    BOX ELDER, SD - The B-1 Bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base won't be flying anytime soon. "Our local combat squadron, the 37th combat squadron will not fly between now, and right now we're planning until October first," 28th Bomb Wing Colonel Kevin Kennedy said. Because of sequestration the military is coping with close to $500 billion in cuts to its budget over the next decade. The groundings will help Air Combat Command cut a total of 45 thousand flight hours across the board. "Bottom line, though, this is something that we need to do to make sure we're ready...
  • US Secretly Deploys B-1 Strategic Bombers, E-6 "Doomsday" Planes Near North Korea

    04/05/2013 5:28:06 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 205 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | April 5, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    First the US fanfared the placement of two F-22 Raptors in the Osan airbase of South Korea. Then it demonstratively launched a B-2 stealth bomber on a training mission over a South Korean gunnery range. Then it deployed an anti-ballistic missile defense system to Guam and positioned two guided-missile destroyers in the waters near Korea. And now, courtesy of the Aviationist, we learn that the Pentagon has escalated once more in an ongoing cat and mouse game with North Korea, of who blinks first, and dispatched several B-1 ("Bone") Lancer strategic long-range bombers to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam....
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • B-1 Pilots Turn Their Bombsights to the Pacific

    04/09/2012 9:37:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 9, 2012 | Joe Pappalardo
    B-1 Pilots Turn Their Bombsights to the Pacific As the Pentagon turns more of its attention toward the Pacific Rim in an attempt to keep up with China, here's what the new realignment of forces means for pilots of America's largest (and least known) bomber force. One of the hottest topics in the defense and diplomatic worlds is the Obama administration's "rebalancing" of U.S. interests toward Asia. The new focus is a slate of military and geopolitical strategies meant as a hedge against China, and to a lesser extent its client, North Korea. But what does it mean for the...
  • A Pair Of B1s Flew From South Dakota To Libya, Bombed 100 Targets And Flew Home

    07/13/2011 3:07:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/13/2011 | Robert Johnson
    The U.S. Air Force has deployed its bombers like never before in the Libya campaign. Wired picked up a story released by Air Force Magazine detailing a flight made this spring by two B1 bombers from South Dakota to Libya carrying ninety-eight, 500 pound bombs. During 24 hours of combat time over four days, the bombers destroyed nearly 100 targets. The B1s were chosen on top of NATO's combined air fleet because each one carries around 24,000 pounds of Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Laser guided JDAMs. To achieve equal destruction would have required dozens of NATO jets.
  • B-1B Lancer Upgrade Will Triple Payload

    04/12/2011 6:27:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1+ views
    US Air Force ^ | April 11, 2011
    B-1B Lancer Upgrade Will Triple Payload DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --- Airmen from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron began their first phase of demonstrations of a multiple ejector rack on a B-1B Lancer here March 22. If fielded, 16-carry modified rotary launchers will increase the number of 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions and laser-guided JDAMs carried by the B-1B from 15 to 48, a 320 percent increase in capability. "Currently a B-1 can deliver twice the payload of a B-52 (Stratofortress), meaning, theoretically, with the MER upgrade, one B-1 will be able to deliver the same amount of...
  • The Bomber Question

    12/01/2010 9:33:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 12/1/2010 | By John A. Tirpak
    The Air Force hasn’t been told when to begin work on a new long-range strike aircraft, or even what it should be able to do. The Air Force is hoping there’s a new bomber included in the Fiscal 2012 defense budget planned for release next month. If there is, it will be the centerpiece of a new portfolio of long-range strike weapons systems, which will encompass standoff missiles, older bombers, airborne electronic attack (AEA), carrier-based aircraft, and possibly a quick-reaction missile able to hit any global target within an hour. Deliberations on the long-range strike system have been a subject...
  • In War With Iran, B-1s Would Be Vital

    11/22/2010 8:26:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 11/22/2010 | David Wood
    <p>A U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities might look just like this: a B-1bomber lancing along just above the desert floor at 900 feet per second, ducking behind mountains and beneath ridgelines to hide from enemy radar, carrying a bellyful of 2,000-pound satellite-guided bombs.</p>
  • Cold War's B-1 Bomber Emerges as Effective Weapon in Afghanistan

    11/22/2010 6:18:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies · 2+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 11/21/2010 | David Wood
    Cold War's B-1 Bomber Emerges as Effective Weapon in Afghanistan 9 hours ago The voice on the radio is measured but firm: "Hawk Nine One, this is Hard Rock -- we are taking sustained fire at this time from the compound 50 meters north of Objective Tiger, requesting show of force over the objective, how copy, over.'' Hawk Nine One, a graceful swept-wing B-1 bomber, climbs sharply and snap-rolls to the right. Beneath its gunmetal-gray fuselage, a torpedo-shaped pod stares at the ground 18,000 feet below, processing infrared and television images displayed on screens in the cockpit. "Hard Rock, Hawk...
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract to Integrate CLIP on B-1B and B-52 Aircraft

    10/21/2010 11:15:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 10/21/2010 | Northup Grumman
    The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $14 million contract extension to integrate its Common Link Integration Processing (CLIP) system on B-1B and B-52 aircraft, providing aircrews with enhanced battlefield awareness, communications capabilities and weapons management. Under the 17-month contract extension, Northrop Grumman will support software integration, ground and flight tests, and Air Force and joint interoperability certifications. All 66 aircraft in the B-1 bomber fleet and 94 aircraft in the B-52 fleet will be CLIP enabled. CLIP is a software package that allows existing platforms without a tactical data link, as well as platforms with different...
  • B-1 carries record-setting missile load

    09/10/2010 8:03:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    U.S. Air Force ^ | September 10, 2010 | Tech. Sgt. Robert Wollenberg
    B-1 carries record-setting missile load 07:01 GMT, September 10, 2010 DYESS AFB, Texas | A Dyess Air Force Base B-1B Lancer carried a full load of 24 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles on a flight over the Gulf of Mexico, Sept. 7 -- a first for the B-1 and AGM-158. "The mission was a success," said Maj. Brian Owen, the chief of wing weapons and tactics. "Everything went as planned, and we can verify that the B-1B can in fact operate its full capacity of JASSMs." The purpose of the flight was to ensure maintainers, ammo and munitions Airmen and...
  • Command's first-ever Global Strike Challenge under way

    07/07/2010 6:02:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Air Force News ^ | 7/6/2001 | Air Force News
    Intercontinental ballistic missile, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer units are competing in the first Global Strike Challenge, showcasing the capabilities and expertise of missile, bomber and security forces Airmen. "Global Strike Challenge will help us build pride and a culture of excellence," said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander. It is "the beginning of a new tradition-- the best of the past launching us into the future," he said. Global Strike Challenge pits units' top security forces, maintainers, and missile and bomber crews in head-to-head competition to be recognized as the best...
  • U.S. Air Force Considers B-1 Bomber Fleet's Retirement

    06/28/2010 11:56:33 AM PDT · by Enchante · 50 replies · 2+ views
    TIME via YahooNews ^ | 06/28/10 | Mark Thompson
    ....the Air Force is thinking of retiring its total 66-plane B-1 fleet to hit budget targets set by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Top Air Force officials met behind closed doors late last week to determine if permanently grounding the B-1 fleet makes sense....
  • B-1B Lancer Fleet To the Boneyard?

    06/24/2010 11:51:30 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/24/2010 | Greg Grant
    Back to the Title 10 side of the house for a moment; the Air Force Council meets today to consider further cuts in aircraft to meet aggressive savings targets laid out by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. One option on the table: early retirement of all 66 B-1B Lancer bombers (the last delivery of which came back in 1988). Force structure cuts might also extend to the air arm’s much cherished but currently under-utilized fighter force. The service already plans to early retire 250 fighters this year, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said last month; gone are 112 F-15s, 134 F-162,...
  • Boeing Begins Flight-testing B-1 with New Link 16 Communications

    06/21/2010 3:49:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Boeing ^ | Boeing
    The Boeing Company today announced the start of flight tests for a B-1 Lancer bomber upgraded with new digital avionics for the aft cockpit, including a line-of-sight Link 16 data link. The B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL) made its first flight test on June 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The four-hour flight was conducted by the U.S. Air Force around the local Edwards test ranges. The crew successfully tested the Link 16 data link by sending and receiving text messages and receiving virtual mission assignment data such as target coordinates for a weapon. Link 16 adds line-of-sight...
  • B-1 to Demo Lethal Laser

    05/08/2010 9:06:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 612+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/7/2010 | Graham Warwick
    More has emerged on the US Air Force Research Laboratory's Electric Laser on Large Aircraft (ELLA) program and, as anticipated, it's an effort to fit DARPA's Hellads laser into the weapons bay of a B-1B bomber to flight-test a high-power electric laser against tactical targets. General Atomics and Textron Systems are developing rival 150kW lasers under Hellads, with the goal of demonstrating a laser weapon system weighing less than 5kg/kW - substantially smaller and lighter than any previous airborne laser. Lockheed Martin is designing the laser weapon system module (LWSM), including power, cooling and beam director. Answers to bidder questions...
  • A Sniper for the Lancer

    12/20/2009 11:22:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,760+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 12/2009 | Defense Updatw
    Testing of the Lockheed Martin Sniper Targeting Pod on board the B-1B Lancer bomber has been accelerated in recent and is nearly completed, leading to the Air Force's Air Combat Command plans to approve sending pod-equipped bombers on operational missions by mid-summer. Because the sniper pod is a desperately needed capability in theater, Edwards Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force and the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, combined the operational and developmental testing of a B-1B Lancer to accelerate the integration of the sniper targeting pod with the B-1B bomber. "Everyone at the here...
  • The Bomber That Ate The Dakotas

    12/05/2009 2:28:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 736+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/05/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force is expanding its Powder River Training Complex, from 3.8 million acres (1.53 million hectares) of air space, to 20.3 million acres (8.2 million hectares), with the new range covering parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. Most of the land below is privately owned, but the air force is obtaining permission from the FAA to ban all civilian traffic from the complex when warplanes (particularly the B-1) are using the area for training. The expanded complex is a little larger than the training area around Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The enlarged Powder...
  • Bomber makes emergency landing at Melbourne Airport (B1B)

    03/07/2009 1:49:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies · 2,463+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | March 7th 2009 | Peter Rolfe
    A GIANT US Airforce bomber was forced to make an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport last night after developing problems with its landing gear. The nuclear capable B1B Lancer was headed for the Avalon Airshow but was forced to divert to Tullamarine where firefighters, police and emergency services awaited the landing. The plane, capable of speeds of more than 1500km/h, landed without incident about 9.25pm with aviation authorities to today probe the incident. The plane’s arrival closed the north-south runway momentarily as ground crews tried to figure out how to accommodate the unexpected visitor.
  • All B-1 Bomber Crew Dogs Rescued, Safe Aboard USS Russell (Navy Ship)

    12/12/2001 9:55:10 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 106 replies · 429+ views
    CNN
    Yes!
  • **B-1 Bomber down north of Diego Garcia**

    12/12/2001 9:02:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies · 266+ views
    DOD - No URL | 12-12-01
    DOD briefing. Rescue underway. Nothing follows.
  • B-1B Down in the Indian Ocean near Diego Garcia

    12/12/2001 9:02:08 AM PST · by Tree of Liberty · 9 replies · 246+ views
    Pentagon Daily Briefin | December 12, 2001
    B-1 went down around 11:30am EST.
  • B-1 BOMBER LOST IN THE INDIAN OCEAN!!

    12/12/2001 9:01:33 AM PST · by Walkin Man · 190 replies · 2,221+ views
    Fox News
    BREAKING ON TV!!
  • B-1 bomber catches fire in Qatar

    04/04/2008 5:15:10 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 22 replies · 317+ views
    A spokesperson for the US Air Force Central Public Affairs Office, South West Asia, said: “The US Air Force B-1, while taxiing after landing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, was involved in a ground incident and caught fire at 21.10 local time on April 4. “The crew evacuated the aircraft and is safe. The fire was contained. A board of inquiry has been appointed and will investigate the incident.” At the time of going to print, officials in Qatar were not confirming the incident and the Air Force Public Affairs Office was looking into local reports that a number...
  • B1 Bomber crashes in Qatar

    04/04/2008 1:56:53 PM PDT · by sevenbak · 30 replies · 939+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 4 | MSNBC News Service
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military says a B-1 bomber has crashed at an American Air Force base in the Middle East. A military official says that details remain sketchy but the bomber crashed in the nation of Qatar at al-Udeid Air Base, the headquarters of all American air operations in the Middle East.
  • B1 Flys Over Glendale at about 1500 to 2000 feet

    03/31/2008 12:58:49 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 67 replies · 4,525+ views
    Observed... | DoughtyOne
        Just had a B1 Bomber fly over my home at about at 1500 to 2000 feet above the ground.  This is a strange place to have one of them fly over that low.  There isn't an air-base nearby.  There are also some 2500 to 3000 foot mountains close by, that it would likely have had to travel over or around to come by our property.  It looked just like the one pictured here.     I am located in Glendale, California and the aircraft flew down the valley over the Oakmont Country Club, from the direction of La Crescenta...
  • B-1 Bomber Collides Into Emergency Vehicles At Andersen Air Force Base

    03/11/2008 6:31:22 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 11 replies · 799+ views
    Pacific News Center ^ | 07.MAR.08 | Staff Reporter
    9:40 p.m. Guam - Air Force officials are investigating the collision of a B-1 Bomber with emergency vehicles on the taxiway up at Andersen Air Force Base. Air Force Spokesman Capt. Joel Stark confirms that the B-1 Bomber was in transit from Singapore to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota and had landed at AAFB for an inflight emergency. Capt. Stark couldn't disclose what the emergency was but did say the B-1 Bomber apparently had rolled while on the taxiway and collided into the vehicles just after 12 p.m. Friday. Capt. Stark says there were no injuries since the crew...
  • Air Force confirms B-1 bomber crashes at Andersen

    03/07/2008 4:15:53 AM PST · by maquiladora · 5 replies · 416+ views
    Andersen Air Force Base public affairs spokesman Tech Sergeant Mike Boquette confirms that a B-1 bomber slid off the runway at the Yigo base this afternoon at around noon, crashing into a group of emergency response vehicles. The military reports that there were no injuries and no fatalities as a result of the accident. This is the third incident involving the crashing of a military aircraft in less than a month. A Navy Ea-6b Prowler attached to the U.S.S. Kittyhawk strike group went down about 20 miles to the north of AAFB on February 12; and then just 11 days...
  • Supersonic B-1s start moving through D-M (Davis-Monthan AFB)

    01/16/2008 5:04:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 54 replies · 1,146+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Aaron Mackey
    The first of dozens of supersonic Air Force bombers have begun to land at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to be upgraded as part of an effort to increase the jet's role in conflicts abroad. The U.S. Air Force's entire fleet of 65 B-1 Lancer bombers is scheduled to move through D-M in the coming months as base personnel and defense contractors outfit the aircraft with the latest targeting and surveillance technology. Work on the first B-1 already has begun and should take another week and a half to complete, said 2nd Lt. Mary Pekas, a base spokeswoman. Another bomber is...
  • B1 Bomber Strikes direct hit on Taliban Position

    11/09/2007 8:59:42 PM PST · by monkeycard · 55 replies · 156+ views
    British Troops call in B1 assistance with a direct hit...
  • Diabetes Damaged Linked To Vitamin B1 Shortage

    08/07/2007 6:10:11 PM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 1,952+ views
    Diabetes damage linked to vitamin B1 shortage Last Updated: 1:43am BST 08/08/2007 Diabetics have three-quarters less vitamin B1 in their blood than healthy people, research has shown. A study by the University of Warwick has linked this shortfall, which occurs in sufferers with both type one and two of the disease, to damage to the kidneys, retina and nerves in the arms and legs that are all common symptoms of the disease. Prof Paul Thornalley, from the university, said that vitamin supplements could be taken by all diabetics and would work alongside conventional glucose controls. The study is published in...
  • Video: US B-1 bombs Taliban for Brits (3 2000lb bombs)

    06/02/2007 1:45:57 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 13 replies · 1,206+ views
    Liveleak ^ | June 2, 2007 | Liveleak
    <p>Video of the Brits facing off against some Taliban in Afghanistan.</p> <p>A B-1 bomber screams in unseen overhead and drops three 2000 lb. bombs on Taliban positions. The same British soldier is then heard commenting, "That is going to f&*#ing hurt.</p>
  • Air & Sea Show 2007 - Ft. Lauderdale FL

    My son was able to attend the Air and Sea show today in Ft. Lauderdale FL. The link is to the Flikr slideshow containing his pictures.
  • USAF Photo of the Day: When U.S. planes are in the air they rule. Meet one of the rulers: The Bone

    03/04/2007 10:36:43 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 55 replies · 3,023+ views
    http://chamorrobible.org/images/photos/gpw-20041217-UnitedStatesAirForce-040116-F-0971G-130.jpg ^ | January 16, 2004 | Staff Sgt. Shelley R. Gill, 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard
    Under the control of talented, highly skilled, superbly trained United States Air Force pilots, a B-1B Lancer bomber -- "The Bone" -- demonstrates power, authority, and vapor beauty during an open house flyby in Southwest Asia, 16 January 2004. Image ID: 040116-F-0971G-130 Via: http://chamorrobible.org/gpw/gpw-20041217.htm Big Photo Link: http://chamorrobible.org/images/photos/gpw-20041217-UnitedStatesAirForce-040116-F-0971G-130.jpg PhotographerStaff Sgt. Shelley R. Gill, Still Photography Journeyman, 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard, U.S.A.
  • B-1 After Fueling Mishap(Head Up, Tail Down: second try)

    06/17/2006 10:08:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 62 replies · 2,784+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/14/06
  • B-1B strikes Taliban stronghold

    05/19/2006 2:58:54 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 41 replies · 1,072+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 5/19/2006 | AFPN Staff
    5/19/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- A B-1B Lancer struck a Taliban-associated compound May 17 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of coalition ground forces conducting operations to detain individuals suspected of terrorist activities. The bomber responded to an immediate air support request with a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition, destroying the compound from which the Taliban members were attacking. Coalition ground forces reported approximately 15 to 20 Taliban were killed from the air strike. These individuals were active members of the Taliban network and conducted attacks against coalition and Afghan forces. Additionally, they conducted attacks against Afghan government officials and...
  • Modification Kits to Improve B-1 Combat Capability

    05/17/2006 4:09:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 606+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | May 16, 2006 | B-1 Systems Group, Aeronautical Systems Center
    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, May 16, 2006 – The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a $180-million contract to the Boeing Company to upgrade the fire-control radar on the service's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft. The nine-year Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program, or RMIP, will replace two, high-failure rate line-replaceable units that make up the current AN/APQ-164 radar system in an effort to improve its R&M performance.According to U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Clark, commander of the B-1 Systems Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, the RMIP System Development and Demonstration is the first significant radar...
  • Air show returns to Valley skies - Yeager, B-2, Raptor among attractions

    10/22/2005 10:38:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies · 1,055+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, October 22, 2005. | ALLISON GATLIN
    EDWARDS AFB - Aviation buffs, grab your cameras. The Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show returns today for a two-day run after a two-year absence. Gates open today and Sunday at 7 a.m., with the flying set to run from 10 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. each day. Parking and admission are free. Among the featured aerial acts are the newest addition to the Air Force arsenal, the F/A-22 Raptor and the B-2 stealth bomber. In keeping with tradition, Chuck Yeager will open the air show, this year flying a P-51 Mustang similar to the one he...
  • Aviation legend Golden Knights take flight at open house

    10/10/2005 9:34:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 434+ views
    Antelope Valley Press on ^ | Monday, October 10, 2005.
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Planning for the upcoming open house on Oct. 22 and 23 is hitting a fever pitch as base officials finalize one of the most diverse air shows to hit the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles area in years. This year there will be just under seven hours of continuous flying featuring nearly 34 separate flight demonstrations; more than triple those of most shows common to southern California. Some highlights include a special performance by aviation legend Chuck Yeager flying a P-51 Mustang, the same type of aircraft Yeager flew when he became an ace in...
  • WARPLANES: B-1B Gets Upgrades, Work, But No Respect

    08/26/2005 6:49:40 PM PDT · by spetznaz · 93 replies · 2,204+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | August 25, 2005
    The U.S. Air Force is betting lots of money on its B-1B bomber, an aircraft that was the victim of many cancellation attempts, and the butt of many jokes because of that. But in the end, or at least as of today, the B-1B turned out to be a good investment. The B-1B carries more bombs than any other American heavy bomber. It can also move fast (about 1,500 kilometers an hour) if it needs to, and is stealthy. The B-1B played a major role in the 2001 campaign in Afghanistan, where eight of them dropped 40 percent of the...
  • How Bush would gain from war with Iran

    08/15/2005 1:42:38 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 34 replies · 1,280+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday August 15, 2005 | Dan Plesch
    The US has the capability and reasons for an assault - and it is hard to see Britain uninvolved President Bush has reminded us that he is prepared to take military action to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. On Israeli television this weekend, he declared that "all options are on the table" if Tehran doesn't comply with international demands. In private his officials deride EU and UN diplomacy with Iran. US officials have been preparing pre-emptive war since Bush marked Iran out as a member of the "axis of evil" back in 2002. Once again, this war is likely to...
  • Weekend Photos: USAF B-1B Bomber's Cloud-on-Cloud, Hubble's Keen Eye, and First Dog Barney, Where?

    12/17/2004 1:28:23 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 9 replies · 2,076+ views
    HubbleSite.org, ChamorroBible.org, FreeRepublic.com
    USAF B-1B Lancer's Prandtl-Glauert condensation cloud is an additional cloud in Southeast Asia's blue sky. Photographer: Staff Sgt. Shelley R. Gill, Still Photography Journeyman, 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard Sources: http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20041217.htm , http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20041216.htm , http://FluidMech.net/tutorials/sonic/prandtl-glauert-clouds.htm NASA's Hubble Space Telescope zooms in on spiral galaxy NGC 3370 and thousands of distant galaxies. Photographer: Dr. Adam Riess, Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Sources: http://HubbleSite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2003/24/image/a , http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20041212.htm The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is on the Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543). Photography: NASA, ESA, HEIC, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Sources: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2004/27/image/a , http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20041218.htm...
  • B-1 crew describes taking out 'The Big One'

    04/08/2003 6:10:02 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 12 replies · 234+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 04/08/03 | Master Sgt. Scott Elliott
    04/08/03 - WASHINGTON -- An Air Force B-1 Lancer crew rode an "adrenaline rush" as they prepared to strike a recently discovered target of opportunity believed to be the site of a high-level Iraqi leadership meeting April 7. "There wasn't a lot of time for reflection," Lt. Col. Fred Swan told Pentagon reporters via telephone from his deployed location. Swan is a B-1 Lancer weapons systems officer assigned to the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing. According to Swan, the B-1 was engaged in midair refueling when a call came from an airborne control aircraft telling them "this is the big one"...
  • Crew Took Minutes to Hit Saddam Hideout

    04/08/2003 11:40:03 AM PDT · by kattracks · 19 replies · 811+ views
    AP | 4/08/03 | PAULINE JELINEK
    Crew Took Minutes to Hit Saddam Hideout By PAULINE JELINEK .c The Associated Press WASHINTGON (AP) - ``This is the big one'' was the message relayed to a B-1 bomber as it prepared for a mission in western Iraq. Crew members didn't know exactly what that meant. But 12 minutes later, they had diverted from their original plan, sped some 200 miles to Baghdad and dropped four huge bombs on a suspected hiding place of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, his sons and other regime leaders, said bombardier Lt. Col. Fred Swan. ``When we got the word that it was a...
  • 12 Minute Response Time For USAF B1 Crew To Hit The "BIG ONE"

    04/08/2003 9:37:42 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 39 replies · 317+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8 April, 2003
    Tue Apr 8,11:58 AM ET A U.S. B-1 bomber that tried to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) in Baghdad dropped four satellite-guided bombs only 12 minutes after receiving orders that 'this is the big one,' the plane's weapons officer said on April 8, 2003. 'We used four weapons on the target,' Air Force Lt. Col. Fred Swan, told Pentagon (news - web sites) reporters of Monday's attack in a telephone interview from the region. 'From the time we got the coordinates, it took 12 minutes to get the bombs on target.' A B-1B Lancer from...
  • Baghdad hit; Powell warns Syria

    03/31/2003 7:58:29 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 199+ views
    UPI ^ | Monday, March 31, 2003
    Baghdad hit; Powell warns Syria Coalition aircraft once again bombed Baghdad in an operation that Central Command called "historic," fighting in An Najaf and An Samana killed some 100 Iraqi troops, and the United States once again warned Syria to cease supporting Saddam Hussein or face the "consequences." The overnight bombing of Baghdad targeted the Ministry of Information with a Tomahawk Land Attack Munition, CENTCOM said. It said the hit would reduce Saddam's "command and control capabilities." "The strike enhances the security of coalition forces conducting operations across Iraq," it said. In a news release headlined "Historic Bomber Package Strikes...
  • Anatomy of a Target

    03/31/2003 6:09:41 AM PST · by ladtx · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 31 Mar 03 | Bill Harlan
    On Friday, March 14, at 7:20 a.m. MST — five days before the official start of the war — two B-1B bombers struck the H3 airfield complex about 250 miles west of Baghdad. The bombers also hit another airfield complex nearby, according to the Associated Press. The Air Force did not say where the B-1Bs were based. Ellsworth Air Force Base has two squadrons of B-1Bs — or 26 aircraft. The other 34 aircraft in the nation's B-1B fleet are based at Dyess AFB, Texas. Nearly 1,000 Ellsworth personnel and an undisclosed number of Ellsworth B-1Bs are deployed overseas for...
  • Wave of U.S. Bombers Strikes Baghdad

    03/30/2003 11:35:18 PM PST · by kattracks · 198+ views
    AP | 3/31/03 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    Wave of U.S. Bombers Strikes Baghdad By HAMZA HENDAWI .c The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. warplanes, including a massive armada of long-range bombers, pounded leadership positions in Baghdad, and missiles ignited a fire that raged before dawn Monday at the Iraqi Information Ministry. The blaze, yards away from a shopping mall named for Saddam Hussein's birthday, was put out after about 30 minutes. The attacks targeted leadership and command and control centers in Baghdad and were carried out simultaneously by multiple B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, the U.S. Central Command said. The command said it was the...