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  • US intercepts Russian bombers near Alaska

    05/13/2018 6:12:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/5/18
    Two Russian TU-95 bombers nearing US airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday were intercepted by two F-22 ...
  • Suicide Bombers Strike Three Indonesian Churches

    05/12/2018 7:56:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Police in Indonesia say suicide bombers have struck three churches in the city of Surabaya on the island of Java. Officials say at least two people were killed and 13 others injured in a blast Sunday in front of the Santa Maria Catholic Church. There was no immediate word about injuries at other sites. Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city. Debris is seen outside Santa Maria church, where an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, May 13, 2018. Media reports say simultaneous attacks on churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya have left casualties.
  • US fighters intercept Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska

    05/12/2018 6:15:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/12/2018 | Rick Moran
    Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska yesterday and escorted out of the U.S. air defense zone. CNN: The Russian long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast. "At approximately 10 a.m. ET, two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Russian TU-95 'Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Air Defense Identification Zone around the western coast of Alaska, north of the Aleutian Islands," NORAD and USNORTHCOM spokesman Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said in a statement. The...
  • US Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

    05/12/2018 2:04:00 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News. The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to U.S. territory. The Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast, north of the Aleutian Islands, but remained in international airspace, the spokesman, Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy said.
  • Russia Puts the World’s Biggest Bomber Back Into Production

    01/29/2018 6:32:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 26, 2018 | Dave Majumdar
    Russia has started test flying the first “new” Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber. However, this first airframe will primarily be used as a flight sciences test aircraft — it is not a fully equipped mission capable strategic bomber. Moreover, this particular airframe was likely assembled from parts that were originally built during the Soviet-era.
  • The B-58 Hustler Was a Beautiful Mistake

    11/16/2017 6:03:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 16, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    On Nov. 11, 1956, the first B-58 Hustler took flight. It would never see combat. An exotic, beautiful bomber designed for high-speed nuclear strike missions, a changes in Soviet tactics and a development method which dramatically hiked costs conspired to doom the Hustler — intended as a replacement for the jet-powered B-47 Stratojet.
  • Russia Is Improving the Biggest Bomber Ever: New mission systems and engines

    11/15/2017 6:00:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 14, 2017 | Dave Majumdar
    Russia Is Improving the Biggest Bomber Ever New mission systems and engines Russia Is Improving the Biggest Bomber Ever WIB AIR November 14, 2017 Dave Majumdar Russia75 Tu-1603 Early next year in February, the first of Russia’s new production Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bombers will take to the air. The new bomber is essentially a prototype of a next generation variant of the venerable Blackjack, the first generation of which was built during the 1980s in the last days of the Soviet Union.
  • U.S. Ready To Put 'Nuclear Bombers On 24-hour Alert' For First Time Since Cold War

    10/23/2017 5:15:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/17 | Abigail Miller
    US Air Force is prepping nuclear-armed bombers to be on 24-hour alert Armed B-52s will be parked at Barksdale Air Force for the first time since 1991Weapons will be ready to take off at a moment's notice if they get the command  The United States Air Force will put its ageing fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to its chief of staff.  Amid rising tensions with North Korea and a resurgent Putin-led Russia, General David Goldfein told Defense One that the strategic bomber force will be...
  • ‘US declared war first’: N. Korea Says It Has Right To Shoot Down Strategic Bombers

    09/25/2017 10:08:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    R.T. ^ | 09/25/17
    The North Korean foreign minister says Pyongyang has every right to take countermeasures against US aggression, including shooting down warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean airspace. Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that US President Donald Trump has effectively declared war on Pyongyang, meaning all options were on the table for his country’s leadership. “The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” Reuters quoted him as saying. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will...
  • SHOW OF FORCE US unleashes supersonic bombers in ‘North Korea airstrike drill’...

    07/08/2017 2:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Sun ^ | July 8, 2017 | Jon Lockett
    TWO American supersonic bombers conducted live-fire drills in South Korea today in a show of force after North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The pair of B-1B Lancer strategic bombers flew from a US base on Guam and were joined by US and South Korean jet fighters for the operation. They then carried out the simulated destruction of an enemy ballistic missile launcher and underground nuclear bunker facilities, the South’s air force said. North Korea announced on Tuesday it successfully test-launched an ICBM, saying the missile was capable of carrying a large and heavy nuclear warhead. Some experts...
  • Female ISIS suicide bombers attack Iraqi troops in Mosul

    07/03/2017 6:08:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | unknown
    MOSUL, Iraq — Two women suicide bombers, hiding among a group of fleeing civilians, targeted Iraqi troops in Mosul on Monday morning, killing one soldier and wounding several others, an Iraqi officer said. Using women as suicide bombers was apparently the latest tactic by the militants, Sgt. Ali Abdullah Hussein told The Associated Press.
  • US sends bombers to fly over Korean Peninsula in message to the North

    06/20/2017 12:06:58 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2017 | Melissa Quinn
    The United States flew two bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, the Air Force said, the day after the death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for more than a year. The move was a demonstration of force, and one that has occurred several times this year after the country conducted ballistic missile tests. The two B-1B Lancers conducted two joint drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces, which were meant to show solidarity among the three countries to "defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater," the...
  • Russian military planes fly by Alaska for a FOURTH night in a row

    04/21/2017 11:17:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ashley Collman
    For the fourth time in as many days, Russian military planes have flown too close to the U.S. for comfort. Each night this week starting Monday, the Russian military has sent planes flying towards Alaska. The planes have remained in international airspace for the length of their journeys, but have gotten as close as 36 nautical miles off the Alaskan mainland.
  • (CNN Yuck) US official: With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on 'high alert'

    04/20/2017 10:45:52 AM PDT · by johnk · 10 replies ^ | Updated 12:23 PM ET, Thu April 20, 2017 | By Ryan Browne
    Washington (CNN): The US is seeing evidence that the Chinese military is preparing for a potential North Korea contingency, a US defense official told CNN Thursday. Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers were put "on high alert" on Wednesday, the official said, adding that the US has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up to full readiness through intensified maintenance. The official said that these recent steps by the Chinese are assessed as part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency." Such a contingency could include the risk...
  • Donald Trump sends B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea

    03/09/2017 5:21:46 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    The Sun ^ | 03/09/17 | Jon Lockett
    AMERICAN military chiefs are sending nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point. North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches. Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan. Now President Donald Trump is reportedly flying in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show he’s had enough. South Korea and the US have also started their...
  • Arrogant U.S. Generals Made the P-51 Mustang a Necessity: With better leadership, [tr]

    12/01/2016 11:19:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 1, 2016 | James Perry Stevenson and Pierre Sprey
    The benefits the P-51 Mustang brought to aerial battles in World War II, particularly over Germany, are reasonably well known. The iconic fighter plane could fly higher, faster, farther and generate more kills per sortie than the U.S. Army Air Force’s aviation bureaucracy’s preferred P-47s or P-38s. However, the real P-51 Mustang story is just as much about the difficult gestation of a great new fighter as it is about the quashing of the drop tanks urgently needed to extend the range of existing fighters. Then there’s the guerilla tactics some officials unleashed in the corridors of power to overcome...
  • Terrorists Once Used Refugee Program to Settle in US

    12/19/2015 8:22:37 PM PST · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    ABC news ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | James Gordon Meek Brian Ross
    Of the 31 states that have declared their opposition to taking in Syrian refugees, one state, Kentucky, has a specific reason to be wary of the background check process: previously two Iraqi refugees who settled in Bowling Green turned out to be al Qaeda-linked terrorists with the blood of American soldiers on their hands, an ABC News investigation found. In the wake of the Kentucky case, the U.S. halted the refugee program for Iraqis for six months, a fact the Obama administration did not disclose to Congress at the time, officials told ABC News in the 2013 investigation.
  • Military first for Iran as Russian bombers based on its territory launch air strikes on Syria

    08/16/2016 7:24:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/16/16 | Roland Oliphant
    Russian bombers flying from an Iranian airbase have struck targets in Syria, in the first time the Islamic republic has allowed a foreign power to conduct military operations from its territory since the 1979 revolution. Tu-22 long range bombers and SU-34 strike fighters flying from Hamadan airbase in Western Iran struck targets near Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Idlib on Tuesday morning, the Russian ministry of defence said in a statement. “Flying with full bomb loads from Iran’s Hamadan airbase, the aircraft carried out group attacks on Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra positions,” the ministry said. Jabhat al-Nusra is the former...
  • The B-58 Hustler Was America’s Cold War Nuclear Bomber Blunder

    07/29/2016 6:28:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 29, 2016 | Robert Farley
    In an era of fantastic aircraft, the B-58 Hustler was one of the most visually striking warplanes ever to fly. Its delta wing, giant engines, and remarkable performance gave rise to the myth that pilots could literally tear the wings off the bomber if they flew it too fast.
  • New stealth bomber's cost is under the radar

    07/05/2016 2:43:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WISC-TV ^ | July 5, 2016 | Zachary Cohen, CNN
    Secrecy is the linchpin of a stealth aircraft's ability to carry out strikes deep within enemy territory, but when it comes to the tax dollars that are going to be spent on the U.S. Air Force's new B-21 bomber, some members of Congress say it is time pull the curtain back. The Air Force said it has no plans to publicly disclose the cost estimate for the aircraft touted as the "backbone" of the U.S.'s future strike and deterrence capabilities, arguing it would reveal too much information to potential adversaries and compromise a classified program. That's infuriated some lawmakers, including...