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  • Legendary A-10 'Warthog' sends ISIS fleeing even as it faces Pentagon cuts

    01/21/2015 12:39:22 PM PST · by McGruff · 115 replies
    With a roaring engine, 30-mm. cannon and nose painted like a toothsome, snarling beast, the A-10 Thunderbolt sends ISIS fighters scattering like cockroaches on the Iraqi desert plains, but the legendary fighter plane pilots call the "Warthog" may be fighting for its own life. The venerable plane, first built for destroying Soviet tanks, has been on the chopping block since the sequester of 2011 mandated steep cuts in the Pentagon budget. Although the planes haven't been built in more than 30 years, the Defense Department believes it can save maintenance costs by phasing them out. Air Force brass believes newer,...
  • The evolution of the Ilyushin Il-2

    10/07/2014 10:59:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 7, 2014 | Vadim Matveyev
    Designers competing to create an aircraft that could directly support troops on the battlefield were hampered by the weight of the ‘flying tank’, low air speed and flimsy protection. The Il-2 was the answer to these challenges. One of the key lessons of the First World War was that the airplane had a crucial role to play in effective military campaigns in the new era. With this in mind, in the 1920s and 1930s Europe’s leading nations expended significant efforts and resources on developing new aircraft that could be used to provide support for infantry and tanks. The Soviet Union...
  • Scorpion Jet Makes International Debut

    07/04/2014 10:12:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Flying Mag ^ | Jul 03, 2014 | Pia Bergqvist
    Textron AirLand's new military jet prototype, the twin-engine Scorpion, is breezing through the development phase and is now ready to make its international debut. With more than 105 hours of flight-testing on its prototype, the Wichita, Kansas-based company plans to send the Scorpion on its way on a multi-day, 4,700-nm flight from Wichita to RAF Fairford-Gloucestershire today. The prototype will be shown off to potential customers attending the Farnborough International Airshow and The Royal International Air Tattoo, both set to take place in the United Kingdom in the middle of this month. Textron AirLand president Bill Anderson said the airplane...
  • A-10 backers win House vote to save plane

    06/20/2014 7:39:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted an amendment to the 2015 defense appropriation bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from spending any money to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet — a mainstay of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But the fate of the venerated “Warthog” close-air-support jet remains far from certain, as the Senate still must act, and the issue will likely be hammered out in conference committee. The amendment’s bipartisan adoption was a victory for Rep. Ron Barber, a Tucson Democrat, and other A-10 supporters, who were chagrined when the House Appropriations Committee left A-10 funding out of...
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • The Air Force is Quietly Killing Off the A-10—Over Congress’ Protests

    11/15/2013 5:31:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 15, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen is fighting back against the U.S. Air Force’s move to prematurely retire all 350 of its A-10 Warthog attack planes between 2015 and 2018. But the flying branch is already strangling the A-10 force with budget cuts, upgrade cancellations and a reduced contingent of new pilots. The battle is intensifying in Washington, D.C. over the legendary warplane, which was originally meant to destroy Soviet tanks and has flown thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving scores of American lives with its overwhelming firepower.
  • A-10 Thunderbolt

    09/23/2013 10:15:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 81 replies
    NRO ^ | 9/20/2013 | unknown
    Renowned for its lethal striking power and rugged airframe, the Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt has proven its mettle on thousands of combat missions in more than three decades in service. But now it's future may be in question due to budget cuts and shifting missions. Here’s a look.
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • BOMBSHELL: US Troops Wouldn't Have Been Painting Targets on Ground Unless There Was Air Support..

    10/26/2012 6:30:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 371 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 26, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    BOMBSHELL: US troops in Benghazi would not have been painting targets on the ground unless there was air support overhead. But someone called it off – And the decision most likely came from the White House. FOX News reported earlier today that security officers on the ground in Benghazi had a laser planted on a target that was firing on the annex. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA...
  • BOMBSHELL: US Forces Would Not Have Been Painting Targets on Ground Unless Air Support Overhead

    10/28/2012 4:10:13 PM PDT · by Truthhunter1 · 42 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/26/12
    ...Then there’s this bombshell at BlackFive from a former Delta operator: Having spent a good bit of time nursing a GLD (ground Laser Designator) in several garden spots around the world, something from the report jumped out at me. One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station. Only two places could have called off the attack at that...
  • Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020

    02/20/2012 8:10:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/02/2012
    Russian Air Force to Receive New Attack Aircraft by 2020 The deliveries of new close air support aircraft to the Russian Air Force will start by 2020, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said. “The Air Force units will start receiving this aircraft by 2020,” Drik said on Monday. “It will gradually replace highly-reliable Su-25SM Frogfoot attack planes.” According to Drik, the new aircraft will meet the demands of modern warfare and feature elements of “stealth” technology, the whole range of tactical weaponry, modern radar and navigation equipment. Meanwhile, Russia will continue to upgrade its outdated Su-25 attack aircraft to...
  • Russian Air Force completes Su-25UBM flight tests

    01/11/2012 6:52:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 10/01/2012
    Russian Air Force completes Su-25UBM flight tests The Russian Air Force has completed flight tests of the modernized Sukhoi Su-25UBM ground attack-trainer aircraft, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said on Tuesday. “Air Force commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin signed off on the completion of flight tests for the Su-25UBM at the end of December 2011,” Drik said. The Su-25UBM is a heavily modernized variant of the Su-25 capable of training and strike missions, and is fitted with a new radar, more powerful and accurate weapons, an automated mission system and increased battlefield survivability and reliability. The Su-25UBM, which will...
  • USS Reagan strike group returns to port

    10/22/2009 1:34:57 AM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies · 1,208+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | October 21, 2009
    CORONADO — The USS Ronald Reagan and three warships in its strike group returned to San Diego today following a five-month deployment that included air strikes in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and operations against pirates off Somalia. Thousands of family members lined the docks at Naval Air Station North Island to greet the arrival of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and at Naval Base San Diego to welcome home the crews of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley and USS Howard. There are more than 5,000 sailors and aviators on the four ships, which...
  • The Catlin Ice Follies

    05/16/2009 12:17:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 707+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 16, 2009 | Richard Henry Lee
    The global warmists have yet another embarrassment on their hands.   The Catlin Arctic Survey was the brainchild of British explorer Pen Hadow who organized an expedition to trek to the North Pole to highlight how global warming was melting the Arctic ice cap. But his quest was thwarted when Mother Nature responded with fierce winds, bitter cold temperatures, and just plain lousy weather which destroyed ice measuring equipment and hampered resupply efforts, which at one point, left the team close to starvation. While the Hadow team was struggling on the ground, a German expedition was measuring thicker than expected second year ice from the comfort of an aircraft...
  • Taliban Chews Some Dust

    01/24/2009 7:49:22 PM PST · by clyde_m · 10 replies · 426+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 24, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    The IDF can't get all the glory. The USAF is doing a magnificent job of ridding the world of Taliban. In this video, several Taliban try to make their getaway on bikes. An A-10 Warthog has a different idea.
  • Air support unites Airmen, Soldiers in Afghanistan

    11/13/2008 3:47:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 333+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Tammie Moore, USAF
    11/13/2008 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers now assigned to the Kapisa and Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team meet Airmen responsible for close-air-support missions and toured the Bagram Airfield flightline to see the aircraft up close Oct. 28. Pennsylvania National Guard Bravo Company 3rd/103 Mechanized Infantry Soldiers deployed in Afghanistan fought their way out of more than 55 firefights in 4.5 months, and in those life and death situations A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and F-15E Strike Eagles pilots were high overhead to respond to their calls for close-air support. "It is awesome that they came by. We don't...
  • A-10 pilots keeping it safe in Afghanistan

    05/15/2008 6:59:32 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 48 replies · 266+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 16, 2008 | Scott Schonauer
    (See video at end of story) BAGRAM, Afghanistan — A 200-pound bomb dropped from a U.S. warplane can end a firefight in a heartbeat. That same bomb, however, slightly off target, can be tragic for troops on the ground. The margin of error, the difference between helping allies and making a horrific mistake, is microscopically thin for pilots thousands of feet in the air. Bad judgment, poor communication or both can alter fate in seconds. Pilots with the Spangdahlem, Germany-based 81st Fighter Squadron know the risks all too well. When the squadron last deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, a pilot...
  • A-10 pilots should have an edge next time they go downrange

    11/21/2007 4:33:45 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 75 replies · 362+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 22, 2007 | Charlie Reed
    SPANGDAHLEM, Germany – Tracking and pursuing enemy forces on the ground should be easier for A-10 pilots with the 81st Fighter Squadron when they go downrange early next year. By the time they deploy, leaders hope the unit’s 18 aircraft will be outfitted with new targeting systems. Three already have been installed with six more on the way. The technology allows pilots to deploy laser-guided munitions, pursue moving targets at night with infrared imaging and stabilize points on the ground while maneuvering. The information is routed from a targeting pod attached under the wing to a monitor in the one-man...
  • Upgraded A-10s prove worth in Iraq [A-10C]

    11/07/2007 3:52:52 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 90 replies · 177+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 11/7/2007 | Staff Sgt. Markus Maier
    11/7/2007 - AL ASAD AIR BASE, IRAQ (AFPN) -- A new version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II has been flying over Iraq providing close-air support for the ground troops from Al Asad Air Base for nearly two months. As part of the Precision Engagement Upgrade Program, the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing has been converting it's A-10s from A to C models. "We are the first A-10C model squadron to deploy to combat," said Lt. Col. Timothy Smith, the 104th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander. "We just transitioned to the aircraft six months prior to coming here, and the C-model...
  • Coalition airpower supports ground troops

    09/28/2007 9:22:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 123+ views
    MNF-Iraq.com ^ | Saturday, 29 September 2007 | U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Southwest A
    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower supported Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Sept. 27, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.  Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs targeted an enemy cave in Asadabad with Guided Bomb Unit-12s to suppress enemy fire.The Joint Terminal Attack Controller reported the bombs hit the target and the enemy fire ceased.Other A-10s joined the engagement, strafing enemy firing positions in the area with cannon rounds.The JTAC confirmed the rounds hit the targets and the desired result was achieved.Also near Asadabad, A-10s fired...
  • Coalition airpower supports ground forces

    09/19/2007 6:11:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 143+ views
    MNF-Iraq.com ^ | September 19, 2007 | U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Southwest A
    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower supported Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Sept. 18, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.  Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs targeted an enemy building in Jaladabad with cannon rounds.The JTAC confirmed the weapons hit the target and the desired result was achieved.An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle conducted a show of force in Gereshk over a group of suspicious people observing Coalition forces.The Joint Terminal Attack Controller reported the suspicious activity ceased.  An Air Force B-1B Lancer targeted an enemy...
  • A-10C's Go to War

    09/01/2007 5:02:30 PM PDT · by llevrok · 27 replies · 585+ views
    September 1, 2007: The new A-10C is headed for Iraq and Afghanistan, as the first of the new models became available last month. That's because the U.S. A-10 "Warhog" ground attack aircraft is so popular with ground troops that even the air force brass took note of it. So they speeded up the plan to upgrade the electronics of the aircraft. The A-10 can fly low and slow, and is designed, and armored, to survive lots of ground fire. The troops trust the A-10 more than the F-16, or any other aircraft used for supporting the ground troops. The new...
  • Attack helicopters engage and kill eight insurgents

    08/12/2007 11:52:15 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 534+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory ^ | August 12, 2007 | Multi-National Division – North PAO
    TIKRIT, Iraq – The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade continued its lethal fight against insurgent forces when attack helicopters engaged and killed eight insurgents Aug. 9 in Salah ad Din province.  An attack helicopter received a “troops in contact” call from Coalition ground forces. The group of insurgents broke contact by the time the attack helicopters arrived to the location of the engagement.  Moments later, the team observed 12 gunmen moving tactically near their attack position.  “Our attack and scout weapons aircraft will continue to fly day and night in support of Coalition and Iraqi ground forces,” said Maj. John Herrman,...
  • A-10 pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    08/02/2007 5:05:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman Mindy Bloem
    8/2/2007 - POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFPN) -- An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot has received the Distinguished Flying Cross in a ceremony here July 27 for a nighttime rescue mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Maj. Keith Wolak, with the 74th Fighter Squadron here received the honor for a combat search and rescue mission he coordinated July 2, 2005, when he cleared a helicopter landing zone while suppressing the enemy's attacks. The mission was to rescue a U.S. Navy SEAL on the ground. "I feel very proud and very honored and I'll wear this medal with pride," said...
  • A-10A Friendly Fire Board of Inquiry Findings released

    07/14/2007 10:35:34 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 531+ views
    DBD/Canadian Forces ^ | 2007-07-14 | (press release)
    News Release A-10A Friendly Fire Board of Inquiry Findings released CEFCOM NR-07.028 - July 13, 2007 OTTAWA - Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, Commander Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM), released today the findings from the A-10A Friendly Fire Incident Board of Inquiry (BOI) that investigated the September 4, 2006, events during which a USAF aircraft opened fire on Canadian troops. This incident resulted in the death of Private Mark Anthony Graham and injuries to several other Canadian soldiers serving with Charles Company group, Royal Canadian Regiment, Joint Task Force – Afghanistan (JTF-Afg). “Members of the Board of Inquiry produced a thorough report...
  • U.S. forces kill 6 Iraqi police in Baghdad raid

    07/13/2007 7:01:25 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies · 631+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/13/2007 | Reuters/UK
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers killed at least six Iraqi policemen and seven suspected militants during a dawn raid in east Baghdad on Friday to arrest an Iraqi police lieutenant accused of militant links, the U.S. military said. A U.S. war plane made an air strike during the fighting after U.S. soldiers were attacked with "heavy and accurate" gunfire from an Iraqi police checkpoint, rooftops and a nearby church, the military said in a statement. The police lieutenant was detained in the raid. The U.S. said he was suspected of planning roadside bomb and mortar attacks on U.S. forces, and...
  • High Maintenance Hogs (A-10 Warthogs, that is)

    07/09/2007 4:37:25 AM PDT · by Renfield · 63 replies · 4,554+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 7-3-07 | Jim Dunnigan
    July 3, 2007: The U.S. Air Force is spending about $8 million per aircraft to repair and reinforce the wings on 252 A-10 ground attack aircraft. This will keep the A-10s flying for another twenty years. The A-10 may be the last manned American ground attack aircraft, and the entire fleet is being upgraded with new electronics, to make the aircraft as effective as possible. The U.S. A10 "Warthog" has flown more combat missions in Iraq than any other American warplane. Despite this, the U.S. Air Force has never really wanted the A-10, and has been forced to keep it...
  • Aviation Unit Supports ‘Surge’ Forces in Baghdad

    06/15/2007 4:53:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 344+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2007 – As the troop surge in Baghdad approaches full force, the aviation unit that controls the skies over Iraq’s capital is changing tactics daily to keep a leg up on the enemy, the unit’s commander said today. Army Col. Daniel Ball, commander of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, told Pentagon reporters via a satellite broadcast that his unit is providing air support for ground troops, ferrying soldiers and equipment around the battlefield, and helping stem the flow of “accelerants” into Baghdad. The unit, part of 3rd Infantry Division, is the first combat aviation brigade to deploy to...
  • Air Force F-16 crashes in Iraq

    06/15/2007 11:47:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 879+ views
    af.mil ^ | June 15, 2007
    BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing crashed in Iraq at 12:27 a.m. June 15. There was one crewmember on board. The aircraft was flying on a close-air-support mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
  • AH-1 Cobra in Combat Iraq: Awsome Gun Cam Footage

    05/20/2007 8:05:58 PM PDT · by Max01 · 31 replies · 3,029+ views
    Live Leak ^ | May 20 2007 | 1LTCobraPilot:
    Poster: 1LTCobraPilot: "All this footage is either from my personal camera I had in Iraq, and recorded footage from the Cobra I was flying that records use of the weapons system. With the exception of the brief CNN footage about the battle of Tikrit which I played a major role in. I flew with the Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron 269. Semper Fi!"
  • Close-air support just a phone call away

    04/21/2006 4:19:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 558+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Melissa Koskovich
    4/21/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Imagine being pinned down by enemy forces, with no relief in sight. Now, imagine picking up a phone and calling your friendly local fighter pilot, flying overhead only miles away, for help. With the new Fighter Aircraft Communication Enhancement, or FACE, pod, ground units in combat are now able to do just that. Fielded for the first time in late 2004, the FACE pod is a solution to communication problems often experienced by aircraft in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. Used effectively in several theaters, the FACE pod allows ground units to communicate with...
  • Flying Nightmares target terrorism with new munitions system

    04/10/2006 6:24:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies · 1,198+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Apr 9, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Brian J. Holloran
    AL ASAD, Iraq (April 9, 2006) -- Sweat slowly drips off of the Marines as they carefully raise the 500- and 1000-pound munitions to the weapons carriage on the AV-8B Harrier - the Flying Nightmares are readying for action. Marine Attack Squadron 513, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, is the first Harrier squadron to employ the Joint Direct Attack Munitions in a combat zone. "With this new feature on our jets, we will be able to hit targets more accurately, therefore making us a more effective squadron," said Lt. Col. Willis E. Price, commanding officer, VMA-513. The...
  • Air War Strategy Preserved Iraqi Infrastructure, Lives

    04/10/2006 4:37:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 550+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2006 – Aerial strategy practiced by coalition pilots during Operation Iraqi Freedom hinged on knocking out pertinent enemy targets while preserving vital Iraqi infrastructure as well as citizens' lives, an F-16 pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq early in the war recounted here today. A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies through the sky during a combat mission over Iraq on July 23, 2004. Before then, South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 pilot Maj. Michael Norton flew his fighter in the aerial vanguard that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003. Photo by...
  • Army, Air Force Eye Upgraded Warthogs

    03/23/2006 9:44:44 AM PST · by 68skylark · 60 replies · 1,893+ views
    InsideDefense.com | March 18, 2006 | Carlo Munoz
    The planned integration of an enhanced communications system into the venerable A-10 aircraft could pave the way for the platform’s introduction into a cutting-edge combat package being developed by the Air Force and Army, a senior program official says. Plans to put the airborne Enhanced Position Locating Reporting System (ELPRS) onto a number of A-10s could allow the aircraft to be folded into the Joint Mission Capability Package (JMCP) concept, said Air National Guard Col. Louis Durkac, assistant director of requirements at Air Combat Command.The concept is designed as a “capabilities-based force package composed of fielded [weapon] systems with...
  • JDAM continues to be warfighter's weapon of choice

    03/17/2006 3:50:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 753+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Ryan Hansen
    3/17/2006 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- To call yourself the Airman warfighter's weapon of choice is one thing, but it's quite another to go out and back it up. Since its debut in 1999, the Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, has been called upon more than 15,000 times and continues to be used in the global war on terror. JDAM is a tail kit that turns an unguided dumb bomb, already in the warfighter's arsenal, into an accurate smart munition. These new smart weapons are available to the warfighter in four variants: the 2,000-pound MK-84, the...
  • AC-130 gunships returning to Iraq

    03/04/2006 3:29:02 PM PST · by Dubya · 51 replies · 1,583+ views
    Associated Press ^ | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    AN AIR BASE IN IRAQ -- The U.S. Air Force has begun moving heavily armed AC-130 airplanes -- the lethal "flying gunships" of the Vietnam War -- to a base in Iraq as commanders search for new tools to counter the Iraqi resistance, The Associated Press has learned. An AP reporter saw the first of the turboprop-driven aircraft after it landed at the airfield this week. Four are expected. The Iraq-based special forces command controlling the AC-130s, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, said it would have no comment on the deployment. But the plan's general outline was confirmed...
  • Female Pilots Get Their Shot in the Iraqi Skies Men Say Women Are Proving Skills in Direct Combat

    02/27/2006 5:39:04 AM PST · by aculeus · 117 replies · 3,501+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 27, 2006 | By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer
    TALL AFAR, Iraq -- Buzzing over this northern Iraqi city in her Kiowa scout helicopter, a .50-caliber machine gun and rockets at the ready, Capt. Sarah Piro has proved so skillful in combat missions to support U.S. ground troops that she's earned the nickname "Saint." In recent months of fighting in Tall Afar, Piro, 26, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., has quietly sleuthed out targets, laid down suppressive fire for GIs in battle and chased insurgents through the narrow alleys of this medieval city -- maneuvering all the while to avoid being shot out of the sky. In one incident,...
  • Warthog fighter pilot at home over Laredo [Texas]

    02/11/2006 6:24:40 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 51 replies · 1,491+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | February 11, 2006 | MIKE McILVAIN
    How slow can you go when bullets, rockets and other unfriendly things might be buzzing around you? Not just how slow, but what can one see from a few hundred feet in the air above a battlefield? Those are the prime questions Laredo native and Air Force Reserve Maj. Robert "Tito" Hetland might have to ask himself - and has - having served in Iraq and Afghanistan flying A-10 troop support planes. A-10 Warthogs can fly as slow as about 230 miles per hour over dangerous turf. Hetland will fly in much friendlier skies over the Laredo International Airport on...
  • F-35 nears completion at Lockheed Martin

    01/06/2006 12:03:03 PM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 161 replies · 4,903+ views
    With the installation of horizontal tails on the first F-35, the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) team has completed assembly of the aircraft's major structural components. The next milestone in the aircraft's march to first flight is engine installation, planned for early 2006. Technicians have completed major-component assembly of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. First flight is planned for next fall. The F-35 will be the most powerful single-engine fighter ever flown. "The speed and precision of assembly on this airplane continues to impress even the most experienced aerospace veterans among us...
  • Bagram A-10s take fight to enemy

    12/28/2005 10:00:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,407+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Marcus McDonald
    12/28/2005 - BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- A-10 Thunderbolt IIs continue taking the fight to the enemy by providing close air support to U.S. and coalition forces participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly after deploying in September to this base at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountains from Davis-Monthan Air Base, Ariz., the 354th Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs” began making history. “Our A-10s have provided non-stop presence and lethal firepower since we arrived,” said the squadron commander Lt. Col. Martha McSally. “From ensuring the success of Afghanistan’s first-ever provincial elections on Sept. 18 to the first seating of an...
  • Man Accidentally Kills Self Practicing Cowboy Action Shooting

    12/19/2005 12:14:14 PM PST · by CCCnative · 190 replies · 4,249+ views
    Internet Broadcasting Systems ^ | December 18, 2005 | Internet Broadcasting Systems and Local6.com.
    A man died this weekend after he accidentally shot himself at a gun range near Ocala, Fla., according to a Local 6 News report. Authorities said the 39-year-old man was practicing a sport called cowboy action shooting when he shot himself.
  • Terrorist attack backfires

    12/04/2005 9:24:47 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 29 replies · 872+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | December 04, 2005 | Edward Loomis
    December 04, 2005 Release A051204d Terrorist attack backfires TIKRIT, Iraq – Army and Air Force units teamed up to crush an ill-conceived terrorist attack against an Army patrol near Balad the morning of Dec. 3. The attack began with a hail of small-arms fire directed against the patrol. The Soldiers quickly located and engaged the gunmen, forcing them to take cover. The patrol called for close-air support and two Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons responded by dropping laser-guided bombs. Two terrorists were killed in the short engagement. One Soldier was treated at the scene for minor injuries and returned to...
  • Cobras soar through skies of Iraq, support Marines on ground

    11/25/2005 3:43:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 943+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 25, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL QAIM, Iraq (Nov. 24, 2005) -- Marines flying AH-1W Super Cobras, soaring through the skies of Iraq, are growing accustomed to using precision guided ordnance, maximizing the damage to their targets while minimizing collateral damage. Since arriving in western Iraq during September, the Gunfighters of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 have continuously dropped precision guided ordnance on the enemy in support of ongoing operations. The Gunfighters, from Al Qaim, Iraq, dropped their 100th precision-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missile, Nov. 17. “We are destroying target after target in support of ground combat brethren,” said Maj. John Barranco, the officer-in-charge of...
  • Commander Flies Combat Missions in Iraq

    09/28/2005 4:34:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 441+ views
    Defend America ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL ASAD, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2005 — For many people, doing two jobs at once is an unwelcome burden. For hard-charging Marines, it's a challenge and a chance to become better at both. Maj. Keith Couch, the acting commanding officer of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 (Forward), is leading his squadron in war while simultaneously flying combat missions in Iraq, protecting Marines and soldiers with their boots in the sand. “Flying combat missions and commanding MWHS-2 work hand-in-hand,” said the native of Leslie County, Ky. “Commanding headquarters squadron, you have the advantage of getting a firsthand perspective of what is...
  • Close-air Support Mission Nabs Terrorists

    08/30/2005 8:06:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 699+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 30, 2005 | Capt. Suzanne Ovel
    Air Support Operations Center airmen respond to immediate requests and preplanned missions of close-air support to defeat terrorism. This time, things went down differently than planned. As arranged, the men prepped and fired a mortar at coalition forces. They shuttled into their vehicle, certain of a smooth exit. "He squealed on his teammates, and coalition forces rounded them up." Capt. Sev Olinger What the terrorists did not count on was what happened afterward: An American fighter aircraft zoomed overhead, investigating the mortar point of origin. The pilot tracked the terrorist team in their getaway truck, simultaneously communicating with an Army...
  • U.S. Marines use tanks, aircraft to battle insurgents in western Iraq

    07/31/2005 10:05:45 AM PDT · by saquin · 19 replies · 868+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Marines battled insurgents with tanks and aircraft Sunday in western Iraq after the Americans came under attack from a village schoolhouse, the U.S. military said. Eleven insurgents were killed, the military said. The statement did not say whether any Marines were killed or wounded in the battle, which started when Marines from Regimental Combat Team-2 were attacked with mortar fire from a schoolhouse in a village near Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. The building was rigged with explosives and fortified with at least three .30 caliber machine guns in the windows, a military statement said....
  • Deployed A-10 Pilot Reaches 3,000-Hour Mark

    07/29/2005 7:51:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 102 replies · 1,802+ views
    Defend America News ^ | July 29, 2005 | Air Force Capt. Mark Gibson
    An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt pilot reaches a milestone supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 29, 2005 — The commander respectfully called "Duck" scored 3,000 flying hours in an A-10 Thunderbolt over the Afghan skies July 3. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Cowan, 74th Fighter Squadron commander, entered A-10 "Warthog" history upon returning to base after flying a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Since his first flight, Cowan, from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., has clocked more than 3,000 hours in a Thunderbolt cockpit. "It is extremely rare for a pilot to get 3,000 hours...
  • Close air support Iraq style

    07/26/2005 7:33:03 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies · 535+ views
    July 21, 2005 Close air support FORWARD OPERATING BASE MACKENZIE, Ad Duluiyah , Iraq – Soldiers and airmen from 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Liberty destroyed a suspected anti-Iraqi forces weapons cache near Ad Duluiyah with an air strike. Coalition forces identified the target, a pontoon on a small low-lying island in the Tigris River , as a possible weapons cache after AIF fired rockets from there. The Fire Support Element from 1-15 Infantry directed bombs from Air Force jets onto the site to destroy the pontoon and deny AIF the ability to use it to hide weapons...
  • Iraqi terrorists taken out by gunship (Video)

    07/24/2005 4:22:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies · 5,792+ views
    http://www.conservativeunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12905Air Strike--poor insurgents. Ha! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT A PICTURE - AT OVER TWO MILES AWAY!! TURN SPEAKER UP TO HEAR THE DIALOG. Here is what technology can do in a war zone. The pictures were taken from an AC130 Specter gunship two and a half miles away. The guys in the picture are setting up a roadside bomb and planning to ambush an American convoy which followed a short while after the pictures were taken. They were setting up for the ambush and were pacing off the distance from the bomb to where the convoy was to pass by. Turn your...
  • Seahawks conclude Iraqi tour, make mark in history

    07/22/2005 9:03:48 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 1 replies · 282+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 22 July 2005 | Gunnery Sergeant Shannon Arledge
    Seahawks conclude Iraqi tour, make mark in history Submitted by: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Story Identification #: 200572224315 Story by Gunnery Sgt. Shannon Arledge AL ASAD, Iraq (July 22, 2005) -- Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 started its journey home today. After seven months in a deployed combat environment, the 190 Marines are ending their deployment that began in mid January. “All the Marines were very eager to support [Operation Iraqi Freedom],” said Sgt. Joseph A. Esala, electronics section, a native of Statesboro, Ga. “It is a challenging and worthy effort. I’m honored to have been involved in it.”...