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  • F-16s Could Fly for 92 Years In theory

    11/09/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 7, 2015 | DAVID AXE
    Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the iconic F-16 jet fighter, just completed a two-year test that simulated a staggering 92 years of normal flying for one of the single-engine planes. That’s a long time. And amazingly, the F-16 — a 1990s-vintage Block 50 version — held up just fine. “The airframe was then subjected to several maximum-load conditions to demonstrate that the airframe still had sufficient strength to operate within its full operational flight envelope,” Lockheed explained in a press release. The point of the test was to provide data for Lockheed’s coming effort to rebuild 300 or so U.S. Air...
  • United States Delivers Four F-16 Fighter Jets to Egyptian Armed Forces

    11/04/2015 4:50:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Egypt Daily News ^ | 2015-10-29 | Egypt Daily News
    US Embassy On October 29, Ambassador Stephen Beecroft and Senior Defense Official Major General Charles Hooper joined Air Marshal Younes al-Masri and other senior Egyptian military officials in a ceremony at the Cairo West Air Force Base to receive four F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter jets delivered by the United States to the Egyptian Air Force. Welcoming the four U.S. Air Force pilots who made the 14 hour flight from the United States to Egypt, Ambassador Beecroft called the delivery “another step forward in U.S.-Egyptian cooperation on fighting terror, bringing stability to the region, and strengthening our historic relationship.” The F-16...
  • An F-16 fighter jet in Afghanistan might be Pentagon's most decorated

    10/30/2015 5:29:25 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    <p>BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — While visiting this sprawling military installation north of Kabul last week, I visited the flight line of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. And then I stumbled into a little history.</p> <p>The plane is an F-16C Fighting Falcon, commonly known in the service as a Viper. The U.S. military has at least one pair of fighters airborne over Afghanistan virtually all the time, carrying out everything from the armed over-watch and protection of ground units to airstrikes against insurgents.</p>
  • Meet 'Viper' - the newest F-16 Fighter

    10/26/2015 9:57:40 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 26, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    Meet the F-16V Viper - the newest, most advanced fighter in the F-16 family that has just made its maiden flight.
  • US to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: report

    10/22/2015 8:29:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AGENCIES | DAWN.COM ^ | 22 October 2015
    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is preparing to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan in an attempt to bolster the two countries' relationship despite Washington's reservations about Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal, said a report published on The New York Times (NYT) website. The aircraft sales, which the United States (US) Congress could block, would be a symbolic step given Pakistan's current large fleet of fighter jets. According to the NYT report, the Congress was notified just days ago about the proposed sale of the additional fighters although it is not clear if the White House plans to announce the sale...
  • U.S. F-16 Struck by Enemy Fire in Afghanistan in Rare Attack

    10/19/2015 1:14:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Monday, 19 October 2015
    A U.S. F-16 was struck by enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan in a rare instance of an advanced fighter jet coming under attack by insurgents, military officials have confirmed to AFP. The $100 million jet sustained significant damage which forced it to jettison its fuel tanks and munitions before returning to base, officials said. The attack occurred last Tuesday in the Sayid Karam district of eastern Paktia province, much of which is under control of the Taliban. The group had posted a statement on Twitter that evening saying they had downed an enemy jet.
  • Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

    10/17/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by PIF · 43 replies
    real clear defense ^ | October 16, 2015 | Patrick Megahan
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is one of the most experienced and capable air forces in the world, with roughly 400 American-made F-16 and F-15 fighters in its inventory. For the most part, this force resembles a smaller version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) legacy fighter fleet fourth generation aircraft originally developed during the 1970s. Like the USAF, however, many of these aircraft are three decades old and nearing the end of their service life. snip If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft,...
  • Japan's F-2 vs. China's Lethal J-10 Fighter: Who Wins?

    10/14/2015 10:38:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 13, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    The rivalry between Japan and China over islands in the East China Sea has triggered close encounters between the two sides in the air. Chinese fighters have intercepted Japanese aircraft patrolling the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands to China), resulting in Japanese fighters being scrambled to intercept. These aerial encounters in the Western Pacific highlight the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. Chinas Su-27 and J-11 air superiority fighters are well known to outsiders, as are Japans equivalent, the F-15J Eagle. Less well known are the single-engine multi-role fighters that back up their large, twin-engined...
  • U.S. F-16s came within 20 miles from Russian Su-34s in Syria

    10/06/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 30 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 10/6/2015 | David Cenciotti
    CBS News was given access to CENTCOM radar image showing U.S. and Russian planes not too far one another: yellow aircraft are Russian, green ones are American. Some close encounters between U.S. and Russian aircraft operating over Syria have already occurred in the last few days according to Lt. Gen. Charles Brown, commander of the American air campaign in Iraq and Syria, in an interview given to CBS News U.S. F-16s out of Incirlik, Tukey, first picked up the Russian planes (Su-34s in the animation shown in the video linked below) on their radars. The RuAF jets closed to within...
  • Lockheed sees Poland missile deal as opportunity to expand international sales (JASSM)

    09/14/2015 10:00:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 14, 2015 | James Bach
    Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) announced Monday that it is selling 40 of its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) to the Polish Air Force. And whats exciting is not that Lockheed is delivering on this sale the terms of which were defined in a $500 million foreign military sales case approved by the Department of Defense in Sept. 2014 but that it has the potential to expand sales of the JASSMs longer-range variation to international customers. This current $500 million deal that includes the sale of 40 JASSMs, with an undefined number of potential follow-on sales beyond...
  • Iraq uses new F-16 jets for first time in raids against Islamic State

    09/06/2015 7:35:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | 9/6/15 | Guardian staff
    Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the Islamic State group for the first time, the commander of the air force said Sunday. Fifteen air strikes were carried out in the past four days, staff lieutenant general Anwar Hama Amin said following a news conference in Baghdad. Smart weapons were used in the strikes, Amin said, without specifying the type. Khaled al-Obaidi, the defence minister, told the news conference that the strikes had achieved important results and that the jets will have an impact on the conduct of operations in the future.
  • The F-16IN Super Viper Could Get Another Shot with the Indian Air Force

    08/19/2015 3:58:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Tactical Air Network ^ | August 15, 2015 | Ian D'Costa
    An F-16IN with a full Mark 82 load. (Photograph copyright: SP's Aviation) According to The Indian Express, the United States has extended an offer to India to jointly produce a line of fighter jets to both enhance military ties as well as provide for Indias frontline fighter fleet shortage. This comes right after the Indian government announced that the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) deal, originally signed with Frances Dassault Aviation, was, for all intents and purposes, over. Bumps, missteps and poor communication contributed to the downfall of the contract which would have seen a set of Rafales built in...
  • F-16s collide on tarmac at Nellis (One Pilot Seriously Injured)

    08/18/2015 6:22:39 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 6 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 8/18/2015 | Lieven Dewitte
    August 18, 2015 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Two F-16 collided shortly after landing at Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday morning around 11:20h. The jets, assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas returned from a flight operation to the base outside Las Vegas. Spotters reported a wrecked F-16 on runway 3L with a crash crane and clean up crew moving it onto a flatbed. It seems the nose and canopy were missing. According to unofficial sources it seems at least one of the pilots has been seriously injured. Base officials didn't...
  • Air Force jet collides with Cessna over South Carolina

    07/07/2015 12:20:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 96 replies
    wapo ^ | July 7 at 2:24 PM | Mark Berman
    The two planes that collided Tuesday morning were an F-16 fighter and a Cessna 150, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which said it is investigating the collision. The accident occurred about 11 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. A spokesman for Berkeley County said the two planes collided over Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner, a town about 45 minutes north of Charleston. The county government said it is setting up a command center in that town, which is near Lake Moultrie. Debris has been seen on land as well as in the water, officials said...
  • F-16, Small Plane Involved in Midair Collision Over South Carolina, FAA Says

    07/07/2015 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/07/2015 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    A military fighter jet crashed into a Cessna flight midair about 11 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina this morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The condition of the pilots of the planes is unknown at this time. There have been no reports confirming any other passengers. In a statement, the FAA said the collision involved a Cessna C 150 and an F-16 fighter aircraft at around 11 a.m. A defense department official confirmed to ABC News that the pilot of the F-16 ejected safely. The plane and pilot came from Shaw Air Force Base, roughly 100 miles north...
  • The new F-35 Lightning may be in trouble: Beaten by the Plane it's supposed to replace

    07/01/2015 7:00:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Earlier this year we talked about some of the initial flight testing of the new F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter which was largely completed between January and April. After more than a trillion dollars in development costs and constant questions from critics both inside and outside the aerospace industry, the early look by the military was promising. The testing lined the fighter up against some of the current fleet of similar planes and tested basic operations and “basic fighter maneuvers.” With a few minor exceptions the plane seemed to be getting a thumbs up.But there was a second, more...
  • F-35 beaten in a dogfight by F-16

    06/30/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/30/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Its the most expensive weapon in history, but the F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean, between the cutting-edge F-35, the most sophisticated jet ever, and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35, which has cost the US military more than $350billion, is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35s ability in close-range...
  • Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Cant Dogfight

    06/30/2015 5:50:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 81 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/29/2015 | DAVID AXE
    A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. “The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.” The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with...
  • Iraq confirms its pilot died in Arizona military plane crash

    06/26/2015 3:03:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    BAGHDAD (AP) The body of an Iraqi pilot whose military plane crashed during a training mission in the United States has been found at the crash site, Iraqs Defense Ministry said on Friday, as violence continues to strike around the capital, Baghdad.
  • Body of Iraqi pilot recovered from F-16 crash site.

    06/27/2015 5:51:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA The body of an Iraqi student pilot killed when his F-16 crashed north of Douglas on Wednesday has been recovered. American military officials had been searching for the body of the pilot since the crash. He has been identified as Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq by Iraqs Defense Ministry, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday, a defense ministry official provided a different name for the killed pilot, identifying him as Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan. The ministry on Friday had no explanation for the conflicting identities, the AP reported. Residents near the site of the crash...
  • Iraqi brigadier general flying F-16 that crashed near Douglas

    06/26/2015 3:06:49 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 16 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 25, 2015 | Curt Prendergast
    An Iraqi pilot who has been training in the United States for four years was flying an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft that crashed in southern Arizona, a spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister said Thursday. "We have no word yet on his fate or the reason behind the crash," Brig. Gen. Tahseen Ibrahim told The Associated Press. "We are in contact with the Americans to get more details." Ibrahim confirmed the pilot is Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan. The fighter crashed about 8 p.m. Wednesday in grassland some five miles away from the Douglas airport during a night training mission,...
  • Pilot of crashed F-16 was Iraqi student training in US

    06/25/2015 2:47:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    The pilot of the crashed F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft has been identified as Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan by a spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister, according to the Associated Press. The fate of Hassan remains unknown. Thursday afternoon, U.S. Martha McSally released a statement on the crash. My thoughts and prayers are with the pilot, his family, and all first responders. Instances like this remind us that those who wear the uniform put their lives on the line every day, and deserve our constant gratitude. SIERRA VISTA The F-16 aircraft that crashed east of the Douglas Municipal Airport...
  • Davis-Monthan AFB: F-16 crashes in Douglas (Arizona)

    06/24/2015 10:48:45 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    KPHO ^ | 6-25-2015 | Catherine Holland
    n F-16 from the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard has crashed near Douglas close to Arizona's border with New Mexico, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has confirmed.
  • Why Don't The Newest US Air Force F-16s Use These High-Tech Fuel Tanks?

    06/23/2015 4:57:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Fuel is the ever-present specter that looms over every pilot. Its great when you have enough of it, and terrifying when you dont. This is especially true for notoriously fuel hungry tactical fighters. Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) have become an increasingly popular way to add range to existing fighter designs, such as the F-16, without making a large impact on the jets speed and agility. Many overseas operators utilize CFTs on block 50/52 and later Vipers, but why dont Americas late model F-16s have a similar luxury? Conformal Fuel Tanks are not just the domain of late model F-16s, the...
  • F-16 Durability Testing: 25,000 Hours and Counting

    06/12/2015 6:52:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | June 11, 2015
    FORT WORTH --- Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircrafts original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours (EFH). Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The F-16 Full Scale Durability Test (FSDT) applies stress to the aircrafts structure to represent actual aircraft usage and identify potential fatigue issues. FSDT results will be used to help design and verify Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) structural modifications for the U.S....
  • Moroccan F-16 jet from Saudi-led coalition in Yemen goes missing

    05/10/2015 10:47:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 10 May 2015 | AlJezeera
    A Moroccan F-16 warplane taking part in a bombing campaign in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia has gone missing, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces has said in a statement. Morocco announced its backing of Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the military offensive in March, and has had F-16 warplanes stationed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Reuters news agency reported on Monday. "One of the F-16s of the Royal Armed Force made at the disposal of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to restore the legitimacy in Yemen went missing on Sunday at 6pm local time," FAR's statement...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of not a pound for air-to-ground guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Heres how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israels love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Air Force: If A-10s stay, F-16s headed to the boneyard

    04/28/2015 8:24:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 156 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 28, 2015 | By Travis J. Tritten
    The Air Force will send some perfectly fine fighter jets to the boneyard or delay its F-35 Lightning II rollout for a year if Congress blocks retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt, according to a document recently provided to military oversight committees. The tradeoffs would occur at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, due to limited number of personnel to maintain the A-10s, F-16 Fighting Falcons and the first advanced F-35 joint strike fighters slated to arrive later this year, the service told lawmakers. The Air Force and Congress have been grappling over the future of the A-10, known as the...
  • That One Time Lockheed Hated on the Taiwanese Air Force

    03/07/2015 6:04:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 07, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Five years ago, Lockheed Martin told U.S. Air Force officials that Taiwan’s air force was on the verge of collapse and no other defense contractor in the world could help. Eager to sell F-16s, the company went on a PR blitz. The pitch—Washington and the Pentagon needed to sell fighter jets to Taiwan … or else. “China has been aggressively modernizing their forces,” Lockheed warned in a briefing to the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters for the Pacific region. “By 2015, they will outnumber Taiwan by … an almost four-to-one majority.” War Is Boring obtained the briefing’s notes and slides via...
  • Lockheed prepares to usher F-16 through 12,000h service life

    02/19/2015 6:36:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | Dan Parsons
    The US Air Force has all but scrapped a plan to install advanced radars on its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, but Lockheed is pressing forward with plans to outfit other nations’ aircraft with the capability in hopes the US will eventually purchase the capability. USAF officials scrapped a comprehensive upgrade effort for F-16 Block 40 and 50 aircraft called the combat avionics programmed extension suite (CAPES) in its current fiscal year budget but preserved money over five years to replace the aircraft mission and display computers. “Those are the foundational systems that need to be installed to support an active...
  • Israel's F-16 With The Most Air-To-Air Kills Ever Has Been Retired

    02/14/2015 3:26:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 02/12/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    A star ace of the Israeli Air Force is finally being put out to pasture. F-16A 'Netz' (Hawk) tail number 107, one of the first delivered to the IAF, has no less than 6.5 confirmed air-to-air victories, as well as a partial kill on one Iraqi nuclear reactor as part of the daring and historic Operation Opera. Its air-to-air record remains unmatched by any F-16 ever built. Israel's love affair with the F-16 started upon the type's initial deliveries in 1980. Israel's Block 5 and Block 10 F-16A/Bs were originally destined for Iran, but after the Shah fell and in...
  • US moves pilot rescue aircraft to northern Iraq: official

    02/05/2015 7:44:38 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb. 5, 2015
    The US military has deployed aircraft and troops to northern Iraq to boost its ability to rescue downed coalition pilots, after a Jordanian airman was captured and killed by jihadists in Syria, a defense official said Thursday. "We are repositioning some assets into northern Iraq," a US defense official told AFP. The move is designed to shorten the response time needed to reach pilots who end up in territory held by the Islamic State group, officials said. Search-and-rescue crews had been based in Kuwait, but officials said Wednesday the military was reviewing where its hardware and specialists were located following...
  • Jordan releases slickly-edited video of its air force launching bombing strikes...

    02/05/2015 4:05:38 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 February 2015 | John Hall, Tom Wyke and Stephanie Linning
    Jordan has released a slickly-edited video that shows its war planes being prepared for bombing strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria. The footage, understood to have been broadcast on state TV, shows troops messages on plane-mounted missiles before the fleet of fighter jets are launched from the base. The mission - dubbed Operation Martyr Moaz in memory of the pilot brutally killed by ISIS - is the latest show of force from the nation, which has promised a 'harsh' war against the terror group. It comes just hours after Jordanian fighter pilots made a diversion over the hometown of...
  • 11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

    01/29/2015 4:51:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | Jan 27, 2015
    The F-16 jet "lost power" as it took off from the base near the southeastern city of Albacete and crashed into an area where other planes were parked, damaging at least five other aircraft, the defence ministry said in a statement. At least 19 other people were injured in the accident... The Spanish ministry said the jet that crashed was taking part in a NATO training exercise called the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) which seeks to improve multi-national cooperation in air operations.
  • Report: Prisoner swap with ISIS could be possible for captured Jordanian pilot

    12/25/2014 6:11:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/25/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    A prisoner exchange may be in the cards for a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria, according to a report in the Arab press. Jordanian political activists told the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi on Thursday that a prisoner exchange could be possible if the Jordanian government released people affiliated with the group al-Qaida in Iraq, the precursor to Islamic State. Tareq al-Fayed, a Jordanian political activist close to the Salafist movement mentioned Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was caught trying to blow herself up in a failed suicide bombing during a wedding...
  • Jordan plane not shot down by Islamic State, says US

    12/24/2014 12:57:20 PM PST · by traumer · 44 replies
    The Jordanian plane that crashed in Syria was not shot down by Islamic State (IS) militants, the US says. The plane was lost in IS territory on Wednesday morning, and the pilot has been captured. IS militants said that they shot down the plane with a heat-seeking missile. However, the US says "evidence clearly indicates" that this is not true. Jordan is one of four Arab states in a US-led coalition that has launched air strikes on IS targets in Syria. The plane is the first coalition aircraft to be lost on IS territory since air strikes began in September....
  • ISIS Captures Jordanian F-16 Pilot Downed Over Raqqa, Syria

    12/24/2014 11:26:46 AM PST · by PilotDave · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the anti-ISIS air coalition's biggest fears have come true: A pilot being captured by ISIS militants. The Jordanian F-16AM was flying over the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria this morning when some say it was engaged by a shoulder-fired heat seeking missile.
  • IS Shoots Down Warplane in Syria, Captures Jordanian Pilot

    12/24/2014 10:09:09 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 12-24-2014 | OMAR AKOUR and BASSEM MROUE
    The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists. The show of the extremists' capabilities underscored the risks for the United States and the multiple Arab and European countries whose warplanes are participating in bombing campaign aimed at pushing back the jihadis' control across much of Syria and Iraq. It also posed Jordan with a nightmare scenario ? its pilot was the first foreign soldier to fall into the extremists' hands....
  • American F-16s Arent Supposed to Dogfight MiG-29s and Su-27s (Restricted training)

    11/17/2014 3:08:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Nov 17, 2014 | David Axe
    Automatic budget sequestration cut deeply into the U.S. Air Forces training in 2012. Air Combat Command got just $3,1 billionthree-quarters of what it needed to fully train the thousands of pilots flying the commands 1,600 F-15, F-16 and F-22 fighters, A-10 attack jets and B-1 bombers. So the command did something radicaland with far-reaching consequences as American air power retools for fighting high-tech foes following more than decade bombing insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Air Combat Command stripped certain airplanes of many of their missions, thus cutting back on the number of flight hours a particular pilot needed to be...
  • South Korea cancels F-16 upgrade deal with BAE Systems: Pentagon

    11/05/2014 4:30:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL
    The U.S. government on Wednesday said it had canceled, at the request of South Korea, a preliminary contract with the U.S. unit of Britain's BAE Systems (BAES.L) to upgrade 134 F-16 fighter jets, ending a major arms deal initially valued at $1.7 billion. The unusual move, announced by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, paves the way for South Korea to pursue a similar upgrade deal with Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the warplanes' original manufacturer. The decision raises questions about the ability of non-original equipment makers like BAE to compete in the market to upgrade thousands of F-16s in use...
  • Eurofighter too complex for its missions (Pierre Sprey)

    10/02/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 02, 2014
    Eurofighter Typhoon is large, expensive, relatively unmaneuverable, and hard to maintain to get many sorties per week, Pierre Sprey, designer of the F-16, F-15, and defense analyst, told RT. The German Air Force has uncovered serious manufacturing defects in the fuselage of the Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter jet. The jet is not ready for armed conflict, according to the German Defense Ministry which ordered to reduce annual flying hours for each aircraft due to the fuselage possibly becoming unstable. RT: Defense contractors are reportedly eyeing lucrative contracts now that the military campaign in Iraq and Syria has been launched. Do...
  • Islamic State: Arab female F-16 pilot stirs debate in Muslim world

    10/01/2014 3:41:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | Christa Case Bryant
    UAE fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri shot to fame last week for her role in a US-led bombing campaign in Syria. While Americans hailed her pluck, for Arabs it's more complicated. JERUSALEM Last week Mariam al-Mansouri, a F-16 pilot from the United Arab Emirates, was introduced to the world. Smiling out from under her helmet and hijab after launching air strikes in Syria, part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State, her image went viral. For some Americans, she was a sort of Katharine Hepburn meets Amelia Earhart who had shattered prevalent stereotypes of Arab women. A popular Internet meme...
  • Poland stages major manoeuvres amid Russia tensions

    09/23/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | September 23, 2014
    Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners on Wednesday amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis. Organised every two years since 2006, this year's Anaconda manoeuvres involve 12,500 soldiers, with 750 from NATO members the US and Britain among others, the Polish defence ministry said, adding the event "has become a permanent training element of the North Atlantic alliance". The exercises are designed to coordinate cooperation with NATO's rapid reaction forces, created at the alliance's Cardiff summit earlier this month. They also come...
  • US, Poland accelerate F-16s Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles deal amid Russia tensions

    09/26/2014 8:43:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 26 2014 | Jacek Siminski
    In August last year we analyzed the reasons for the possible Polish purchase of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles (JASSM). Now, in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, a contextual change has occurred and the deal seems to be closed-up soon.Nevertheless, there are still some unaswered questions. The latest development about the Polish air-launched cruise missiles deal started with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) and the US State Department giving consent for the Polish procurement of the JASSMs in their AGM-158A variant, along with a modernization bundle for the Polish Air Force’s F-16C/D Block 52+ jet...
  • Poland looks to arm F-16 fleet with missiles under $500 million deal with Lockheed

    09/19/2014 12:43:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jill R. Aitoro
    The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $500 million foreign military sale to deliver Lockheed Martin Corp. missiles for Polands fleet of F-16 fighters. Poland is asking for 40 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, which are designed to cruise autonomously using an infrared seeker and anti-jam GPS to find and destroy targets, keeping aircrews well out of danger from air defense systems. Also part of the contract would be upgrades to the F-16 aircraft for JASSM integration and support. Poland continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe, and the sale would improve...
  • F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a pilots perspective

    09/18/2014 11:43:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 18 2014 | Dario Leone
    Although they are two different airframes, the F-15 and the F-18 have similar avionics, as you can read in the following interesting story released by an experienced Eagle driver. Disclaimer: the story is based on an interview to an F-15, published on a magazine profiling the F/A-18 Hornet. Developed as a multirole naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began...
  • Israel to test rocket-assisted take-off with F-16

    09/15/2014 7:19:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 15 September 2014 | ARIE EGOZI
    The Israeli air force is developing a short field operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, based on the use of a rocket-assisted take-off. A first test is scheduled for next year, with the air force having decided to develop such a system for its F-16A/B, C/D and I-model variants. Rocket assistance can be used by some military transports to provide additional thrust when an aircraft is heavy or a runway is short. As part of the new plan, rockets will be placed under the wing of the F-16 and released after they have burned out. Close attention will...
  • General Aviation pilot crashes in Atlantic Ocean

    08/30/2014 4:34:47 PM PDT · by CondorFlight · 14 replies
    Fox11online ^ | 8/30/14 | Peterson Air Force Base
    COLORADO Two F-16 fighter jets under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command assisted the FAA today with an unresponsive general aviation aircraft. The aircraft took off from Waukesha Airport in Wisconsin and was on its way to Manassas Airport in Virginia when it crashed into the Atlantic ocean, approximately 140 NM SW of Washington, DC. (snip)
  • Awesome RC Model Plane (Vanity)

    08/27/2014 8:31:43 AM PDT · by Sergio · 74 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-27-2014 | Self
    A question for the aviation buffs on this forum. I was told at one time, that the F-16 was an inherently unstable aircraft, and that without assistance from it computers, no human pilot would be able to fly the aircraft. Then I saw this video, (see link below), of a quarter scale, radio controlled F-16, in the colors of the Royal Dutch Air Force demonstration team. I would think that there is not enough room in the model or money in the owners bank account to include flight control computers. So my question is; How is the unstable F-16 model...
  • Rival F-16 Upgrades Proceed; Iraq Delivery May Not

    07/24/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | 07/24/2014 | CHRIS POCOCK and DAVID DONALD
    Lockheed Martin (LM) and BAE Systems reported progress this month on their rival upgrades for F-16 Fighting Falcons. Two aircraft from each companys launch customer (Taiwan for LM, South Korea for BAE) are now in rework, ironically just a few miles from each other in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, the ferry of Iraqs first two new Block 52 aircraft in September is looking unlikely. Bill McHenry, LMs F-16 program director, said that the F-16V upgrade design review is complete, Elbit has delivered some of the new cockpit displays, and Northrop Grumman is slated to deliver the first scaleable agile beam...