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  • Is The F-35 Superior to Russian and Chinese 5th Gen Aircraft?

    07/01/2016 7:31:30 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 40 replies ^ | 29 June 2016 | Kris Osborn
    An F-35 fighter pilot says he would be confident flying the Joint Strike Fighter against any enemy in the world, including Russian and Chinese 5th Generation stealth fighters. An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to use its sensors, weapons and computer technology to destroy Russian and Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth fighters in a high-end combat fight, service officials said. “There is nothing that I have seen from maneuvering an F-35 in a tactical environment that leads me to assume that there is any other airplane I would rather be in. I feel completely comfortable and confident in taking that...
  • Indian Air Force Has Only 32 Squadrons - Lowest In A Decade

    02/26/2016 2:50:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 26, 2016 | Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force has just 32 squadrons of fighters - the lowest in a decade - to guard the Indian skies, top IAF commanders have confirmed to NDTV. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has flagged the worry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and made a detailed presentation recently on the operational difficulties that the IAF faces because of the depletion in fighters. After the air force de-commissioned three of the aging Russian-made MiG 21 squadrons, bringing down the total number from 34 to 31 fighter squadrons, an additional squadron of the Russian-made Su-30 MKI has been raised. The...
  • Japan's new stealth fighter is a futuristic marvel

    02/03/2016 4:15:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | February 2, 2016 | James Simpson, War is Boring
    Japan's Advanced Technology Demonstrator-Experimental, also known as the ATD-X or X-2, will fly from Nagoya Airport to Gifu Air Base at the end of February, according to the Japanese defense ministry. This will be the first flight of the high-tech testbed and a major step toward Tokyo's plans for a domestic stealth fighter. The Ministry of Defense had planned for the prototype to fly back in 2014, but early last year ministry officials reported that issues with engine restarts had forced a delay to the end of 2015. Reports at the end of last year then suggested a January flight,...
  • 3 Words Herman Cain Just Used To Describe Trump Tell You Exactly Why He’s Winning [Black Females]

    01/20/2016 8:12:12 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 96 replies
    Donald Trump is drawing support from a group not usually associated with Republican presidential candidates, radio show host and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Tuesday. "Let me tell you a phenomenon that I discovered on my radio show," Cain said during an appearance on Fox and Friends. "I get callers who call up and say, 'I am black, I'm female and I'm going from Democrat to Trump.'" "They didn't say they were going from Democrat to Republican, they're going from Democrat to Trump. I think that's part of the phenomenon," he added. "I boil (the Trump phenomenon) down...
  • The Awesome "CAD WEST" Low Flying Jet Site In Wales "Mach Loop"

    Very cool afternoon. Low, fast and loud!
  • Cruz Is Playing the Media Perfectly

    12/28/2015 3:20:21 PM PST · by VinL · 126 replies
    NatRev ^ | 12/28/15 | S. Miller
    One thing that frustrated even the most ardent supporters of George W. Bush's administration was his refusal to hit back hard at over the top, abominable personal attacks against him and his family, including his daughters, by those in the media and in the culture at large. Bush revered the office of the president and, unlike his successor, held it to a higher standard than did gutter snipes such as Sean Penn or the New York Times. This is why Newt Gingrich drew cheers and praise during the 2012 election cycle when he hit back at the media for its...

    12/22/2015 9:55:35 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 20 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 12/22/15 | RightScoop
    Ted Cruz just released a powerful new video called “2015: A Year Fighting for Freedom, Texas, and America” that details how he’s fought this year against the Republican Establishment, Planned Parenthood, the Iran deal, and more.
  • Carly Fiorina Issues Challenge To Ladies of The View: Have The Guts to Insult Me To My Face

    11/02/2015 5:39:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | November 2, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it last week, the mature, professional women over at ABC's The View took a swipe at Carly Fiorina's "demented face" after she made her third debate appearance in Boulder Colorado. "The View" Hosts: Fiorina's Face Looks Demented Yesterday on Fox News Sunday Fiorina slammed the comments, reminded viewers about the lengths so called feminists will go to discredit conservative women and is challenging the ladies of The View to an in-person debate. "It's funny, I was on The View a few months ago, they said none of that to my face.There is nothing more threatening...
  • Carly Fiorina Responds to "The View" Hosts Who Made Fun of Her Appearance:[tr]

    11/01/2015 11:05:49 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 29 replies
    daily caller ^ | Nov. 1, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Carly Fiorina Responds to "The View" Hosts Who Made Fun of Her Appearance: "Let's See If They Say That to My Face" Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina responded to the jokes the ladies of "The View" made at her expense after the last GOP debate - particularly regarding her appearance - Sunday morning. "It will not stop me, it will not scare me, and maybe the ladies of 'The View,' if I come back on again, let's see if they have the guts to say that to my face," Fiorina said. CNN host Brooke Baldwin also took offense to the...
  • UPDATE 3-Swiss fighter check on jet inflames Russian-French tensions

    10/31/2015 1:47:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:54pm EDT | Reuters
    MOSCOW/ZURICH/PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Switzerland's military said one of its fighter jets performed a routine identification check on a Russian plane in Swiss air space on Monday, prompting Moscow to complain the aircraft came "dangerously" close to each other. Russia initially summoned the French ambassador in Moscow to protest, alleging a French military jet had come into "dangerous proximity" with the Tupolev, whose passengers included the Speaker of its lower house en route to Geneva. Moscow, which had threatened not to use France as a venue for international meetings in retaliation, later apologised for the mistake.
  • Cruz plans town hall in Las Vegas on Thursday (October 29)

    10/28/2015 9:54:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | October 27, 2015 | Las Vegas
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be in Las Vegas on Thursday.Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, will have a one-hour town hall that starts at 6 p.m. The event is at Mountain Shadows Community Center, 9107 Del Webb Blvd. Doors will open at 5 p.m..Nevada is an early voting state, with February caucuses that play a key role in determining which candidates get the Republican and Democratic party nominations for president.....To RSVP for Cruz's town hall, visit
  • Cutting-edge Israeli radar wins air force approval for Tejas fighter

    10/27/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Business Standard ^ | October 25, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The Indian Air Force (IAF), after years of opposing the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), now accepts it is on track to be a world-class light fighter. The specifications of the new Tejas - termed Standard of Preparation-2018 (SoP-18) - were agreed in New Delhi on September 23, between the air force and the Tejas' designers and manufacturers. One hundred SoP-18 Tejas fighters will join the IAF, starting 2018-19. The key battle-winning capability in the SoP-18 Tejas is "active electronically scanned array" (AESA) radar that Israel will develop jointly with India. This was the clincher that made the IAF...
  • 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.
  • Iran Deploys New Fighter Jets Meant to Combat Israel

    08/18/2015 4:19:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/8/15 | Ari Yashar
    Iran's Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan on Tuesday gave a run-down of the army's upcoming military buildup, and revealed that a new fighter jet announced in February has been delivered to the Iranian Air Force. Dehqan said the domestic double-cockpit supersonic Saeqeh 2 jets - whose name means "Thunderbolt" - have been deployed, reports the semi-official Fars News Agency. The jet, unveiled in February, is meant to be capable of tracing American and Israeli fighter jets according to the paper, which cited a senior Air Force commander Col. Houshang Monfaredzadeh saying as much back in February. .....
  • Two Saudi fighter pilots eject over Red Sea, rescued with US help

    03/28/2015 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 28 March 2015 | Reuters
    Two Saudi pilots ejected over the Red Sea on Friday after their fighter plane suffered a technical problem and were rescued with US assistance, state media said. "A plane of the F-15S type was stricken by a technical fault yesterday evening over the Red Sea and the two pilots were forced to use their rescue seats," state news agency SPA quoted a defense ministry official saying.
  • The Race to Come is Between Jeb Bush and Scott Walker

    03/09/2015 12:52:36 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    New York Observer ^ | March 9, 2015 | Lisa Schiffren
    The ideal GOP candidate is a fighter, in touch with the values and needs of regular Americans. He needs to be a leader by temperament.With the CPAC over, the quadrennial catwalk parade and marathon by which we choose American presidents is fully underway. Among Republicans, at least. Given the givens – unconstitutional executive overreach, shocking spending, the Middle East burning, ISIS rampant, out of control illegal immigration, middle class income down, job growth scant and ill paying, 37% of the working-age population out of work, 20% of the nation on food stamps, poverty among women and children skyrocketing, Iran on...
  • Walking the Walker Way - Leader of the pack?

    03/06/2015 6:34:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 6, 2015 | Geoffrey Norman
    Scott Walker has had a pretty good run as of late. He’s made some new friends and wrong-footed the right enemies and became, in fairly short order, a leader among the pack of Republican politicians running for president. Perhaps even the leader. Not bad for a mid-Western governor, whom none would call “charismatic.” And only four years after he faced a recall election in which he was a high value target in the cross hairs of organized labor. He won that election and then ran for reelection in the normal order of things two years later. He was, in effect,...
  • Thank The Left For Presidential Candidate Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 2:08:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 23, 2015 | Brandon Finnigan
    Behold the beast the Democrats never intended to create: a thrice-elected Republican governor in a swing state with a cult following, appreciated by both the establishment of his party and the conservative base. He’s a governor with an enviable base approval rating who received an even larger share of his own party’s vote in 2014 than 2010. This despite another year of John Doe drama, an unemployment picture that improved but fell short of his promises, a presidential appearance for his opposing Democrat (which had been missing in 2012), and the apparent flare-up between him and the Republican Governors Association...
  • Alex Vraciu, ‘Indestructible’ Ace of World War II, Dies at 96

    02/10/2015 9:10:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 7, 2015 | SAM ROBERTS
    Alex Vraciu, who was just 25 when he reigned as the Navy’s top World War II fighter ace after downing 19 Japanese aircraft and destroying 21 more on the ground in only eight months in 1944, died on Jan. 29 in West Sacramento, Calif. He was 96. (snip) Mr. Vraciu (which rhymes with cashew) accomplished his most spectacular feat in the South Pacific when he shot down six dive bombers within eight minutes in what became known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” in the Philippine Sea. He called it “a once-in-a-lifetime fighter pilot’s dream.” Two of the aircraft carriers...
  • Iran reveals 'new' fighter type

    02/10/2015 6:20:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    IHS Jane's 360 ^ | February 9, 2015 | Gareth Jennings
    Iran has unveiled the 'second generation' of its indigenously developed Saeghe (Thunderbolt) combat aircraft, state media announced on 9 February. The Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces Logistics agency announced the unveiling of the Saeghe-2 jet, and its delivery to the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), the Mehr news agency reported. While the original Saeghe was based on the single-seat Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter, the Saeghe-2 is modelled on the twin-seat F-5F operational trainer. On the surface, the Saeghe-2 bears the same twin-tail modification as the Saeghe, although it is not possible to ascertain what internal...
  • Is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the New F-4?

    09/03/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 3, 2014 | Michael Peck
    The jet fighter can’t maneuver, the critics say. It’s based on a wrongheaded concept. It relies on unproved technologies. It’s a one-size-fits-all jet for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and yet it doesn't really meet any of their needs. Is this Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter I’m describing? No, it’s actually the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the ubiquitous fighter-bomber, reconnaissance and radar-hunting aircraft that formed the backbone of U.S., NATO and Israeli air power in the 1960s and 1970s. More than 50 years later, the Phantom still flies, as evident when Syrian gunners downed a Turkish RF-4...
  • UCLASS Requirements Shifted To Preserve Navy’s Next Generation Fighter

    08/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dave Majumdar and Sam LaGrone
    Updated: August 1, 2014 11:32 AM The striking power and stealth of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) concept was reduced to protect the role of the service’s next-generation of manned fighters, USNI News has learned. In particular, the change in UCLASS from a deep strike stealthy penetrator into the current lightly armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) focused aircraft was — in large part — to preserve a manned version of the F/A-XX replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, several Navy, Pentagon and industry sources confirmed to USNI News. Industry, Pentagon and Navy...
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland. F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters in the Air Force and Marine Corps and complement the Navy’s existing F/A-18s.
  • Allen West Not Ruling Out 2016 Presidential Run

    02/20/2014 5:41:06 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2014 6:23 PM | Eliana Johnson
    West, who spent 22 years in the U.S. Army and one term in Congress before losing his bid for reelection in 2012, says he will always be ready to serve his country. “You have to have yourself in a position to be available for your country and to be obedient to God’s will,” he says.
  • Dogfight duke: The MiG that forced Pakistan army surrender

    12/19/2013 4:59:18 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 23 replies
    The MiG-21 FL was the force multiplier that allowed other IAF aircraft to go in for the kill without having to watch their back during the 1971 War, thereby hastening the fall of the Pakistani military The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. India’s blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels mistakenly behead fellow fighter

    11/15/2013 5:22:38 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    "(CNN) -- Radical anti-government fighters in Syria mistakenly beheaded a wounded fellow rebel soldier after assuming he was a supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, according to an online statement from the radical fighters' group
  • U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market

    10/29/2013 10:11:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    National Defense Blogs ^ | 10/28/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market By Sandra I. Erwin At a time when U.S. arms manufacturers are turning to overseas markets to help make up for declining sales to Pentagon, analysts warn that the high prices of American fighter jets could place U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage. The arrival of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter gives manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. an opportunity to sell the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft. But its price tag, in excess of $100 million per airplane, will make it unattainable for most non-U.S. buyers, according to new analysis by...
  • Russia’s Stealth Fighter Could Outfly, Outshoot American Jets

    09/19/2013 1:27:58 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 61 replies
    Since its public debut four years ago, Russia’s first stealth fighter has quietly undergone diligent testing, slowly expanding its flight envelope and steadily working out technical kinks. But for all this hard work there have been precious few indications just how many copies of the Sukhoi T-50 Moscow plans to build … and how it means to use them. Until now. Fresh reporting from Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman, one of the world’s top aerospace writers, offers tantalizing hints regarding Moscow’s intentions for the big, twin-engine T-50, an answer to America’s F-22 stealth fighter. If Sweetman is correct—and he usually is—the...
  • Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship

    07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by RainMan · 30 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Lomi Kriel
    Investigators in Panama have found two MiG-21 fighter jets in cargo containers aboard a North Korean ship carrying weapons from Cuba. COLON, Panama — Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said Sunday. Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colón. The discovery, which...
  • Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war

    06/16/2013 1:03:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 Jun 2013
    Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war Her olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade. There are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. "I don't feel any different. We do the same activities,...
  • US Gives 4 More F-16 Fighter Jets To Egyptian Gov't Despite Outcry

    04/11/2013 4:13:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/11/13 | Maxim Lott
    Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country. Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President Obama liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children. A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed to the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes. The new shipment brings the total number of F-16 jets given to...
  • Bird of Prey: Raptor brings never-before-seen capabilities to aerial warfare

    04/04/2013 6:50:57 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 14 replies
    Airman ^ | December 31, 2012 | Tech. Sgt. Matthew Bates
    Col. Kevin Robbins still remembers the first time he saw the F-22 Raptor. He was driving near the flightline of then Langley Air Force Base when he heard a load roar and saw a plane streak across his field of vision and start performing several aerial maneuvers. He stopped the car, got out and stared in amazement. An F-15 Eagle pilot himself, the colonel couldn't believe what he was seeing. "This plane was doing things that shouldn't be possible in a jet," he said. "I just kept thinking that if anyone tried that in any other plane, he'd be dead."...
  • Why Be A Fighter Pilot?

    03/12/2013 3:37:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    Janes Defense Weekly, via FighterPilot University ^ | March 6, 2013 | David Radcliffe
    Who wants to be a fighter pilot? If you asked the question 20 years ago, almost everyone would raise their hand, but today this is no longer the case. The state of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) fighter force and the morale of its airmen and women have been in a steady spiral of decline since Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne resigned at the behest of then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008. So, who wouldn’t want to be a fighter pilot? Apparently at least 900 people as judged by...
  • Improvements to be added over F-22 oxygen problem

    08/01/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 1 replies
    CBS News ^ | 31 July 2012 | Staff
    (CBS News) A new valve to regulate oxygen flow to a pilot's inflatable vest could be the fix to help F-22 pilots overcome their feeling of disorientation due to lack of oxygen (or hypoxia), while flying, CBS News has learned. Correspondent David Martin reported Tuesday that Gen. Charles Lyon, the head of the task force investigating the cause of hypoxia in F-22 pilots, gave a briefing today which restated the Air Force's belief that they have identified the problem that was causing pilots to lose oxygen. Lyon believes the Air Force has found the cause -- an inflatable vest which...
  • Eglin AFB video

    06/28/2012 10:02:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies ^ | Jun 28, 2012
    I need a break from the grim news today. For Aviation enthusiasts. Enjoy.
  • WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sah

    05/11/2012 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 25 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 10, 2012 | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara The Kittyhawk P-40 has remained unseen and untouched since it came down on the sand in June 1942 and has been hailed the "aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb". It is thought the pilot survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter before making a desperate and futile attempt to reach civilisation by walking out of the desert. The RAF airman, believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, was never seen again. The single-seater fighter plane was discovered by chance by Polish...
  • The Navy Kicks off the Search for Its Next Fighter

    04/17/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 04/16/2012 | Staff
    Speaking of F/A-XX, the Navy’s planned 6th generation fighter that will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, below you’ll find the Navy’s brand new Request for Information on the aircraft. By Brand new, I mean it just dropped on Friday. Whatever jet is selected will hopefully replace the Super Hornets around 2030, said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis this afternoon at the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space conference in National Harbor, Md. Before the Navy can settle on the final capabilities such a plane will have, it needs to know what types of technology the defense industry can bring to the...
  • Lockheed Martin's Fighting Falcon Evolves With New F-16V

    02/26/2012 10:48:34 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Srace War ^ | 2/27/2012 | Space War
    Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new version of the F-16 at the Singapore Airshow. The F-16V will feature enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an upgraded mission computer and architecture, and improvements to the cockpit - all capabilities identified by the U.S. Air Force and several international customers for future improvements. With nearly 4,500 F-16s delivered, this is a natural step in the evolution of the world's most successful 4th generation fighter. The Fighting Falcon program has continually evolved as it began with the F-16 A/B as the lightweight fighter then transitioned to F-16 C/D and Block...
  • Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

    01/27/2012 5:01:31 PM PST · by NYFreeper · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 27, 2012 | Associated Press
    Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal. Read more:
  • Romney tries out the face of a fighter

    01/24/2012 2:09:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 24, 2012 | John Romano
    He felt the need to fight, and I suppose that makes sense. Mitt Romney had been embarrassed in South Carolina and was tumbling in Florida, so he woke up Monday morning with menace on his mind. He attacked Newt Gingrich for a terrible deed, and then accused him of an awful thing. The details aren't as important as the apparent desperation behind the strategy. This was an aggressive Romney. An indignant Romney. A defiant Romney. Which meant you could now add fighter to the list of personas he has tried on. Personally, I'd prefer to finally see an authentic Romney....
  • Analysis: U.S. fighter sales soar in time for campaign

    01/01/2012 9:20:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 1, 2012 | Jim Wolf
    Analysis: U.S. fighter sales soar in time for campaign WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Booming Middle East purchases of U.S. fighter jets will be a bright spot in what is expected to be a sluggish economy in 2012, possibly paying dividends for President Barack Obama's bid for a second term. Beneficiaries include Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, whose respective F-16 and F-15 production lines are being extended by U.S. government sales to Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Oman, among other rich arms deals announced in recent weeks. The foreign sales will help offset expected cuts in big-ticket purchases by the Defense Department,...
  • Lockheed-Martin's VTOL Carrier Version of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35C) Takes Flight

    12/04/2011 10:57:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 04, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    First time in the air now for the Navy's carrier version of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C- like all variants a descendant of the F-35X JSF (Joint Strike Fighter). While the F-35 program is not without it's problems, Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert successfully flew the F-35C test aircraft -which features Harrier-type VTOL capabilities via advanced thrust-vectoring- on Nov. 18, the first launch of the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter from the Navy's new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, 'set to install on future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)'... nice piece of kit, this thing: [YouTube] Video/specs/more at...
  • China’s Maturing Fighter Force

    10/22/2011 9:17:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies ^ | October 15th, 2011 | Richard Fisher, Jr.
    China’s Maturing Fighter Force by Richard Fisher, Jr. Published on October 15th, 2011 REPORTS Introduction Following an intensive twenty year investment, which has included obtaining significant foreign help, the air forces of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have reached a number of milestones that point to the likelihood of an accelerating growth in capability through this decade. Perhaps one of the most jarring indicators of this rapid maturation is that within five years of the reported retiring of its last 2nd generation fighter unit of Shenyang J-6s in 2005, the PLA started testing prototypes of its 5th generation Chengdu “J-20”...
  • Arms companies fight over fighter moniker

    09/09/2011 7:50:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 9, 2011 | Jim Wolf
    Arms companies fight over fighter moniker 7:03pm EDT By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A squabble among arms companies over what to call the world's most advanced warplanes could roil the competition for multibillion-dollar fighter contracts worldwide. At issue is an esoteric term, "5th generation," to describe aircraft designed to dodge detection by enemy radar even when loaded with their weapons. The term is applied first and foremost by aerospace experts to Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-22 and F-35 fighters, which are built to appear as small as a swallow on radar screens. Boeing Co...
  • Meet the F-35B: US Marine Corps' (Premier) Version of Lockheed-Martin's 'Lightning II'

    09/06/2011 6:31:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 6, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The USMC's own Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)  variant brings unique STOVL capabilities... Descended from the X-35 prototype, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is primarily funded by the US and UK in an effort to replace aging fleets across all services- lead contractor on the massive project being Lockheed Martin.  To this point, only 13 test aircraft of all types have been constructed- most are in test/trainer service, and the stealthy single-seat, single-engine (Mach 1.6) fighters average $122M a copy. The Defense Department is planning to buy over 2400 planes, making it the most expensive defense program in US history... although...
  • Israel, U.S. Strike F-35 Technology Deal (First F-35 Production Jet For Training Sent To Eglin AFB)

    07/17/2011 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Link only - Israel, U.S. Strike F-35 Technology Deal
  • Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea

    06/24/2011 8:42:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 24th June 2011
    Now that's what I call a dive bomber: Greek fighter jet salvaged from the Aegean Sea By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 3:43 PM on 24th June 2011 This Mirage 2000 fighter bomber of the Greek Hellenic airforce was rescued from a watery grave after it crashed into the Aegean sea. The two-seater aircraft went down on June 9 this year after running into trouble while on an exercise with two other jets near the island of Samos. Both pilot and co-pilot were able to eject safely and were rescued before being taken to Athens Military hospital. Embarrassingly for...
  • Typhoon makes history in Libya with first combat mission

    03/21/2011 9:27:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 21 Mar 2011 | John Bingham & Andy Bloxham
    Typhoon makes history in Libya with first combat mission The RAF’s new Typhoon Eurofighter fighter jet made history yesterday as it took to the skies on its first combat mission. By John Bingham, and Andy Bloxham 11:09PM GMT 21 Mar 2011 A pair of British F2 Typhoon aircraft took off from southern Italy on their first patrols to enforce the UN-imposed no-fly zone over Libya. Around a dozen of Ł70 million supersonic jets have been assigned to take part in the international efforts designed to keep Colonel Gaddafi’s air force grounded. The aircraft, usually based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire,...
  • CNN Breaking: French Fighter attacks first Khaddafi tank.

    03/19/2011 10:27:45 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 209 replies
    CNN News flash | Sat, March 19th, 2011 | DGHoodini
    CNN reporting a French Fighter engaged in first action against a Khaddafi Forces Tank/offensive vehicle. No further info yet.
  • Troubled Tejas edges toward service

    01/28/2011 6:37:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/02/11 | Greg Waldron
    Troubled Tejas edges toward service By Greg Waldron India's Tejas light combat aircraft is about to enter service more than two decades after it was conceived to replace the country's ageing MiG-21s Few of the aircraft that will perform at Aero India have inspired as much opprobrium - or pride - as Hindustan Aeronautics' Tejas light combat aircraft. After an agonising development process, the long-delayed fighter is finally approaching Indian air force service. Throughout its long history, the Tejas has had no shortage of critics, but if all the Tejas models that adorn the offices of India's aerospace industry mean...