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  • See China’s First Successful Fighter Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday
  • America’s aging aviation force: Father, son flew same fighter jet 30 years apart

    05/18/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Dave Deptula, a retired three-star general, knows the risks associated with flying older aircraft. While serving as the joint task force commander in 1998 and 1999 for Operation Northern Watch, Deptula flew 82 combat missions over Iraq. On one mission, as he was headed to a tanker to refuel, the master caution light came on, revealing a problem with the plane. His fuel gauge went to zero. Meanwhile, he was 500 miles away from his base. Fortunately, he was able to land safely.“The insulation was so old it simply had deteriorated to the extent where it came off and all...
  • Italy widely expected to scale back F-35 orders

    02/12/2012 6:28:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/10/2012 | Reuters
    Italy seems certain to scale back its major investment in Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, heightening uncertainty over the troubled stealth jet's future. Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said repeatedly since January that the country's originally planned order of the 131 supersonic warplanes by 2018 was being "reviewed" because military spending cuts were necessary as part of Prime Minister Mario Monti's austerity plan to shore up public accounts. General Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of the Defence Ministry and the country's armaments chief, confirmed to lawmakers on Tuesday that cuts were expected. "There will be a revision of...
  • The Sixth Generation Fighter

    11/17/2010 5:59:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 10/2009 | John A. Tirpak
    Within the next few years, we will begin work on the sixth generation [fighter] capabilities necessary for future air dominance.” The Secretary of the Air Force, Michael B. Donley, and the USAF Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, issued that statement in an April 13 Washington Post article. The Air Force may have to move a little faster to develop that next generation fighter. While anticipated F-22 and F-35 inventories seem settled, there won’t be enough to fix shortfalls in the fighter fleet over the next 20 years, as legacy fighters retire faster than fifth generation replacements appear. The...
  • When Ejection Seats Fail

    10/26/2010 2:22:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Strategy page ^ | 10/26/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Three years ago, a navigator in the rear seat of a British Tornado jet fighter died when he fell out of the aircraft. Details of the accident are only now being made public. At the time, the aircraft had just undergone some updates and was undergoing a flight check. Some of the maintenance work involved the ejection seats. But the work on the rear ejection seat left a small (5 cm/two inch) metal part installed incorrectly. This allowed the ejection seat to come lose when the aircraft was momentarily upside down. Part of the ejection system worked, and the canopy...
  • Brazil to announce winner of huge jet fighter deal

    03/28/2010 12:29:24 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 901+ views ^ | 3/26/2010 |
    Brazil plans to announce in early April the winner of a multi-billion-dollar competition for modern fighter jets meant to cement its new role as Latin America's preeminent military power. The tender, though, has been marked by infighting between Brazil's air force and government, and fierce rivalry between the three nations vying to score the deal. The finalists now comprise France's Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden's Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet by US giant Boeing. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's stated preference for the ultra-sophisticated, semi-stealth Rafale jet annoyed the air force, which preferred the much...
  • France And The Radar Thieves

    02/24/2010 10:48:31 PM PST · by myknowledge · 479+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | February 22, 2010
    India and the United States are pressuring France not to allow Pakistan to buy advanced radars and other electronics for the Pakistani built JF-17 jet fighter. This is because China did most of the development on the JF-17, and Chinese personnel would be involved in any effort to install French electronics in these aircraft. China has a brazen reputation for stealing foreign technology, and putting high tech French electronics into Pakistani JF-17s, is seen as just giving the stuff to China. Pakistan also has a reputation for passing on military technology it had promised to hold close. While the Chinese...
  • Russia, India to sign 5th-generation fighter deal in March

    02/16/2010 12:27:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 398+ views ^ | 02/15/2010 |
    Russia and India will sign the first contract on the manufacturing of a fifth-generation jet fighter in late February-early March, a Russian defense industry official said Monday. "We expect a contract on the first stage of design, specifically the development of a technical design concept, to be signed in late February-early March," Alexander Fomin, first deputy head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, said. He added that Russia and India were currently "at an active phase of negotiations" on manufacturing fifth-generation fighters. It was not entirely clear whether Fomin was referring to Russia's prototype fifth-generation fighter, which...
  • PAK FA, F-22 & F-35 ready for future dogfight

    02/04/2010 8:05:39 PM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 627+ views ^ | February 3, 2010
    It has become common in the aviation community to classify fighter aircraft by "generations" for historical purposes. There are no official definitions of these generations; rather, they represent the notion that these are stages in the development of fighter design approaches, performance capabilities, and technological evolution. Fifth Generation Fighters represent a quantum leap in air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities that provide an order of magnitude increase in operational effectiveness over legacy fighters. These fighters are characterised by being designed from the start to operate in a network-centric combat environment, and to feature extremely low, all-aspect, multi-spectral signatures employing advanced materials and...
  • Enigma of Russian MiG-29s for Lebanon

    11/24/2009 1:11:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 606+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/20/2009 | Staff Writer via UPI
    A Russian military delegation is inspecting airfields before Moscow sends 10 MiG-29 fighter jets to bolster Lebanon's almost non-existent air force, a challenge to U.S. efforts to build up the Mediterranean country's state institutions to counter Hezbollah. Under a deal announced in December by Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr during a visit to Moscow, Russia will provide the MiG-29s from its air force inventory free of charge, including upgrades, under a military assistance program. The Americans have supplied second- and third-hand military equipment including M-60A3 main battle tanks (ex-Jordanian) and M-198 155mm artillery guns, worth $400 million to Lebanon since...
  • Trashing The MiG-29

    11/02/2009 4:29:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 56 replies · 2,904+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/02/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Malaysia admitted that it is getting rid of its MiG-29 fighters because the aircraft are too expensive to maintain. It costs about $5 million a year, per aircraft, to keep them in flying condition. Three years ago, Malaysia bought two more MiG-29s, in addition to the 18 it got in the 1990s. Two of those were lost due to accidents. Malaysia has since ordered 18 Su-30 fighters, and will apparently order more to replace the MiG-29s. Malaysia also bought eight F-18Ds in the 1990s, and is getting rid of those as well. Russia has offered better prices on maintenance contracts...
  • F-18 just crashed near my home. Just east of the airfield. (Miramar)

    11/30/2006 12:44:17 PM PST · by Pukin Dog · 172 replies · 10,440+ views
    Pilot ejected, and has been located.

    10/11/2004 2:45:09 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 846+ views
    In defense of Lt. Bush By Charles D. Youree, Jr. President Bush's military service is being unjustly vilified. I feel a sense of anger and frustration when I hear that instead of volunteering for Vietnam, Mr. Bush "hid out" flying fighter/interceptor jets in the Air National Guard (ANG) for four years. As a former Air Force pilot with 6,000 hours of flying time, including more than 3,000 hours in jet fighters, I know that whenever you strapped yourself into a jet fighter and took off, you were in harm's way. Your life was on the line. As fighter pilots, we...