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  • USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire

    02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 45 replies ^ | June 16, 2005 | USAF Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler
    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via (medium, large) The Photographer  Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force  
  • Langley air show canceled over sequestration threat

    02/16/2013 1:24:50 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 17 replies
    Virginian-Pilot via Stars and Stripes ^ | February 16, 2013 | By Jeff Sheler
    Citing budget uncertainties and the threat of sequestration, Joint Base Langley announced Friday it is canceling the Langley air show, which was set for May 3-5. A spokeswoman for Oceana Naval Air Station said it may cancel its show as well. "The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of Defense and the nation," Col. Korvin Auch, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, said in a statement announcing the cancellation. "We're taking prudent steps now in order to be good stewards of taxpayer resources while focusing on maintaining readiness."
  • Obama, First Lady Tout Jobs Plan for Veterans

    10/19/2011 9:47:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    AP ^ | October 19, 2011
    Heralding a splash of good news on jobs, President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised a series of companies that have promised to hire 25,000 veterans or military spouses within two years, calling it a sign of patriotism and business savvy. He pushed his economic agenda anew to a military audience, this time with first lady Michelle Obama at his side. "We ask you to fight, to sacrifice, to risk your lives for your country," Obama told an audience of thousands of people at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. "The last thing you should have to do is fight for a job when...
  • Obama Will Focus on Jobs for Veterans During Langley AFB Visit (Using troops as props alert)

    10/16/2011 6:07:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Press ^ | Sunday, October 16, 2011 | Todd Allen Wilson
    President Barack Obama will highlight portions of his jobs plan that encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans when he visits Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Wednesday during the final leg of his three-day bus tour through Virginia and North Carolina. White House officials said Sunday that during the president's tour of two key Southern states in his reelection bid, he will call on Congress to start passing parts of his American Jobs Act this week starting with provisions which create jobs for teachers, police officers, fire fighters and veterans. "He'll discuss the importance of job creation and putting our...
  • As F-15 fighters leave, Langley ends an era

    07/19/2010 8:29:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/20/2010 | Hugh Lessig
    For 34 years, Peninsula residents could look skyward and spot the familiar silhouette of the F-15C Eagle. Enemy pilots never found the sight as comforting. The fighter has compiled a combat record of 104 victories against zero losses. Now an era is coming to end — two eras, really. The 71st Fighter Squadron at Langley is being inactivated, a move that was announced in June 2009 as part of a service-wide restructuring. And because the 71st flies the F-15, those jets are being parceled out to other Air Force and Air National Guard units. The last F-15 will leave Hampton...
  • The end of an era: F-15 Eagles at Langley, 1976-2010

    07/10/2010 1:01:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Peninsula Warrior ^ | 7/2/2010 | Capt. Lee Stewart
    Did you ever think the day would come when an Eagle would not be the most familiar sight in the Langley sky? Sadly, in the months to come, the very sight of an Eagle soaring across the Langley sky will soon become an uncommon phenomenon. Moreover, after a 34-year proud heritage, it is time for "the changing the guard" at Langley Air Force Base. The mighty F-15 Eagle will step aside and allow the "new kid on the block," the F-22 Raptor, to don the crown and set in motion a storyline that will someday solidify its own place in...
  • Raptors Coming Back to Guam, Okinawa

    05/21/2010 6:10:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Pacific News Center ^ | 5/22/2010 | Pacific News Center
    The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to deploy F-22A Raptors to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Kadena Air Base, Japan, in late May for approximately four months. Twelve F-22As will deploy from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to Andersen AFB and another 12 will deploy from Holloman AFB, N.M., to Kadena AB. Approximately 250 Airmen will accompany the Raptors to each location. The F-22A is a transformational combat aircraft that can avoid enemy detection, cruises at supersonic speeds, is highly maneuverable, and provides the joint forces an unprecedented level of integrated situational awareness. As part of continuing force posture adjustments...
  • USAF Non-Stealthy Fighters To Support F-22s

    04/29/2010 7:03:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 703+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 4/29/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    With the size of the F-22 stealth fighter force capped, U.S. Air Force officials are going to muscle up the service’s air dominance force via Air National Guard F-15C Golden Eagles upgraded with advanced, long-range radars. Because of the larger size of the Boeing F-15s’ radar and the aircraft’s greater flight endurance, they also will serve as “stand-in” electronic warfare jamming and attack aircraft as part of the Air Force’s composite air dominance force that also includes stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22s stationed at Langley AFB, Va. Each fighter type will shoulder 50% of the air dominance mission now that the...
  • Raptors headed to Kadena

    05/29/2009 5:47:00 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies · 1,021+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 31, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — F-22 Raptors from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia were scheduled to arrive Saturday at Kadena, according to the Air Force. The supersonic fighters are part of two squadrons the Air Force has deployed for four months in support security throughout the Western Pacific region, a news release said. About 12 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron will train on Okinawa, the release said. Another dozen Raptors from the 525th Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska deployed to Guam on May 13, the release said. While training on Okinawa, the Raptors will observe...
  • F-22 Raptors return to the Pacific

    01/10/2009 5:13:10 PM PST · by FISH1974 · 16 replies · 1,074+ views
    Kadena AB homepage ^ | 1/10/2009 | Maj. John S. Hutcheson
    1/10/2009 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Six F-22 Raptors arrived at Kadena Air Base today as part of a three-month deployment in support of U.S. Pacific Command's security obligations in the Western Pacific. The planes landed around 4 p.m. under partly cloudy skies after a 10-hour flight from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The F-22s, part of the 27th Fighter Squadron, are deployed from Langley Air Force Base, Va. This is the second deployment of Langley-based Raptors to Kadena; the first occurred in February 2007. About 250 maintenance and combat support personnel arrived here earlier in the week in...
  • Surprise (this is Lauren's idea!!!!!) Freeper Canteen ~ Road Trip ~ Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

    05/05/2008 5:37:26 PM PDT · by LUV W · 321 replies · 372+ views
    In Honor of all our Brave Troops...and My Son, Who Was Stationed There | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Langley Air Force Base, Virginia Langley Air Force Base (IATA: LFI, ICAO: KLFI) is the home of the United States Air Force's 1st Fighter Wing (1 FW) and the 480th Intelligence Wing (480 IW). It also hosts Headquarters, Air Combat Command (ACC).As the host unit at Langley Air Force Base, Va., the 1st Fighter Wing operates and maintains one of the largest fighter bases in Air Combat Command. Throughout its history, the 1st FW has led the way, wherever and whenever called upon. The 192nd Fighter Wing is an Air National...
  • (US) Air Force Fighter Fleet in 'Crisis'

    01/11/2008 4:39:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 87 replies · 569+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jan.11,2008 | RICHARD LARDNER
    Air Force Fighter Fleet in 'Crisis' By RICHARD LARDNER – 12 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Years of stress on the Air Force's aging jet fighter fleet have led to serious structural problems that could grow worse even after expensive repairs are made, senior service officials said Thursday. Gen. John Corley, the top officer at Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., called the situation a "crisis" that would be best solved by an infusion of costly new aircraft rather than fixing jets that are 25 years old. The mechanical troubles, most acute in the F-15 Eagles used...
  • F-22s at Langley receive FOC status

    12/12/2007 6:31:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies · 471+ views ^ | December 12, 2007 | David Hopper
    F-22 Raptors here reached Full Operational Capability (FOC) December 12, according to Gen. John D.W. Corley, the commander of Air Combat Command. The announcement offically makes Langley's F-22 squadrons combat ready. FOC for the F-22 means the aircraft are now ready for global engagement, said Lt. Col. Mark Hansen, the Air Combat Command F-22 integration officer. "Crews are now (fully) organized, trained, equipped and ready for the joint fight," he said. Since the F-22s reached initial operational capability two years ago, the 1st Fighter Wing and the Air National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing have dedicated time and resources into finding...
  • Officials stand down F-15 A-D models until further notice

    12/07/2007 1:53:02 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 21 replies · 86+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 12/5/2007 | AFPN and ACC staff
    12/5/2007 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The commander of Air Combat Command directed the stand-down Dec. 3 of all ACC F-15 A through D model aircraft until further notice. The decision follows additional information received from the ongoing investigation of the Nov. 2 F-15C mishap that resulted in the loss of that aircraft. Gen. John D.W. Corley, ACC commander, also recommended the grounding of all other A through D model aircraft in other Air Force major commands, including those under the operational control of U.S. combatant commanders. Monday's findings from the accident investigation board indicate that a...
  • Entire F-15 fleet returning to flight

    11/23/2007 5:37:41 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 5 replies · 95+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | 21 November 2007 | AFPN
    Entire F-15 fleet returning to flight 11/21/2007 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- Gen. John D.W. Corley, commander, Air Combat Command, sent a message Nov. 21 to F-15 pilots, weapons systems officers and maintenance professionals outlining the actions the Air Force has taken following the Nov. 2 F-15C Eagle mishap that resulted in the loss of the aircraft. The message reads: (Quote) Airmen On 2 November, the Air Force experienced an F-15C mishap resulting in the loss of the aircraft. The circumstances of the mishap indicated catastrophic structural failure. On 3 November, the Air Force grounded its F-15...
  • Combat Engineers Mentor, Help Afghans With Construction Projects (Devil Dog Engineers)

    10/29/2007 5:27:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 70+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Luis P. Valdespino Jr., USMC
    GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2007 – Four combat engineers recently traveled from Kabul to Gardez to share their construction experience with Afghans hired to build housing units for military personnel assigned to Forward Operating Base Lightning. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dwayne B. Jones assists in laying concrete blocks for a housing unit at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan. Jones, from Langley Air Force Base, Va., is one of four combat engineers who were in Gardez mentoring and assisting Afghan masons. The combat engineers are assigned to Task Force Phoenix Engineering Company in Kabul. Photo by Staff Sgt. Luis P....
  • (Airforce)Reaper ready to deploy next month (With Video)

    08/29/2007 2:24:00 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 12 replies · 1,015+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | Aug 28, 2007 | Tom Vanden Brook
    The Air Force next month will deploy a new generation of pilotless airplane with the bombing power of an F-16 to help stop the stubborn Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. The Reaper is an upgraded version of the Predator, which has become one of the military’s most sought-after planes since it first appeared in Afghanistan in 2001. The Reaper can fly three times as fast as a Predator and carry eight times more weaponry, such as Hellfire missiles, the Air Force said. The Reaper’s greater range and speed make it better suited than the Predator to Afghanistan’s vast, rugged terrain. The...
  • New pilotless plane headed for Afghanistan

    08/28/2007 8:05:56 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 36 replies · 1,478+ views
    UPI ^ | 08/28/07
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army soon will deploy a faster and more lethal pilotless plane to Afghanistan and then to Iraq, it was reported Tuesday. The Reaper flies three times as fast and can carry eight times more weapons than the Predator, the pilotless U.S. plane in use since 2001, USA Today reported. The Reaper, with its longer range and speed, is well suited to roust Taliban fighters from Afghanistan's vast and mountainous terrain, said Brig. Gen. James Poss, director of intelligence for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Deploying to Afghanistan this fall,...
  • Tensions mount over Navy jet noise

    08/26/2007 5:00:52 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 66 replies · 1,465+ views ^ | Sun. Aug 26,2007 | Timothy O'Hara
    As another type of fighter jet is about to begin training over the Navy base on Boca Chica Key, little has been done to resolve neighbors' concerns about the current class of fighter jets that pilots fly while training there. Nearly two months ago, the Navy promised to hold a public meeting to discuss changes to its Air Installation Compatible Use Zones, so-called "AICUZ maps" that show areas of high noise and accident potential, where development is dissuaded. No meetings have been held. The Navy in July asked the County Commission to approve the maps and set land-use guidelines that...
  • Air Force jets collide in mid-air

    06/11/2007 3:25:28 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 42 replies · 2,300+ views
    ap ^ | 06-11-2007 | By JAMES HALPIN
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An F-15 fighter jet crashed Monday after colliding in mid-air with another military jet during a training exercise, Air Force officials said. The other jet landed safely, and no one was seriously injured. The pilot of the F-15C ejected safely and was taken a military hospital, said Airman Jennifer Anton, a spokeswoman at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks. The pilot did not have serious injuries, she said. The pilot of the other jet, an F-16C that landed safely, was uninjured, she said. It was not immediately clear why the two jets collided at 11:23 a.m. local...
  • Crowd's Spirits Soar With Raptors(F-22 wows crowd at airshow)

    04/13/2006 3:33:20 PM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 19 replies · 1,161+ views ^ | April 8, 2006 | CHERYL N. SCHMIDT
    LAKELAND - Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Shower came home to his high school stomping grounds Friday in the ultimate flying machine, an F-22 Raptor. As a crowd of Sun 'n Fun Fly-In visitors oohed and aahed over America's next-generation fighter jet, the graduate of Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland said, "You feel kind of like a rock star or something." "It's a big deal for the Air Force. This is the first time out of the nest" for the Raptor, Shower said. It gives civilians a chance to see "you've got a phenomenal airplane. You have bought an...
  • Second F-22 sqaudron operational in Langley,VA

    03/06/2006 4:51:13 PM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 174 replies · 89,184+ views
    March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The 94th Fighter Squadron, famous for its historic "Hat in the Ring" insignia and legendary aviator Eddy Rickenbacker, began receiving F-22 Raptors from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) today. The two 5th Generation stealthy, air dominance fighters are assigned to the second operational squadron in the U.S. Air Force. ADVERTISEMENT The two Raptors will join F-22s flying today as part of the 1st Fighter Wing's 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Lockheed Martin has completed final assembly on 71 of the 107 fighters now on contract, and 63 have been delivered. "This...
  • Virginia Guard unit begins integrating with fighter wing

    03/03/2006 4:42:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | 2nd Lt. Rachel Sherburne
    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- He wears a battle dress uniform and looks just like any other maintainer working on a F-22 Raptor, but this Airman is very different from most others in the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit here. He is paid by the hour, reports to a different supervisor and has a 70-mile commute to and from Richmond to come to work every day. His name is Tech. Sgt. Scott Browning. He, and 60 other members of the 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, work here as pilots, maintainers, fire rescuers, services and command post personnel. “The 1st...
  • 'Noble Eagle' mission marks milestone for F-22A squadron(F-22's joins NORAD for US/Can security)

    01/23/2006 8:45:14 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 24 replies · 858+ views
    01/23/2006 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., (ACCNS) -- The 27th Fighter Squadron passed another milestone Jan. 22 after completing an Operation Noble Eagle mission in the F-22A. The Jan. 21 and 22 mission over the U.S. marks the first operational mission in the new fighter aircraft since it was declared Initial Operational Capable in December. Operation Noble Eagle provides air defense over the U.S. and Canada in order to prevent a future 9-11 type attack. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, North American Aerospace Defense Command fighters have responded to more than 2,000 air events within the United States...
  • Langley AFB celebrates F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability

    01/14/2006 5:38:41 AM PST · by MARKUSPRIME · 28 replies · 1,014+ views
    1/13/2006 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The 1st Fighter Wing held a ceremony here today to celebrate the F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability. The event comes after the 27th Fighter Squadron was officially declared IOC on Dec. 15 by Gen. Ronald E. Keys, commander of Air Combat Command. The IOC declaration proves the F-22A is mission ready. The base now has 19 Raptors.
  • US deploys new top fighter jet

    12/16/2005 10:49:35 PM PST · by FreeKeys · 35 replies · 9,722+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri Dec 16, 2005 | Jim Wolf
    The futuristic F-22A "Raptor" fighter jet, designed to dominate the skies well into the 21st century, joined the U.S. combat fleet on Thursday, 20 years after it was conceived to fight Soviet MiGs over Europe. The Air Force said "initial operational capability" had been achieved at the 1st Fighter Wing's 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Pilots in the squadron, the Air Force's oldest in continuous operation, have been training on the F-22, the Air Force's most advanced weapon system, for about a year. "If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us," Gen....
  • 'Hat-in-the-Ring Gang' says goodbye to its Eagles

    12/16/2005 4:07:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 523+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | 1st Lt. Elizabeth Kreft
    12/16/2005 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The 94th Fighter Squadron flew its last F-15 Eagle sortie today, marking the squadron’s official evolution to F-22A Raptor operations. The “Hat-in-the-Ring Gang” is the second squadron at Langley to convert from the F-15C/D -- a strictly air-to-air fighter -- to the Raptor, which has air-to-ground capabilities. Pilots from Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon units will move into the 94th to ramp up Raptor operations. “From the operator perspective, we see it as a way to better equip the force,” said Lt Col. Dirk Smith, the squadron commander. “It’s more than...
  • US to declare stealthy F-22 fighter operational

    12/15/2005 1:47:24 PM PST · by anonymoussierra · 63 replies · 5,809+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Air Force said it will declare the first F-22A Raptor fighter squadron operational, effectively making the advanced stealthy jet ready for combat. [end] After years of intensive testing and training for the jet, which an air force official called "the finest air dominance fighter ever built", the 27th Fighter Squadron will formally enter its 12 F22As into service with the announcement. It effectively means the squadron, based at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, will be capable of deploying the stealth fighters on missions anywhere in the world, an air force spokesman said. [end]...
  • F-22 joins US fleet as top fighter

    12/15/2005 10:07:58 AM PST · by LM_Guy · 25 replies · 1,926+ views ^ | 12/15/2005 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The futuristic F-22A "Raptor" fighter jet, designed to dominate the skies well into the 21st century, joined the U.S. combat fleet on Thursday, 20 years after it was conceived to fight Soviet MiGs over Europe. The Air Force said "initial operational capability" had been achieved by 16 of the aircraft at the 1st Fighter Wing's 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Pilots in the squadron, the Air Force's oldest in continuous operation, have been training on the F-22 for about a year. "When asked to go to war, they're ready," said the 1st Fighter...
  • Eglin provides shelter for Hurricane Ophelia evacuees

    09/15/2005 5:32:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 257+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sep 15, 2005 | Lois Walsh
    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Nineteen aircraft from Langley Air Force Base, Va., found shelter from the storm on the runway here Sept. 13. The 1st Fighter Wing jets, along with a crew of 90 support Airmen, arrived here midafternoon, evacuated from Virginia because of the expected arrival of Hurricane Ophelia. Providing shelter for the jets is a chance for the 46th Test Wing to be on the receiving end for a change, instead of evacuating its own aircraft -- a task that flying wings here are all too familiar with. Planes here fled the base three times...
  • Sword Order falls into hands of AFC2ISR Center Commander (USAF NCOs give Award)

    07/28/2005 4:39:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 28, 2005 | 1st Lt. Chuck Widener
    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- The commander of the Air Force Command and Control, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center became the first inductee into the Air Force District of Washington’s Order of the Sword during a ceremony here July 22. Maj. Gen. Tommy F. Crawford received the highest honor and tribute noncommissioned officers can bestow upon an individual for his dedication to giving the unit’s enlisted force an equal hand in progressing the center’s unique mission. As just the forth commander of the AFC2ISR Center, General Crawford continues to hone the charge first set out in 1995...
  • Bearers of good, bad noise

    07/25/2005 3:10:48 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 16 replies · 591+ views
    Newport News Daily Press ^ | July 24 2005 | JIM HODGES
    The difference between Langley Air Force Base and Oceana Naval Air Station on the base closure list is a case of sound and fury. Every nine minutes or so, an F-15 or F/A-22 comes in over Back River at about 245 mph on a path that's gradual and shallow and which leads to the softest, quietest touchdown possible. Col. Tom Tinsley calls it a "don't-spill-the-coffee-on-the-guy-in-first-class" landing. The pilot cuts power, works the brakes and eventually coasts to a stop on an adjoining concrete parking lot. Langley Air Force base has received five complaints this year from people who say their...
  • Report: Flight control system problem caused F/A-22 crash

    06/09/2005 5:26:40 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 27 replies · 726+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 6/8/2005 | AFPN Staff
    6/8/2005 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- A flight control system problem caused an F/A-22 Raptor to crash on the runway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., on Dec. 20, according to an Air Force report released June 8. The pilot ejected and sustained minor injuries. The $133.3-million aircraft, assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis, was destroyed when it crashed. Additional damage was limited to an arresting cable, runway guide sign, runway light and the runway itself. The flight control system malfunction was caused by a brief power interruption to the aircraft’s three rate...
  • 5 new F/A-22 Raptors land at base

    01/08/2005 5:48:14 PM PST · by iso · 181 replies · 3,164+ views
    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE -- (AP) -- Five more F/A-22 Raptors landed Friday at this Florida Panhandle base where Gen. John P. Jumper, Air Force chief of staff, is among the first pilots being trained to fly the new stealth fighter. The five Raptors arrived from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. plant in Marietta, Ga., a day after all F/A-22s were cleared to resume flying for the first time since a Dec. 20 crash at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The additional planes increased the number of Raptors at Tyndall to 18, more than half of the 33 now in...
  • Photos from The air show at Langley Air Force Base...

    05/23/2004 4:52:02 PM PDT · by PatriotEdition · 6 replies · 683+ views
    Here are some great photos taken during the air show at Langley Air Force Base. They were taken by a friend I know from IRC chat who we know as "LadyConeFlower" and are copyrighted, but with her permission, I am posting them here for the freepers to enjoy! - Billy Kess (PatriotEdition) The Golden Knights are the US Army's elite paratrooper team. The air show at Langley Air Force Base featured these paratroopers doing a Flag Jump on May 23, 2004. What you are seeing is the flag being flown off the parachute of one of the jumpers, him coming...
  • Air Force will test Eagle Flag

    10/03/2003 3:20:58 PM PDT · by Spruce · 158+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Oct 3, 2003 | Master Sgt. Paul Fazzini
    Air Force will test Eagle Flag by Master Sgt. Paul Fazzini Air Mobility Command Public Affairs 10/3/2003 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFPN) -- The Air Force will begin its newest flag-level exercise Oct. 13, targeting expeditionary combat-support skills and testing them to the maximum extent. Eagle Flag is to the expeditionary combat-support community what Red Flag is to the fighter community, said Maj. Gen. Christopher A. Kelly, Air Mobility Warfare Center commander at Fort Dix, N.J. "(It) will bring expeditionary combat-support leadership to Fort Dix (where) we will test their abilities to go out and establish an air base in an...
  • Navy ships head to sea to ride out Hurricane Isabel [About 40 Navy ships and submarines]

    09/16/2003 9:45:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies · 389+ views
    Navy ships head to sea to ride out Hurricane Isabel Associated Press © September 16, 2003 Last updated: 12:04 PM NORFOLK -- About 40 Navy ships and submarines began leaving bases in Virginia and New Jersey this morning to avoid potential damage from Hurricane Isabel. The ships will head out to sea to get north of the storm and then move east to maneuver around the hurricane, said Adm. Robert J. Natter, commander of the Norfolk-based Atlantic Fleet. Forecasters said Isabel, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, appeared to be on a course to hit Thursday on the North...
  • Getting Lost Will Get Harder ['personal locator beacons']

    08/14/2003 2:42:45 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 15 replies · 207+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | August 14, 2003 | Paul Rogers
    <p>Forget about leaving a trail of bread crumbs. Getting lost in the woods may become a thing of the past, thanks to a new high-tech panic button for outdoors lovers.</p> <p>In a move that could change society's relationship with wilderness, the federal government today will roll out a new electronic homing system that uses satellites to track ``personal locator beacons'' carried by outdoors enthusiasts. The devices will allow rescuers to immediately locate people stranded miles from civilization and facing life-threatening injuries.</p>
  • Military Unprepared For 9/11 Attacks

    05/28/2003 10:23:58 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 101 replies · 2,767+ views
    Military Unprepared For 9/11 Attacks United Press International May 26, 2003 WASHINGTON - The panel established to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was told Friday that the United States was so unprepared that the first warplanes sent to the capital's airspace to intercept the hijacked airliners were unarmed. The two F-16s, part of the 113th Air National Guard based at Andrews Air Force Base were visible in the sky above the Pentagon as it was evacuated after being struck by American Airlines Flight 77, Maj. Gen. Craig McKinley, a commander in the Air Force told the panel....
  • New Air Expeditionary Wing Takes Shape

    03/10/2003 11:46:01 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 238+ views
    European Stars and Stripes | March 6, 2003 | Ron Jensen
    AN AIR BASE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION — From chaos comes order. Or, at least, “organized chaos,” according to Capt. Brian Thomas, executive officer for Col. Terry New, the commander of the 401st Air Expeditionary Wing. He was describing the creation of an expeditionary wing, the joining of disparate parts into one unified whole. Thomas knows about this. His job back at Aviano Air Base, Italy, is executive officer for the commander of the 16th Air Expeditionary Wing. “You can’t apply a cookie cutter mentality,” he said. “You have no idea what you do or do not need until...