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  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    10/03/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    Fox Trot Alpha ^ | 25 September 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack.
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    09/30/2015 10:53:06 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/25/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first true stealth fighter, offering a quantum leap in capability and performance when compared with anything else on the battlefield. It was a thoroughbred weapon system meant...
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    09/26/2015 2:10:31 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 09/25/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didn’t build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack. So why aren’t those who pushed so hard to cancel the F-22 program being held accountable? By the mid 2000s, the F-22 was finally entering the fray as the world’s first true stealth fighter, offering a quantum leap in capability and performance when compared with anything else on the battlefield. It was a thoroughbred weapon system meant...
  • Obama in 2009: F-22 Jets Used to Strike Syria 'Outdated and Unnecessary'

    09/23/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama dismissed the F-22 fighter jets used during Monday’s airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria as “outdated and unnecessary” in a speech on July 21, 2009. “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure” Obama said. "That's why I'm grateful that the Senate just voted against an additional $1.75 billion to buy F-22 fighter jets that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.” ...more (w/video)...
  • When the French "Shot Down" an F-22

    09/23/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Axe
    Evidence released last year confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons. For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. The Pentagon is counting on a tiny number of the pricey Raptors — slightly more than 180 — to ward off potentially much larger numbers of enemy planes for the foreseeable future. Every mock dogfight...
  • SpaceX Set to Test Raptor Engine Components at NASA Stennis

    05/20/2014 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    SpaceRef.biz ^ | 24APR2014 | Marc Boucher
    Nearly six months after announcing that SpaceX would be testing Raptor engine components at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday officially unveiled the newly refurbished E-2 test stand. SpaceX has been working on the Raptor methane-fueled rocket engine since 2009. The new engine, a reusable engine is destined to be used in future versions of the Falcon Heavy and in the long term for the notional SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter. Testing is set to begin within the coming days after the E-2 test stand activation is completed a spokesperson for SpaceX confirmed to SpaceRef. SpaceX...
  • Ex-Pratt Worker Allegedly Tried To Ship F-35 Files To Iran

    01/16/2014 9:30:03 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 17 replies
    The Hartford Courant (CT) ^ | January 13, 2014 | BRIAN DOWLING
    Pratt & Whitney said Monday it is cooperating with authorities after federal agents arrested a former employee for trying to ship documents to Iran related to the U.S. military's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The East Hartford defense contractor, the sole manufacturer of the aircraft's engine, declined to comment on how Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, slipped thousands of pages of documents, diagrams, blueprints and technical manuals out the door before he was laid off in August along with hundreds of other employees. Federal authorities arrested Khazaee at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday before he could board a plane...
  • 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."...
  • How the Cold War was won

    09/24/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT · by minus_273 · 7 replies
    This has been making it's rounds on the internet. While not completely historically accurate, looking at the comments, it seems even kids born in the 90's miss Reagan. There are enough touches to this picture that remind me of the 80's (see the DARE sticker?).
  • Romney wants to buy more F-22s

    09/11/2012 12:13:21 PM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 47 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | 9/10/2012 | Michael Hoffman
    Romney wants to buy more F-22s By Michael Hoffman Monday, September 10th, 2012 5:54 pm Posted in Air, Election Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday he would buy more F-22 Raptors as part of his plan to reverse many of the defense cuts planned by the Obama administration. Romney told a Virginia Beach, Va., television station he would not include the military in the spending cuts he is proposing to cut down the U.S. deficit. “Rather than completing nine ships per year, I’d move that up to 15. I’d also add F-22s to our Air Force fleet. And I’d...
  • Pentagon OKs plan to lift F-22 flight restrictions

    07/24/2012 1:07:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon announced Tuesday changes the Air Force will make to mitigate hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by some pilots flying F-22s, and a phased approach to lifting flight restrictions implemented earlier this year. To fix the air supply problem and reduce the incidents of hypoxia-like events, the Air Force has made two changes to the aircraft’s cockpit life support system, Defense Press Secretary George Little said. First, the Air Force will replace a valve in the upper pressure garment vest worn by pilots during high-altitude missions. The valve was causing the vest to inflate, and remain inflated under conditions where it...
  • Did China Get Plans for Our Semi-Secret F-22 Raptor And Copy It? See the Alleged Pictures

    06/04/2012 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/14/12 | Liz Klimas
    Last week, the blog China Defense posted two photos, nearly identical, with only one line of text: “Just in case you might get confused, only one bird below is the J-20.” The J-20 stealth fighter is the creation of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the People’s Liberation Army in China. About a year and a half ago, the People’s Liberation Army conducted its first tests of the aircraft, which is expected to be fully operational sometime between 2017 and 2019.
  • F-22 Raptor pilots make problems public

    05/11/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Air Force late last month convened a summit in Ohio to address the most vexing problem of its premier jet fighter — pilots becoming dizzy from oxygen deprivation while flying the supersonic F-22 Raptor. Scientists, manufacturers and Raptor pilots at Wright-PattersonAir Force Base brainstormed on why aviators — 25 to date — are returning from missions suffering from hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. “It was an update on where we were at,” said Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, a spokesman for the Air Force Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base. “We’re kind of closing in on some ideas.” The...
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Final, Historic F-22 Raptor To U.S. Air Force (#195)

    05/02/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/2/12 | PRNewswire
    MARIETTA, Ga., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] leadership delivered today the 195th and last F-22 Raptor to U.S. Air Force leadership in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site here. With this delivery, the U.S. Air Force now possesses the world's only 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft fleet in the world. ... A host of distinguished officials participated in this monumental event, including senior leaders from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force; local, state and national elected officials; and Lockheed Martin employees who helped build the F-22 Raptor fleet. This final Raptor joins a...
  • F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

    04/04/2012 12:20:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    USAF Web Site ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mitch Gettle
    Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the aircrafts' on-board oxygen generation systems and briefed its findings and recommendations in trying to determine a root cause for pilots experiencing unexplained physiological events with the F-22 Raptor. "From April 2008 until May 2011, the Air Force experienced 14 physiological incidents with the fleet of...
  • Latest F-22 upgrade brings ability to jam enemy radars

    04/03/2012 12:35:07 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/3/2012 | David Mujumdar
    This year, the US Air Force started fielding the Increment 3.1 upgrade to its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fleet. The modifications add a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability to the fighter's Northrop Grumman APG-77 radar, plus electronic attack, better geo-location capabilities to find enemy radars and the ability to carry eight 113kg (250lb) small diameter bombs (SDBs), for use in pairs against four ground targets. Introduction of an SAR mode will assist during the manual targeting process, which is an improvement over the previous Increment 2 configuration's use of two 454kg Joint Direct Attack Munition satellite-corrected, inertially guided bombs against...
  • Raptors for the Long Haul

    04/01/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Marc V. Schanz
    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have a plan to make the most of the F-22 fleet. As always, money will be an issue. By the end of next month, the last F-22 Raptor built—tail No. 4195—should complete final checkout tests, take off from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Marietta, Ga., and fly to its new home at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Col. Paul D. Moga, once Air Combat Command’s F-22 demonstration pilot, and now commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf, will fly it there. As that last delivery flight takes place, the Air Force will confront a long...
  • USAF vows to discover root cause of Raptor's maladies

    03/31/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/29/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel investigating a series of hypoxia-like incidents afflicting pilots flying the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has not discovered what is causing the problem, but service officials vow they will find the root cause. "I am convinced there is a root cause," says Maj Gen Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command's (ACC) director of operations. "I want everyone to know--particularly those who operate it and their families--we will not rest until we find that root cause." The USAF is continuing to test the F-22's life-support systems to try to determine what is still causing...
  • US House strikes F-22 funding from defense bill

    07/30/2009 11:28:07 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 34 replies · 948+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 30, 2009
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday killed new funding for the disputed F-22 fighter jet program as part of a $636.3 billion military spending bill that was expected to clear the chamber. House action on a vote of 269-165 to bury additional production of Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N) F-22 solidified an important victory for the Obama administration on procurement reform and nullified a veto threat over the matter.
  • F-22 crash prompts lawsuit by pilot's widow

    03/13/2012 5:22:55 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | March 13, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    The wife of deceased US Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot Captain Jeff "Bong" Haney is suing contractors Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney and Honeywell in connection with the 16 November 2010 crash that took his life. The complaint was filed on 5 March 2012 in a court in Cook County, Illinois, by Michael Demetrio, a lawyer representing Anna Haney. The lawsuit seeks compensation, which would be chosen by the court, for Haney and her two daughters Ava and Stella Rose under the Wrongful Death Act. Prime contractor Lockheed is responsible for the overall production of the Raptor, but Boeing...
  • F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash

    03/21/2012 4:18:43 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2010 | Associated Press
    Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet's emergency oxygen system after pilots reported feeling lightheaded and the death of a captain whose $143 million aircraft took a nosedive into a mountain range in Alaska. Capt. Jeffrey Haney was killed in November 2010 during a night mission about 100 miles north of Anchorage. An accident investigation found that the plane's controls and switches contributed to the crash, particularly an emergency oxygen system activation ring on the back edge of the ejection seat. The report found that the two-step process to manually activate the system required the...
  • Lockheed begins test flights of final F-22

    03/14/2012 9:34:54 PM PDT · by U-238 · 19 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/14/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    The last F-22 Raptor to be built for the US Air Force took-off on its inaugural test flight earlier today with a company pilot at the helm, a Lockheed Martin executive says. "I was just watching the take-off of aircraft 4195, so it's now made its first flight on its way to delivery," says Jeff Babione, Lockheed's F-22 programme manager. "We just had everyone outside the building watching the take-off of the final Raptor." Lockheed test pilot Bret Luedke-- a veteran aviator who has flown almost every Raptor the company has ever built--is flying the aircraft. Babione says that company...
  • Video Clip of the Day: "The F-22 Raptor is Absurd"

    03/04/2012 12:39:15 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 34 replies
    What else can the U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jet do?
  • Top USAF general explains EXACTLY how to kill an F-22

    03/02/2012 11:28:44 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 43 replies
    The DEW Line ^ | February 28, 2012 | Stephen Trimble
    Hopefully, you will never find yourself in air-to-air combat with a Lockheed Martin F-22, particularly if you happen to be flying any other fighter besides an F-22. The Raptor still boasts a 30:1 kill ratio in mock dogfights (the only kind of dogfight, alas, the F-22 has ever known). Notice, however, the ":1" part of the ratio expression. That's the proof: The F-22 can be shot down. But how?
  • Obamalateral Disarmament Dooms Arsenal Of Democracy

    01/09/2012 1:53:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    National Security: Portrayed as just a shuffling of priorities, the president's defense cuts reduce our two-war strategy to maybe one war and cross your fingers. Champagne corks are popping from Beijing to Tehran. Imagine a scenario in the not-too-distant future when an Iranian Shahab missile mated with an unexpectedly ready nuclear warhead is test-fired and detonates somewhere over the Indian Ocean. The next day Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz as China announces a blockade of Taiwan. The administration's defense cuts, or shifts in priorities as President Obama would have us believe, leaves us woefully unprepared for the unexpected in...
  • Last F-22 Raptor Rolls Off Assembly Line

    12/13/2011 4:00:17 PM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies · 2+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/13/11 | Jonathan Serrie
    MARIETTA, Ga. – The final F-22 Raptor fighter jet rolled off the assembly line during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin aircraft plant at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The product line is being replaced by the less costly F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as concerns arose in Washington that the $153 million F-22 was too costly and too high-tech for its own good. Although foreign governments have expressed interest in purchasing the F-22, Congress banned its sale overseas out of concerns that the technology it carries is too sensitive to share.
  • Lockheed Martin Rolls Out Final F-22 Raptor

    12/13/2011 11:28:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    PRNewswire at Yahoo ^ | 12/13/11 | Lockheed Martin
    MARIETTA, Ga. , Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The final Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) F-22 Raptor rolled off the assembly line here today and was commemorated with a ceremony recognizing contributions from thousands of people associated with the design and construction of the Raptor fleet. This F-22 Raptor (Lockheed Martin tail number 4195) now moves into production flight check and will deliver to the U.S. Air Force in 2012, completing the operational fleet at 187 jets. "This event honors the many men and women of Team Raptor who have taken this plane from concept to reality," said Jeff...
  • New cracks stop vertical landings on some F-35Bs

    11/18/2011 2:06:29 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 17 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/18/2011 | Stephen Trimble
    Three of the five developmental Lockheed Martin F-35Bs have developed tiny cracks in a lift fan-related component which prevent the flight-test aircraft from reconfiguring in flight and landing vertically. Two flight-test aircraft - BF-1 and BF-2 - are now being modified with a redesigned actuator support beam, according to the joint programme office. BF-4 has also developed "hairline" cracks in the same part, but is continuing to fly in conventional mode only until the part is modified, the programme said. The potential for cracks to develop in the actuator support beam was identified several years ago. A redesigned beam was...
  • Entire U.S. Stealth Fighter Fleet Grounded

    In past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky. But after building more than 170 F-22 Raptors and a handful of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, not a single one is available for service. The Air Force currently has zero flyable stealth fighters. None.
  • Anti-Freeze in Pilots' Blood Baffles Air Force

    07/28/2011 7:49:12 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    atlanticwire.com ^ | 27 July 2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    A few months ago, Air Force leaders noticed some very strange behavior from pilots in the cockpit of F-22 Raptor fighters. Some pilots sounded like they were drunk on the radio; others couldn't even remember how to use the radio during flights. Lab tests revealed not alcohol in the pilots' blood, but a host of toxic chemicals including oil fumes, anti-freeze and even propane. The Air Force grounded the entire stealthy F-22 fleet on May 3rd and launched an investigation. This week, the Air Force Times reports that they're still stumped, which is not the best news for the fantastically...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Gentlemen, Gentlemen! We Can Only Take So Much Awesomenesss--Keep It Up!

    07/25/2011 10:12:35 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 65 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | August 27, 2008 | USAF Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
    One Raptor, one Eagle on a training sortie high above the Gulf of Mexico, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060914.htm ( medium, large, huge) The Photographer Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., United States Air Force  
  • Black Hawk Down — China Up?

    05/11/2011 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May , 11, 2011 | Staff
    Secrets: Good news of bin Laden's death may be followed by bad news of Pakistan giving China a peek at our downed helicopter. Will we be threatened by our own technology? They are something out of the latest Batman flick, the modified Black Hawk helicopters that were used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound. With a curious hublike housing around the unusually configured rear-rotor, among other things, it was clearly designed to be as quiet and stealthy as possible. When one of the copters clipped a wall in bin Laden's compound, it had to be destroyed, leaving...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: F-22A Raptors prepare for aerial refueling over the Gulf Coast of Florida

    05/09/2011 10:00:56 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 13 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | April 2, 2007 | USAF SMSgt. Thomas Meneguin
    Via http://chamorrobible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin, United States Air Force  
  • Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concerns

    05/05/2011 8:10:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2011
    Air Force grounds F-22s over oxygen system concerns By the CNN Wire Staff May 6, 2011 -- Updated 0051 GMT (0851 HKT) Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Air Force has grounded its entire F-22 Raptor fleet amidst continuing concern over how the fighter jet provides oxygen to the pilot, according Capt. Jennifer Faerrau, a spokesperson for the Air Force's Air Combat Command. The stand-down order was made Tuesday but is just now becoming public. It's unclear how long the stand down will last. There are about 165 Raptors in the fleet. Since January, the aircraft already had been kept at...
  • A Little More Info on the Raptor and Libya

    04/08/2011 5:04:15 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 8 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 7, 2011 | John Reed
    "Air Force Secretary Michael Donley this week shed a tiny bit more light on the whole mystery surrounding the lack of an appearance by the F-22 Raptor in the skies above Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn, saying the plane would have been used if it was needed. "Donley told a reporter at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Washington that the plane would have flown in Libya if its capabilities were viewed as a requirement for the operation. When pressed for more on what capabilities were needed, he waited a few seconds before saying, 'multirole, maybe?'” Two USAF F-22A Raptors intercept...
  • Did Politics Keep the F-22 Out of Libya?

    04/04/2011 4:13:16 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 4, 2011 | John Reed
    "Former Air Force ISR chief, Lt. Gen. David Deptula, just isn't buying the explanation given by Air Force leaders last week that distance is what kept the F-22 Raptor out of Operation Odyssey Dawn. "Instead, political reasons likely kept the most advanced jet on Earth out of the fight, according to Deptula, an early advocate of using the jet to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya. Basically, the F-22's stealth would have negated much of the official need for coalition help since the jet is almost completely immune to Libya's ancient air defenses..." USAF B-2 Sprit and USAF F-22A Raptors...
  • Disarmament The Obama Way

    03/23/2011 3:54:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Investors Daily ^ | 3/23/11 | editor
    Defense: As Russia invests in new weapons and China increases military spending by double digits, the administration conducts a new review looking to cut our nuclear arsenal even beyond misguided treaty obligations. The F-15 Eagle that lay smoldering in the Libyan desert was downed not by hostile fire but by "mechanical failure." It's a perfect metaphor for the current administration's downgrading of national defense from a constitutional imperative to an optional budget item. The F-22 Raptor was designed to replace our aging F-15 fleet, which is older than the pilots who fly them and whose wings are almost literally falling...
  • U.S. Air Force: F-22 expected to be used in 'early days' of any Libyan no-fly zone

    03/17/2011 3:40:35 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2011 | John T. Bennett
    The Air Force's super-stealthy F-22 Raptor fighters likely would see their first combat action if a no-fly zone is set up by the U.S. and its allies over Libya, a senior defense official said Thursday. Under questioning from Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said it would be his "expectation" that F-22 fighters "would be in use" during "the early days" of a no-fly zone mission.
  • F-22s Could Be Assigned To Libyan Operation

    03/09/2011 5:39:10 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | March 9, 2011 | David A. Fulghum
    "The Air Force has significant excess capacity for the Libya mission," the veteran fighter pilot says. "It is the perfect scenario for the F-22 and F-16CJ Wild Weasels that are currently not engaged in Afghanistan. The Air Force's bread-and-butter mission is to take down sophisticated, integrated air defense systems, attack air bases to render them unusable, destroy any radars that emit, and clear the skies of any aircraft in flight. After an intense, 24-48-hr. campaign, enforcing the no-fly zone is a routine operation."
  • F-22s Could Test Libya's Air Defenses

    03/01/2011 4:49:37 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 32 replies
    Aviation Week | March 1, 2011 | David A. Fulghum
    "If the U.S. decides to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, the effort could be led by F-22s in their first combat assignment." Click here for the full article.
  • F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats

    02/22/2011 8:00:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Warner Robins Patriot ^ | 02/22/2011 | GENE RECTOR
    F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats by GENE RECTOR, Staff Writer The Warner Robins Patriot In a concession some months ago to what’s practical rather than what many preferred, Defense Department officials decided to update the Air Force’s fleet of F-15 Eagle fighters rather than buying additional, new production F-22s. It is a move that shines a bright light on Robins Air Force Base where hundreds of workers daily engage in worldwide sustainment of the nation’s F-15 fleet. Budget constraints – then and especially now – drove the decision. The F-15 upgrade – featuring...
  • .Elusive warbird F-22 Raptor makes its Australian debut

    02/11/2011 4:18:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2/12/2011 | Steve Creedy
    The appearance comes as developments in China have prompted renewed calls to restore production of the top-of-the-line US fighter after it was axed by Defence Secretary Robert Gates in 2009. The decision, which capped F-22 production at 187 aircraft, has been called into question by the public emergence of China's J-20 and a co-operative program between Russia and China to build a similar aircraft. For the moment, however, the single-seat, twin-engine Raptor remains the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter. It boasts stealth technology, speed, agility and long-range capabilities ahead of the Joint Strike Fighter. Australia at one stage considered acquiring...
  • F-22 for Avalon

    02/06/2011 10:16:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Australian Aviation ^ | 2/7/2011 | Australian Aviation
    The F-22 is expected to star at Avalon. "This is a special aircraft and we have been trying to get it to Avalon for many years," Airshow CEO Ian Honnery said. "It is really exciting that at long last we will be able to host for the Australian public to see for the first time." The F-22 on display at Avalon is expected to come from the Elmendorf,Alaska based F-22 currently deployed to Kadena,Japan. "avalon 2011 will be the largest show we have put on to date, with so many aircraft being exhibited, thatwe have had to extend our aircraft...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Best of the Best

    02/04/2011 8:58:26 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 27 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | March 3, 2006 | USAF TSgt. Ben Bloker
    U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Smith (Commander, 94th Fighter Squadron) peels away from USAF Major Kevin Dolata (Assistant Director of Operations, 94th Fighter Squadron) during the delivery flight of the first F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets to the 94th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on March 3, 2006. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20061021.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, United States Air Force  
  • Reserve, active duty support Pacific theater deployment

    02/03/2011 4:04:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    USAF ^ | 2/236/2010 | by Maj. Lisa Reaver
    Reservists assigned to the 477th Fighter Group deployed this week to support the U.S. Pacific Command commander's Theater Security Package program in the Western Pacific. The 20 maintainers and eight pilots along with the 3rd Wing's 525th Fighter Squadron will be deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan for three months. "The 477th Fighter Group reservists operate and maintain 3rd Wing aircraft under the Classic Associate Unit Construct, integrating with the 525th Fighter Squadron and 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit," said Air Force Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander. "During normal training there is seamless integration with the active-duty squadrons,...
  • USAF invites rivals to break Lockheed’s grip on F-22 upgrade work

    02/02/2011 4:40:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 2/2/2011 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force could spend up to $16 billion over the next several years on further upgrades for the Lockheed Martin F-22. It could also award some of the business to the manufacturer's competitors. The dollar value was disclosed in a 26 January acquisition notice calling for bidders to compete for the follow-on Raptor enhancement, development and integration (FREDI) contract. Lockheed was awarded the original multi-year REDI deal in 2004, but now the USAF is inviting its competitors to bid for the work too.
  • F-35 started with recipe for trouble, analysts say

    01/28/2011 11:16:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 86 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jan. 29, 2011 | Bob Cox
    F-35 started with recipe for trouble, analysts say By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com As Pentagon officials worked on the 2012 defense budget proposal late last year, they were forced, yet again, to devote several billion dollars more to try to fix the F-35 joint strike fighter program. Nearly a decade after Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth division won the F-35 contract, the company is still struggling to deliver on its commitments for what is arguably the most technologically ambitious aircraft ever built. In a nutshell, the F-35 program is five to six years behind schedule. The estimated cost to taxpayers has nearly...
  • F-22 Raptor, 'smartest fighter' likely at Aero India

    01/25/2011 10:45:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 1/26/2011 | Indian Express
    The world’s most advanced combat aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, is likely to make a rare appearance outside the US during the upcoming Aero India show in Bangalore next month. This will be the first appearance of the stealth fighter, which is also the only operational fifth generation fighter aircraft in the world, in India and its third participation at an international air show. Final details are being worked out by the US, but sources said that two of the fighters are set to be flown in for the air show that begins on February 9 and will be showcased as...
  • Alaska F-22 AIB on recess

    01/22/2011 7:51:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 2+ views
    USAF ^ | 1/21/2010 | USAF
    The Accident Investigation Board for the Alaska-based F-22 Raptor crash recessed, Jan. 14, per the direction of Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander. The board will resume when weather conditions allow further recovery operations of the crash site located near Cantwell, Alaska. Capt. Jeff Haney, pilot of the F-22 Raptor, was on a routine, night training mission and lost his life due to the crash, Nov. 16. The Accident Investigation Board has been unable to determine the cause of the accident with the information and evidence currently available. The board seeks to ensure all the evidence available at the...
  • Bring Back The F-22

    01/20/2011 8:12:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/20/2011 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    Only two years after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ decision to end production of the F-22 Raptor at 187 aircraft, the program may be poised to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. When Gates made his decision, it was on the assumption that other countries -- notably Russia and China -- would not develop their own fifth-generation fighters for at least another decade or more. Yet, even as the Secretary met with his counterparts from the Chinese military, that institution announced the first test flight of the J-20, their entrant into the fifth-generation fighter competition. In addition, Russia has...