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  • Congress may thwart Decorator-in-Chief Trump on design for Air Force One (extra paint is heavy)

    06/14/2019 3:43:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Christopher Wilson
    **SNIP** However, the president’s design dreams were potentially undercut across town at Wednesday’s House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., put forth an amendment that would require congressional approval for changes to the paint scheme and interior design of Air Force One. Although Republicans said it seemed like a poke at the president, Courtney defended it as an economy measure. “Additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside the plane can also add cost and delays to the delivery of the plane,” Courtney said, noting that he...
  • Trump set to speak at 2019 Air Force Academy graduation

    05/30/2019 1:49:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Gazette ^ | 4/25/19 | Tom Roeder
    President Donald Trump will deliver the Air Force Academy’s graduation speech on May 30, the White House confirmed Thursday. Trump bumped expected speaker Vice President Mike Pence from the podium for the ceremony in Falcon Stadium, where about 1,000 seniors will pin on the rank of 2nd lieutenant. It will be Trump’s first stop in Colorado Springs since his visit during the 2016 presidential campaign. **SNIP** Trump’s remarks haven’t been written, but addressing his push for a separate Space Force is a safe bet. Colorado Springs is home to the bulk of the military’s space troops and is in the...
  • Russian 'bear' bombers intercepted near Alaska for second time in two days

    05/22/2019 3:48:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 58 replies ^ | May 22, 2019 | Lukas Mikelionis | Fox News
    Russian “Bear” bombers flew near Alaska under fighter escort for the second time in two days. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it had to scramble two pair of U.S. F-22 fighter jets to intercept the Russian formation on Tuesday. “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time entered U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD said in a statement posted on social media. The incident occurred just a day after four nuclear-capable Russian bombers and two Russian fighter jets were intercepted off the west coast of Alaska by U.S. aircraft.NORAD said Monday that its...
  • US again intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off Alaska coast [2nd in 2 days]

    05/22/2019 7:16:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | Updated: 9:01 AM, May 22, 2019 | By Ryan Browne and Devan Cole
    For the second time in two days, U.S. F-22 stealth jets intercepted Russian bombers and fighter jets off the coast of Alaska, North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement. A total of four F-22 stealth jets were involved in intercepting the two Russian Tu-95 bombers Tuesday, which had entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, according to NORAD. The zone extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast. The bombers returned to the area again, this time accompanied by Su-35 fighter jets and were subsequently intercepted by U.S. aircraft.
  • Congress cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems

    05/22/2019 12:34:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | 21 May 2019 | Allen Cone
    May 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. House subcommittee wants to approve only half of the Pentagon's spare parts purchases for F-35 jets in reviewing 2020 budgetary plans. Last week, the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill, which includes $690.2 billion in discretionary spending. The legislation includes 90 F-35 aircraft, 12 more than requested, and eight F-15EX aircraft, meant to recapitalize the F-15C/D fleet in the U.S. military. … The panel plans to approve half of the $728.7 million request for spare parts for Navy and Air Force F-35s until the Pentagon...
  • Trump names woman as head of US Air Force

    05/21/2019 6:45:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | May 22, 2019 | Agence France-Presse
    <p>US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he had nominated a former ambassador and Arizona businesswoman to lead the Air Force.</p> <p>Barbara Barrett, 68, served as the US ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush administration. She also chaired an aeronautics research and development center, The Aerospace Corporation, until 2017.</p>
  • US Fighter Planes Intercept Russian Bombers Near Alaska, Says NORAD

    05/21/2019 12:36:15 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 51 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 21, 2019 | Jack Phillips
    U.S. fighter planes intercepted Russian bombers and fighters that entered Alaska’s airspace on May 20, said the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on May 21. As a result, the Russian aircraft remained in international airspace. In a later statement, NORAD said its “ability to deter and defeat threats” begins with “detecting, tracking, and positively identifying” non-American aircraft in U.S. airspace.....General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement that “NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. “Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching...
  • F-15EX vs. F-35A

    05/10/2019 8:11:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | May 2019 | JOHN A. TIRPAK
    Two jets from different eras, with different missions, strengths, and weaknesses, face off in a battle for today’s funds. The F-35 Lightning has been the Air Force’s sole new fighter program since 2009, when the F-22 Raptor program was prematurely terminated. While behind schedule, the program has been a top Air Force priority for more than a decade and until recently, was expected to remain USAF’s only fighter program until a future capability, still undefined, comes online. Now the F-35 faces a new challenge from an old jet design, a variant of the F-15 Strike Eagle; an airplane from an...
  • The USAF’s F-35A Just Saw Combat for the First Time

    05/04/2019 6:44:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 05/01/2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    According to U.S. Central Command, the target was an “entrenched tunnel network and a weapons cache” in Iraq’s Hamrin mountain range. Two F-35As dropped a Joint Directed Attack Munition on the target, described as a “location able to threaten friendly forces.” JDAMs are regular unguided “dumb” bombs fitted with a GPS-based guidance system and steerable tail fin kit. The pilot enters the GPS coordinates of the target into the JDAM and the guided munition will steer itself to the target. Military GPS is typically accurate to within 3 meters, making JDAMs extremely accurate. The Air Force is considering purchasing the...
  • Fighter Jets with Missile-Killing Lasers Take Another Step Toward Reality

    05/03/2019 10:43:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | 05-03-2019 11:22 AM ET | By Patrick Tucker
    U.S. Air Force says a ground-based laser downed multiple test missiles over New Mexico. A successful ground test has moved the U.S. military one big step closer to putting anti-missile lasers on its aircraft. A ground-based laser shot down “several” missiles in flight during an April 23 test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Air Force officials said. Run by the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, the test was part of the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator, or SHiELD, a program intended to protect aircraft from incoming missiles. AFRL officials said security reasons prevented them from...
  • Boeing prepares St. Louis plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders

    04/23/2019 12:26:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Air Force Times via Yahoo ^ | April 23rd, 2019 | Unattributed
    ST. LOUIS — Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn’t bought the jet in over a decade. The Chicago-based company began ramping up its F-15 production line near St. Louis after the Air Force submitted a nearly $8 billion budget request last month that included eight F-15s next year and 72 in the following four years. The request came as a surprise to many since the U.S. military has moved toward stealth fighters, such as Lockheed Martin's F-35, in recent years. Prat...
  • The YB-52 prototype, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, takes its first flight on April 15, 1952.

    04/15/2019 4:41:02 PM PDT · by llevrok · 52 replies
    History Link,org ^ | 4/15/2019
    On April 15, 1952, the huge YB-52 Stratofortress takes wing from Boeing Field. The plane surpasses anything then flying, with eight engines slung below swept wings measuring 185 feet from tip to tip. It is capable of carrying the largest nuclear devices available and one version is able to carry up to 30 tons of conventional weapons. The plane’s range initially is more than 5,000 miles and development of aerial refueling makes missions of up to 30 hours possible. Between 1954 and 1962, Boeing will manufacture more than 740 B-52s, first in Seattle and then Wichita, and scores of aircraft...
  • US Air Force grounds B-1 bomber fleet over safety concerns

    03/29/2019 6:19:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 03/29/2019
    The US Air Force ordered immediate inspections of its entire fleet of B-1 bombers Thursday over safety concerns related to its "drogue chute system" which is used to right the aircraft's ejection seat prior to the seat's main parachute deploying. While none of the planes are being allowed to fly, the order is technically not an official grounding of the fleet, as each individual aircraft will be allowed to immediately return to flying operations upon inspection. "The safety stand-down will afford maintenance and Aircrew Flight Equipment technicians the necessary time to thoroughly inspect each aircraft," the Air Force's Global Strike...
  • US Air Force sees F-15EX as cheap and quick fix

    03/14/2019 5:15:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | March 14, 2019 | GARRETT REIM
    The US Air Force (USAF) is requesting funds from Congress for eight Boeing F-15EX fighters instead of more of its favoured aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter, in a move aimed at cutting costs. Over the past year and a half, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have come up with the idea as a means to quickly and cheaply replace the USAF’s ageing F-15C fleet, which will be ready for retirement in the 2020s, says a source familiar with discussions around the Pentagon's force planning. Boeing The new-build F-15...
  • 'Ghostrider' gunship upgrade gives Air Force Special Ops Command its 'most lethal aircraft'

    03/11/2019 3:34:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2019 | Douglas Ernst
    The AC-130J Ghostrider was delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command on March 6, 2019, in Crestview, Florid. (Image: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Caleb Pavao) The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship is officially the “most lethal aircraft” in Air Force Special Operations Command’s inventory. Close air support for America’s elite warriors dramatically improved this month when the improved gunship and its “Precision Strike Package” was unveiled Wednesday at Bob Skies Airport in Crestview, Florida. Special Forces Operators were previously assisted by the Block 20 version. “The AC-130J Block 30 is our most lethal aircraft in the AFSOC inventory...
  • Air Force's Secretive XQ-58A Valkyrie Experimental Combat Drone Emerges After First Flight

    03/08/2019 9:47:37 AM PST · by McGruff · 51 replies
    The War Zone ^ | March 6, 2019 | Tyler Rogoway
    Just a week after Boeing unveiled their export-centric 'loyal wingman' combat drone concept, the Air Force Research Lab has announced that their own similar endeavor, dubbed the XQ-58A Valkyrie, has made its first flight. It also posted the very first image of the aircraft that has been developed under a veil of secrecy over the last two and half years. Beyond finally breaking cover as the USAF's 'attritable' unmanned combat air vehicle concept, the XQ-58A is really the first Air Force UCAV concept we have seen since all the momentum towards fielding any sort of this type of hugely promising...
  • Sen. Martha McSally reveals she was raped by superior officer while serving in the Air Force

    03/07/2019 2:09:52 PM PST · by robowombat · 71 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | MAR 06, 2019 | 5:10 PM | KATE FELDMAN
    | A freshman senator revealed Wednesday that she almost quit the Air Force after she was sexually assaulted. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, called herself a “military sexual assault survivor” during a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing aiming to provide better support to victims. “Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time,” McSally, who served in the Air Force from 1988 to 2010, said during the hearing. “I blamed myself. I was ashamed and confused. I thought I was strong but felt powerless. The perpetrators abused their position of power in profound ways. In...
  • AZ GOP Sen. McSally says she was 'preyed upon and then raped' in Air Force

    03/07/2019 10:23:58 AM PST · by AirForceVet1988 · 45 replies
    FOX News Channel ^ | March 6 2019 | Gregg Re
    Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, disclosed during an emotional Senate hearing on Wednesday she was "preyed upon and then raped" in the Air Force by a superior officer. The Arizona Republican, who served 26 years in the Air Force, made the disclosure during a Senate hearing on sexual assault allegations in the military. McSally said she didn't report the assault because she didn't trust the system, and was ashamed and confused. “My drive to fight against sexual assault in the ranks is not from the outside looking in," McSally began. "And it is...
  • Air Force Academy installs thousands of cameras for cadet safety

    02/24/2019 4:27:48 PM PST · by redfog · 51 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 20, 2019 | Caitlin M. Kenney
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force Academy has installed several thousand closed-circuit TV cameras on campus over the past year to create a safer environment for cadets and to deter criminal behavior. The cameras were mentioned by Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the academy’s superintendent, during testimony Feb. 13 before a subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee about the military service academies. The superintendents of each military service academy testified nearly two weeks after the Pentagon released its annual report on sexual assault and harassment at the academies. The report’s anonymous scientific survey found that 747 students said they experienced...
  • Air Force Sacks First Female To Lead A Fighter Demonstration Team After Just Two Weeks

    02/12/2019 1:18:15 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 69 replies
    The War Zone ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2019 | BY TYLER ROGOWAY
    The United States Air Force has removed Captain Zoe Kotnik, the first women to lead one of the flying force's demonstration teams, after being in the position for just two weeks. Kotnik took the reins of the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team in parallel to a potent media blitz on behalf of the Air Force. The announcement was seen by many as an exciting example of how women are becoming an ever more dominant force within the service's ranks and pilot culture. You can read all about Kotnik and her rise to such a prominent flying position in this previous...