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  • Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired military pilots to address 'acute shortage'

    10/21/2017 11:21:10 AM PDT · by be-baw · 123 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Morgan Winsor
    The United States Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to call back to service up to 1,000 retired aviation officers who wish to return, the White House and the Pentagon announced.
  • US Supersonic Bombers Shake The Earth With Low-Altitude Korea Flyby

    10/21/2017 7:20:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/17 | Ryan Pickrell
    Two supersonic bombers reportedly drilled alongside allies in Northeast Asia Saturday, reaffirming U.S. commitment to its partners and sending a message to North Korea and other challengers.B-1B Lancers, powerful aircraft carrying the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided munitions of any Air Force bomber, departed Andersen Air Force Base in Guam for the Korean Peninsula Saturday. They first joined up with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s before joining up with two Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K fighters, the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs Office said in an official statement.The bombers conducted a flyover during the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace...
  • USAF and Raytheon Say Cost Overruns Won't Slow Delivery of Vital New Bomb

    10/18/2017 8:14:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 18, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force’s Small Diameter Bomb II program has seen such large cost overruns that the service will force the manufacturer, Raytheon, to absorb some of the increases, amounting to nearly $40 million. Both parties insist that the present production and delivery schedule won’t suffer, which is important given the present plan is for the precision guided munitions to become a core weapon system for a variety of American combat aircraft, especially the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. On Oct. 18, 2017, the Air Force acknowledged that Raytheon had run out of “financial liability” in its deal to develop the...
  • Air Force punishes colonel over marriage views

    10/16/2017 7:54:08 PM PDT · by massmike · 46 replies
    Bpnews.net ^ | 10/19/2017 | Bonnie Pritchett
    U.S. Air Force officials have suspended a decorated officer and revoked his recommendation for promotion to brigadier general because he would not sign an unofficial document affirming a retiring subordinate's same-sex marriage. Col. Leland B.H. Bohannon, Air Force Inspection Agency commander at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., signed all the requisite documents for a senior noncommissioned service member's May retirement ceremony except for one: a letter of "spousal appreciation" for the gay serviceman's partner. Bohannon's Christian convictions about marriage put him at odds with the request to sign the unofficial, optional letter, and he sought counsel from his...
  • The Air Force Just Bought 100 Stealth Fighters That Can’t Fight

    10/16/2017 7:03:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 86 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.15.17 | DAVID AXE
    The U.S. military has signaled that it might cancel essential upgrades for more than 100 early model F-35 stealth fighters flown by the Air Force, rendering the radar-evading jets incompatible with many of the latest weapons. In that case, some 6 percent of the flying branch’s planned 1,700-strong F-35 fleet would be unfit for combat, sticking U.S. taxpayers with a $20 billion tab for fighters... that can’t fight. Experts say the military never should have bought the planes the first place, as they rolled out of Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth factory before the F-35’s design was complete and thoroughly tested—a...
  • Here's how US Air Force pilots learn to fly French Mirage fighters

    10/11/2017 10:32:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    We are the Mighty ^ | October 11, 2017 | Harold Hutchison
    The pilots in the U.S. Air Force fly a bunch of planes. The F-15 Eagle, the C-17 Globemaster, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the Mirage 2000D… Wait, that can’t be right. The Mirage 2000D is a French plane, and not in service with the Air Force. Four 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions are released from an F-15E during a developmental test at Edwards Air Force Base in 2002. Photo courtesy of USAF. Yet, that list is accurate. Right now, Maj. Raymond “Banzai” Rounds of the U.S. Air Force is based out of Ochey Air Base in France, flying with the...
  • The B-21's Three Decade Old Shape Hints At New High Altitude Capabilities

    10/07/2017 6:42:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Detailed information on the B-21 Raider is still scarce to say the least, but for over a year and a half we have had a rendering supposedly depicting the multi-role strategic stealth platform's basic shape and features. Recently, other simple planform renderings have trickled out from the marketing department of the stealth bomber's manufacturer, Northrop Grumman. Although there can be no doubt that the aircraft will feature a whole slew of cutting edge technologies, will be constructed using the latest manufacturing techniques, and will be covered in the most advanced radar absorbent coatings, the general configuration of the aircraft doesn't...
  • Second airman makes pleas agreement in child sex abuse case

    10/07/2017 3:48:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10/6/17 | Randall Chase
    A second Dover Air Force Base airman charged with sexually abusing a teenage runaway has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Court records show a change-of-plea hearing is scheduled Wednesday for 25-year-old Dalian Washington of Philadelphia. Washington is charged with sex abuse of a minor and sex trafficking of a child.
  • You are the wind beneath my F-15: Adorable moment Air Force Sergeant proposes to his girlfriend ...

    09/27/2017 8:09:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 27 September 2017 | CATHERINE CHAPMAN
    An Air Force Sergeant in America has proposed to 'the love of his life' on the wing of an F-15 fighter jet. Video captured the moment at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, US, when Sgt. Charles Fairchild got down on one knee on top of the tactical combat aircraft. It happened seconds after his girlfriend of two years, Amber Neeb, took a taxi like ride in the jet with a pilot, moving at an approximate 93 km/h - F-15's can fly up to speeds of 3000 km/h. Sgt. Fairchild has been serving in the Air Force...
  • US Needs More Tankers, Transports Since Russia & China Can Shoot Them Down

    09/25/2017 7:16:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | September 21, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    Air Force KC-135 tankers lined up on the runway in Kadena, Japan. AFA: The Air Force needs more tankers and transports because a sophisticated enemy like Russia or China can shoot them down, the chief of Air Mobility Command said here. The current fleet size is based on war plans that only considered how much fuel, supplies, equipment, and troops the air fleet needed to move from A to B, Gen. Carlton Everhart told reporters. The assumption was that no enemy could challenge our control of the skies, which made sense against the Taliban or the Islamic State. But now,...
  • Saab Goes American To Boost Boeing T-X Contender

    09/22/2017 8:14:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    AIN online ^ | September 22, 2017 | Chris Pocock
    At AFA, Boeing displayed this full-scale model of its T-X contender as backdrop to an announcement by Saab that its part of the jet would be built in the U.S. (Photo: Chris Pocock) With the U.S. Air Force nearing a selection decision for its 350-airplane T-X advanced jet trainer requirement, partners Boeing and Saab used this week’s AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference to boost the American credentials of its contender. Boeing displayed a full-scale model on its stand and a large banner in the foyer that proclaimed “American Jets for American Pilots.” Saab announced that it would invest in...
  • Cadet in charge of rape prevention programs charged with rape

    09/21/2017 5:55:19 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Senior cadet Steven Fox from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is accused of assaulting a date he brought to an AFA dance back in 2015, KKTV reported. Court papers accuse Fox of penetrating the man with a finger without his consent and rubbing himself against the man’s leg for sexual gratification, The Gazette reported. Fox’s defense lawyers say the acts were consensual and the two men were dating at the time.
  • KC-46 Faces 3 Category One Deficiencies; Two Affect Boom

    09/20/2017 4:48:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | September 19, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR. and COLIN CLARK
    A KC-46 tanker refuels a C-17 transport in mid-air. Sometimes the refueling boom impacts the receiving aircraft, damaging it. AFA: The four-star chief of Air Mobility Command wants his new KC-46 Pegasus tankers “yesterday,” but the tanker’s boom has a nasty tendency to scrape up planes it’s trying to refuel, as well as two other category one deficiencies, and contractor Boeing has to fix those. The paint scraping problem — formally known as “undetected contact” — by itself could “possibly” delay the new planes’ arrival at AMC, Gen. Carlton Everhart said. That date was already pushed back to “late spring”...
  • Lockheed Martin's Legion Pod Wins F-15C IRST Competition

    09/19/2017 11:21:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for the U.S. Air Force's F-15C fleet. Lockheed Martin will produce more than 130 systems, which will be delivered for aircraft integration. Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod® has been selected as the Infrared Search and Track system for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C fleet. Equipped with the company's IRST21® infrared sensor and advanced data processing capabilities, Legion Pod provides long-range detection and tracking of airborne threats in radar-denied environments. The Boeing Company, serving as the U.S. Air...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy 70th Birthday, United States Air Force ~ 18 September 2017

    09/17/2017 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The Whole World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Happy 70th Birthday, United States Air Force ~ ~ September 18, 2017 ~ Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. The United States Air Force became a separate military service on September 18, 1947, with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. The Act created the National Military Establishment, later renamed the United States Department of Defense, which was composed of three branches, the Army, Navy and a newly created Air Force....
  • Report Claims Famed Russian Test Pilot Warned USAF Pilot Before Fatal Crash Near Area 51

    09/17/2017 7:32:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Rumors continue to swirl around the mysterious death of Lt. Col. Eric "Doc" Schultz near Area 51 on September 5th. Various theories exist, including one that says he was the commander of the elite and shadowy "Red Hats" squadron that secretly flies foreign tactical aircraft for test and training purposes. Make sure to read all about these theories here. Now a report has emerged from the Russian website Radio Moscow claiming that a famous Russian test pilot was not only in contact with Schultz shortly before the crash, but that he warned him of executing certain maneuvers while flying Russian...
  • Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force

    09/15/2017 3:38:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 103 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 9/15/17 | David Martosko
    Full title.........................Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force is overhead enemies 'know the day of reckoning has arrived'........................... President Trump spoke to Air Force personnel against the backdrop of a nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber He warned North Korea that 'nothing inspires more confidence in our friends, or strikes more fear in the hearts of our enemies, than the sight of American war planes on the horizon' Kim Jong-Un test-launched his latest missile on Friday, launching it a long enough distance to hit the U.S. territory of Guam Trump said the U.S....
  • Mount Umunhum: Former Mountain-Top Military Base Opens This Week to Public

    09/11/2017 4:24:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 11, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    Thirty-seven years after the U.S. Air Force shut down a mountain-top radar station in the hills south of San Jose that scanned the skies for Soviet bombers during the Cold War, the summit of Mount Umunhum is finally opening to the public this week as a new park, with stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a public agency that owns the 3,486-foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Los Gatos, spent $25 million over eight years on the project. Supporters say the new summit, which visitors will...
  • Drone "Factory in a Can" Would Change Air War Forever

    09/07/2017 9:58:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Sep 7, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Pentagon's research and development arm has laid down a challenge for the defense industry: Give us an armed drone that can carry air-to-air missiles and is inexpensive to produce—oh, and also we need to crank out 500 of them every month. If one of the big defense contractors succeeds at this mission, it will revolutionize military manufacturing and aerial warfare as we know it. In a video posted earlier this week on YouTube, Air Force Lt. Col. Jimmy Jones, a program manager with the Strategic Technology Office, challenged industry with the Flying Missile Rail (FMR) concept. DARPA's vision is...
  • SEALS, Tucano planes and more than 3,300 pounds of weapons

    09/02/2017 5:49:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Allison Barrie
    With more than 3,300 pounds of weapons, the fierce Super Tucano can swoop in to unleash hefty firepower from above and save lives of warfighters on the ground. The A-29 “Super Tucano” turboprop aircraft looks like a Latin spin throwback to the World War II era of iconic American fighters- but make no mistake this aircraft is a modern hybrid of low tech and high tech fit to fight current threats. The Super Tucano is currently taking part in the U.S. Air Force's exciting Light Attack Experiment. The A-29 that is part of the Experiment is a partnership between Brazilian...