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  • Details of the Military Force Reduction

    10/30/2016 1:42:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | Doug Salvemini
    As part of an overall force reduction due to federal budget constraints, the U.S. military has been forced to cut members. The Marines, Air Force, and Army have all been affected and have begun a significant Reduction in Force (RIF). Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening with the military regarding the reduction. The What Over the summer, the Pentagon released a plan detailing cuts to the military that were to begin in fiscal year 2016. The federal government’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so those cuts are currently underway. The Army was by far the hardest...
  • Happy Birthday, United States Air Force

    09/18/2016 8:45:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    September 18, 2016
    Happy Birthday, United States Air Force The United States Air Force was established September 18, 1947. The U.S. Air Force song "Wild Blue Yonder" (video) Birthday of the U.S. Air Force (video)
  • Pentagon Tester: F-35 Still Has Serious Problems

    08/25/2016 7:44:06 PM PDT · by Chode · 39 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    One week after the U.S. Air Force declared the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, the Pentagon's top weapons tester warned that the aircraft is still fraught with problems and that fully-capable planes might not be available before the deadline that marks the end of development and the beginning of realistic combat testing. The Pentagon's director of operational testing, Michael Gilmore, stated in a memo obtained by Bloomberg that the F-35 is "actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver" the plane's full combat capabilities on time. Gilmore also said the...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • Pilot parachutes to safety after Thunderbird crashes [Colorado]

    Local news reporting a Thunderbird crashed and the pilot safely ejected.
  • Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft

    04/16/2016 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 16, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday. “On April 14, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez. “This intercept comes shortly after the unsafe Russian encounters with USS Donald Cook,” he added. “There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close...
  • The Air Force will no longer fire three volley salutes at veteran funerals

    12/25/2015 1:37:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2015 | Fox News
    When a veteran or member of the armed forces dies, he or she is entitled to a ceremony that includes the presentation of a U.S. flag to a family member and a bugler blowing Taps. Most of the time, there is a three-volley rifle salute if requested by family members. But now, if the deceased served in the Air Force, the three-volley salute is not an option because the Air Force can no longer support riflemen for funeral services for veteran retirees. [....] “To me, without the 21-gun salute, it just does not make it complete a proper military burial,”...
  • Government takes family's land near Area 51 [ Nevada ]

    10/20/2015 7:12:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    KLAS-TV 8 News Now ^ | 10/19 2015 | Glen Meek
    LAS VEGAS - Private land overlooking the secret base at Area 51 has officially been taken from the owners and transferred to the United States Air Force. Last month, the U.S. Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property when the family who owns it rejected a government buyout they felt was unjust. The I-Team broke the story of the family's fight with the government. The Sheahan family, which until now owned the mine, knew they faced an uphill fight. They also expected the government would probably take the land through eminent domain even though the Sheahan's owned it since Abe...
  • US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt In Estonia: Amid Russian Hostility, Aircraft Arrive In The Baltics

    09/22/2015 2:11:02 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/22/15 | Christopher Harress
    Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft arrived Monday at an Estonian air force base as part of an operation to deter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, according to a U.S. Air Force report. The aircraft landed in the Baltic country after flying from Germany and are expected to spend the next six months training with NATO allies and other European partners. The aircraft are originally from the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, and are being used to augment the U.S. military's attempts to bring security and stability to Europe, according to the statement. The exercise,...
  • Air Force general lashes out at ISIS strategy critics

    06/05/2015 8:53:30 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 5, 2015 | Andrew Tilghman
    Finding Islamic State militants to kill is not easy, the top U.S. commander overseeing the air war in Iraq and Syria said. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Hesterman says U.S. pilots are hitting as many targets as they can find, and to suggest otherwise is simply wrong. "The thought that we are observing large numbers of Daesh terrorist and not killing them anywhere is fiction," Hesterman said Friday in a rare briefing for Pentagon reporters from his headquarters in Qatar. "That is patently false," said Hesterman, the commander for U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
  • Air Force eases rules on transgender troops

    06/04/2015 5:02:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    US Air Force The Air Force will announce Thursday that it will offer more protections for its transgender service members against potential discharge. Troops diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identified as transgender were typically discharged in the past on medical grounds, according to USA Today. Doctors and unit commanders were previously in charge of those diagnoses, it reported. The Air Force’s new measures will require such judgments to receive review from high-level officials at the military branch’s headquarters. “Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority...
  • US Air Force refuelling jet disappears off radar over English Channel (Landed Safely)

    04/28/2015 8:02:42 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/28/2015 | MARK DUELL
    A US Air Force refuelling aircraft disappeared off the radar over the English Channel last night. The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time (11.05pm BST) and was last reported on a flight tracking website between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later. It is not yet known why the plane - flying under the code QID72 and based at Mildenhall in Suffolk - fell off the radar at 0.20am. The US Air Force was unavailable for comment.
  • University Cops Detain Military Veteran Trying to Stop Flag Desecration

    04/21/2015 5:00:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | April 20, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    An Air Force veteran was hauled away in handcuffs and detained by campus security at Valdosta State University in Georgia after she stopped protesters from desecrating an American flag. Michelle Manhart admits that she snatched Old Glory from a group of demonstrators who put the flag on the ground and were walking on it. One member of the unnamed group told the Valdosta Daily Times they were desecrating the flag as “a symbol of our protest.” “When a slave understands his situation and understands he doesn’t want to be in slavery, he does not respect or revere anything his slave...
  • Veteran Protests Davis-Monthan Home Flying Gay-Friendly Flag (AF Base)

    02/06/2015 3:57:04 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies ^ | February 6, 2015
    n outspoken wounded veteran from Tucson has caused a stir on social media over his objection to a flag he calls an affront to the American flag. Instead of red and white stripes, the flag flying recently at a home on Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has stripes of rainbow colors -- traditionally used to show gay pride. Former Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost two legs and an arm in an attack in Iraq, says the flag parodies the American flag. Kolfage says it's illegal and had no business flying on a military base. "I was cutting across base...
  • Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender ban

    12/10/2014 9:16:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    USATODAY | Dec. 10, 2014 | Susan Page
    Linky only per FR Rules. Sheesh...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    10/04/2014 1:48:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17 news release from the unit. The 122nd Fighter Wing, located at Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, Ind., has 21 aircraft, though it’s uncertain how...
  • New Air Force Oath of Office: So Help Me, Me

    09/18/2014 4:55:48 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 11 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/18/14 | Steve Berman
      So help me, me. In a victory for the tombstone-dancing Military Religious Freedom Foundation (whose name implies the opposite of what they actually believe), the Air Force reversed its 2013 legal opinion requiring recruits to recite the entire Oath of Office when enlisting or receiving a commission in the U.S. Air Force.  By entire oath I mean including the part where “So help me God” is said at the end. The issue was originally raised back in 2013 when the MRFF found that the Air Force was enforcing the Federal laws requiring the entire oath as written.  I never...
  • The Air Force will now allow airmen to omit ‘so help me God’ from enlistment oaths

    09/17/2014 10:41:07 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    After an airman was unable to complete his reenlistment because he omitted the part of a required oath that states “so help me God,” the Air Force changed its instructions for the oath. Following a review of the policy by the Department of Defense General Counsel, the Air Force will now permit airmen to omit the phrase, should they so choose. That change is effective immediately, according to an Air Force statement. “We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in the statement. “We are making...
  • Fighter Pilot Was Tasked With Taking Out United 93 By Crashing Into It

    09/12/2014 5:52:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | September 12, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    On September 11, 2001, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney had one harrowing mission: bring down United 93. She took off from Andrews Air Force Base, but without weapons. No missiles, machine guns, etc.; she would have to ram into the commercial airliner to save American lives. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot,” she said. The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has come and gone; we will always remember those who have died. But this story of a fighter pilot who was willing to sacrifice herself to save others is surely worth the read. For years, she never gave...
  • US Air Force pens A-10 maintenance deal with Korean Air

    09/10/2014 8:36:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 82 replies
    Fight Global ^ | an hour ago | Dan Parsons
    US Air Force pens A-10 maintenance deal with Korean Air By: Dan Parsons Washington DC Source: This story is sourced from With top officers still calling for the aircraft’s retirement as a cost-saving measure, the US Air Force has announced a major potential investment in depot maintenance for the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt.The air force on 9 September announced a $46 million contract award to Korean Air Lines Co. (KAL) for depot-level maintenance and repair of A-10s, commonly called Warthogs, stationed Osan Air Base, South Korea. The work will be performed at KAL’s facility in Seoul with an expected...
  • Gay and lesbian troops perform in drag on American military base

    03/03/2014 11:17:23 AM PST · by barmag25 · 29 replies
    The week ^ | 3/3/14 | JORDAN VALINSKY
    Troops based at the Kadena Air Base in Japan know how to party. On Saturday, six gay and straight service members applied some of their finest makeup and lip synced to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" in what is believed to be first drag queen and king show on an American military base. The show was thrown in support for the base's recently formed OutServe-SLDN chapter, a nonprofit advocacy group for the army's LGBT community.
  • It’s time to abolish the Air Force(Boston Globe Opinion piece)

    01/07/2014 6:17:54 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 63 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06 Jan 2014 | By James Carroll
    Boston Globe must be excerped only(copyright)
  • How the B-52 Became Immortal

    09/22/2013 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | September 22, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    If and when the U.S. attack on Syria takes place, it will be different in some ways from any previous intervention. But it will have one thing in common with every war the United States has fought in the past 50 years: B-52s will be available for the fight. This bomber is the combat aircraft that will not die. In 1977, when Congress was debating whether to build a replacement called the B-1, the complaint was that the B-52 was older than the pilots flying it. This fact was supposed to capture its obsolete character and sagging decrepitude. The...
  • Air Force Removes Video that Mentions God

    06/08/2013 6:22:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies ^ | June 7, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The U.S. Air Force directed a military base to remove a video tribute to First Sergeants because it mentioned the word ‘God’ and might be offensive to atheists or Muslims. The tribute was created by a chaplain at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The chaplain wrote a poem titled, “God Created A First Sergeant.” It was later adapted into a video with a narration. The video was modeled after the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial titled, “God Created A Farmer.” “On the eighth day, God looked down on His creation and said, ‘I need someone who will take care of the Airmen,’”...
  • Female Lackland trainer gets jail sentence

    05/03/2013 9:27:58 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    A female Air Force instructor who had sex with a recruit was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday, but will remain in the service for now. The judge, Col. Donald Eller Jr., also gave Staff Sgt. Emily Allen 30 days' hard labor and busted her to airman first class.
  • Is There Anything An F-16 Cannot Do? (Break from Politics)

    04/21/2013 3:06:00 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 95 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | April 21, 2013 | Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force prefers to use its F-16 fighters for everything. While the F-16 is a capable and versatile aircraft, the main reason for using it so much is because it is so cheap to operate. It costs the air force $23,000 per hour to operate an F-16C. Other fighters are much more expensive. An F-22 costs $68,000 an hour, while an F-15C costs $42,000 and an F-15E $36,000. The only aircraft that beats the F-16C is the A-10C, which costs $18,000 an hour. But the A-10 is not a fighter and is optimized for ground support. The F-16...
  • Reduced F-35 performance specifications may have significant operational impact

    01/31/2013 11:06:08 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon's decision to reduce the performance specifications for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will have a significant operational impact, a number of highly experienced fighter pilots consulted by Flightglobal concur. But the careful development of tactics and disciplined employment of the jet may be able to mitigate some of those shortcomings. The US Department of Defense's decision to relax the sustained turn performance of all three variants of the F-35 was revealed earlier this month in the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation 2012 report. Turn performance for the US Air Force's F-35A was reduced from...
  • Military Corruption Dot Com's Hall of Shame - Lt. Gen. Gary North, US Air Force!

    07/09/2011 2:19:31 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 5 replies · 1+ views
    MilitaryCorruption.Com ^ | 07-06-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    © 2011 When we did our first HALL OF FAME item a few weeks back - deceased retired Air Force Capt. Francis Gary Powers - we'd already completed much of the research into the first inductee into our HALL OF SHAME. That was fortunate, since serious illness sidelined and almost put out of action permanently our editor-in-chief, a retired Army Reserve major and 100% disabled (combat-related) multi-tour Vietnam veteran. He is slowly regaining strength to the point where those who had hoped MCC might go under, have been greatly disappointed. In the eleven years this web site has...
  • Air Force Colonel Resigns After Caught Using F-16 For Personal Use & Taking 96K In Unauthorized Pay

    07/09/2011 2:12:50 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 15 replies
    MilitaryCorruption.Com ^ | 07-06-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    © 2011 Jeff Smiley has worn Air Force "blue" ever since he graduated from ROTC in 1980 at famed Texas A&M University. Now his military career is suddenly over. has learned the 53 year-old fighter-pilot, who had been boss of the Montgomery, Ala.-based 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, the last five years, has resigned and "gone to ground." Sources say the colonel was caught using a F-16 jet to make "personal flights" to "visit his family" and also allegedly manipulated the Guard's compensatory-time system to increase his pay by $96,000. RESIGNATION TO HEAD OFF COURT-MARTIAL? No...
  • NATO bombs Tripoli, sending Khadafy into rage

    06/18/2011 12:22:59 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies ^ | June 18, 2011 | By Adam Schreck and Hadeel Al-Shalchi
    Provoked by renewed daylight NATO bombing of his capital, Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy raged against the alliance yesterday, screaming his message and daring Western forces to keep it up. Khadafy spoke in a telephone call that was piped through loudspeakers to a few thousand people demonstrating in Tripoli’s Green Square at the end of a day when NATO intensified bombing runs across the capital. State television carried the Khadafy message live, then repeated it a few minutes later. “NATO will be defeated,’’ he yelled in a hoarse, agitated voice. “They will pull out in defeat.’’ The sound of automatic weapons...
  • An Historic PR "fumble" in the Super Tucano vs AT-6 Public Fight

    05/26/2011 8:01:39 AM PDT · by DefenseMatters · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 5/26/2011 | Ed Timperlake
    An Historic PR “fumble” in the Super Tucano Vs AT-6 Public Fight By Ed Timperlake May 26, 2011 Currently the U.S. Air Force is engaged in a source selection process to pick a Light Attack Support Aircraft (LAS) for the emerging Afghan National Army Air Corps. The Super Tucano is the only platform with proven combat success in fighting against both the communist FARC guerillas in Colombia and drug kingpins operating across borders in South America. ( The AT-6, the other LAS in consideration, is not yet even certified for ordnance release. So what exactly has been the PR strategy...
  • Hammer Falls On Air Force Top NCO -- Gets 20 Month Prison Term

    01/30/2011 6:29:23 PM PST · by Tea Party Reveler · 27 replies
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 01-30-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    It's all over for Chief Master Sgt. William Gurney. Other than a shortened prison sentence, he could have gotten up to 16 years, the former top sergeant at USAF Material Command, Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, was hammered into the ground. The 27-year Air Force veteran received a 20-month prison stretch; bust from E-9 to E-1; a dishonorable discharge (severely impacting his ability to find meaningful work after he gets out of the slammer); loss of retirement pension and all pay and benefits. The top-ranking NCO had been hauling down $74,588 a year. If he had lasted three more years in...
  • Secretive Air Force X-37B Robotic Space Plane May Be Nearing Mission’s End.

    11/27/2010 9:31:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies ^ | 11/22/2010 | Leonard David
    A U.S. Air Force robotic space plane continues to maneuver in Earth orbit, according to the latest observations from skywatchers. The reusable space drone has been carrying out tasks using a suite of classified sensors and may be nearing its mission's end, according to comments from Air Force officials. The spacecraft is the Air Force's X-37B space plane, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle 1, which launched on its maiden flight on April 22 atop an Atlas 5 rocket. The winged orbiter's mission has been shrouded in secrecy, but Air Force officials have said it was built for 270-day...
  • Tanker, F-35 and Korea Transfix USAF

    11/27/2010 8:14:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/27/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    Could bad luck be coming in threes for the U.S. Air Force? This month, officials were sacked from the tanker-replacement program, concern grew about another slip in the F-35’s initial operating date, and South Korea is enduring the worst attack by North Korea in more than 50 years. So far, two heads have rolled in the tanker program after two documents involved in the competition were sent to the wrong company. The unidentified employees—who were members of the program office, but not the program manager—have been replaced. An investigation has ensured that the competition is still fair and that no...
  • It’s Okay to Talk Raptor Again

    11/19/2010 8:09:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 11/16/2010 | John A. Tirpak
    The Air Force has apparently gotten over one of its biggest taboos: talking internally about the possibility of buying more F-22s. Until recently, USAF was under strict orders not even to think about it, but recent developments have caused the possibility to crop up in some "what if" PowerPoint slides. Those developments include likely further slips in the F-35 strike fighter's schedule and an upcoming defense acquisition board review of the F-35 expected to be fraught with bad news on cost. That would come on the heels of various deficit-cutting proposals that already suggest cutting the F-35 buy. Without F-35,...
  • What The USAF Learned From Iraq

    11/17/2010 5:45:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/17/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Over a third of U.S. Air Force (active and reserve) have taken the new PT (Physical Training), and the results are better than expected. As of September, only 17.5 percent failed the test. It was only four months ago that the air force began enforcing new physical fitness standards. Initially, a little over 20 percent failed. The air force expected as many as 40 percent to flunk. Those who fail have 90 days to get ready for another try. An airman is subject to discharge if they fail two tests in a row, or four in 24 months. Each airman...
  • Question: Why does the Air Force seem to harbor more liberals than other military branches?

    11/07/2010 7:14:47 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 71 replies · 2+ views
    FREEPers | 11/7/10 | Recovering_Democrat
    First of all, no offense meant to the good conservatives in the Air Force. Second, I thank all members of our military for their service, regardless of their political points of view. Here is what I have observed...and admittedly, I have known only a FEW Air Force veterans. So perhaps my experience isn't the best judge. Seems to me, though, that of the friends and acquaintences I've had, the folks who have served or are serving in the AIR FORCE are much more prone to be liberals in their politics than others I've known who are in the Army, Navy,...
  • Why I quit... Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years

    11/07/2010 4:56:07 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 20 replies
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | November 7, 2010 | By MIKE BANZET
    I never expected to write this letter, but my Mom e-mailed me to get information about my career for a writeup on Veterans Day, and as this is the first such holiday in 22 years when I will not be on active duty, I felt compelled to let you know why I decided to quit. Quit is a strong word, I know. Everyone I’ve talked to has repeated that I’ve had a marvelous career and that I’ve retired with honor. Maybe that’s true on paper; I guess that it’s reflected by the record. But that’s not how I feel. I...
  • USAF asks industry to answer C-130 replacement questions

    10/26/2010 2:09:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    DEW Line/Flight Global ^ | 10/26/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The launch of an all-new airlifter development for the US Air Force could start in 2014. The new aircraft could become operational 10 years later. The aircraft would replace the 450-aircraft C-130 fleet, but the USAF may buy no more than 250. Even after at least five years of discussion, the USAF still does not know whether it wants a fixed-wing, tiltrotor, rotorcraft or airship. These are possible implications inside a capabilities request for information document posted earlier today by the USAF's Aeronautical Systems Center about the Joint Future Theater Lift (JFTL) program . It is, of course, dangerous to...
  • Taxed by wars, aging air tankers suffer fleet fatigue

    10/18/2010 9:40:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | 10/19/2010 | Stars And Stripes
    The last new KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1964. After nearly a decade of war, the fleet’s age is showing, most profoundly to the men and women on the ground who keep the 415 tankers flying. Two wars, political bickering, shady dealings and Air Force missteps have delayed the development of a new airborne refueling tanker for much of the past decade. In the meantime, airmen are left to keep this Eisenhower-era granddaddy of the fleet mission-ready, an increasingly difficult and expensive task. “How many cars do you see driving from 1956?” asked Staff Sgt....
  • US Air Force, industry prepare for T-38 replacement

    06/22/2010 10:39:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 6/22/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force may be within months of launching a contest to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon trainer that was introduced in 1962. At least five companies are plotting potential bids to win the contract to replace 450 T-38s and become the go-to trainer option worldwide for Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation fighters - the F-22 and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With fewer new contract opportunities available over the next decade, the T-X programme is shaping up as a must-win battle. In terms of quantity, the deal represents the single largest new contract opportunity for manned aircraft in the US defence...
  • Small, Quick And Combat Ready

    06/20/2010 9:56:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 6/20/2010 | Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force is moving rapidly in developing and testing smaller reconnaissance and communications satellites. These birds weigh a ton or less (down to 100 kg/220 pounds). The smallest ones have limited usefulness and endurance. But when you get to half a ton or more, you have a very useful bird. It is believed these smaller satellites will be needed to replace wartime losses. Usually, the U.S. has four KH-11s and four Lacrosse radar satellites in orbit, plus several smaller, and more secret birds. Often, these satellites last longer than their design life of eight years (some have gone...
  • US Air Force scramjet test sees Spaceships in future

    06/18/2010 9:25:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 710+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/17/2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    A recent United States Air Force scramjet test has hinted at a future where hypersonic vehicles streak through the sky at many times the speed of sound around the world, and perhaps even open up access to space. The experimental X-51A Waverider used a rocket booster and an air-breathing scramjet to reach a speed of Mach 5 and achieve the longest hypersonic flight ever powered by such an engine on May 26. That technology might not only deliver cargo quickly to different parts of the globe, but could also transform the space industry and spawn true space planes that take...
  • Chandler Predicts Stronger Ties Between Air Force And NASA

    05/31/2010 4:00:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 394+ views
    Inside Defense ^ | 4/30/2010 | Titus Ledbetter III
    The proposed cancellation of NASA’s Constellation manned spacecraft program could foster a stronger bond between the civilian space agency and the Air Force, a senior service official said this week. “This is going to drive us to work together,” Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Howie Chandler at an April 28 Air Force Association breakfast in Arlington, VA, when asked if cancellation of Constellation could impact the Air Force. “I think you’ll see us start to do that even more than we have in the past.” To that end, the Air Force is participating in a forum to discuss...
  • What Is Real (about the F-35)?

    05/30/2010 7:24:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 871+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are having a major disagreement over how much it will cost to operate the new F-35 fighter. It comes down to this. Currently, it costs the navy, on average, $19,000 an hour to operate its AV-8 vertical takeoff aircraft, or an F-18C fighter aircraft. These two aircraft are being replaced, on carriers, with the F-35. It costs 63 percent more to operate the F-35C (480 will be bought to replace navy F-18Cs) and the F-35B (340 will replace marine F-18s and AV-8s). These costs include buying the aircraft, training and maintaining the pilots,...
  • Race is on for museums to host retired space shuttles

    05/27/2010 10:55:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 471+ views
    AFP via Space Travel ^ | 5/26/2010 | AFP via Space Travel
    US museums are wasting no time in jostling to showcase the three retiring space shuttles after Atlantis touched down on Earth this week, capping the last scheduled mission of its 25-year career. "No doubt the competition is fierce," said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. His institution is among some 21 others competing to preserve and exhibit the Atlantis, Discovery or Endeavour space shuttles. The trio is being retired after President Barack Obama opted not to fund a successor program, deciding instead to encourage private spacecraft development. NASA has announced it would...
  • Mistakes Become Career Enders During Drawdown

    05/23/2010 9:06:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 1,297+ views
    Jacksonville Observer ^ | 5/23/2010 | Michelle Tan
    Nearly every airman has forgotten to salute, missed a meeting, showed up for work late or flubbed a test. By and large, those moments strike fear in airmen’s hearts — and for good reason. A little thing, or a seemingly little thing, can kill a career as much as a big thing. You don’t have to commit a crime to get kicked out of the service. You can be handed your walking papers for simply being in an overmanned career field or flunking the PT test. And in these times when the Air Force is looking to get rid of...
  • Ray Guns Near Crossroads to the Battlefield

    05/15/2010 3:20:26 AM PDT · by Stoat · 13 replies · 821+ views
    Scientific American ^ | May 14, 2010 | Steven Ashley
    Ray Guns Near Crossroads to the Battlefield [Slide Show] The Pentagon ramps up efforts to field directed-energy beam weapons for land, air and sea By Steven Ashley        ARMY CONCEPT FIELD LASER: The U.S. Army hopes to better protect our troops by fielding in the next few years a mobile, ground-based laser weapon that can zap out of the sky multiple incoming rockets, missiles, or mortars. Live-fire tests of the compact, 100-kilowatt-class, solid-state laser technology’s capabilities for precision targeting and area defense missions are to begin by the end of this year.  After more than a century of popular sci-fi...
  • Three military installations become one (Air Force takes over San Antonio's Ft Sam Houston)

    04/27/2010 6:16:34 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 22 replies · 644+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/27/2010 12:00 CDT | Sig Christenson
    The Air Force took over Fort Sam Houston on Monday, and it didn't have to drop a bomb or fire a shot. But then, it wasn't that kind of a takeover, and in fact was celebrated as a new era of cooperation among rival services, right down to the joint Army-Air Force band that played before a crowd of 300 on MacArthur Parade Field. Five 75 mm howitzers rocked the air as the Army garrison at Fort Sam became the 502nd Mission Support Group/Garrison — an entity headed by an Army colonel who reports to an Air Force general. The...
  • Red Tail Angels fly into Holloman history

    04/08/2010 8:22:51 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 664+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | Arlan Ponder
    Known as the "Red Tail Angels" by bomber crews of the 15th Air Force, who they flew in support of over the skies of Europe, the famed 301st Fighter Squadron will relocate from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. to Holloman where its reserve members will form a classic association with active duty military members from the 49th Fighter Wing. The squadron will fly the F-22 Raptor alongside the 7th and 8th Fighter Squadrons, while also performing their monthly reserve weekend training missions. Ironically, all of the squadrons -- 301st, 7th and 8th -- can attribute their early roots back to...