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  • 416th FLTS testers meet with Auto GCAS survivor

    09/10/2016 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 11 replies
    Edwards AFB Public Affairs ^ | 9/1/2016 | Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Test pilots and engineers from the 416th Flight Test Squadron had the chance to meet face-to-face with one of the squadron’s success stories Aug. 25. The group met with an allied nation pilot trainee who returned home alive after he experienced a g-force-induced loss of consciousness and his F-16’s Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System activated, executing a ground-avoidance maneuver, just as the system was designed to do. The 416th tested and proved the F-16’s Auto GCAS. The pilot, whose call sign is Ocho, and his instructor pilot came to Edwards at NASA’s request. Both...
  • America's F-16 Turns 42: The Viper's Enduring Legacy

    01/20/2016 9:41:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 1/20/2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Forty-two years ago on this day, General Dynamics test pilot Phil Oestricher undertook the YF-16 prototype’s first flight during what was supposed to be a high-speed taxi test at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Oestricher’s so-called “Flight Zero” was completely unplanned and unexpected, but provided extremely valuable data for the development of what eventually became the U.S. Air Force’s mainstay F-16 Fighting Falcon. Oestricher—who passed away on Dec. 18, 2015—said that the flight test plan was to go down the runway pushing the aircraft up to 135 knots, lifting the jet no more than about two feet above the ground....
  • An F-16 fighter jet in Afghanistan might be Pentagon's most decorated

    10/30/2015 5:29:25 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    <p>BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — While visiting this sprawling military installation north of Kabul last week, I visited the flight line of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. And then I stumbled into a little history.</p> <p>The plane is an F-16C Fighting Falcon, commonly known in the service as a Viper. The U.S. military has at least one pair of fighters airborne over Afghanistan virtually all the time, carrying out everything from the armed over-watch and protection of ground units to airstrikes against insurgents.</p>
  • Meet 'Viper' - the newest F-16 Fighter

    10/26/2015 9:57:40 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 26, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    Meet the F-16V ‘Viper’ - the newest, most advanced fighter in the F-16 family that has just made its maiden flight.
  • Lockheed's enhanced F-16V makes first flight

    10/21/2015 4:48:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | 21 OCTOBER, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    The newest version of Lockheed Martin’s venerable F-16 has taken to the air for the first time, with a range of equipment enhancements including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Flown from Lockheed’s Fort Worth production facility in Texas on 16 October, the F-16V is being aimed at potential export customers, including Indonesia. The company exhibited a cockpit demonstrator for the new variant in Jakarta earlier this month, having formally launched the product at the Singapore air show in 2012. Lockheed describes the addition of Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar as delivering “a quantum leap in capability”...
  • Centipede Eats Viper, From Inside Out

    04/19/2014 4:36:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014
    Grisly fight for freedomThe picture as published in 'Ecologica Montenegrina' showing the centipede bursting out of the snake's stomach. (Pic courtesy: Ecologica Montenegrina) The picture is not for those with weak stomachs and the report itself is as creepy as its protagonist. However, if you are looking at the picture, then you may well be looking at the most famous centipede known to man. Also famous now is the Ecologica Montenegrina a hithertho Montenegro college journal of science that published the find. A viper is believed to have swallowed centipede alive. The centipede then fought back – and the paper...
  • ..Centipede EATS its way out viper's stomach

    04/18/2014 6:08:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2014 | Sally Lee
    Freedom was so close, yet so far for this centipede. After being swallowed whole by a snake, it made one last desperate attempt to escape by eating its way out of her stomach. Researchers found the dead nose-horned female viper with its prey exploding from its side during a field study in Macedonia on May 14 last year. Both creatures were dead.
  • Chrysler orders 93 rare, early Vipers to the crusher

    03/06/2014 3:06:01 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 2 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3/06/14 | Justin Hyde
    The original Dodge Viper revealed in 1992 was a beast of a machine — an attempt by then-Chrysler exec Bob Lutz to revive the spirit of the Shelby Cobra and give Chrysler a world-class sports car. Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper's brute force overwhelmed many drivers. Today, the power that made the Viper a legend appears to be at the heart of an order from Chrysler to dozens of trade schools, demanding the immediate destruction of some 93 early Vipers, including a preproduction model that could likely fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at...
  • Russell's Viper venom turns blood into jelly (Video)

    05/22/2013 10:26:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 7-14-2012 | sharksandcreatures
    GRAPHIC CONTENT. This terrifying video shows the effect of just one drop of snake venom on blood - turning it solid within moments. The clip shows a handler pinning down a dangerous Russell's viper, using a wooden stick on the back of its head. The handler then encourages the viper to bite into the the lid of a vial, causing venom to drain from its fangs and collect in the glass container. A single drop of the powerful poison is then syringed into a glass of blood. Almost instantly, the blood turns lumpy - sliding around the dish like jelly....
  • Mission Creep at the TSA?

    04/03/2013 6:36:33 AM PDT · by Dad was my hero · 28 replies
    National Geographic Traveler ^ | Feb/Mar 2013 | Christopher Elliott
    By Christopher Elliott From the February/March 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler Like it or not, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an unavoidable presence at American airports, from the full-body scanners and “enhanced” pat-downs to shoes on the conveyor belt and ziplock bags filled with trial-size toothpaste. But it’s becoming almost as difficult to avoid the TSA outside the airport, too. Today, you can be pulled over at a highway checkpoint staffed by TSA agents, courtesy of the agency’s VIPR program (that’s short for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team, and pronounced “viper,” by the way). Its most high-profile...
  • Feds Swarm Metra Train After Detecting Nuclear Risk

    03/16/2013 8:50:08 PM PDT · by usconservative · 52 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | 3/16/2013 | Dave Savini
    (CBS) — It was stunning for those who watched Thursday night as federal agents investigated a possible nuclear threat at Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center. CBS 2′s photojournalist Lana Hinshaw-Klann happened to be at the scene and used a cell-phone camera to record agents in action. Reporter Dave Savini looks into what agents were looking for and what they found. Sources say the agents were members of the elite TSA VIPR team on the 5:04pm Union Pacific West line. They were carrying hand-held nuclear-detection devices that picked up a reading.
  • TSA does surprise check at Lamar Boulevard Amtrak (Austin , TX )

    01/25/2013 6:17:17 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    KXAN ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Chris Sadeghi
    Random checks happen at stations across country. Passengers catching the 9:30 a.m. Amtrak train from Austin to Dallas were met with an unexpected surprise when they got to the station. Transportation Security Administration agents, Austin police officers, and the Department of Homeland Security were all waiting for them. ... Random security checks are voluntary ... The random check takes about 10-15 minutes and happens hundreds of times a day at bus, train, and subway stations across the country.
  • TSA Conducting Random Searches on US Highways

    05/11/2012 6:34:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 247 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/9/12 | Survivalist Forum
    guess Alex Jones is still crazy?? He has been talking about this for months. Bend over and take it America. Don't be upset, this is all done in love and it is all for freedom! Everyone lets sing the Sean Hannity song together...let freedom ring, let the white dove sing...." I love freedom!
  • Mission Creep: This Tennessee Highway Is Now Patrolled by TSA (VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, Ferries)

    10/29/2011 1:30:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/24/11 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Mission Creep: This Tennessee Highway Is Now Patrolled by TSABy Conor Friedersdorf Oct 24 2011, 9:25 AM ET Most air travelers now endure naked scans or genital pat-downs by gloved agents of the government without surprise or complaint. But before invasive security became normal, there was a backlash. And at its height, Transportation Security Administration boss John Pistole said something revealing. "I see flying as a privilege that is a public safety issue. So the government has a role in providing for the public safety and we need to do everything we can in partnership with the traveling public, to...
  • From Planes To Trains: TSA Expands Spot Searches To Union Station

    12/28/2011 5:06:48 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 41 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | December 27th, 2011 | Staff
    An all-too-familiar sight at LAX and the rest of the nation’s airports will soon be coming to the city’s busiest train station. KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports rail passengers have started seeing Transportation Security Administration on patrol at Union Station on a more frequent basis. As many as 25 VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention & Response) teams began patrolling train stations nationwide last summer conducting an estimated 9,300 “suspicionless” spot searches of travelers. The agency has said the presence of officers with explosive detection dogs, radiation monitors and other devices will act as a deterrent in the nation’s busiest travel hubs.
  • TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore [read this]

    12/26/2011 3:52:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 77 replies
    LAT ^ | December 20, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country... The TSA's 25 "viper" teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year. According to budget documents, the department spent $110 million in fiscal 2011 for "surface transportation security," including the TSA's viper program, and is asking...
  • America as a Totalitarian Dictatorship

    12/24/2011 5:25:40 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 61 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12/24/11 | Ray Peach
    Since my first deployment to South East Asia, I have seen this great country gradually slip away. America has gone from being the world's greatest creditor nation, standing as a beacon of hope for the world, to the world's biggest debtor nation, where 42 million Americans rely on food stamps to is happening right now in front of us. Like it or not, America is a Totalitarian Dictatorship, and this article will help you understand why. After the Oklahoma City Bombing, my job required that I attend a two-day briefing on counter terrorism. At that meeting, several people from...
  • Fighter jets intercept Russian bombers after flying into Dutch airspace

    06/07/2011 10:07:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    BNO News ^ | June 8, 2011
    THE HAGUE (BNO NEWS) -- Dutch, British and Danish fighter jets on Tuesday morning intercepted two Russian bombers which had crossed into Dutch airspace, the Dutch Ministry of Defense said. It is the third such incident this year. A statement from the Dutch Defense ministry said two F-16 aircraft took off from Volkel Air Base on Tuesday to intercept two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft, which are large, four-engine strategic bombers and missile platforms. They are also known as Bears, its NATO reporting name. "The Russians flew into the Dutch area of responsibility without making their identity known," the Dutch ministry...
  • AH-1Z helicopters found operationally effective and suitable

    09/29/2010 8:53:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies · 1+ views
    AH-1Z helicopters found operationally effective and suitable NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Cobra has successfully completed its Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL). On Sept. 24, NAVAIR’s H-1 Upgrades program office received official notification from the Navy’s Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force that its AH-1Z helicopters were found to be “operationally effective and suitable” and were been recommended for fleet introduction. “This marks a significant milestone for the program,” said Col. Harry Hewson, program manager for U.S. Marine light and attack helicopters. “The AH-1Z has come a long way through...
  • Photos: Al Gore's $9 Million Home in Montecido California

    05/03/2010 6:09:31 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 41 replies · 2,892+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 5/3/10 | HAP
    This is the guy who is telling you what kind of lightbulbs you need in your home and what kind of car you should drive..(Photos)
  • Bishop Gene Robinson gets inaugural role

    01/12/2009 7:44:55 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 43 replies · 2,264+ views ^ | 12 January 2009 | Michael Paulson
    Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the only openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, has been asked to give the invocation at the first official inaugural activity, a welcome event with the president-elect on Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Robinson had been critical of president-elect Barack Obama for asking Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor who encouraged voters to overturn same-sex marriage in California, to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. Episcopal Cafe has an e-mail from Robinson: "I am writing to tell you that President-Elect Obama and the Inaugural Committee have invited me to...
  • Mouse bites snake to death

    10/11/2008 6:12:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 2,108+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09/10/2008 | Matthew Moore
    A mouse bit a venomous viper to death after it was thrown into the snake's cage as a lunchtime snack. The tiny rodent killed the snake after a fierce 30-minute battle, emerging with "barely a scratch on him", ... Firefighters ... thought that the live mouse would make a perfect lunchtime treat. But the furry creature had other ideas. Instead of cowering from the 12in snake's gaping jaws and long fangs, it went on the offensive. Vipers are one of the most widespread species of snake in the world, and their adder sub-species is the only poisonous reptile found in...
  • Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot

    03/09/2007 1:11:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 784+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/08/07
    Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot Thu Mar 8, 10:26 AM ET An Israeli defense firm on Thursday unveiled a portable robot billed as being capable of entering most combat zones alone and engaging enemies with an onboard armory that includes a machine-pistol and grenades. The VIPeR, roughly the size of a small television, was invented as part of Israel's efforts to develop weaponry that could reduce the risks to its forces from hand-to-hand fighting against Palestinian or Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. The manufacturer, Elbit Systems Ltd., said that the VIPeR's small size and dual treads enable it to move "undeterred by...
  • Viper Lance pilots trade rides

    08/17/2006 6:02:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 467+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Eydie Sakura
    8/17/2006 - MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (AFPN) -- Among the sounds of jets starting their engines and Romanian air force maintainers prepping their aircraft for departure, an American fighter pilot climbing into the back seat of a MiG-21 Lancer was a rare sight on the flightline here Aug. 11. Pilots from the 22nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron here for Exercise Viper Lance 2006 have the opportunity to ride shotgun in Romanian fighters during the exercise. "My flight in the backseat of a Lancer is a good opportunity to look at different aircraft and it's a real privilege and an honor,"...
  • Third F-16 forced to land at Syracuse Airport

    11/10/2004 4:28:41 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 27 replies · 907+ views ^ | 11/8/2004 | unknown
    For the third time in less than two weeks an F16 Fighting Falcon was forced to make an emergency landing at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. It happened Sunday morning when the pilot reported an afterburner problem shortly after takeoff. The jet was participating in an exercise. Around 08.45h the Viper pilot began circling the airfield for about half an hour to spend fuel before landing. F-16s are not designed to land on a full tank. Too much fuel makes them too heavy to land safely. Another F-16 landed on October 29th because of a brake malfunction, and on November 1st...
  • Viper pilot helps troubled plane to land [Michigan Air National Guard F-16s]

    05/07/2004 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 21 replies · 283+ views ^ | 5/6/2004 | unknown
    A Michigan ANG F-16 pilot on a training mission Saturday helped a passenger plane that had lost its instruments and radio find clear airspace for landing. Two F-16s belonging to the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard were in the air when air traffic control from Bishop Airport notified them about the troubled plane. One Viper went ahead and got eye contact with the Cessna and directed the plane where to go. A passenger on the plane using a cellphone contacted Genesee County 911 and told the dispatcher that the plane had lost its electrical and needed help...
  • POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Carville pleads for Democratic donations; former Bradley manager joins Dean

    11/21/2003 3:56:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 140+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-21-03 | LIZ SIDOTI
    <p>That's the message from political operative James Carville, who asks those who have "had enough" of President Bush to donate to the Democratic National Committee in a new DNC television commercial airing Monday.</p> <p>"Bush will raise $250 million to fund relentless attacks on our Democratic nominee -- he'll stop at nothing," Carville says. "With your help, I know we can win. So stand up, be counted and contribute today."</p>
  • 2 U.S. soldiers slain by Taliban troops in Afghanistan

    03/29/2003 2:38:20 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 29 replies · 515+ views
    Knight-Ridder News Services | March 29, 2003
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Two U.S. special forces soldiers were killed and another was wounded Saturday when armed motorcyclists swept down on a reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province. At least three Afghan soldiers also were wounded, a military spokesman said. Afghan officials said Taliban fighters who still are active in the area were behind the incident. The U.S. soldiers, escorted by Afghan troops, had been at the opening of a new school and hospital, built with American aid, about 200 miles west of Kandahar. The attackers escaped. It was the latest reminder that the war in...
  • Air Force pilot soars to F-16 milestone [First to fly 5000 hours!]

    11/22/2002 3:11:05 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 10 replies · 237+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 11/22/02 | Maj. James R. Wilson
    11/22/02 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFPN) -- A piece of history was carved out Nov. 22 when four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 419th Fighter Wing here took off on a combat training mission. While four F-16s on a routine training mission is not necessarily historic, one of the pilots, Lt. Col. Michael Brill, earned his place in the record books during the sortie. Brill became the first pilot in the world to log 5,000 flying hours in the F-16 aircraft. "I've been fortunate," said Brill. "The fact that I've been able to stay in the cockpit this...
  • Utah unit keeping Northern California safe

    04/08/2002 4:13:33 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 16 replies · 177+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 04/08/02 | Capt. Kim Garbett
    04/08/02 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- Always a busy hub and platform for global reach, after Sept. 11, the base here has become even busier. Operations tempo, deployments and constant alert status are an even more ingrained part of life. While much attention has been focused on the base’s support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Travis has also become an important base for the homeland defense mission, Operation Noble Eagle. With Operation Noble Eagle came fighters on loan here, sitting on constant alert status and performing random combat air patrol missions in support of homeland defense in Northern...