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  • 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...
  • F-15X Will Come In Two Variants, And No, It Won't Cost $100M Per Copy

    02/05/2019 5:25:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2019 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Since breaking the F-15X story last July, pretty much everything our original exposé discussed has come true. After many discounted that original report, last December Bloomberg reported that the F-15X would indeed appear as a procurement program of record for the Pentagon's 2020 budget proposal, which is due to be released at any time. Comments by heads of the USAF and industry have since confirmed this eventuality. Still, that report was thin on details, leading to quite a bit of confusion about what would be included in the USAF's initial investment into the F-15X and what was exactly planned for...
  • A U-2 Spy Plane is Flying Over Northern California Pretending to be the Starship Enterprise

    01/31/2019 7:24:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 30, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    One of the U.S. Air Force’s secretive planes is pretending to be a vessel from the far, far future—the 23rd Century in fact. A U-2 spy plane took off from Northern California today broadcasting the aviation code NCC-1701A, which, as all Star Trek fans know, is the designation for the USS Enterprise.
  • Central Texas cemetery invites public to veteran’s funeral

    01/27/2019 1:48:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 27, 2019 | Karen Townsend
    A central Texas cemetery is turning a sad story into a happier ending. The staff of Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery is extending an invitation to anyone in the area to attend a funeral for an unaccompanied veteran Monday. A United States Air Force veteran, Joseph Walker, will be laid to rest at 10:00 A.M. with full military honors. As no next of kin is in the picture, a representative of the Veterans Land Board will accept the American flag on the veteran’s behalf. The Veterans Land Board runs the cemetery.An invitation to the public to attend this funeral is...
  • Texas Cemetery Calling On Public To Attend USAF Vet’s Funeral Monday

    01/27/2019 10:07:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 01/27/2018 | Fuzzy Slippers
    United States Air Force veteran Joseph Walker will be laid to rest in Killeen, Texas on Monday, January 28, 2019, and the cemetery was concerned that no one will attend. The Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery is calling for the public’s attendance at an unaccompanied Texas veteran’s funeral. Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker will be laid to rest Monday, and no one is expected to attend. The cemetery said they do not know where his family is and they do not want him to be laid to rest alone, so they are asking the public to attend. Fox News has...
  • Project 401 - Smaller, Stealthy Son of A-10 Warthog..?

    01/07/2019 8:27:46 AM PST · by gaijin · 40 replies
    Project 401, "Son of Ares" Some speculate this testbed aircraft might be a more modern, low-cost, stealthy option for a ground-attack platform similar to the A-10. No one knows the reason for the extreme dihedral of the wings, a feature not made clear by the photo at left, maybe some freepers can do some meaningful speculation. The video at link shows this feature in quite some detail. .. Sometimes called "Son of Ares", this aircraft is built around the GAU-12 25 x 137 mm (see photo at right), so this round is not nearly the monster carried by the Warthog....
  • USAF's Next Budget Request Will Include New F-15X Advanced Eagle Fighter Jets: Report

    12/22/2018 12:04:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 21, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    Last July, I broke a story about the existence of Boeing's F-15X Advanced Eagle concept, one that the plane-maker had been in discussions with the USAF about for many months. That aircraft would be procured to replace America's existing F-15C/D aircraft, the vast majority of which are operated by the Air National Guard. Since my expose, the USAF has officially remained somewhat flippant about the F-15X and its talks with Boeing, which isn't surprising, but according to a Bloomberg report, that is about to change dramatically very soon. The F-15X airframe would be single seat, but it would incorporate decades...
  • Military Investigation Services along with State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

    11/28/2018 12:26:54 AM PST · by barmag25 · 31 replies
    Department Of Justice ^ | 11/27/18 | DOJ
    The press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, located at 4460 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210 Columbia, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Sherri Lydon announced that a press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Corrections, located at 4460 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Represented at the press conference will be members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS), U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID), Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Services (DCIS), Internal...
  • Air Force to Retire Classic B-1 Bombers as Stealthy New B-21s Arrive

    11/14/2018 5:57:47 AM PST · by Cheerio · 44 replies
    Warrior Maven ^ | 11/13/18 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber Warrior Maven Video Report: How long will the B-1 Bomber remain in service? Will it retire when the B-21 arrives? The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber while simultaneously preparing the aircraft for eventual retirement as the service's new stealth bomber arrives in coming years. These two trajectories, which appear as somewhat of a paradox or contradiction, are actually interwoven efforts designed to both maximize the bomber’s...
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed;

    10/14/2018 11:59:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 50 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | October 12, 2018 | COREY DICKSTEIN
    Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES WASHINGTON — How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday. While the vast majority of Tyndall’s operational aircraft were evacuated from the base before the storm, some aircraft were left in base hangars for maintenance or safety reasons, said Erica Vega, a spokeswoman for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The...
  • Tyndall Air Force Base a ‘Complete Loss’ Amid Questions About Stealth Fighters

    10/13/2018 5:40:05 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 92 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10-11-2018 | Dave Philipps
    Sitting in the ruined airplane hangars of Tyndall Air Force Base, which was shredded on Wednesday when Hurricane Michael swept across the Florida Panhandle, may be some of the Air Force’s most advanced — and most expensive — stealth fighter jets. Tyndall is home to 55 F-22 stealth fighters, which cost a dizzying $339 million each. Before the storm, the Air Force sent at least 33 of the fighters to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Air Force officials have not disclosed the whereabouts of the remaining 22 planes, other than to say that a number of aircraft were left...