Congress Forbids Air Force to Scrap A-10… Next Year Only
The U.S. Air Force will be prohibited from using any money appropriated in the 2014 budget to retire the A-10 Warthog if the National Defense Authorization Act passes Congress and is signed into law. The flying branch wants to ground all 350 of the low- and slow-flying attack jets... Read more
Can the F-35 Win a Dogfight?
In order to maintain its fighter squadrons, the U.S. Air Force needs the entire planned buy of 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. That’s in part because the flying branch was allowed to buy fewer than planned F-22 Raptors from Lockheed. The F-35 will have to complement the... Read more
With or Without the A-10, Air Force Insists It’s Not Abandoning the Ground Troops
Even if the U.S. Air Force decides to retire its entire fleet of 343 A-10 Warthog close air support aircraft, the service is not backing away from the vital mission of supporting ground troops. At least that’s what the service’s top uniformed official insists. For months the Air Force... Read more
Does the Air Force Really Need the A-10?
The Air Force is apparently planning to retire all 343 of its A-10 Warthog close air support jets starting in 2015—a move the House of Representatives, some key senators and a legion of A-10 boosters oppose. Proponents of the low- and slow-flying Warthog argue that the flying branch needs... Read more
America’s Newest Jet Fighter Takes Flight
Textron AirLand’s Scorpion lightweight attack jet made its maiden flight on Dec. 12 at 10:30 in the morning at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Test pilots Dan Hinson and David Sitz flew a 1.4-hour test sortie, testing the Scorpion’s handling characteristics. “It showed impressive stability and responsiveness closely matching... Read more
There’s a New American Jet Fighter You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
The newest American jet fighter is small and lightweight. It’s designed to be cheap and easy to build, repair and fly. It’s optimized for low-intensity warfare. It’s called the Scorpion, and you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s equally doubtful anyone will want to buy it. Textron AirLand just... Read more
Japan’s Part-Aircraft Carrier, Part-Submarine Rediscovered
submerged i-400. national oceanic and atmospheric administration photo Japan’s Part-Aircraft Carrier, Part-Submarine Rediscovered Lost for decades, Japan’s mighty I-400 has been found Nearly 70 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Navy’s prized Sen Toku I-400-class submarine aircraft carriers were captured and scuttled off the coast of Hawaii. Now a team... Read more
Military Tells A-10 Pilots Not to Attend Pro-Warthog Confab—They Show Up Anyway
Pilot and A-10. Air Force photo Military Tells A-10 Pilots Not to Attend Pro-Warthog Confab—They Show Up Anyway ‘Intimidation’ fails to prevent aviators from rallying for their beloved warplane Despite a climate of “intimidation,” numerous current U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog pilots showed up at a seminar hosted by... Read more
Tiny Gunships to Guard Italian Commandos
MC-27J mock-up. Flickr/Manx John photo Tiny Gunships to Guard Italian Commandos Rome to arm twin-engine cargo planes The Italian air force has signed a deal with Alenia Aermacchi to develop a gunship variant of its C-27J transport. It’s called the Praetorian, and it’s meant to blast targets while flying... Read more
Senators Fly to A-10’s Rescue
A-10s. Air Force photo Senators Fly to A-10's Rescue Lawmakers propose to block Air Force from cutting attack planes A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is co-sponsoring an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act to prevent the U.S. Air Force from prematurely retiring the A-10 Warthog attack... Read more
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