U.S. Air Force personnel work with Jordanian airmen on an armed AT-802 in 2016. Air Force photo Planes are ideal flying spies and attackers for small air arms by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Defense contractors and air forces around the world are finding crop dusters carrying powerful cameras and deadly weapons make ideal... Read more
Concerns and fears may still be slowing operations by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jan. 22, 2017, Iraqi troops were looking for help cleaning up an apparent chemical weapon laboratory that Islamic State terrorists set up inside Mosul University, according to Stars and Stripes. Later in January, Baghdad’s troops showed journalists... Read more
Iraqi Capt. Hama sits in an F-16IQ fighter jet in at Tucson International Airport. U.S. Air Force Photo Muslim-ban ensnares U.S. allies by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jan. 28, 2017, Pres. Donald Trump issued an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days — no exceptions.... Read more
It’s a blunt lesson in chemical weapons being a very bad thing by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Syria’s brutal civil war has put the horrors of chemical weapons back on many people’s minds. But it’s still difficult to imagine the actual effects and scale of attacks with these terrible weapons. Just how much... Read more
Senior Scout turned C-130 cargo planes into part-time spooks by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Jun. 8, 2004, an American spy plane took off from Karshi-Khanaba Air Base — aka K2 — in Uzbekistan and began making its way toward Afghanistan. Rather than one of the regular Air Force’s iconic Cold War-era U-2 Dragon Lady... Read more
Precision-guided weapons are an improvement over dumb bombs by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In November 2016, Iraqi military helicopters were spotted dropping dumb bombs, raising concerns about inaccurate air strikes that pose a danger to civilians. The next month, some of Baghdad’s pilots started blasting away at the Islamic State with laser-guided... Read more
B-2s hit targets south of Sirte by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On the night of Jan. 18 to 19, 2017, U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bombers took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and blasted Islamic State terrorists thousands of miles away in Libya. The strikes hit a pair of... Read more
Global Hawks can take huge photographs and monitor enemy communications by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The U.S. Air Force has sent some of its largest aircraft to battle the Islamic State, including B-52 bombers and RC-135V/W Rivet Joint spy planes. On top of that, the service has sent its biggest drones... Read more
Here’s some information to get you started by JOSEPH TREVITHICK It can be difficult to keep track of all the places American troops are fighting, snooping for terrorists or training and advising U.S. allies around the world. One good clue to spotting these operations — especially secretive commando deployments — is keeping an eye on... Read more
A Jamaican air force Bell 407. Jamaica Defense Force photo In 2011, Jamaica’s air arm was ‘working miracles’ to keep aircraft flying by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In 2011, a group of U.S. Air Force advisers arrived in Jamaica to find technicians with the Jamaica Defense Force Air Wing — the official name of the... Read more