‘How long can we live like this?’: Kurds in growing refugee camp plead for help, end to losses, suffering
As Turkish artillery battered her neighborhood, Haifa Ahmad gathered up her kids and fled last week from Qamishli, a mostly Kurdish city on Syria’s northern border with Turkey. Now, she and her four children — along with her sister and her two young ones — are residents of white... Read more
Chinese knockoff: China debuts new helicopter that looks exactly like the Black Hawk
A new Chinese helicopter recently appeared at the 5th China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin earlier this month- and it looks suspiciously familiar. Adding fuel to the fiery stereotype that Chinese engineers excel at copying other nations’ products, the new Z-20 helicopter looks an awful lot like a UH-60 Black... Read more
Digital upgrade: Air Force has stopped using floppy disks to manage U.S. nuclear launch system
The US Air Force is stepping out of the past and into the present by ditching floppy disks, which have been used for nuclear weapons deployment since the 1970s. The US Strategic Command claims that the drives have been replaced with a “highly-secure solid-state digital storage solution,” which will... Read more
Air Force helicopter pilots passing training program six weeks early thanks to virtual reality
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes The first six new Air Force helicopter pilots to train on virtual reality flight simulators recently pinned on their wings at the Army’s Fort Rucker, Ala. Late last week, the pilots graduated a redesigned course that prepared them to fly the UH-1N Huey, HH-60G... Read more
Slippery slope: Norwegian Air Force facing drag chute problem with its new F-35s
Winter is coming for Norwegian F-35s, as they are currently experiencing problems with drag chutes designed to help them stop on the nation’s icy runways. The Royal Norwegian Air Force, which previously relied on a fleet of 56 F-16s, is happy to welcome the 52 F-35s they have scheduled... Read more
Deadly Duo: Viper helicopters share the sky with radar-jamming F-35Bs
One of the sexiest attack helicopters in the world has been paired with the smartest 5th-generation combat plane- and the match is a deadly duo made in heaven. The AH-1Z Viper, the most modern variant of the AH-1 Cobra bloodline, has been paired up with F-35Bs in Marine Expeditionary... Read more
New swag: Air Force cadets get new camouflage pattern uniform
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes Air Force recruits in basic training are now being issued the new Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, which is part of a larger change in uniforms throughout the service. Initial-entry airmen at the 37th Training Wing in Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, were the first... Read more
After 30 years Navy flies F/A-18C Hornet for the final time
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The last Navy F/A-18C Hornet flew for the last time at Naval Air Station Oceana in Norfolk, Va., last week, according to the Navy. The last F/A-18C Hornet, number 300, was flown Oct. 2 by Lt. Andrew Jalali, who was born in 1988,... Read more
Mexican aircraft spots US Navy nuclear submarine firing Trident missile
A US Navy submarine-launched Trident missile dazzled the crew of a commercial airline crew, who were thoughtful enough to film it so that the rest of us could enjoy it. The Spanish-speaking aircrew, which was flying from Guadalajara to Tijuana, Mexico, were awestruck by the beauty of the missile’s... Read more
Final Flight: Air Force mascot Aurora passes after 23 years, longest serving mascot in academy history
Karin Zeitvogel Stars and Stripes A rare falcon who served as the Air Force Academy’s mascot for 23 years has died, officials said. Aurora, the academy’s longest-serving live mascot, died Wednesday, the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based service academy said in a statement. “Her impact on the nearly 30 class years... Read more
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