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
Air Force graduates largest class in history, 745 officers dubbed the “Godzilla class”
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes The largest class in the history of the Air Force Officer Training School — 745 newly commissioned officers — recently pinned on their rank insignia at graduation ceremonies in Montgomery, Ala. Class No. 19-07 — a group so large that course instructors and leaders... Read more
South Korea gets new set of stealth fighters thanks to the U.S.
dpa, Hamburg, Germany South Korea has for the first time publicly put on display some of the 40 stealth fighter jets it had ordered from the United States, which have been severely criticized by North Korea. The presentation of four F-35A fighter jets and other weapons took place on... Read more
Testing location, dates set for new B-21 stealth bomber
The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force has announced that the new B-21 stealth bombers will be built in the Golden State, providing California industry with more money and responsibility toward America’s defense. The Raider bombers will be “born” at the Northrop Grumman Facility in Palmdale, California, the... Read more
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