USAF testing its new hypersonic missiles on a B-52
The U.S. Air Force initiated test flights of the new hypersonic AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, mounting them below the wings of a B-52 Stratofortress. Known as the “Arrow,” the AGM-183A was slung aboard the B-52 in order to gather data on “drag and vibration impact” to the... Read more
Iran attack was first successful takedown of a Global Hawk drone
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Iran’s attack on a U.S. Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft Thursday marks the first known instance of an adversary shooting down the workhorse drone in its nearly 18-year operational history. The RQ-4A Global Hawk maritime surveillance drone was flying in international airspace over the... Read more
New shipment of F-35s take to the sky at U.S. Air Force base in Germany
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The skies above Spangdahlem Air Base roared Tuesday with the sounds of F-35s, as Utah-based airmen took the Air Force’s newest fighter jets on their first extended deployment to Germany. Pilots from Hill Air Force Base familiarized themselves with the terrain, scoped out... Read more
Cleared for takeoff: Aging A-10 gets another decade to support ground troops
The A-10 will continue to fly in support of America’s ground forces, thanks to the quick passing of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The aircraft, which has not been manufactured since the early 1980s, is useful to the U.S. but is showing its age. Just two years ago,... Read more
CENTCOM: Iran helped Yemen rebels take down U.S. drone
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone at an altitude that U.S. Central Command said Sunday shows improved capability and likely assistance by Iran. The CENTCOM statement confirmed earlier reports of the incident, which took place earlier this month,... Read more
President Trump shows off plans for a more “patriotic” redesign for Air Force One
The Palm Beach Post The Palm Beach Post, Fla.(TNS) President Donald Trump said he’s going to give Air Force One a makeover, both inside and out. During an interview Wednesday with ABC News, Trump unveiled pictures of the redesign. Out will be the baby blue color scheme. In will... Read more
Dept. of Defense strikes record $34 billion deal for new F-35s
A new lot of F-35s have been ordered for the Air Force and it’s thanks to a record $34 billion deal between Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense. The multi-year contract covers multiple production lots, with the first set giving the Air Force 157 new jets. The layout... Read more
Decorated “Captain Marvel” Air Force pilot removed from DOD job
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force’s highest ranking female fighter pilot was removed from her job leading the Pentagon office responsible for overseeing some of the military’s closest-held secret programs, defense officials said Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop was removed from her position as the director of... Read more
Air Force will pay Japanese city $7 million over noise complaints
Hana Kusumoto Stars and Stripes A Japanese high court on Thursday awarded more than $7 million to people living near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo as compensation for aircraft noise but rejected their demand to restrict flight operations at the base. The lawsuit, filed against the Japanese government... Read more
Less than 20% of B-1 Lancers are operational due to neglect from the Air Force
The U.S. Air Force is slacking when it comes to the B-1 Lancer fleet, with less than ten operational units out of a total number of 62. The fast-moving, low-level bomber was once the pride of the USAF but now problems are beginning to manifest as the Air Force... Read more
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