The U.S. Air Force could pick Lockheed Martin’s T-50 for its next trainer. Lockheed Martin photo New jets require a new trainer by DAVE MAJUMDAR The U.S. Air Force is working on a set of system specifications for a new next-generation advanced jet trainer to replace the long-serving Northrop T-38 Talon, which... Read more
Atomic bombs weren’t the only horror in store by JOSEPH TREVITHICK In May, President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima reignited discussions of whether the United States actually needed to drop atomic bombs to force Japan to surrender at the end of World War II. What these debates didn’t touch... Read more
But the flying branch isn’t entirely convinced by JOSEPH TREVITHICK As the U.S. Air Force faces the prospect of a severe and potentially unavoidable budget crisis, the service has every incentive to save money by squeezing extra life out of older airplanes. New winglets for venerable C-130 transports are... Read more
A Polish P.11 fighter before takeoff. Photo via Wikipedia It actually took two weeks by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN When the 1950s T.V. documentary series Air Power got around to covering the opening battles of World War II, it unfortunately reinforced a popular, and entirely incorrect, notion. “The Polish air force is... Read more
Bombers could pound terrorists in Libya in a future intervention by JOSEPH TREVITHICK The U.S. Air Force’s iconic B-52 Stratofortresses have become a regular sight at war games across Europe. But as terrorist groups wreak havoc across North Africa, the lumbering bombers are headed farther south. On June 2, three... Read more
An F/A-18 Super Hornet takes off from the USS ‘John C. Stennis’ in May 2013. U.S. Navy photo It’s a full-blown crisis by DAVE MAJUMDAR The U.S. Navy’s strike fighter squadrons are in dire straits with only one out of three Boeing F/A-18 Hornet airframes being ready for war at any... Read more
A laser at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Starfire Optical Range in New Mexico. U.S. Army photo Precision-guided missile swarms are the main threat, and that requires a big rethink by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The U.S. Air Force relies on more than 5,000 aircraft to give it unmatched dominance over every other... Read more
The X-2. Japan Ministry of Defense photo Tokyo hopes the experimental aircraft will become a front-line warplane by RODRIGO UGARTE Mitsubishi’s X-2 stealth demonstrator jet took off on the morning of April 22, propelling Japan into the stealth age. Designed to test new technologies, chief among them low observability, the X-2... Read more
Teams of F-22 Stealth Fighters Troll Russia
In 2013, the U.S. Air Force’s Alaska-based 3rd Wing devised a new way to deploy its F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in order to make them more survivable in a war with China. Now the “Rapid Raptor” concept has a new goal — to deter Russian aggression. The 3rd Wing’s scheme... Read more
Congress wants to restart production of the world’s best stealth fighter, but it’s likely too late by DAVE MAJUMDAR The House Armed Services Committee is directing the U.S. Air Force to look at the possibility of restarting production of the stealthy, supersonically cruising Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter in... Read more
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