The U.S. Air Force Was Not Fond of the Next-Gen Predator Drone
This story originally appeared on Nov. 13, 2014. In April 2009 General Atomics—the California-based manufacturer of the Predator drone—debuted a new and improved, jet-powered version of the iconic robot warplane. But for all its improvements, the Predator C—or Avenger—fell flat with its biggest prospective client, the U.S. Air Force.... Read more
U.S. Air Force Commandos Practice Refueling, Rearming F-15s
On July 26, 2017, U.S. Air Force commandos in the United Kingdom practiced deploying to an austere airfield to quickly refuel and rearm F-15C fighters. It was the first time that Air Force special operators and their MC-130 transports had teamed up with F-15C fighters at a so-called “Forward... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Still Quietly Killing Off the A-10
The U.S. Air Force is putting on a great publicity show for their impending Light Attack Experiment, a.k.a. OA-X. Officially, this small-scale experiment is meant only to demonstrate the capabilities of four low-cost, off-the-shelf, lightly armed aircraft against lightly defended enemies such as Islamic State or the Taliban. Quite... Read more
Por qué el A-10 Warthog continúa siendo el rey del Apoyo Aéreo Cercano
Conocido por su capacidad para continuar volando tras recibir varios disparos de ametralladora, aterrizar y operar en terrenos difíciles, destruir combatientes enemigos con su ametralladora de 30 milímetros y desplegar un amplio arsenal de armas de ataque, los pilotos pintan al A-10 como un «carro de combate volador» que... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Wants to Expand the Range of This Stealthy Cruise Missile
With advanced air defense systems such as the Russian-made S-300 and S-400 families proliferating around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for American aircraft to penetrate into airspace defended by such anti-access/area-denial weapons. While advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft and next-generation platforms such as the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming B-21 Raider and Penetrating Counter Air will... Read more
Why the A-10 Warthog Remains King of Close Air Support
Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30-millimeter cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank”... Read more
U.S. Air Force to Industry: Make a Mach-5 Missile
Spurred by developments in Russia and China, the U.S. Air Force is taking steps toward acquiring a hypersonic surface-to-air missile capable of traveling faster than Mach 5. For more than 20 years the Air Force — not to mention other U.S. government agencies and private industry — have been... Read more
B-1 Bombers Stay Busy—Flying Record Numbers of Missions
In the days after North Korea’s inaugural test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, pairs of U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancers based in Guam took off and flew close to the authoritarian state — linking up with South Korean and Japanese fighters along the way. On July 7 and 8,... Read more
Watch a C-17 Airlifter Thread the Mach Loop
The Royal Air Force has designated some sparsely-populated areas of the United Kingdom as “Low Flying Areas.” At LFA-14 in Scotland, LFA-17 in the Lake District and LFA-7 in northwest Wales, British and allied jets can fly as low as 250 feet. LFA-7 features a series of valleys with... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Is Starving Its A-10 Squadrons—Again
Since February 2016 the U.S. Air Force has been trumpeting that it has ended—or at least paused—its extended campaign against the A-10 and the close air support mission. “As a mission, we’re fully committed to close air support,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein assured reporters at... Read more
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