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Sunset falls on the iconic EA-6B Prowler
The USMC deactivated VMAQ-2 “Death Jesters,” the service final electronic attack squadron in a ceremony on Mar. 8, 2019 at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N.C. sending its EA-6B Prowler jet into retirement. The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) deactivated Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2) “Death Jesters,” the service final...
This RAF Tornado Navigator is the first Tonka crew member to fly 6000 hours in the type
To date Flight Lieutenant Chris Stradling is the only person from the nations who fly the Tornado – UK, Italy, Germany and Saudi Arabia, to break the 6000-hour mark A Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado navigator from RAF Marham has become the first person in history to log over 6000 hours flying...
This USMC F-35B is the 91st and final F-35 delivered in 2018
Next year Lockheed Martin is set to deliver more than 130 F-35s Taken at Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 20, 2018 the photo in this post shows the delivery of the 91st F-35 aircraft for the year. Noteworthy with the delivery of this aircraft Lockheed Martin...
Some USMC F-35Bs grounded again
Two new parts that will require inspection were found on older F-35Bs F-35Bs with higher flight hours have been temporarily by F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) after that two new parts that will require inspection were found on older models of the jets. As reported by Marine Corps Times, a spokesman for the F-35 JPO did not disclose exactly how many...
Cool photos show RN and RAF F-35 pilots conducting first night flying trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Queen Elizabeth has been kitted out with specially-designed LED lighting on her flight deck to aid night time landings Taken on Oct. 3, 2018 the amazing pictures in this post show Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Test Pilots conducting the first night flying trials off the United Kingdom’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The trials included state-of-the-art night-vision technology,...
USMC F-35B crashes near MCAS Beaufort. Pilot ejected safely
This F-35B crash is the first one for the U.S. military's newest and most expensive aircraft A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B has crashed in coastal South Carolina, on Sep. 28, 2018. According to CBS the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported about 11:45 a.m. near the Grays Hill community. Noteworthy this Lightning II crash is the first...
USMC F-35B conducts first combat strikes in Afghanistan
During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strikes in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sep. 27. According to the News Release, during...
USAF could buy up to 80 F-15Xs (and risk losing part of its planned F-35 fleet) over a period of five years
The fighter will be designated as F-15IA and features certain stealth capabilities, such as radar-absorbing paint and internal weapons carriage The Times of Israel says Boeing is expected to land a massive $11 billion deal to supply F-15s, CH-47s and KC-767s to Israel. The money will come from U.S. military aid that is progressively paid out each year. The upgraded fighter will...
Japan pays $33 million more for each locally built F-35A stealth fighter aircraft
The price of each F-35A depends greatly on the foreign exchange rate of each fiscal year and the difference in procurement methods between importing completed F-35s from the U.S. and assembling F-35s in the Japanese FACO facility According to Jane’s, Japan is paying an extra $33 million to assemble a F-35A at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) final assembly and...
Video shows F-35B landing on USS Wasp for JSF's first at sea operational deployment
"This is a historic deployment. The F-35B is the most capable aircraft ever to support a Marine rifleman on the ground. It brings a range of new capabilities to the MEU that make us a more lethal and effective Marine Air-Ground Task Force," Col. Tye R. Wallace, 31st MEU Commanding Officer For the first time in history, a U.S. Expeditionary...