U.S. Air Force

Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight

Dragon Lady retirement moves forward: USAF retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight

Beale retires U-2 Tail 80-1085 as her pilot conducts their 1,085 solo flight On Apr. 5, 2024, Beale Air Force… Read More

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An Omega KDC-10 is the first commercial tanker to refuel USAF B-52, MC-130J over Pacific Ocean

Omega KDC-10 commercial tanker refuels USAF B-52, MC-130J over Pacific Ocean As Pacific Air Forces made history last November by… Read More

2 days ago

Louis Gossett Jr., aka Colonel Charles ‘Chappy’ Sinclair who helped Doug Masters to rescue his father in Iron Eagle, passed away

Louis Gossett Jr. passed away Louis Gossett Jr., who won a supporting actor Oscar for playing the hard-as-nails drill instructor… Read More

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Meet B-1B “Lancelot,” the Lancer pulled from the 309th AMARG to rejoin USAF Strategic Bomber Fleet

B-1B “Lancelot” A decommissioned B-1B Lancer aircraft was pulled from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan… Read More

5 days ago

Viper Fanboy who Became Warthog pilot tells why he would never trade its A-10 for an F-16

The F-16 The combat-proven F-16 has proven itself as the world’s most capable 4th generation multi-role fighter, serving as the workhorse of… Read More

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SR-71 RSO recalls when a KC-135Q Stratotanker flew unprotected into Northern Laos to save his Blackbird after it had a Double-Engine Flameout

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and YF-12, was… Read More

6 days ago

Six Turning, Four Burning: The story of how the Iconic B-36 Peacemaker got the Jet Engines

The Peacemaker Conceived during 1941 in case Germany occupied Britain, when US bombers would then have insufficient range to retaliate,… Read More

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US Navy Operations Specialist explains why although the S-400 SAM System radar can detect the F-35 it can’t target it

The F-35 and the SEAD mission The F-35 Lightning II is the most advanced node in 21st Century Security: It… Read More

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B-58 navigator recalls his pilot turning in his wings after their Hustler went in a nose-high stall during a night training Mach 2 bomb run over Dallas

The B-58 Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In… Read More

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Three F-16 jets arrive at Eglin AFB to be modified in self-flying planes to test CCA drone wingman concept

F-16 jets to be modified in self-flying planes The 96th Test Wing and 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base… Read More

2 weeks ago

Out of the boneyard and into the force: B-1B Lancer to be resurrected from AMARG to rejoin USAF Strategic Bomber Fleet

B-1B Lancer regeneration Out of the boneyard and into the force: starting in October 2023, Dyess Air Force Base and… Read More

2 weeks ago

US Navy EA-18G pilot explains why the F-16 is a (slightly) better BFM machine than the F-35

The F-16 Designed by General Dynamics as a lightweight, daytime USAF air-combat fighter, the F-16 was first flown on January… Read More

2 weeks ago

The White House starts campaign to curb the practice of journalists taking souvenirs from Air Force One as one reporter hands over presidential aircraft pillowcase in discreet rendezvous

The practice of journalists taking souvenirs from Air Force One The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) has initiated a campaign… Read More

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40 years ago, NATO aircraft operated on German autobahn: the story of the biggest exercise to date to use a highway as improvised airfield

NATO aircraft land on German autobahn Forty years ago, in 1984, NATO aircraft conducted a multi-national exercise that assessed the… Read More

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Did you know a Blackbird was damaged after its engines were placed in the wrong inlet (So, the SR-71 inlets had to be labeled “L” and “R”)?

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, Mach 3+, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from… Read More

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F-22 Raptor retirement in 2030 not likely as USAF plans to spend $7.8 Billion through fiscal year 2029

F-22 Raptor retirement As already reported, Speaking during the McAleese FY2022 Defense Programs Conference Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Air… Read More

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