In a nutshell, plans to keep flying upgraded Lockheed F-16s - currently 47 As and 10 Bs delivered as far back as 1980, as recorded by Flightglobal's HeliCAS database - have been extended enough times now, with the last jets due to leave service in 2023, wrote Hoyle. Back in the day, that milestone was pegged for no later than 2018.
Our Image of the Day blog carried a shot (above) from the UK's Defence Images gallery on Flickr. It shows a Eurocopter Gazelle under an ominous sky at the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta, Canada.
On Hyperbola, David Todd noted that Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin is not amused by a public spat between senior executives involved in the nation's space programme.