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The truth about that “supercruising” F-16 for India

Indian newspapers are full of stories (like this one) that Lockheed will offer India an advanced version of the F-16 with supercruise capability. That’s the ability to cruise supersonically without reheat and it is a key feature of the stealthy F-22. Well the stories are not quite correct. Here’s what happened. Lockheed was briefing a […]

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Is the F-15 grounding really the USAF’s fault?

As the F-15 grounding has dragged on I have become increasingly concerned the US Air Force was going beyond the prudent demands of safety to make a very public and political point that its fighter fleet is getting old. Even before an Eagle broke apart in flight on 2 November USAF leaders were lobbying hard […]

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Texas has an air force – and it sure is purty

This Texas Air National Guard F-16C has been painted to celebrate the 111th Fighter Squadron’s 90th anniversary. Besides looking cool, the colours and markings reflect the unit’s history since it was formed on 14 August 1917 as the 111th Aero Squadron. I can identify the blue and yellow worn by pre-war trainers such as the […]

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High-tech satcom keeps Israeli F-16Is connected

Not where you would expect to see it. but Israel’s Elta brought its EL/K-1981 satellite communications system to the US Army show in Washington DC this week. This is the satcom fitted to Israeli F-16I Sufas, to provide wideband beyond line-of-sight communications. Now where would that have come in useful recently, I wonder? Satcom antenna […]

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Fighters “R” Us books a few billions

$7.6 billion in fighter contracts is not bad for a week’s work – and it’s only Wednesday. Over the last few days, Lockheed Martin has received $5 billion to produce 60 F-22s, $2.44 billion to begin work on 12 F-35s and a mere $187 million to start producing 30 more F-16s for Turkey. Three contracts. […]

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NASA to fly F-16XL again?

Fingers firmly crossed, but it looks like NASA will put the unique and beautiful F-16XL back in the air to support supersonic sonic-boom research. The cranked-arrow wing fighter last flew at NASA Dryden 10 years ago, but both aircraft – the only F-16XLs built – have since been kept in flyable storage. Taxi tests could […]

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Vipers, always

So the US has retired its last operational F-16A, the first version of the Electric Jet, just shy of 30 years after it entered service and just as Lockheed Martin is about to sign a contract for the first two production F-35As – the aircraft that is to replace the F-16 in US Air Force […]

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Picture this

Now that Uncle Roger has hung up his flying helmet, and Straight & Level is in for a respar, who is going to provide us with whacky pictures and witty captions? Global warming? What global warming? (Simulated attack provides a backdrop for Thunderbirds F-16s – USAF photo)

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