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Whatever happens, USAF is determined F-22 will fly on

Interesting what you find when you are looking for something else. Like what the US Air Force has in mind for the F-22, whether or not it gets more aircraft. Daniel Darnell, USAF deputy chief of staff air, space and information operations, plans and requirements, lays it out succinctly in recent testimony to Congress. Shutdown […]

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Raptors regroup as Eagles stage a comeback

On the eve of its annual winter get-together in Orlando, the US Air Force has finally cleared all of its much-grounded, much-inspected, much-speculated-about F-15s to return to flight. All bar the nine out of some 440 A- to D-model Eagles found to have the same longeron cracks that caused an F-15 to break up in […]

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Gloves come off in Pentagon battle over F-22 and F-35

It’s been a contentious week in the US fifth-generation fighter business, with the Department of Defense and US Air Force taking diametrically opposed positions on whether more F-22s are needed. The DoD has made clear it thinks 183 F-22s are enough (plus another 4 in the FY09 war supplemental). The USAF is adamant it needs […]

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Raptor watch – Lockheed’s F-22 fights for relevancy

Lockheed has posted this new video on youtube, entitled “F-22: Operational, Relevant, Revolutionary”. I don’t remember relevant as being one of the defining characteristics of a fifth-generation fighter, but maybe it needs to be. After all, US defence secretary Robert Gates did a pretty good job of damning the F-22 with faint praise last week […]

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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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F-15 vs F-22 – will Eagles win over Raptors?

Has US Air Force’s decision to keep its F-15A-Ds grounded even if they pass checks for fatigue cracks that could cause structural failure backfired? Air Force Times is reporting the Pentagon has directed the USAF to take funds it hoped to use to keep the F-22 production line open and spend them instead on repairing […]

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Eagles strike back – F-15Es return to flight

US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles have been cleared to fly, ending the grounding imposed following the 2 November crash of an F-15C caused by structural failure. The Es are the youngest Eagles, and there is no news yet on when the older A/Bs and C/Ds will be allowed back in the air. Presumably the […]

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How low can you go? – an occasional series

Just couldn’t resist posting this… F-22 takes off from Elmendorf, Alaska (USAF photo)

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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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