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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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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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Ageing aircraft 1 – USAF clips Eagle’s wings

Things are beginning to look gloomy for the F-15. The US Air Force has so far found four [UPDATE - seven] Eagles with cracks in fuselage longerons and Air Combat Command has grounded all 442 of its F-15A to D models until further notice, even if they pass inspections intended to find the cracks. The […]

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You have control, General

I was just checking the Pentagon picture site. Imagine my surprise at finding this beautiful study of a US Air Force F-4E Phantom II as the lead photograph. It seems Gen Ronald Keys, retiring as commander of Air Combat Command, got to pilot the beast on the final flight of his 40-year career. And, yes, […]

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The week in aviation

In case you missed the week’s headlines, here’s a synopsis of the main events. Aviation record-setter Steve Fossett went missing on 2 September after taking off from Reno, Nevada in a Citabria. He was first to fly round the world in a balloon, in 2002; and first to fly solo round the world without stopping […]

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Holy acronyms, Batman!

In our never-ceasing search for silly acronyms, my colleague Steve Trimble has just turned up the US Air Force’s Battlefield Air Operations Kit – Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge (BAO/BATMAN) advanced technology demonstration. Surely you can do better than that… “It’s fun to stay at the Y-M…” (USAF photo via Craig Hoyle)

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Picture of the week

‘ ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, anyone?

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How little jets could go to war

The US Air Force clearly has not got the message that Very Light Jets are Very Bad Things, and threaten to Blacken The Skies, because it has dusted off its January 2006 request for information on potential capabilities and military uses of VLJs weighing no more than 10,000lb and costing less than $5 million. Plans […]

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