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Two theories for cause of fatal B-52 crash

An improper stabilizer trim setting caused a Boeing B-52 to crash into the ocean off Guam in July, killing six crewmembers as they practiced a flyby for the next day’s island parade.So why was the stab trim set to 4.5 – 5 degrees nose down?The USAF’s accident investigation board (AIB) has two theories. Either the […]

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EW makes a comeback — again

Six years after the airborne electronic attack system of systems (AEA SOS) concept really got started — and nearly three years after most of that grandiose strategy fell apart — electronic warfare (EW) is back on the drawing boards. The first draft of a new investment strategy based on a capabilities-based assessment now in progress […]

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EB-52 standoff jammer … it’s baack!

It’s not everyday you see a $14.98 million contract announcement by the US Air Force that discreetly launches a $3 billion to $4 billion, long-term development program. Check Monday’s list of US Department of Defense contract announcements, and scroll to the bottom of the page. “The Boeing Co., of Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a […]

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VIDEO: airborne electronic attack in action

Enjoy this high-quality video animation. The video portrays the US Air Force’s future airborne electronic attack strategy in action, even if the USAF’s leadership has abandoned most of the acquisition programs involved. The story goes like this: US solider spots approaching tank on terrain vaguely resembling Iran. He wants to call in an airstrike by […]

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Bomb’s (not quite yet) away!

Very big bombs — like the 10-ton Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) and the 15-ton Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) — are back in style after about a 60-year hiatus. Not since the days of Barnes Wallis and his famous Grand Slam have munitions makers been so focused on things that go boom, sans mushroom cloud. […]

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