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A Nighthawk leak at the museum?

The Facebook page of the official US Air Force museum may have “committed news” this morning.  The National Museum of the US Air Force publishes a daily historical factoid. Today’s perhaps adds a new wrinkle to the official history of the Kosovo air war 12 years ago. See below: The shoot-down of one F-117 has […]

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VIDEO: F-117 is back — again

I stand corrected: The F-117 Nighthawk is not “new Elvis“. The difference is that Elvis is dead. But the F-117 is alive, despite its March 2008 retirement. Here’s more video of the F-117 flying over the Nellis ranges, with the videographer saying the date — July 27, 2010 — over the recording. (WARNING: Some language […]

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Screwed-up contract award or scoop of the decade?

This contract award awarded by the US Navy last January is so screwed up I don’t know where to start. If even half of it is true, it would reveal both an all-new fighter and the resurrection of the F-117 Nighthawk. My guess is we’re dealing with freakish typo issues here. See link for contract […]

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F-117 is the new Elvis

The US Air Force retired the F-117 in dramatic fashion in March 2008, ceremonially sending off the final four of the gawky stealth fighters to storage at the Tonopah Test Range, then releasing images of one poor airframe getting crushed into little pieces by a Caterpillar excavator. USAF message: See? No more F-117s here!But, like […]

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Ares blog identifies Kandahar UAV [Update]

Update 8:17: USAF Fact Sheet says the 30th RS was re-activated on September 1, 2005. Update 8:11pm: The USAF identifies the RQ-170 belonging to the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron. I have found an Associated Press story, dated March 22, 2006, that says the 30th squadron was established in August 2005. It’s not clear how long it […]

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VIDEO: F-117 pilot describes shootdown over Serbia

The article below will appear next week in Flight International magazine. Click on the video to hear Lt. Col. Dale Zelko describe the moment a Serbian missile shot down his F-117 stealth fighter.  USAF re-orients frustrated jamming strategy By Stephen Trimble/Washington DC The US Air Force has dramatically changed the focus of a frustrated, decade-long […]

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Scott O’Grady wouldn’t have been shot down if …

[Correction: Updating version with F-16, not F-117.]Maj Gen David Scott yesterday greatly added to the unclassified record of the F-117 F-16 shoot-down over Bosnia 14 years ago. Addressing the Association of Old Crows convention, Scott, air staff requirements director, says Capt O’Grady’s fighter was shot down because the USAF failed to install a piece of […]

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Spies, F-22s and the Paris Air Show

Making the Lockheed Martin F-22 appear at the Paris Air Show can’t be easy to pull-off. The show is a marketing opportunity. If the F-22 isn’t for sale, apparently even in the United States, why put it on display? So it’s not a huge surprise — although it is truly a pity — to read […]

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Must-see video on Skunk Works’ stealth

Great short video documentary here on stealth featuring Allan Brown, Lockheed Martin’s program manager and chief engineer for the F-117 stealth fighter.Some of you might remember the short video documentary I posted here a few months ago on Paul Bevilaqua, the Lockheed Martin engineer who invented the shaft-driven lift fan for the F-35B fighter.

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Report: Shrinking USAF fighter fleet gets even smaller? [Updated]

Big news this morning from InsideDefense.com. EXCLUSIVE: Air Force Plans Massive, Early F-15, F-16 Retirements to Save $3.4 Billion DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2008 — The Air Force is planningdramatic cuts to its fighter force in fiscal year 2010 in an attempt tofind $3.4 billion to bolster other combat aircraft, munitionsinventories, ISR and manpower efforts, InsideDefense.com […]

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