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VIDEO: Cockpit, ramp tour of Boeing C-17 (tail#189) at Long Beach

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Schwartz: USAF needs to consider “light strike” fighter

US Air Force chief Gen Norton Schwartz appeared this morning at the Brookings Institute to address the USAF’s role in irregular warfare.During the question and answer period, I asked Schwartz if the USAF needs a different aircraft for the irregular warfare mission, and also if he could specifically address the manned turboprop class, such as […]

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New F-22 fender-bender nets $1 million repair bill

A Class A safety mishap is defined as any aircraft incident causing death, disabling injury or more than $1 million in damage. Get ready for a lot of Class As.Examiner.com’s military and civil aircraft blogger Dave Majumdar reports today that an F-22 bumped into a Canadian CF-18 on the runway at Tyndall AFB last week. […]

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PHOTO: Project Liberty’s first flight

US Air Force photo Hawker Beechcraft delivered the first brand new MC-12W Liberty aircraft to the US Air Force last week. The aircraft has been transferred to L-3 Communications facility in Waco, Texas, for further modifications. The USAF is buying a fleet of up to 37 MC-12W manned tuboprops. At the urging of Secretary of […]

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Schwartz & Donley: Why we advised Gates to kill F-22 production

US Air Force photo Michael Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, and Gen Norton Schwartz, chief of staff, have finally explained how the US Air Force advised Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to halt production of the F-22 after 189 aircraft (minus three losses).The duo published an op-ed today in The Washington Post. Here are […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Predator C makes first flight

At the end of my interview yesterday with Thomas Cassidy, president of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), I asked about what was happening with the Predator C, the jet-powered and reportedly stealthy successor to the Predator/Reaper family. “It flew last weekend,” he said. GA-ASI has been internally developing the Predator C since 2005,keeping its performance, […]

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Gates: US Air Force advised halting F-22 production at 187

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates dropped a few bombshells yesterday, but none bigger than in this exchange with Bloomberg reporter Tony Capaccio: GATES: The military advice that I got was that there is nomilitary requirement for numbers of F-22s beyond the 187.    Capaccio: What about the Air Force advice? They’ve been badgeringyou with all […]

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Infamous YouTube star Fornof re-appears in pro-F-22 article

We last heard from Col Terrence Fornof on YouTube in November, after he infamously assessed the foreign participants at Red Flag 2008.I just spotted Fornof again in a great article posted online today by The Atlantic. In the article, “The Last Ace”, Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden takes up the cause of preserving F-22 […]

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DefPro commentary: The collapse of American air power

Defpro.com, a wonderful networking site for defense industry types, has the most remarkable commentary today. The headline is phrased politely as a question, but the text is a stinging and informed argument against the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There have been many arguments against the multi-national jet — with few public rebuttals from its muzzled […]

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VIDEO: Murtha calls for “dual buy” on KC-X

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