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USAF planning F-15 modernization–pilots say displays need more work

The USAF is modernizing its Boeing F-15 fleet–that includes both the C/D air superiority fighters and the multirole F-15E Strike Eagle. The USAF is adding active electronically scanned array radar, new electronic warfare systems, and adding a new display computer to the jets amongst a host of other upgrades. The modifications are probably the first […]

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First supersonic AIM-9X launch from an F-22 Raptor

At Edwards AFB, California, the F-22 combined test forcerecently conducted its first supersonic AIM-9X Sidewinder launch. Major RyanHowland flew that first test sortie on 30 July. Here is an excerpt from an earlier story I did that coversthe USAF’s efforts to upgrade the Raptor. The full story can found here.   In 2014, the USAF […]

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Boom time: night-time first for F-35

Lockheed Martin has released images showing the first night-time inflight refuelling sortie involving an F-35, with the milestone having been achieved on 22 March using conventional take-off and landing aircraft AF-4.   Flown from Edwards AFB in California by US Air Force test pilot Lt Col Peter Vitt, the Lightning II is shown alongside the Boeing […]

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MC-130J goes Commando

The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has changed the name of its new Lockheed Martin MC-130J from “Combat Shadow II” to “Commando II”, commander Lt Gen Eric Fiel has announced. “This name best reflects the multi-mission role of the aircraft and the units that will fly them,” he said during a 9 March […]

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#AFA10: Day 1 at AFA conference and tech expo

A few thousand blue-suited representatives of the world’s largest air force have gathered in a resort hotel on the Potomac River just southeast of Washington DC for the Air Force Association’s annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition.It is the best opportunity every year for industry and (not least!) reporters to connect with the […]

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Aww-kward! USAF gets victimized by photo-op, or Photoshop?

Call it a classic shot of E-ring schadenfreude or a clever joke perpetrated by computer. Either way, this painfully awkward portrait of the Joint Chiefs of Staff currently making the email rounds is hilarious. For one, there is the inexplicably posed distance between Gen Norton Schwartz and his fellow officers. But the best part is […]

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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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SU-30 vs F-22 fighter demo video

The USAF pilot in the videos posted below talks about an interesting YouTube clip that shows the F-22 and SU-30 air show demos side-by-side. I found it. (Hat tip: Bharat Rakshak)

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USAF pilot describes IAF Su-30MKI performance at Red Flag-08

An unnamed US Air Force officer, who is obviously a Nellis F-15 pilot, lectures an audience with incredible details about the Indian Air Force Su-30MKI performance at Red Flag 2008. Both videos were posted yesterday on YouTube by an anonymous contributor, who identifies himself only as an Australian (God bless ‘em!). If you have any […]

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USAF thinks 6th-gen fighters, ‘ground-based’ air dominance

Inside the Air Force (subscribers only) reports today from the Air Armament Summit in Florida: Air CombatCommand Director of Requirements Maj. Gen. Mark Matthews said sixth-generationplanes are on the service’s radar. “What ourfolks have already begun with are informal discussions [with] think tanks, withpeople in industry, about what their thoughts and their concepts are for […]

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