Harrier Low-Level Training (w/VIDEO!)

Harrier Low Level

The AV-8B Harrier was a pioneering aircraft for its time. Introduced in 1981, the Harrier was the first Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft in military service and will continue to be until it is replaced by the F-35B in the mid-2020s. Read more »

The Air Force's New Trainer Competition Is Looking Good!

Air Force T-38 Trainer

It looks like the competition for the Air Force's new training aircraft is heating up!

The T-X Program

Awesome! Peek Inside the 67th Special Operations Group

The 67th Special Operations Group MC-130J
Ever wondered what some of those Special Operations units, that fly a boring aircraft like the C-130 (or one of its derivatives), do day in and day out? Well here's a video for you and it looks like it's anything but boring! Read more »

The B-21 Finally Has An Official Name!

B-21 Raider
Announced back in February, the B-21 now has its official name, announced by the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James today.

And that name is... Read more »

Video: Auto-GCAS Saves Pilot, F-16

Auto-GCAS, or Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, is a pretty impressive bit of technology, and this dramatic video of an F-16 jet saving the life of its pilot is a great example of it in action.

First, the video:
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USAF Didn't Study A-10 Retirement Implications - GAO

An A-10 and its crew chief

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a fairly scathing report about the Air Force's plans to retire the A-10, accusing the USAF of incomplete research about the cost savings and tactical implications of retiring the aircraft.

Despite USAF IOC, F-35 Still Falls Short

F-35 flies in formation with F-16

Coming just a few days after the Air Force declared its F-35A cleared for limited operations, the Pentagon's top tester expressed doubt about the aircraft. Read more »

Awesome: R/C A-10 + Nerf Gun - Video!

On a list of awesome hobbies, remote control (or R/C) aircraft are pretty high up there. Combining an R/C A-10 with a Nerf gun and a small video camera has got to put this over the top, though. Read more »

F-35A Declared Operational

Yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Air Force declared the F-35A had reached IOC - initial operational capability. This means that the Air Force can now send the Air Force's first F-35 squadron, the 34th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, into combat operations anywhere in the world. Read more »

Video: First Firing of F-35 Gun Pod

F-35 with gun pod

Bad news about the F-35's combat capabilities, development, and its cost is nothing new. We've already reported on several bumps in the road for the fighter, including its dogfight with an F-16, potentially dangerous ejection seat, limited arsenal, and more!.

However, it's not all bad news - the F-35's stealthy external gun pod, which will be carried on the Marine Corp's F-35B and the Navy's F-35C, has finally been tested! Read more »

Air Force News Wire

WWII prisoner donates 48-star flag, with 'incredible' story behind it, to NC museum

The flag – presented to the family by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood – has survived fire, war and time itself. And now, it will be forever preserved. "It's not just a U.S. flag...," said Jim Bartlinski, director of the museum. "The story behind it is incredible."
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Japanese-American veteran proudly served in US Army during WWII

Although there was an internment camp in Colorado Henry Sakaguchi and his family were able to stay on their farm. Then, in 1943, at the age of 22 and despite the nation's mistrust of Japanese-Americans, Sakaguchi joined the U.S. Army. "I felt patriotism and also I wanted to prove my loyalty to America because America didn't believe that we were loyal citizens," he said.
1 hour 3 min ago

EU and Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is embarking on a Balkans tour Sunday to promote the EU's new eastward expansion strategy. Russia wants to discourage the Western Balkan countries from joining NATO and the EU.
1 hour 58 min ago

Vets clean up Army base in Germany

Veterans, soldiers and families braved the cold weather to better their community when VFW Post 10692 organized a group cleanup effort on base Saturday.
4 hours 9 min ago

Midshipmen hit the boxing ring for annual US Naval Academy fight night

Boxers talk about fighting against fellow midshipmen during the U.S. Naval Academy Brigade Boxing Championships.
4 hours 55 min ago

Airstrikes on suburbs of Syrian capital claim more lives

Syrian opposition activists are reporting a new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus, leaving three people dead and more than a dozen wounded.
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