A New F-35 Problem For This Week

According to a report released by DefenseNews.com it looks like the F-35 may be much more dangerous for some pilots than others. Read more »

So You Want to Be A Fighter Pilot?

Although I imagine a healthy majority of people who have ever been to an air show have dreamed of it, only a very small number of people ever realize the dream of being a fighter pilot. Here's why:

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Live-Fire Exercise on the Korean Peninsula

Last week the US and South Korean Army and Air Forces participated in a massive live-fire exercise in Pocheon, an area about 50 miles north of the South Korean capital of Seoul and about the same distance from the North Korean border.

The following video shows some of the forces involved in the exercise, and the amount of firepower on tap with these combined forces is both intense and impressive:
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Americans Receive Highest French Honor

France is awarding its highest honor, the Legion of Honor medal, to the three Americans and one Briton that subdued a heavily-armed passenger that was on their high-speed train that was heading from Amsterdam to Paris with 500 passengers. Read more »

Red Flag at Night

Red Flag is one the largest and most realistic aerial combat simulations that any pilot can fly in. It's held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and like a real war, a lot happens after the sun sets.

This incredible time-lapse footage, taken by Eric Bowen for the Aviationist, gives a beautiful look at some of those night operations.

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

Read more, so I can explain.

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Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen. Read more »

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members. Read more »

F-35 Dogfight Debacle - What it Means and What it Doesn't

Back in January 2015 an F-35A was pitted against an F-16D in order to test the ability of the F-35 airframe to perform BFM - Basic Fighter Maneuvers - in a dynamic environment. Essentially, see how well the F-35 can turn, climb, dive, roll, and perform other maneuvers in order to shoot down enemy aircraft and avoid being shot down in return. Read more »

USAF Needs Drone Pilots

If you're interested in getting some pilot training through the US Air Force, now may be the perfect time to try, as the service expects to have a large need for drone pilots in the coming years. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

US, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached a contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. Now each country must sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers.
10 hours 21 min ago

Coast Guard: Missing ship sank, 1 body found, search goes on

The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. container ship with 33 people aboard helplessly — and tragically — adrift in the path of the powerful storm, the vessel's owners say.
11 hours 24 min ago

Statement from the Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

I want to congratulate Ambassador Michael Froman and the U.S. negotiating team for reaching a historic trade agreement with the 11 other Asia-Pacific nations that make up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).American military strength rests on the foundation of a vibrant economy. TPP will bolster strong economic growth by boosting exports and
16 hours 58 min ago

Contracts For October 5, 2015

CONTRACTS NAVY Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $91,735,291 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-15-C-5319 for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 program engineering, manufacturing and development.  SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental
17 hours 5 min ago

US, NATO to review force posture after Russian jet incursion in Turkey

Turkey on Monday accused Moscow of violating its airspace when a Russian fighter briefly crossed over the Syrian border, prompting Turkey to scramble two F-16s and NATO to hold emergency talks on possible courses of action.
17 hours 57 min ago

Carter: Russia ‘pouring gasoline on the fire’ by backing Syrian regime

Russian and U.S. and coalition aircraft have continued their separate bombing campaigns over Syria in recent days, escalating the risk that miscommunication could lead to unintended collisions.
19 hours 51 min ago