A-10 Spared Indefinitely - For Now

a-10 spared

It was predicted back in November by Air Combat Command commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle, but it wasn't official until the Air Force just recently - but for right now, the A-10 Warthog is safe from a premature retirement! Read more »

RQ-4 Drone Piloting Open to Enlisted Soliders!

Yesterday the USAF announced a new initiative to open up flying jobs to enlisted soldiers - starting with the RQ-4 Global Hawk Remote Piloted Vehicle (RPA). Read more »

F-16 vs F/A-18 - From a Pilot's Perspective

One of the questions that is pretty common among aviation enthusiasts is the old "which aircraft is better". There are some that are obvious - like the A-10's ability to perform Close Air Support and the F-22's unmatched air superiority - but for multirole fighters like the F/A-18 and the F-16 there's not necessarily a clear-cut winner. Read more »

The View From Inside an F-16C Demonstration

We've posted cockpit videos from fighters before, but something about this video - taken by "Solo Turk", from the Turkish F-1C Solo Demonstration Team - gives me a real sense of flying rather than just watching a video. Read more »

USAF Hits ISIS Hard in November

According to data released by the Air Force, last month USAF bombers, fighters, and drones reached a new peak in the air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Read more »

Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

women in combat

Starting in January, Defense Secretary Carter announced Thursday, all military jobs in all branches will be open and available to women. Carter said that his decision to open all jobs to women was shared by the secretaries of the Navy, Army and Air Force and the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Only one military leader, Gen. Joseph Dunford - then the Marine Corps Commandant, now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - recommended keeping some positions closed to women. Read more »

USAF Hiring Contractors for RPA Pilots

Faced with a shortage of personnel to fly and maintain its MQ-9 Reaper drones, the Air Force will be hiring outside contractors to take some of the workload off of the USAF pilots. Read more »

Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs. Read more »

Loading the GAU-8/A on the A-10

The A-10 Thunderbolt is known for its massive gun - the GAU-8/A Avenger cannon. A 30mm cannon that, with ammunition and feed system, weighs over 2 tons. Each 30mm round is close to 1 foot long and weights 1.5 pounds, and the 1,150 rounds are fired at a rate of 3,900 per minute.

As you might imagine, loading over 1,000 heavy rounds involves some heavy equipment and teamwork, and this video gives you an idea of what goes into rearming this massive weapon system. Read more »

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 »

Air Force News Wire

Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants

Pakistan's intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 "hardcore terrorists" from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for future attacks, a Pakistani official said Friday.
2 hours 5 min ago

'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.
2 hours 13 min ago

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
2 hours 26 min ago

Mikulski introduces military sexual assault legislation

Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Thursday the introduction of a bill that would give military sexual assault survivors more control of their health care, according to a news release from Mikulski's office.
5 hours 2 min ago

D-Day paratrooper returning to Normandy for those who never left

Ralph Ticcioni's first steps on French soil were soft and fragrant. Ticcioni arrived in France like thousands of other Americans — via parachute on D-Day. He sat in the back of a transport plane, weighed down with around 80 pounds of gear, his face darkened with charcoal, and waited for the light on the wall to turn yellow.
5 hours 19 min ago

Florida man admits threatening to attack mosques

A Florida man admitted Friday that he threatened to firebomb or shoot up two mosques in two anti-Islamic diatribes that he left on voicemail.
6 hours 13 min ago