USAF Aircraft Aging: F-15, F-16 and A-10 Must Carry On

F-15E, A-10, F-16, and F-15C in formation

We've talked about the Air Force's looming financial difficulties before, but it looks like the USAF's aircraft fleet may get quite a bit older as well as smaller in the coming years.

Video: RAF F-35B in 4K

F-35 JSF

The first F-35B delivered to the British Royal Air Force was joined by two USMC F-35Bs at the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically.

Forget Pilot Videos - Here's One By Crew Chiefs!

A-10 Crew Chief

Hawg Smoke - a competition between 13 A-10 teams at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona - took place this year from June 2-4, and this video gives a little bit of "behind-the-scenes" action from the perspective of the crew chief getting an A-10 ready for a flight. Read more »

USAF Can't Afford Aircraft in 5 Years

According to a recently released report by the Pentagon, the Air Force's budget problems are made clear. According to the Annual Aviation and Inventory Funding Plan for fiscal years 2017-2046, the USAF runs out of money to support it's fighter fleet in 2021 - just five years from now. Read more »

F-35 Flies With Thunderbirds

F-35 and Thunderbird's F-16 in formation

A neat picture of the F-35 keeping up with the Thunderbird's F-16 in a relatively low-speed formation was posted a few days ago on the Thunderbird's Facebook page, and now we have video of this awesome formation!

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New Class of F-16 Grads at Holloman, AFB

A new class of F-16 pilots has just graduated from the 311th Fighter Squadron “Sidewinders”, and what would a graduating class be without a cool video, so:

Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring. Read more »

Some Good F-35 News, For Once!

F-35 In Flight

It looks like the F-35 program finally has some good budget-related news to pass along. Or, at least 1/3 of the F-35 program does! Read more »

USAF Short 500 Pilots

US Air Force pilots

If you want to be a fighter pilot, there's no time like the present, since the US Air Force is currently about 500 pilots short of what they need, and deficit is expected to grow to about 800 pilots short by 2022, according to a DefenseNews.com article. Read more »

F-35 Not Ready Before 2022 According to DOT&E

F-35 Conducting Air-to-Ground Weapons Testing

POGO, or the Project On Government Oversight, has released an in-depth summary of a report by the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) on the F-35 program, and although the DOT&E report is full of technical language, the overall summary is bad news for the F-35. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

9/11 families at Guantanamo: Enough about the torture

Survivors of people killed on 9/11 present at pretrial proceedings criticized the current focus on the torture inflected upon the men accused of facilitating the attack.
35 min 54 sec ago

Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy, wounds 5

Boko Haram Islamic extremists ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, wounding three civilians including a U.N. worker, and two soldiers, the army and UNICEF said.
53 min 55 sec ago

Army investigating Manning after suicide attempt

According to the ACLU, Manning, imprisoned for sending classified information, now faces possible additional punishment for attempting suicide earlier this month.
1 hour 17 min ago

New DOD investigative unit to focus on sexual assault-related reprisals

A new unit in the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General will focus solely on complaints of retaliation against military members who report sexual assault, highlighting a commitment to end the double victimization of victims.
2 hours 23 min ago

Investigation: Japan knifing suspect attacked methodically

The former employee accused of killing 19 disabled people and injuring others at a care home in Japan moved briskly and methodically inside buildings and rooms he knew, finishing the deadliest mass attack in postwar Japan in less than one hour, officials said Thursday.
2 hours 36 min ago

US Coast Guard's Buffalo sector getting a new commander

Capt. Joseph DuFresne takes over command of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Buffalo from Capt. Brian Roche, who is retiring after 36 years in the Coast Guard.
2 hours 40 min ago