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

Army to fire Navy missiles at next year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise

U.S. Army Pacific will fire a Naval Strike Missile from shore to destroy an old ship during next year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, the head of U.S. Pacific Command said Wednesday.
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Air Force showcases unmanned reconnaissance drone in Tokyo

The Air Force showed off one of its newest and most high-tech intelligence-gathering platforms this week in western Tokyo.
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Police make 2 more arrests over Manchester bombing

Police have arrested two more people and are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert.
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Taiwan holds war games simulating Chinese island attack

Taiwan's military has practiced repelling a simulated Chinese assault on an outlying island group as part of annual military drills addressing the threat from across the Taiwan Strait.
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Veteran to receive WWI Victory Medal, other awards in posthumous ceremony on Fort Bragg

Nearly 73 years after his death, the U.S. Army will award a World War I Victory Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart to a soldier who fought in two world wars, served as an American spy, was held prisoner three times and served as an unofficial rabbi in a prisoner of war camp while smuggling notes, money and medicine to his fellow troops inside.
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President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

Indonesia's president has ordered a thorough investigation of the network behind two suicide bombings that targeted police in the capital and killed three police officers.
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