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!

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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 »

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.

Air Force News Wire

Politics, performance issues are on host Jimmy Kimmel’s mind

Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show isn’t taping today, but Kimmel’s working. He’s always working. Right now he’s wearing his standard uniform when he’s not on the air - shorts, a Dickies work shirt and black socks.
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For Kim Jong Nam, a sad ending to a lonely life

Kim Jong Nam led a life of loneliness and fear and seclusion, rejected by his father, orphaned by his mother, stuck in a shadowy exile where he had to constantly worry about spies and secret agents and reporters.
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Suspect in Kim Jong Nam attack says she got $90 for a prank

The Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother said she was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank, an Indonesian official said Saturday.
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Army's last pathfinder company deactivates in Fort Bragg ceremony

One-by-one, the soldiers broke formation in the hangar at Simmons Army Airfield until the Army's last pathfinder company was no more — leaving an empty space on the hangar floor.
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It's ISIS, not ISIL, the Pentagon informs staff in new memo

The Pentagon has instructed defense officials to use the acronym ISIS, not ISIL, when referring to the Islamic State, abandoning the convention of the Obama administration and embracing the term preferred by President Donald Trump.
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Afghan official: Islamic State militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

An Afghan official said that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.
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