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

U.S. judge to question nearly 3-month detention of unnamed American ISIS suspect

A federal judge Monday is set to home in on a question left open by federal courts since the struggles over detentions of suspected al-Qaida members and other terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: how long can the government hold a U.S. citizen captured on the battlefield without letting him challenge his detention?
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Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

Firefighters kept a wall of flames from descending mountains into coastal neighborhoods after a huge and destructive Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history.
32 min 21 sec ago

Saudi Arabia says it will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it would allow cinemas to operate in the strictly conservative kingdom for the first time in decades, in the latest sign of a broader government push to relax social restrictions, provide popular entertainment for young Saudis and diversify the economy.
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AP: Rohingya women methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset. It was June, and the newlyweds were asleep in their home, surrounded by the fields of wheat they farmed in western Myanmar. Without warning, seven soldiers burst into the house and charged into their bedroom.
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Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said.
54 min 2 sec ago

QnA: Five minutes with John Cena

There isn’t much that can turn down the volume on a symphony of excited grade schoolers. On Wednesday, even Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden could only press pause on the giddiness as nearly 400 kids waited - at times patiently, at times not - for a very special story time.
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