LRS-B Image Emerges: Meet the B-21

B-21 is the LRS-B

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James unveiled the first renderings of the Air Force's LRS-B, which will be known as the B-21, at the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium.

There are no prototypes of this bomber built yet, but the above artist rendering is based upon the initial design concept. Read more »

Fiscal 2017 Budget Proposal Has Some Big Changes for the USAF

Air Force Fiscal Year 2017 Force Structure

The Air Force is seeking $166.9 billion in the 2017 Defense Department budget proposal, and even though that is up $5.1 billion from 2016, the USAF had to make some tough choices about aircraft modernization and acquisition for this coming fiscal year.

USAF Personnel to Remain Constant

New F-22 B-Course Graduates


A new F-22 Raptor B-Course graduated a few months ago. Coincidentily, they just happened to complete their 8-month-long course right when Jurassic World came out.

This, of course, led what may be one of the best graduation course videos yet, with a little extra dose of raptor inspiration from the original Jurassic Park. Check out the video above!

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 »

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