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 »

Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year's presidential campaign. The FBI did not issue the statement requested by Priebus and has given no sign one is forthcoming.
6 hours 2 min ago

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border.
6 hours 34 min ago

Florida woman charged with using fake military ID to buy truck

Vanessa Tesky of Kissimmee faces charges of fraud, soliciting funds/misrepresenting military, grand theft, uttering forged instrument and obtaining a vehicle by false pretenses, said Michele Cash, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.
7 hours 18 min ago

Don't forget black soldiers in WWI centennial celebrations, says historian

More than 350,000 African-Americans served in the armed forces during the Great War, defending democracy and rights they were denied at home.
7 hours 23 min ago

Keesler Air Force Base sergeant pleads guilty, sentenced for crimes against child

Staff Sgt. James McGriff, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years of confinement, was demoted to E-1, airman basic, and received a dishonorable discharge.
7 hours 27 min ago

Maxwell Air Force Base's 'War Eagle' C-130 leaves combat legacy with newer model

An official transfer of heritage and retirement ceremony took place at Maxwell Air Force Base when the 908th Airlift Wing reserve unit transferred the heritage and "War Eagle" nose art from aircraft 85-0040 along with the memorabilia to the newer aircraft 91-9142.
8 hours 22 min ago