Loading the GAU-8/A on the A-10

The A-10 Thunderbolt is known for its massive gun - the GAU-8/A Avenger cannon. A 30mm cannon that, with ammunition and feed system, weighs over 2 tons. Each 30mm round is close to 1 foot long and weights 1.5 pounds, and the 1,150 rounds are fired at a rate of 3,900 per minute.

As you might imagine, loading over 1,000 heavy rounds involves some heavy equipment and teamwork, and this video gives you an idea of what goes into rearming this massive weapon system. Read more »

A New F-35 Problem For This Week

According to a report released by DefenseNews.com it looks like the F-35 may be much more dangerous for some pilots than others. Read more »

So You Want to Be A Fighter Pilot?

Although I imagine a healthy majority of people who have ever been to an air show have dreamed of it, only a very small number of people ever realize the dream of being a fighter pilot. Here's why:

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Live-Fire Exercise on the Korean Peninsula

Last week the US and South Korean Army and Air Forces participated in a massive live-fire exercise in Pocheon, an area about 50 miles north of the South Korean capital of Seoul and about the same distance from the North Korean border.

The following video shows some of the forces involved in the exercise, and the amount of firepower on tap with these combined forces is both intense and impressive:
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Americans Receive Highest French Honor

France is awarding its highest honor, the Legion of Honor medal, to the three Americans and one Briton that subdued a heavily-armed passenger that was on their high-speed train that was heading from Amsterdam to Paris with 500 passengers. Read more »

Red Flag at Night

Red Flag is one the largest and most realistic aerial combat simulations that any pilot can fly in. It's held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and like a real war, a lot happens after the sun sets.

This incredible time-lapse footage, taken by Eric Bowen for the Aviationist, gives a beautiful look at some of those night operations.

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

Read more, so I can explain.

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Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by MilitaryTimes.com, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen. Read more »

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members. Read more »

F-35 Dogfight Debacle - What it Means and What it Doesn't

Back in January 2015 an F-35A was pitted against an F-16D in order to test the ability of the F-35 airframe to perform BFM - Basic Fighter Maneuvers - in a dynamic environment. Essentially, see how well the F-35 can turn, climb, dive, roll, and perform other maneuvers in order to shoot down enemy aircraft and avoid being shot down in return. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

US bars Syrian behind nominated film from attending Oscars

U.S. immigration authorities have decided to bar entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer whose harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," has been nominated for an Academy Award.
8 hours 54 min ago

University of Illinois veterans rally together to help local fire victims

University of Illinois veterans have organized a clothing drive for victims of a fire at a veterans' group home that killed one resident and displaced others.
10 hours 9 min ago

Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.
10 hours 37 min ago

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.
10 hours 42 min ago

Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump's comments violated their client's due-process rights and that the judge should dismiss charges accusing him of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
11 hours 2 min ago

Air Force wants F-35 jets to fight Islamic State

The Air Force wants to deploy the stealthy F-35A Joint Strike Fighter in the air campaign against the Islamic State, citing the increasingly complex operating environment over Syria, but it's not clear that it will be able to do so before the conflict is over.
12 hours 50 min ago