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Red Flag 2019: First Great Power Air War Test In Years

Posted by James Kitfield on


How are Air Force pilots training for a war with Russia or China?

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Marine Airpower’s Future: Networking F-35s, V-22s, & MUX Drones

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Marine Corps’ top pilot sketched a vision of fast-paced and networked air operations, spearheaded by F-35 fighters, V-22 tiltrotors, and the future MUX drones, all linked to each other and the rest of the force by Link-16 and MADL. Marine F-35s have already practiced spotting targets for Marine artillery rockets and Navy… Keep reading →

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At Red Flag ‘It’s Tough To Be Legacy Aircraft In An LO World’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: “You get whacked a lot.” Those are the words of someone who should know, the leader of the aggressor squadron at Red Flag, the man who tries to kill U.S. forces. Lt. Col. Tyler Lewis, commander of the 57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, echoed comments we’ve heard before, that… Keep reading →

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Flight Ops Of 15 F-35As Suspended Due To Fuel Tank Problem

Posted by Colin Clark on


The US Air Force and Norway announced the temporary suspension of flight operations for 15 F-35As today because of “peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks.” The problem, caused by a supplier, was discovered during depot modification of an F-35A and affects a total of 57 aircraft, 42 of them still on the… Keep reading →

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Reach & Punch: RADM Manazir On The Future Of Naval Airpower

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The sea and the sky above it are becoming more dangerous for US forces. Even terrorist groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State have access to anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, let alone great powers like Russia and China. But the US Navy and Marines recognize this “anti-access/area denial” challenge and are reshaping their forces to… Keep reading →

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The Joint Strike Fighter Really Is Joint; Fire Caused $50M In Damage

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Here’s today’s news: the rotor failure that ripped apart an F-35A June 23 last year caused $50 million in damage to the aircraft, the Air Force’s Accident Investigation Board said today. Here’s the official version of what happened to the Air Force’s Joint Strike Fighter. “The engine failed when the third stage forward integral… Keep reading →

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