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.
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous working environments in all of the military. The close quarters of aircraft, sailors, and equipment; the pitching and rolling flight deck; turning rotors and jet engines; and aircraft launching at recovering at a couple hundred miles an hour all make for an unforgiving workplace!
This makes the sailors who work day-in-and-day-out in this environment some of the best and watching the ballet that is flight operations on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is awesome! Check this out, from our sister site Navy.Army.com!
Peter Gordijn, a Dutch Apache helicopter pilot and author of the book "Wakker!" ("Awake!") takes us along for the ride during his final flight as an Apache pilot.
While we've seen quite a few low-level flights in fast jets, low-level has a different meaning to a helicopter pilot. For these guys, low-level means making groundhogs duck (do they have groundhogs in the Netherlands?) and looking up at bushes!
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.
The US military operates in a wide variety of locations across the world, and one of its most important assets is its ability to move men and material massive distances. One of the best tools for this is the enormous C-17 Globemaster - an aircraft which can carry over 130 soldiers, 36 litters for wounded soldiers, or a wide assortment of vehicles - including tanks, Humvees, and even helicopters!
The first F-35B delivered to the British Royal Air Force was joined by two USMC F-35Bs at the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically.
This was the F-35B's British debut, and it looks like things went quite well!
Every year SOCOM (Special Operations Command) puts on a display of badassery around their home at MacDill Air Force Base. This year was no different, as SOCOM staged a "hostage rescue" along with some other typical special operations missions in nearby Tampa, Florida.