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“AMERICAN SNIPER” CHRIS KYLE MURDERED AT A GUN RANGE IN TEXAS

This is absolutely horrible news. Chris’s book was fantastic. He is a national hero for his bravery and capabilities with a sniper rifle in foreign lands. Here is my review on Kris’s book “American Sniper” from last year. After retiring … Read the rest of this entry

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GO ASK ALIS!: THE F-35 IS ABOUT TO GO “FICTIONALLY OPERATIONAL” WOEFULLY UNPREPARED

The USMC is fielding its first “operational” squadron of F-35Bs at MCAS Yuma as I am writing this, although in reality the truth is very far from the headlines. Testing has not even reached the half-way point on the JSF … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED’S “VARIOUS” UCAV CONCEPT REMAINS INTRIGUING

A few years back Lockheed’s VARIOUS (VTOL Advanced Reconnaissance Insertion Organic Unmanned System) UCAV emerged with a whimper as an idea, and since then it seems that it has remained just that, an idea. Yet VARIOUS looks much more far-fetched … Read the rest of this entry

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P-8 ROLLS “SNAKE EYES” AT BOEING FIELD!

I am not really sure what the use of retarded dumb bombs (Mk. 82s with Mark 14 TRD Tail Retarding Device kits, otherwise known as the “Snake Eye,” in this picture) would be on a P-8, flat dumb bomb attack … Read the rest of this entry

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THE QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHY DON’T USMC F/A-18D(AW)s GET SENT TO THE BOAT?

Why don’t the Marines’ F/A-18D all-weather squadrons, otherwise known as VMFA(AW)s, deploy on aircraft carriers? America’s “legacy” F/A-18 Hornet fleet is tired and needs to be replaced. Many of the seagoing jets are “trapped out,” literally they have landed on … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 NEWS ROUNDUP!: June 19th, 2012

I think its time we all got caught up on what is and is not happening in the Joint Strike Fighter world. First off, lets start with something positive. The F-35 looks bad-ass in full burner at night, and with … Read the rest of this entry

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USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS CV-22 CRASHES IN FLORIDA

Yesterday marked the 2nd loss of a CV-22, the highly modified AFSOC variant of the infamous V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport. Luckily nobody was killed in the crash, although all five occupants were injured severely enough to be rushed to local … Read the rest of this entry

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BRITISH INVASION: THE HARRIER GR9s HAVE ARRIVED AT AMARG

                                            This is a special story for me because I wrote about it in one of the first posts … Read the rest of this entry

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A MUST READ: MARINE HERO MAJ. ERIC GRUNKE’S ACCOUNT OF SAVING A DOWNED F-15E PILOT’S LIFE IN LIBYA

This is a great first hand account of what a well trained dedicated Marine Aviator can do when things get hot. A case that proves the saying: It’s not the aircraft that wins the fight, it’s the man sitting in … Read the rest of this entry

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BREAKING NEWS: V-22 OSPREY GOES DOWN IN MOROCCO, 2 DEAD

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/11/us-usa-morocco-crash-idUSBRE83A16U20120411 I would seem most likely that the aircraft that was lost would have been a Marine MV-22 as the Marines were principally participating in exercise “African Lion” at the time of the incident, although USAF’s CV-22s have also been … Read the rest of this entry

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Osprey Gets By Buget Cuts Intact So Far…

Amazing the 9 lives of this program! http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/asd/2011/10/31/02.xml&headline=Marine Corps Continues To Support Ospreys

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MORE F-35B OPS DURING SHIP TRIALS

 

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THE F-35A/B HAVE WING CRACKING ISSUES

The smaller wing of the A and B model on the F-35 have cracking issues that showed up at only 2500 hours of simulated flight time. This aircraft has been hollowed out in order to allow the B mode to takeoff … Read the rest of this entry

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MARINE FIGHTER FORCE IS IN A PATHETIC STATE…

The Super Hornet seems like a no-brainer for the USMC. The F-35B was a bad idea to begin with. Block III Supers would give the USMC a good mix of capabilities at an affordable price in the near term. Having a … Read the rest of this entry

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Time To End Production Of The MV-22 Concentrate On Cost Effective Platforms And Heavy Lift

I have waited a long time to express my views on the V-22 program. I really cannot remember a more controversial defense program than this one. Now that we are at the verge of another multiyear production deal for the … Read the rest of this entry

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