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THE USS TRIPOLI: THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP TURNED BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCH AND TRACKING PLATFORM

The USS Tripoli was first commissioned in 1966 and proudly served as an integral member of America’s “Gator Navy” for three decades. Amongst her many accomplishments were three tours off the coast of Vietnam, acting as a test carrier for the Marine’s new (at … Read the rest of this entry

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NEED AN INTERIM UAV SOLUTION FOR AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIERS? TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK AT THE MOTHBALLED S-3 VIKING…

                  There has been some buzz in the defense community that the US Navy should field an “interim” unmanned aircraft to deploy off of its flattops between the time that the X-47B … Read the rest of this entry

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JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH: THE LEGENDARY F-111 “AARDVARK”

Imagine what type of speed, range, and combat capability this machine could pack today if the airframe was rebuilt with modern avionics, including a huge AESA radar array, side-by-side glass cockpit, modern lightweight construction techniques, and a pair of the … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: August 2nd, 2012

LOCKMART LOOKS TOWARD ITS EMPLOYEES TO CUT BALLOONING F-35 COSTS This is not only a good idea, it is a proven one. About a half decade or so ago the Joint Strike Fighter, namely the F-35B, was so over weight … 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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UNMANNED A-10 WARHOG TO BE TESTED WITH NEW JTAC INTERFACE

With the recent budgetary purging of the USAF’s A-10 Warthog fleet, it is great news to hear that at least a small amount of the abundance of hardy A-10 airframes that are about to hit the bone yard will be … Read the rest of this entry

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US TO WORK CLOSELY WITH UK ON CARRIER DESIGN, DEPLOYMENTS, AND…?

http://defense.aol.com/2012/01/06/us-and-uk-to-work-together-on-carrier-design-deployments/ I think this is a great idea, lending American expertise to the British, and visa-verse is a win-win for all involved. America may even be surprised by learning some new shipbuilding and design tricks in the process. Old habits … Read the rest of this entry

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DRAKENS!

What a striking design this was. Amazing it was designed in the 1950s. http://youtu.be/0vbkBgpyv_M http://youtu.be/knXhXi1uni0 Some cool footage of them doing cobra maneuvers here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqiDEcfSnXs&feature=youtu.be

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