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TOTAL CRAP: THE F-35 “NEWS BROCHURE” ON 60 MINUTES

What the hell has happened to 60 Minutes? The name of the story was “Is The F-35 Worth It,” yet I really heard no debate in regards to that question whatsoever. What I did hear and see was an ill-informed reporter getting a look into the military’s … Read the rest of this entry

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THE LATEST FROM “NUTS,” ATAC’S FIGHTER FLYING PHOTOG

                                                                                … Read the rest of this entry

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RIDE ALONG WITH VFA-137 “KESTRELS!”

A huge thanks to NAVAIR squadrons for pushing out these Go-Pro videos. The Navy is getting one hell of a recruitment tool by allowing crews to tap their audio-visual creativity to show the world the awesome stuff they do in … Read the rest of this entry

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CONCURRENCY HELL: DoD TESTING CHIEF SEES PROBLEMS WITH STARTING F-35 OPERATIONAL TESTING TOO EARLY

I love it how the big shots who make a paycheck from this program, or have hung their professional careers on it, see the guy’s dissenting opinion who is supposed to watchdog operational testing for the Pentagon as “not a … Read the rest of this entry

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SOON TO BE TELL-ALL AUTHOR AND FORMER SEAL TEAM SIX CHIEF IDENTIFIED

The SEAL Team Six operator who was a team leader and one of the first SEAL’s through that third floor bedroom door on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden has co-penned the upcoming tell-all book “No Easy Day” has … Read the rest of this entry

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TYLER’S 10 THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF DRONE WARFARE

1.) Drones will grow up to become droids- That’s right, autonomy is not only on the way, in many ways it exists today. Over the last decade or two, drones have been like infant children, requiring hand holding and constant … 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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F-35 SCRAP RATE 16%: WHY ON EARTH HAVE WE BOUGHT ALMOST 100 JETS THAT ARE BEING PRODUCED FULL OF FLAWS AND UNVALIDATED SYSTEMS?

PLEASE SEE UPDATED COMMENTARY ON USMC STANDING UP “OPERATION SQUADRON” AFTER READING THE PIECE BELOW: http://aviationintel.com/2012/11/19/go-ask-alis-the-f-35-is-about-to-go-fictionally-operational-woefully-unprepared/ http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/08/lockheed-fighter-idINL1E8H8GO520120608 The F-35 has a scrap/rework rate of 16%, much higher than any other aircraft during this time in it’s procurement. I have said … Read the rest of this entry

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US NAVY LOSES GLOBAL HAWK BAMS-D TESTBED ON THE SAME WEEK NORTHROP-GRUMMAN PLANS TO UNVEIL IT’S PRODUCTION CONFIGURATION MQ-4C

Not the best news for the good men and women over at Northrop Grumman. The Global Hawk program has been through a tumultuous 2012 so far with the USAF opting to hangar it’s fleet of Block 30 Global Hawks, instead … Read the rest of this entry

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EXCLUSIVE: NAVAIR’S F-5N FLEET GROUNDED DUE TO EXTENSIVE WING CRACKING?

I just got a good tip on this, I am in the process of finding out more. The Navy’s fleet of ex-Swiss F-5Es, now referred to as F-5Ns for NAVAIR’s use, apparently has been totally grounded after wing cracks were … Read the rest of this entry

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MIRACLE AT VIRGINIA BEACH?: F/A-18 HORNET CRASH PUTS EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVE

Major news outlets have been all over the seemingly horrific crash of a VFA-106 F/A-18D that was departing NAS Oceana when the event occurred. There is good reason as to why this is a major news story. We are bombarded … Read the rest of this entry

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BILL SWEETMAN DECODES THE LATEST F-35 SELECTIVE AQUISITION REPORT, A MUST READ!

I can imagine that going through this report and pulling out the nuggets of key information was in no a way an easy task, so a big thanks to the Aviation Week team, led by Mr. Sweetman, for doing it. … Read the rest of this entry

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HOW LOCKHEED CAN TURN AROUND THE PUBLIC’S PERCEPTION OF THE F-35 PROGRAM

Lockheed has done a good job at publicizing a program that is not in a good place to be publicized. Yet Lockheed’s big push to get the positives about the program out in the media is usually based on the … Read the rest of this entry

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CASE CLOSED: AMERICA WILL CONTINUE IT’S 11 AIRCRAFT CARRIER STRATEGY

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57363407/u.s-to-keep-11-aircraft-carriers/ It has been a fantastic week for Naval Aviation. A year ago it seemed like the writing was on the wall for the Navy’s eleven aircraft carrier strategy. At the time, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was making speeches … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35C CANNOT LAND ON A CARRIER

Even for a program as pathetically ran as the Joint Strike Fighter this news is stunning. In a damning article posted over at www.F-16.net (your one stop shop for all information related to the Viper by the way) it would … Read the rest of this entry

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