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Valor Friday

| February 9, 2024 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

In any air force, in any war, there is always a special cadre of “aces.” An ace is a pilot (almost always a fighter pilot) who has scored at least five kills, that is to say a pilot that’s shot down five enemy aircraft. Within the category of aces, there are several sub-categories. During World […]

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Retired Airmen invited to return to active duty

| February 8, 2024 | 82 Comments
Retired Airmen invited to return to active duty

The Air Force is leveraging a solution it hopes will help it fill its manpower needs. They are looking to fill up to 1,000 enlisted and mid-career commissioned positions. Should they apply and get accepted, they could look at four to six months before they are back on active service. They will serve no more […]

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Valor Friday

| January 26, 2024 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

I was recently reading an article about the much admired A-1 Skyraider. The single-engine light bomber and attack aircraft was designed and first flown during World War II. Coming too late to see service during that war, the aircraft is emblematic of the rapid advancements made in aviation during the period. A Skyraider is capable […]

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Thursday updates

| January 25, 2024 | 29 Comments
Thursday updates

Let’s talk about electric cars a little. Me, I like ’em in theory. No exhaust, low maintenance, in theory they can be wonderful. Except… “If somebody looked at me and said, Mr. Semel, you are going to love this car but in about 7,000 miles you will have to pay 1,400 or 1,500 dollars to […]

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Expensive FOD

| January 23, 2024 | 49 Comments
Expensive FOD

According to the Air Force Times,  mechanics working on an F-35 last year misplaced a flashlight while working on an engine. The item — a handheld flashlight — was sucked into the engine’s air intake during a maintenance ground run on the night of March 15, Air & Space Forces Magazine first reported. The aircraft […]

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American Air Force team allegedly assisted Israel with targets

| January 16, 2024 | 12 Comments
American Air Force team allegedly assisted Israel with targets

The US was reported to have flown surveillance drones over Gaza as an effort to assist Israel with hostage recovery. However, a Freedom of Information Act request revealed the possibility that a US Air Force team also assisted the Israelis with targets. The deployment guidelines provided to Air Force intelligence teams caught Lawrence Cline’s attention. […]

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Wednesday Service shorts

| December 27, 2023 | 75 Comments
Wednesday Service shorts

Been an interesting day for snippets of info from various services.  Let’s open up with the Navy: Yemen’s Houthis unleashed a new onslaught of anti-ship and land attack weaponry today around the southern end of the Red Sea. U.S. Central Command says the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Laboon (DDG-58) and F/A-18 Super Hornets from […]

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USAF to court martial another general for sex assault

| December 20, 2023 | 48 Comments
USAF to court martial another general for sex assault

The Air Force is, for the second time in three years, sending a general officer to a court martial. This time it’s Major General Phillip Stewart. He’s going up on a long list of charges, even one of which would be considered career ending if not worthy of Leavenworth. Sounds like the general was living […]

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