Military

Marines Get Ready For F-35 Ops At Yuma

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing to begin operations for the first operational F-35 Lightning II squadron next month at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., and officials are optimistic for a mid-month standup despite some challenges ahead. Key to starting up squadron operations will be a small but growing cadre of maintainers, pilots and aircraft, says Col. [...]

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U.S., ROK Showcase Skills During 2012 Air Power Day

Oct 23, 2012 No Comments

Osan Air Base hosted 65,000 visitors to reinforce the enduring partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea during an Air Power Day celebration held Oct. 20 and 21. More than 22 Pacific Air Forces aircraft were on display while the ROK’s premiere demonstration team, the Black Eagles, took to the skies to demonstrate their [...]

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Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Re-Experienced

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments

The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum — located in Titusville, Fla., and neighboring the Kennedy Space Center — continues to revamp, expand and please. Along with the new hangar there is much more to enjoy. The Grumman F4F Wildcat, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, is now in main entry lobby which is a vast improvement, I think, [...]

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Memorial Dedicated to USAF Pilots Killed in ’52 Air Show

Oct 21, 2012 No Comments

R. Mark Danell was 5 years old when his father’s airplane and that of another pilot collided over Westfield, Mass., farmland during a military air show in 1952. On Saturday he and the other airman’s son unveiled a memorial to their fathers on the crash site. A monument crafted of granite in the shape of an airplane wing [...]

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Russian Aerobatics Team Boss Fired

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

The commander of Russia’s famed Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatics team, Lt. Col. Valery Morozov, has been fired from the air force for taking bribes, a source at the Kubinka Air Show Center said on Thursday. “Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov signed an order discharging Morozov on October 12” for “failure to comply with his contract,” the [...]

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Spec Ops Command Seeks 300 Pilots for Night Stalkers

Oct 19, 2012 No Comments

Calling all U.S. Army aviators: Now is the time to go spec ops. Army Special Operations Aviation Command is seeking helicopter pilots and aviation officers to fill critical slots in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), better known as the Night Stalkers, and to keep up with the overall high demand for Army pilots. [...]

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Crash Drives USAF to Restart CV-22 Pilot Formation Training

Oct 18, 2012 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force plans to reinstate substantial formation flight training for Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey pilots that it eliminated four years ago, AOL Defense learned yesterday. Reinstatement of the training four years after the service ended it is an implicit admission, V-22 aviators said, that better training might have prevented the June 13 crash of [...]

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F-35 Makes Its Mark in Marine Corps, Air Force

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments

The engines roared overhead as a Lockheed Martin F-35B fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for U.S. test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane. The F-35, which features three variants to be used by the Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, [...]

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