USAF

Did USAF recon mission impersonate a Malaysian plane?

If it did happen, nobody is talking about it … not the US and not China — who may, in fact, be a little embarrasses over the incident. Air Force officials in the Pacific refused to confirm reports that a US aircraft disguised itself as…

US says it has tested a top secret sixth-gen fighter

Well well, America has kept a very big secret from us … a very big secret. According to Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, the US Air Force has “quietly built and flown a brand-new aircraft prototype”…

Boeing faces ethics review in lunar lander bid

Problems with the Boeing 737 MAX. Problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. And now … problems over a lunar lander bid? According to Aerospace Technology, the aviation manufacturing giant — its reputation already in tatters — has reportedly agreed to an independent ethics probe over…

USAF’s robotic dogs offer glimpse into next-gen warfare

It did everything a dog did, but it didn’t bark and it didn’t bite anyone. And it didn’t chase a stick, although, maybe it could. Reporters covering the event at Nellis Air Force base, said it looked like a scene from science fiction — but…

USAF eyes B-52s dropping sea mines to defend Taiwan

Bombers. Dropping mines. Lots of them. According to a US Air Force wing commander, that’s what a US intervention might involve, should China decide to invade Taiwan. The United States is obligated by law to assist in Taiwan’s defense. In crossing the Taiwan Strait, a…

‘Sci-fi awesome’ hypersonic bullet downs a cruise missile

Yes, it can be done. An incoming cruise missile can be shot out of the sky — from an Army M109 Paladin-based 155mm howitzer, no less. “Tanks shooting down cruise missiles is awesome,” Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology,…

The day an American B-52 dropped four nukes on Spain

On Jan. 17, 1966, a US B-52 Stratofortress bomber and a refueling plane collided during a refueling operation near the southern Spanish village of Palomares, killing seven of 11 crew members. At the time, the US was keeping nuclear-armed warplanes in the air near the…

Red alert: New USAF chief is pulling no punches

Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the first African-American to be appointed as Chief of Staff and the first African-American to lead any branch of the US Armed Forces, has come out swinging. America’s power is in decline, Russia and China are getting…

USAF takes aim at China and Russia with virtual training centre

USAF pilots may soon be battling Russia and China and engaging their best combat tactics — but thankfully, nobody will get hurt on these missions. With the great power competition heating up, the US Air Force is looking at a virtual solution that will save…

Collision avoidance system may have saved another pilot

A jet aircraft can outperform its pilot, and that’s what happened in 2016 when an Arizona Air National Guard pilot passed out after pulling too many Gs in an F-16. The aircraft was headed for the ground, like a missile — a bad situation. Normally,…

DARPA’s AlphaDogfight sim sees AI defeat F-16 pilot

US Air Force officials are saying, it wasn’t even close. In a historic test of man vs. machine, the artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems, swept a human F-16 pilot in a simulated dogfight 5-0 in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s AlphaDogfight Trials …

Meet ‘Mayhem,’ the USAF’s multi-role hypersonic weapon

It’s called “Mayhem” — and it intends to do just that on the battlefield. An air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of carrying multiple payloads, perform surveillance and reconnaissance and other intelligence functions, all in one nice modular package, Air Force Magazine reported. Larger than the AGM-183A…

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