U.S. Air Force

America Is No Match for China's New Space Drones

<b>By Eugene K. Chow</b><p>In a major breakthrough, China has unveiled a formidable new high-altitude drone that could give its military a significant …

Drones

It looks like US F-22s and Russian Su-35s are locked in a last-minute intelligence grab over Syria

International news media has been crackling with reports of intercept incidents between U.S. and Russian combat aircraft along the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) de-confliction line over Syria since late November.<p>Two incidents, one on November 23 and another two days ago on December 13, made …

War

This Image Shows The Complexity Of The XB-70 Valkyrie mid-1960s Research Aircraft Compared To A Modern Upgraded B-1 Bomber

The composite photo gives a pretty good idea of how the cockpit of supersonic heavy bombers has evolved in about 50 years.<p>With a planned cruise speed …

Aerospace

Family sues retailer for sale of gun used in Texas church massacre

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The family of a woman and two children killed when a gunman opened fire in a rural Texas church has sued the store that sold the assault rifle used in the deadliest mass murder in the state’s history, lawyers said on Friday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Crosses are seen placed at a memorial …

Devin Kelley

Mattis warns of unsafe Russian military flights over Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning against dangerous flights by Russian fighter jets over what is considered a safe zone in Syria, questioning whether recent close calls were mistakes or deliberate.<p>Mattis tells Pentagon reporters that the U.S. and Russia are still using a …

War

Roundup: UN chief, Security Council members warn against military action on Korean Peninsula

Roundup: UN chief, Security Council members warn against military action on Korean Peninsula<p>A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet takes part in a joint …

North Korea

B-1 Bombers Attacked “Multiple Moving Maritime Targets” in Test of New Missile

The United States Navy has simultaneously test launched a pair of its new Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles [3] (LRASM) from a …

Military

Pentagon, Air Force Accelerate Laser-Guided Rockets

The Pentagon is fast-tracking new orders of laser-guided precision rockets needed to attack ISIS as US Coalition aircraft maintain an extremely high …

Military

That Massive Cross-Country USAF Airlift Exercise Was the Largest of Its Kind, Ever

The service's latest Joint Forcible Entry Exercise looked like a particularly impressive spectacle, because it was.<p>Marvin Krause—43 AG/PA<p>Earlier in …

Military

F-22 Would Destroy Russian & Chinese Fighters

With Russia and China deploying advanced new fighters and surface-to-air missiles (SAM), the task of gaining and maintaining air superiority over an …

Military

Name that airport ...

Here is this week's "name that airport" photo.<p>If you think you can identify the photo, submit your guess by clicking the comment link and typing your answer there. (<i>And apologies to our mobile readers who don't see a comment link; it's a known issue.</i>)<p><b>USA TODAY TRAVEL</b>: Quiz: Name that airport<p>Also, …

Military

Obituary: Roland J. Fortier, 73, Of Waterbury

"He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force."<p>WATERBURY - Roland J. Fortier, 73, formerly of Naugatuck, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 …

Hartford

Pratt snags $6.7B contract to maintain Air Force fighter jet engines

East Hartford jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney has secured a $6.7 billion contract to maintain F119 aircraft engines for U.S. Air Force fighter jets, …

Aerospace

The Real Life 'Star Wars'? The World Is Already Planning For Cosmic Combat

The prospect of war in space might seem farfetched at this point and a topic better suited for science fiction films like "Star Wars," but academics …

Michigan bill proposes nation's lowest PFAS limit in drinking water

LANSING, MI -- Michigan would have the toughest legal drinking water limit for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS in the nation under …

Michigan

NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — NASA on Friday successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft's ability to cope with a partial parachute failure.<p>The test used two of Orion's three main parachutes to simulate the …

Business

Russia's Su-35 vs. America's Stealth F-35: Who Wins?

While the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is slated to become the mainstay of the Pentagon’s tactical fighter fleet, not everyone nation on …

Military

This Barrier-Breaking Fighter Pilot is #trispo Personified

<i>Christina Hopper has piloted a nearly $19M war machine and raced in our sport’s most iconic event—and faced seemingly insurmountable challenges in</i> …

Military

US fighter jets 'head-butt' Russian jets in Syria, US official says

A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian attack jets in Syria, an area off-limits to Russian jets based on a long-standing mutual agreement, a U.S. defense official told Fox News on Thursday.<p>During the incident, both American F-22 jets fired flares after cutting across …

War

U.S. Military’s New Missile Can Kill Chinese and Russian Ships With Stealth, Precision

The U.S. military successfully tested a new long-range, ship-killing missile this week that could help protect against Russian and Chinese warships …

Military

America's F-35s, F/A-18s and F-15s are Getting New Bombs to Kill Enemy Armies

Raytheon has completed production of an initial batch of 250lbs Small Diameter Bomb IIs, which are set to become the Pentagon’s primary air-to-ground …

Military

Returning to Civilian Life Can Be a Collaborative Journey if You Know Where to Look

As a former captain in the U.S. Air Force supporting troops in combat and a practicing psychiatrist within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs …

Health Care

A-10s May Return to Afghanistan to Bolster Air Campaign

A-10 Thunderbolts could return to close-air support missions in Afghanistan as the wars in Iraq and Syria wind down and the Trump administration's …

Military

Five Years After Sandy Hook, The National Tragedy Still Stings

<i>Editor's Note: We don’t usually list the names of victims of mass shootings. We don’t identify all the dead when we report on disasters. We decided to here, because what happened at Sandy Hook shocked the American consciousness in a way it had never been shocked before.</i><p><i>The story you are about to</i> …

Gun Control

The F-35 will receive upgraded avionics to improve weapons delivery and targeting

• <b>The F-35 will receive upgraded avionics software to improve, among other things, weapons delivery and targeting.</b>• <b><br>The upgraded avionics are part of the newest version of the 3F software.</b>• <b><br>The new 3F software will give allow the F-35 to drop a Small Diameter Bomb, 500-pound JDAM (Joint Direct Attack</b> …

Military

US-backed Syria fighters kill 20-plus IS fighters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says American-supported Syria opposition fighters killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters in an area near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders.<p>A U.S. officer, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga, said the IS fighters had slipped through an area controlled by Syrian regime …

U.S. Politics

Apparent murder-suicide of Israelis in Texas

Authorities believe 42-year-old Yariv Kaplan, an Israeli living in Texas who was involved in a custody dispute over his 9-year-old daughter, shot her …

Crime

NASA Team Studying Hypoxia Put USAF Pilot-Physician In F/A-18

A USAF pilot-physician recently flew several F/A-18 sorties to help a NASA team better understand why U.S. Navy pilots are experiencing …

Aerospace

Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system

The Boeing Co. has been awarded a modified contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the space-based space surveillance Block 10 satellite.

Aerospace

eNCA | Students to pay inflation-linked university fee hikes in 2018

Universities SA says its members have had to draw up realistic budgets while the country waits for a pronouncement on the Fees Commission report.

News (South Africa)