#The Us Air Force

Tu-160 Blackjack Vs B-1 Lancer: Copy or Not?

Sure enough, the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack and the Rockwell International B-1 Lancer look quite similar at first glance. Sure enough, the Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) and the Rockwell International B-1 look quite similar at first glance. Much has been said about the apparent Soviet custom of copying Western designs; this postulate is rooted in a firm conviction that Russia cannot produce anything worthwhile. However, as explained by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov in their book Tupolev Tu-160, Soviet Strike Force Spearhead, it is no surprise that the engineers developing both aircraft chose the cost same general arrangement, aerodynamic features and internal layout more than 20 years ago. Ideas are borne on the wind, as a Russian saying goes; and indeed, faced with similar general requirements and given basically the same levels of aviation science and technology, the two nations were bound to come up with similar results. However, a closer look at the two bombers reveals that the Tu-160 and the B-1 are not so similar after all.
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The secret life of SR-71 #955: the first Blackbird to use the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System to photograph Soviet Submarines

SR-71 #955 was a test bird destined to spend her flying career in the US, primarily in Southern California. But this Blackbird had a secret life. Like all SR-71 Blackbird spy planes with tail numbers below 958, #955 was never used for any operational missions. According to in fact, the first 6 SR-71As were retained by the US Air Force (USAF) and Lockheed (3 each) as flight test aircraft, where new systems and configurations would be tested before being applied to the rest of the fleet. The next two aircraft produced (#956 and #957) were both SR-71B trainers, and were never flown outside of the US.
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Boeing has launched a high-level probe after empty bottles of Tequila were found inside the top-secret new Air Force One jet being built at the company’s Texas plant.

Boeing is currently building a pair of customized Boeing 747-200Bs in Texas that are scheduled to become the next Air Force One jets in 2025. According to a news report by The Wall Street Journal, two empty mini tequila bottles were found on the fuselage of one of the future Air Force One jets. Alcohol bottles near the assembly area of an aircraft is a red flag, but we are talking about the Air Force One, which makes it extremely worrisome. It goes without saying that the Air Force One jet that flies the President of the US is one of the most sophisticated and secretive aircraft in the world. All the Boeing employees working on the pair of jets have security clearance from the secret service due to the sensitive nature of the project.
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On Its Birthday, The Air Force Needs To Fight For What It Deserves

On Sept. 17th, the Air Force celebrated its birthday with pomp, circumstance and cake. Behind the celebration, however, there are dangerous trends seen within the service, including a number of key platforms that are aging out and major expenses about to hit. David Deptula, the dean of the Mitchell Institute, says the service needs to stop being polite and start getting real if it is to function as it needs to. As the Air Force Association’s annual conference kicks off this week, Deptula lays out what he wants to hear from top leaders.

Meet the LMXT: Lockheed Martin’s proposal for America’s Next Strategic Tanker (based on Airbus A330 MRTT)

The LMXT, the new Lockheed Martin strategic tanker, builds on the combat-proven design of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). Offered in response to the US Air Force’s KC-Y Program, the LMXT complements the US Air Force’s tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueler to meet America’s immediate and long-term mission requirements.

China Finds ‘Weakness’ in New US Combat Drone

Chinese aviation engineers have reportedly found a flaw in the United States’ new Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie combat drone, asserting that the experimental system may not be effective in combat. Citing Chinese publication Aircraft Design, South China Morning Post reported that engineer analysis of the Valkyrie design and implied functions shows...

Obituary for Wayne Lester Caviness

Wayne Lester Caviness, age 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. He is now enjoying the presence of his Lord and Saviour. Born August 25, 1953 in Biloxi, Mississippi, Wayne was the son of the...

Melvin Carlson

Melvin Carlson, a longtime resident of both Aberdeen, and Lead, SD, passed away on September 16, 2021. Melvin was a machinist by trade, a chemist by profession, and a salesman by choice. Melvin was born near Glenburn, ND, on May 16, 1923, he was the fifth child of William Carlson...

Dwight Howell

Dwight Howell, 73, of Princeton, died Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Born July 3, 1948 in Rock, he was the son of the late Roy Lee Howell and Lorene Shrewsbury Howell. Mr. Howell was a veteran of the US Air Force. He was a former coal miner and worked in construction.

PHOTO: The US Southern Command congratulates the Air Force of their country (but uses the image of three Russian fighters)

The US Southern Command congratulated the US Air Force (USAF) on Saturday on the occasion of its 74th. anniversary, but in the image that illustrates his message, which he posted on his Twitter account, the silhouette of three Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighters appears. Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force! — U.S....

Retire old aircraft or risk losing to China: USAF secretary | News

Frank Kendall, secretary of the US Air Force (USAF), says local politics threaten to weaken the service by burdening it with outdated aircraft. Kendall, who was sworn into his role in August, lamented the perennial struggle of the US Department of Defense: convincing lawmakers to green-light scrapping old equipment and unimportant military bases – assets that bring economic benefits to their districts.

UK and US Award Defence Contracts to Leading Manufacturers

BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, General Motors (GM), and Ford Motor Company, awarded contracts to work with UK and US military, police and security. Ministry of Defence (MOD) Awards BAE Systems with £85mn Contract. Supporting early design concept work for the Royal Navy, BAE Systems has been awarded an £85mn contract...