Browsing All posts tagged under »U.S. Air Force (USAF)«

Why The F-35 Rules: Study History, Study The Costs, Study The Threats

March 20, 2021 by


By John Venable ~ Last week, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith lamented the supposedly exorbitant costs and “poor track record” of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Smith’s lack of expertise in airpower might qualify him for a pass, of sorts, for those ill-informed comments. But, Gen. “CQ” Brown’s recent public statements on the subject are real […]

On 73rd Anniversary, Air Force Flies Higher Than Ever

September 20, 2020 by


By John Venable ~ Sept. 18 marks the birthday of the U.S. Air Force and, at the ripe old age of 73, it has enjoyed a journey like few others. Born out of the Army, the Air Force became a separate service in 1947 with a mission that looked just like the one it executed […]

For More Security At Less Cost, Buy More F-35s

September 12, 2020 by


By Steven Bucci and Philip Bucci ~ Since its conceptual inception, the F-35 fighter jet has been known as an extremely expensive aircraft that can fill multiple roles. This high-priced “Swiss Army knife” of fifth-generation fighters is intended to replace fighters in the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. The down side always has been […]

9 Insights On The F-35A From 31 Experienced Fighter Pilots

August 6, 2016 by


By John Venable ~ Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves. A total of 174 U.S. pilots […]

Happy Birthday To The U.S. Air Force

September 19, 2015 by


By Rachel Zissimos ~ On this day in 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the National Security Act of 1947, which officially established the U.S. Air Force as a distinct branch of the military. Over the course of its young life, the U.S. Air Force has played a critical role in extending global […]

America’s Antique Air Force

May 19, 2012 by


By Mike Brownfield ~ America’s flying fortress, the Cold War-era B-52 bomber, (pictured at right) has been in service for the last 50 years, running missions in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. It’s a striking example of how America’s military is being forced to do more with less, relying on decades-old […]

Bomber Milestones: Cause for Celebration or Concern?

April 17, 2012 by


By Brian Slattery ~ Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber’s first flight. The last B-52 came off the production line 10 years later. Such milestones are often celebrated nostalgically for their achievements in times past. However, we can’t call them the “good old days” quite yet for the B-52, since […]

Happy Birthday, Air Force

September 19, 2011 by


By Erin Van de Voorde The Heritage Foundation is proud to wish the United States Air Force a happy 64th birthday. Sixty-four may not sound old in the context of American history, considering that some of the founding members of the Army Air Corps are still living. Yet the history of these men and women […]

Aging Air Force Tankers: Flying In The Face Of Danger

February 26, 2010 by


By Mackenzie Eaglen TonyfromOz prefaces ….. The image is that of the aging KC 135 Tanker refueling an F 16 Fighting Falcon. For a little more detail on the Tankers, see the update at the bottom of this post. This week, the U.S. Air Force presented its revised request for proposals for the new KC-X […]

Fighting to Keep America’s Ideals + More

September 18, 2009 by


The Patriot Post  – Friday Digest THE FOUNDATION “As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of […]

Gates Touts F-35 As Heart Of Future Tactical Combat Aviation

September 4, 2009 by


AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE Donna Miles Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter factory here today, assessing progress on what he called “the heart of the future of our tactical combat aviation.” Gates walked through the mile-long production facility, getting briefed at stops along the way and […]

Unmanned Drones And Human Tolerance

July 8, 2009 by


By Donald Douglas TonyfromOz prefaces ….. I have included this post for general interest. The first link includes an image of one of these drones, unmanned aircraft delivering weapons in a battlefield situation, and controlled via satellite from the security of a room far removed from the actual harm of that zone. The English ‘Senior […]

Pelosi Lied

March 13, 2009 by


Adam Bitely TonyfromOz prefaces ….. Clearly, this issue is not something minor, and continues to throw up more and more inconsistencies that go to the heart of this Administration. They will publicly tell us one thing and privately do whatever they want to do. Did Pelosi ask for a larger plane?  This is no longer […]

Queen Nancy: Fly As I Say, Not As I Fly

March 12, 2009 by


Michelle Malkin Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the Jennifer Lopez of congressional travel – fickle, demanding and notoriously insensitive to the time, costs and energy needed to accommodate her endless demands. On Tuesday, the indispensable government watchdog Judicial Watch released a trove of public records through the Freedom of Information Act on […]