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Fifth Generation: Technology and the New Face of Air Warfare

By Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Michael A. Buck, Daedalian Foundation Trustee. One of the most eagerly anticipated and best attended highlights of the 2017 National Convention was the airpower symposium, held on Saturday, 8 April.  Titled “Fifth Generation: Technology and...

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F-35 Dominates At Red Flag With 15:1 Kill Rate

The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A made its debut at the toughest Red Flag yet, and not only dominated the air space but made the legacy aircraft in the force package even deadlier, according to pilots.                                                                       ...

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Mr. Trump: We Need F-35s Built Faster, Not Fewer

By David Deptula, December 13, 2016 Today’s United States Air Force faces a stark challenge: securing the sky in the face of ever increasing threats. Decades of deferred investment and an increasingly unstable world make this a critical issue facing the new Trump...

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Aviator’s extraordinary actions earn Broken Wing

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 17, 2017) – Many aviators have said that the U.S. Army Broken Wing Award is not a highly-coveted accolade that most seek. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon M. Cumens, an AH-64D Longbow Apache instructor pilot assigned to D Company, 1st...

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Unmanned? Not Exactly

The unmanned MQ-4C Triton—the U.S. Navy’s new persistent, high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform—is no different, as Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 pilots preparing for the aircraft’s operational debut next year can...

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Goldfein: Optimistic about future of airpower

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Equals part challenge and opportunity — that’s how Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein described as the current state of the Air Force March 10 during a Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C. “As I stand here...

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Military Challenged to Maintain Decades-Old Aircraft

January 2015 By Sandra I. Erwin The U.S. military operates fleets of Cold War-era aircraft that will not be replaced any time soon. For the Pentagon, this creates daunting challenges, experts warn. Airplanes will have to fly much longer than planned and, at a time of...

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Military Aircraft Accidents Costing Lives

Washington (CNN)A rash of recent military crashes has cost the lives of several service members as well as billions of dollars worth of damages. The wave of accidents has raised questions about the training of pilots and the maintenance of aircraft, with top brass...

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