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Mitchell Weighs In: More F-35s or New, Old F-15s?

The Air Force needs to buy more new fighter planes. The constricted size and increasing age of the Air Force’s fighter inventory is the product of long-standing deferred investment; the 2009 decision to prematurely curtail the F-22 buy at less than half its required...

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Prowler Bows Out After 48 Years

On March 8 Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Two (VMAQ-2) “Death Jesters” was formally decommissioned at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The ceremony also brought the operational career of the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler to a...

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DoD is rethinking what defines a major aviation accident

The Pentagon is considering revisions to the dollar amounts and damage levels that qualify an aircraft accident as a major mishap to better reflect the expense of repairing advanced jets. But such changes could lead to less visibility into the actual state of aviation...

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This is what’s going on with the Navy’s F-35C program

The Navy’s F-35C, the carrier variant of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, has reached Initial Operating Capability, service leaders told Navy Times on Thursday. The good news about the Navy’s stealthy jet program came two months after officials declared the...

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Blurring the Lines Part II: A Pilot by Any Other Name

It’s been pointed out so often that it’s gotten boring: The Air Force has a pilot shortage. Imagine: The organization that bills itself as the premier aviation organization on the planet is short of fighter aviators, has been for some time, and will continue to be for...

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