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Summary Update: Iraq-ISIS/ISIL Crisis

A U.S. F-18 fighter jet refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. (Photo: DoD) This is the last update on the Iraq-ISIS crisis before the Labor Day weekend. BBC News reports that Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have retaken oilfields near Mosul in north Iraq from Islamic [...]

Unmanned Drones Landing Autonomously Next to F-18s Is a Very Big Deal

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The days of piloted combat aircraft are quickly coming to an end, soon to be heavily augmented if not outright replaced by UCAS, or Unmanned Combat Air Systems. Just yesterday, the Navy's X-47B demonstrator proved that manned and unmanned operations can take place on the same flight deck. Read more...

The Present And Future Of The US Navy's Aircraft Force In One GIF

Video: For the first time, the US Navy is showing how its manned and unmanned jets can seamlessly work together aboard its aircraft carriers. This video filmed on the supercarrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shows a manned F-18 and an unmanned X-47B taking off one right after the other, like any other jets would do. More »      

The present and future of the US Navy's aircraft force in one GIF

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

For the first time, the US Navy is showing how its manned and unmanned jets can seamlessly work together aboard its aircraft carriers. This video filmed on the supercarrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shows a manned F-18 and an unmanned X-47B taking off one right after the other, like any other jets would do. Read more...

Mission Creep: From Rescuing Iraq Refuges, The US Is Now Assisting Kurds In Fighting ISIS With Drones, F-18s

Just over a week ago, Obama announced that the US military intervention in Iraq would be solely under the pretext of "humanitarian intervention" while US troops would be deployed exclusively as "advisers", and nothing else. 7 days later,...Show More Summary

The Oregon Airspace Initiative & Visiting F-18s - Are We Overarmed?

Is it Necessary to Have Fighter Jets Flying over Portland in August, or Ever? In the discussions that we're having about whether or not the police are overarmed it seems prudent to question the necessity of the Oregon Space Initiative of our local Air National Guard. Show More Summary

F-18 Fighter Jet Jumps Into Hyperspace

Briefly: Cool photo of the M61A2 Vulcan nose cannon in a FA-18E Super Hornet jet fighter taken by its pilot — Spencer Abbot, commanding officer of the Strike-Fighter Squadron 27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, in Japan. It looks like the cockpit of an A-Wing jumping into hyperspace. More »      

War Porn: US F-18 Sends a Dozen Terrorists Off to the Allah (Video)

They wanted to die. The US military just gave them what they wanted: Before: After: Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers See also: The 100 Most Popular Conservative Websites Of 2014 20 Basic Truths You Can’t Talk About in America Anymore 40 Of The Most Bad-Ass, Masculine, Manly, Alpha Male Quotes Of All Time

Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

3 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

Al-Zaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some ares of which are controlled by the IS fighters.

Why is Obama bombing Iraq, Really?

By Juan Cole Al-Zaman reports that a US drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Kuwair east of Mosul…

US Airstrikes Caught On Tape; ISIS Retaliates By Capturing Hundreds Of Yazidi Women

As the following clip shows, the explosions from two F-18s dropping 500lb bombs were large and Iraq officials stated that 45 ISIS fighters were killed (and 60 injured). While The Islamic State's response was to demand blood for US intervention, it appears they went domestic first. Show More Summary

Obama's air strikes in Iraq

The United States went to war this morning against the militant group known as the Islamic State, as F-18s dropped bombs on targets in northern Iraq. And the question to be pondered is the one that should be considered anytime we commit our forces to combat, the one Gen. David Petraeus asked at...

US Attacks ISIS Forces In Iraq

One bomb against one artillery piece but still, the fight against ISIS is on (for now). The F-18 combat aircraft targeted artillery being used by militants of the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending Irbil, the Kurdish regional...

US F-18 aircraft hit Iraq artillery site

3 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

500-pound laser-guided bombs dropped on artillery piece near Erbil used to shell Kurdish forces where U.S. personnel are located.

The closest thing on Earth to the Battlestar Galactica's flight deck

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Cool image of "pilots and plane captains make preparations for flight on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington" by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen. The F-18s here reminds me of the Vipers MkVII because of the photo angle and color. Read more...

Watch A Pair Of F-18s Refuel In Mid-Air Near The RAAF Base In Tindal, NT

Flying a fighter jet has to be one of the few activities that triggers both excitement and terror. I’m sure a trained pilot experiences the former more than the latter, but I can only imagine the skills needed to successfully dock with a tanker craft in mid-air. Show More Summary

Boeing Wins up to $2.11 Billion in Navy F-18 and EA-18G Fighter Contracts

Will produce dozens of F/A-18 fighter-bombers and electronic warfare aircraft, plus other equipment, for the U.S. and its allies.

World View: Chinese, Vietnamese Officials Meet without Smiling, Agree on Nothing

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com U.S. is flying F-18 surveillance missions over Iraq Chinese and Vietnamese officials meet without smiling and agree on nothing Ebola unexpectedly surges again in western Africa U.S. Show More Summary

Instapicked: Can you spot Yosemite from here?

Here's one of the more unique views of Yosemite, out the cockpit of an F-18 Superhornet. Can you spot Yosemite in this shot? Related posts: Instapicked: Yosemite Falls Instapicked: Upper Yosemite Falls and Half Dome by Artemika Instapicked: Caught in the Act

Will Canada Can the F-35 Purchase?

Things are hotting up in Canada over the nation’s F-18 replacement options, with the key question being whether Ottawa will go forward with previous plans to buy the F-35, or enter into a competitive process.Clearly worried by the prospect...Show More Summary

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