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 [...]
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...
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 »
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...
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
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
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 »
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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.
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…
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
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...
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...
500-pound laser-guided bombs dropped on artillery piece near Erbil used to shell Kurdish forces where U.S. personnel are located.
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...
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
Will produce dozens of F/A-18 fighter-bombers and electronic warfare aircraft, plus other equipment, for the U.S. and its allies.
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
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
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