March 26, 2013
The following short video shows a B-52 Stratofortress during a standard training mission of the War Week, an exercise which incorporates Aerial Refueling, Weapons Tactics and High Altitude Maneuvering.
The iconic bomber can be seen taking off, cruising, releasing simulated bombs, taking fuel midair from a KC-135 Stratotanker refueler and landing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Lousiana.
As some viewers have noticed with a bit of concern on Youtube, [...]
Julian RyallThe TelegraphMarch 21, 2013
North Korea has threatened to launch a nuclear attack on US bases in Japan and Guam after Washington used B-52 [...]
“U.S. military officials tell NBC News that two Russian bombers, capable of carrying nuclear cruise missiles, circled the U.S. island of Guam in the Western Pacific this week,” they write. “U.S. Air Force F-15 jets scrambled from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam to intercept the bombers.”
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Most of the thousands of children who call the annual Santa-tracking operation at a Colorado Air Force Base on Christmas Eve ask the usual questions: “Where’s Santa, and when will he get here?”
So volunteer Sara Berghoff was caught off-guard Monday when a child called to see if Santa could be especially kind this year to the families affected by the Connecticut school shooting.
“I’m from [...]
President Obama today is golfing at Andrews Air Force Base with Bill Clinton, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, according to the White House press office.
The outing seems to be part thank you to Clinton – who campaigned heavily for the president – and part strategy session for McAuliffe, who is personally close to Clinton.
This is the 107th time Obama has been golfing as president and [...]
A hypersonic aircraft launched by the Air Force Tuesday spiraled out of control and was destroyed before it could reach its goal of speeding to 4,600 mph, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
The third test of the X-51A Waverider was launched Tuesday off the California coast from a B-52 modified bomber aircraft and was to fly for 300 seconds, reaching hypersonic speeds of Mach 6, but only flew for 16 seconds, according to the [...]
Since test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, engineers and scientists have dreamed of ever-faster aircraft. Now, they face one of their toughest challenges yet: sustaining hypersonic flight — going five times the speed of sound or more — for more than a few minutes.
In a nondescript hangar at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, a team of aerospace engineers has been putting the finishing [...]
President Obama will spend his 51 birthday golfing. From the pool report:
“President Obama kicked off the celebration of his birthday today by hitting the links.
POTUS motorcade departed the White House at 8:23 a.m. and arrived Andrews Air Force Base at 8:47 a.m.
No word yet on who is playing with the president.”
According to CBS reporter Mark Knoller it’s Obama’s 104 round as president.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said he was unaware about defense cuts that will close an Air Force base in Ohio–where President Obama will be landing tomorrow aboard Air Force One. Here’s the video, from the White House press briefing:
The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane came back to Earth Saturday after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission, and its much-anticipated landing was caught on video.
The X-37B spacecraft touched down at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:48 a.m. local time Saturday (8:48 a.m. EDT; 1248 GMT). Several hours later, Vandenberg officials released a short video of the event (seen above).
The first part of the 80-second video was [...]
The US military’s unmanned X-37B robotic space shuttle returned from orbit at 5:48 a.m. in California (1248 GMT)from a secretive 15-month test flight, Air Force officials said on Saturday.
The miniature space plane, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2, or OTV-2, touched down at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, 130 miles (209 kilometres) northwest of Los Angeles. It was only the second US vehicle to make an autonomous runway landing from [...]
June 6, 2012
A massive drone known as “Phantom Eye” that can stay aloft for days at a time has completed its first test flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Boasting a 150-foot wingspan, the hyper-efficient Boeing aircraft runs on liquid hydrogen and is designed to remain in the air for up to four days without refueling.
In its test flight last Friday, the drone reached a height of [...]
Last June, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to root out wasteful government spending. But behind the scenes, it’s a different matter.
Every Friday, Biden takes a helicopter designated as Marine Two from his residence to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then hops on Air Force Two to fly back to his home in Delaware. At the end of the weekend, he returns on Air Force Two, usually [...]
Air National Guards pictured nursing their children at Fairchild base, near Spokane, Washington
One Facebook comment compared image to ‘defecating’ in uniform
Founder of Mom2Mom Breastfeeding Support Group says ‘We are not disgracing the uniform, we are very proud’
A photograph of servicewomen breastfeeding in public while wearing uniform has ignited a global debate.
The picture shows two mothers, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, both in active service, nursing their babies on an Air Force [...]
President Obama ditched the small group of reporters that accompanied him on a golf outing Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base.
Mr. Obama arrived at Andrews in suburban Maryland at 1:08 p.m. to play golf with a foursome that included Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director, and two other men. That was the last time the press traveling with the president saw him.
Normally, when the president completes his round [...]
Not exactly a grand gesture of confidence: some of the US Air Force’s airmen, the world’s most elite, want nothing to do with the Air Force’s “elite” new fighter. Why? Because the only people it’s threatening are its own pilots. ABC News reports, shockingly, that the admission came from within the Air Force itself—the Pentagon isn’t usually a font of mea culpas:
Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at [...]
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a top-secret payload blasted off Tuesday from the California coast.
The Delta IV rocket lifted off at 4:12 p.m. from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
“We’ve just seen the successful liftoff” of the rocket, launch commentator Don Spencer said in a webcast.
Since the launch involved a classified cargo for the National Reconnaissance Office, no details [...]