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The U.S. Air Force Just Fired 9 Nuclear Missile Commanders For Cheating

This is a little unsettling. A year-long investigation into alleged cheating on proficiency exams has resulted in the dismissal of nine nuclear missile commanders at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The military expects to punish dozens of junior officers, as well.


US Air Force Sends Brand New Cargo Planes Straight To The Boneyard

The C-27J Spartan is a hell of a plane. Famous for its ability to take off from unfinished runways, it’s a staple used by militaries around the world, including the United States. At least it was until recently. The US Air Force is sending its latest batch of beautiful, brand new C-27Js straight to the boneyard in Arizona’s desert.


This Is How The US Air Force Showers Its Giant Cargo Planes

Ever wondered how the US Air Force cleans its planes? Here’s one way: They use a giant shower on a runway — or a planewash if you must. Here you can see it cleaning the salt accumulated on a Lockheed Martin WC-130 Hercules after flying through storms over the Gulf of Mexico.


This Swarming Horde Of Black Stealth Fighter Jets Is Not A Movie Scene

We’re not preparing to fight the aliens. This isn’t a scene from Independence Day 2. It’s just a throwback photo of 25 — yes, 20 five — Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk black stealth fighter jets celebrating its 25th anniversary back in 2006. What a beautifully intimidating celebration of power it was.


SpaceX Celebrates Flawless Falcon 9 Spacecraft Launch

SpaceX celebrated a flawless launch of its Falcon 9 spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday. It delivered an SES-8 satellite into orbit without a glitch bringing the Falcon 9 one flight away from being qualified to fly missions for the US Air Force. [SpaceX via BoingBoing]


US Air Force Officers Keep Leaving Nuclear Missile Doors Open

Not to scare you or anything, but US Air Force officers have left the blast doors to nuclear-tipped missiles open at least twice in the past year. These are the guys who help guard the launch codes who are also tasked with watching over the arsenal. Leaving the missiles available and unattended is a very, very big no-no.


US Air Force Plans To Convert Old F-16s Into Fleet Of Drones

An awkward thing happens late in the life of a fighter jet. It becomes too decrepit for combat but too functional for the junkyard. Don’t worry though. The US Air Force has a plan: convert them all into drones in order to offer fighter pilots in training more realistic target practice.


Inside The Pentagon's Trillion Dollar F-35 Embarrassment

It’s not news that the Pentagon’s fated F-35 program is riddled with dilemmas. For more than a decade, it’s bumped into roadblock after roadblock. When the planes aren’t grounded, they’re forbidden to fly in bad weather, combat missions or at night. Vanity Fair just published a lengthy look at just how bad a mess it is.


Nobody Wants To Fly Air Force Drones, Because It's A Dead-End Job

We’ve been hearing for years now unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) are the war machines of tomorrow, the weapons of a new age, the way of the future. There’s only one problem: no one wants to fly the dang things.


US Government Finally Admits: Yes, Area 51 Exists

It’s a good day to be a conspiracy theorist. Ending a decades-long game of leak after leak without any official word, the US government has finally admitted the existence of Area 51 in a recently declassified CIA report detailing the history of the U-2.