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A Fascinating View Into The US Air Force Boneyards

Video: This documentary by the United States Air Force is long but worth watching if you are an aviation lover. I just find amazing the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country. And even more amazing that the military depend on these decommissioned aircraft to keep the active fleet flying.


I Want To Play With This Tiny Air Force Base All Day Long

Look at this neat model of air base! Those perfectly executed aircraft models: an AWACS, B-52, KC-135, E-2, F-15, F-16, F-18 and even more. That regiment of lead soldiers! I wanna play with them for hours and hours. Wait, what, this is real?


The US Is Starting To Sell Armed Drones To Allies

The unmanned strike aircraft of the US are much sought after by other nations — which means there’s a massive export opportunity. Now, the country has decided is to permit the widespread sale of armed drones to allied countries.


Three Generations Of US Air Force Power In One Photo

Image Cache: A United States Air Force (USAF) B-2A Spirit stealth bomber (background) comes into land following a mission during Exercise RED FLAG 15-1, with a USAF F-22A Raptor (foreground left) and F-15E Strike Eagle (foreground right) on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base.


Pentagon Scolds US Air Force For Wasting Nearly $US9 Billion On Drones

Drones are expensive. Aircraft like General Atomics’s MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper cost millions of dollars piece, while the cost of maintaining the fleet stretches into the high tens of billions dollars over their lifespans. The Pentagon’s internal watchdog is aware of this, and recently lambasted the Air Force for not justifying the purchase of 46 Reapers — potentially wasting $US8.8 billion of taxpayers’ money.


The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able To Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

Last year, Australia dramatically boosted its order of the still-in-development, problem-prone F-35 stealth fighter. Now a new report says the jet’s 25mm cannon won’t be operational until 2019 at the earliest. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn’t even need the gun to begin with.


Watch A Pilot Snag Cold War Spy Satellite Footage As It Falls From Orbit

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The Corona program was the opening salvo in the effort to peer into Soviet-controlled territory from orbit. In order to recover the top-secret physical photographs it took, Air Force pilots took to the sky for what amounted to a claw arcade game, played miles above the Earth. Here’s a rare look at it in action.


What Air-To-Air Refuelling Looks Like In The Night Skies

Ever wondered what air-to-air refuelling looked like up in the night skies? Thanks to the UK’s Royal Air Force we can show you: this is what a Lockheed C-130 Hercules crew sees when refuelling at night. So, quite a lot like Tron, then.


Inside The Classroom Where The US Air Force Teaches Drone Pilots

Flying a drone for the US Air Force is like any other skill; you have to learn it. The Atlantic got a rare look inside the classroom where that instruction happens. It’s a lot like most classrooms you’ve probably been in, except the word problems they’re working through involve killing people.


Pentagon Can't Keep Track Of Ammo So It's Destroying $1B In Bullets

Outdated technology and government wastefulness seem to go hand in hand, but this time the two are combining for a startlingly huge money sink: the Pentagon is planning on destroying $US1.2 billion in excess bullets and missiles, some of which could still be used by troops. And it’s all because the military has no way of tracking its stockpiled ammo.