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USAF F-15 Eagle fighter jets take over Iceland airspace defense

A detachment of F-15C/D Eagles of the United States Air Force (USAF) was deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, in support of NATO Air Police operations. They will have the mission of defending the sovereignty of the country’s airspace against foreign incursions....


How the F-35 became the most expensive fighter jet ever built

The F-35 stealth fighter jet was supposed to be a groundbreaking aircraft that would replace a multitude of already existing fighter jets in their role and thus help rationalize supply chains and costs. However, the fifth-generation fighter jet cost has since exploded to become the most expensive weapon program in military history. The budget is now estimated to reach $1.5 trillion over the operational life of the aircraft....


Air Force Two forced to turn around after hitting bird [Video]

Air Force Two, the plane carrying United States Vice President Mike Pence, was forced to turn around after suffering a bird strike....


New contract to make Air Force One hypersonic?

The United States Air Force awarded a new contract with Exosonic as a feasibility of Air Force One to become hypersonic in the future. The low-boom supersonic jet could possibly serve as future Air Force One aircraft.  ...


Hermeus partners with USAF to develop supersonic Air Force One

Hermeus, an aerospace company developing a Mach 5 aircraft, announced its partnership with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to deliver hypersonic travel for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)....


U.S. and Australian aircrews assist in real-life Robinson rescue

Three sailors were stranded for three days on the tiny remote island of Pikelot, in the western Pacific Ocean. They were spotted by rescue aircraft and rescued thanks to the SOS message they had written in the sand....


Air Force One: how Boeing 747 became the VC-25A

Ever since the 1960s, Boeing jets were the dedicated aircraft for the United States president, carrying the Air Force One designation. But as it came time to replace the presidential Boeing 707, Boeing almost lost the race:...


USAF A-10 accidentally fires live rocket during training

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II accidentally fired an M156 air-to-ground rocket outside Tucson, Arizona. No injuries were reported....


Private Mirage F1 makes maiden flight in the United States

Five years after its retirement from the French Armée de l’air, the Mirage F1 completed its maiden flight in the United States as part of a private fleet. 63 Dassault fighter jets were acquired by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), a subsidiary of Textron....


USAF deploys F-22 stealth jet in Qatar for the first time

For the first time, the United States Air Force deployed F-22 Raptor fighter jets on its base of Al-Udeid, in Qatar....