SM-3 Block IIA interceptor self-destruct after operator pushed wrong button

Posted in Air Defense, Navy on July 26th, 2017 Be the first to comment

An anonymous source told Defense News that the failure of the SM-3 Block IIA test on Jun. 21 was human error after tactical datalink controller accidentally identified in ballistic missile target as friendly. This trigger the self-destruct mechanism in the missile interceptor.

US Navy 070622-N-XXXXX-002 A Standard Missile (SM-3) is launched from the Aegis combat system equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73)
By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Special tail flash for 36th Fighter Squadron’s centennial

Posted in Air Force on July 26th, 2017 Be the first to comment

The 36th Fighter Squadron, base at Osan air base, South Korea, is marking its 100th anniversary in service with the U.S. Air Force with a special tail flash for one of its F-16.

The 36th Fight Squadron Flying Fiends centennial F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 19, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew P. Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, flew the freshly painted jet for the first time during his final flight at Osan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)

The 36th Fight Squadron Flying Fiends centennial F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 19, 2017. U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew P. Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, flew the freshly painted jet for the first time during his final flight at Osan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)


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China says latest intercept of USN EP-3 by J-10s legit

Posted in Air Force, Navy on July 26th, 2017 Be the first to comment

The crew of a U.S. Navy EP-3 spy plane had to make evasive actions when a Chinese J-10 fighter came within 300 feet of the aircraft on Jul. 23. China’s Ministry of Defense said on Jul. 25 that the intercept was legal.

China - Air Force Chengdu J-10A
By Li Pang [GFDL, GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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RB-47 co-pilot shot down and imprisoned by Soviets to be buried at Arlington

Posted in Heritage on July 25th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Fifty-seven years after he was shot down by the Soviet Union and later imprisoned for seven months, Bruce Olmstead will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Jul. 27. The former RB-47 co-pilot died last October.

Boeing RB-47H USAF
By U.S. Air Force photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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F-35s surpass 100,000 flight hours

Posted in Industry on July 25th, 2017 Be the first to comment

The Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter fleet recently exceeded 100,000 flight hours, the company annonced in a press release on Jul. 24.

BF-3 FLT 638. External AIM-132 ASRAAM launch. Lt Col Tom Fields was the pilot on 17 May 2017.

BF-3 FLT 638. External AIM-132 ASRAAM launch. Lt Col Tom Fields was the pilot on 17 May 2017. Lockheed Martin photo by Andy “Bones” Wolfe


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