Archive for April 16th, 2015

NORAD says its radars failed to detect gyrocopter that landed at Capitol Hill

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A 61-year-old man flew a gyrocopter and landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. North American Aerospace Defense Command said its radars failed to detect the aircraft.

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VFA-101 F-35C visits NAS Lemoore

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An F-35C from VFA-101 was at NAS Lemoore for six-days starting from Apr. 10.

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Indonesian F-16C Block 52 ID caught fire during take-off

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A TNI AU F-16C Block 52 ID caught fire while attempting to take off at Halim Perdanakusuma airport today at 8:20 local time.


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BAE Systems settles with U.S. government over refurbishment of a Philippines Air Force C-130

Posted in Air Force on April 16th, 2015 by alert5 – Comments Off on BAE Systems settles with U.S. government over refurbishment of a Philippines Air Force C-130

A 1974 Philippines Air Force C-130 was in such a bad shape when it arrived at a BAE Systems hanger in Mojave, California for refurbishment that the company spent more than the ceiling price of $4.2 million to repair it.

Philippine Air Force Hercules JetPix
By Torsten Maiwald [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons
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F-35C will be the last manned strike fighter for U.S. Navy

Posted in Navy on April 16th, 2015 by alert5 – Comments Off on F-35C will be the last manned strike fighter for U.S. Navy

Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus said the F-35C will “almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.”

F-35C Lightning of VFA-101 takes off from Eglin AFB in August 2013
By U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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