Turkish media says Erdoğan is getting a CH-47F for presidential palace

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Turkey placed an order for five more Boeing CH-47F helicopters in January, this bring the total number ordered to eleven. However, Turkish media says only four will go the military as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to have a Chinook for his presidential palace.

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Last U.S. Navy EA-6B missing man formation

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The U.S. Navy officially retired the Grumman EA-6B at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Jun. 27. The last aircraft, BuNo. 163890, joined three EA-18Gs to perform a missing man formation on Jun. 26.

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MQ-1B lost over Syria was shot down

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B went down over the Syrian town of Latakia on Mar. 17, the service now admits that the UAV was shot down.

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Argentina Air Force Tucano crashed

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An Argentina Air Force Tucano crashed around noon on Jun. 29 near the town of Arroyito. Both pilots on board did not survive the accident.

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Indian Air Force to phase out 2 MiG-27 and 1 MiG-21 squadrons

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The Indian Air Force will deactivate two MiG-27 squadrons at Halwara and Kalaikunda and one MiG-21 squadron this year.

MiG-27 from No.18 Squad, Kalaikunda
By Abhi010 (Kalaikunda) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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South Korea to decide on winner of aerial tanker contest on Jun. 30

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South Korea will pick one winner out of three contestants for its aerial refueling tanker contest on Jun. 30 at the National Defense Acquisition Program Committee meeting.

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GAO found that USAF may have overstate or understate estimated savings from retiring A-10

Posted in Air Force on June 28th, 2015 Be the first to comment

The U.S. Air Force’s desire to retire the A-10 attack jet failed to find support from the Government Accountability Office.

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Top Gun 2 confirmed

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Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed that a sequel for the 1986 hit Top Gun is in the works and he hinted that Tom Cruise may reprise his role as Maverick.

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Finnish Hornets intercept Russian Il-76

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Finnish Air Force Hornets were scrambled on Jun. 26 to intercept a Russian Il-76 south of the coast town of Porvoo.

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J-10A armed with bombs, rocket pods, air-to-air missiles

Posted in Air Force on June 27th, 2015 Be the first to comment

A J-10A from the Chengdu military region armed with two PL-8Bs, four PL-12s, two rocket pods and 250kg bombs.

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