C-130 Hercules Celebrates Its 66th Birthday

On August 23, 1954 the YC-130 Hercules made its maiden flight in California from the Lockheed Martin plant in Burbank to Edwards Air Force Base. The C-130 is still in production today, making it the longest running military aircraft production line in history.   The need for the C-130 came from Air Force’s Tactical Air […]

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OV-10 Bronco reinvented?

Like a lot of old Ground-Pounders I’m very fond of the A-10 Thunderbolt and the OV-10 Bronco close air support / ground attack aircraft – they truly were the infantryman’s friend. And both still soldier on despite the repeated attempts by the air superiority fighter jocks to kill them off. There also happens to be […]

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SpearUAV Unveils The Ninox Encapsulated Drone System

SpearUAV – an innovative company that develops and supplies unique UAS solutions for defense and HLS applications – has unveiled its Ninox family of encapsulated drones that provide on-demand and on-the-move intelligence capabilities that create new dimensions on the battlefield. Compared to traditional drones of similar capabilities, Ninox offers both operational affordability and flexibility: the […]

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Finland Prepared For The Worst: Battlefield 2020

“Battlefield (2020)” is an educational film created by The Finnish Defence Forces specifically for conscript training. The film is part of the combat training material provided in the beginner period and in the non-commissioned and reserve officer courses. In addition, the video is used in the training of reservists and staff. The purpose of the […]

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Friday Foto

The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized 100 bales of suspected cocaine totaling an estimated 2,000 kg. and worth over $40 million. Photo: US Navy, 2020 […]

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Friday Foto

A US Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron conducts a training exercise near Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in late March 2020. The Pave Hawk, normally assigned to the 66th RQS at Nellis AFB, NV delivers the ability to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to […]

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Wings Wednesdays: They Mostly Come At Night

Special Tactics Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron filled in to conduct interoperability training with the 14th Weapons Squadron assigned to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School detachment at Hurlburt Field, Florida for a Special Operations Force Exercise on April 22, 2020.   The exercise was part of the 14th WPS’ demanding five and […]

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French Air Force demonstrates long-range operational capability of A400M

The Airbus A400M ‘Atlas’ is a European, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The A400M entered service with the French Air Force (Armée de l’air) in August 2013. […]

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U.S. Air Force Uses Russian Mi-24 Hind Gunships in Training

The 55th RQS Phase Training Program is a constantly developing program that focuses on the squadron’s readiness to deploy to an austere and contested location and conduct military operations. The fourth iteration of this Phase Training Program was held Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 19-21, 2019. What made this iteration particularly noteworthy was that […]

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