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    Report: Why is the F-117 Nighthawk still flying?
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    Considering its long and secretive history, we shouldn't be terribly surprised by any news on the US Air Force's F-117 Nighthawk. The iconic stealth fighter was officially retired in 2008, ending its service 25 years after its introduction. So, why is the black visage still streaking across the ...

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    Report: Mysterious Air Force X-37B completes 674-day mission [w/video]
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    The US Air Force's mysterious X-37B completed its most recent mission over the weekend, landing at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base over the weekend after spending the last 674 days in space. What it was doing up there, though, remains a mystery. The X-37 originally launched from Cape ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: October 17
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    Aircraft and ships feature heavily in this week's shots, with our interesting lead image coming from aboard the USS Halsey, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer at sea in the Asia-Pacific region. This shot comes from the DDG's flight deck, at the aft of the ship. Scroll down for the rest of this ...

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    Report: RAF to deploy Reaper drones as part of anti-ISIS operations
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    One of the most indelible marks left by US involvement in the war-torn Middle East is the use of drones. Specifically, we're talking about the notorious Predator and Reaper, two relatively small drones that are armed to the teeth with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. While America's use of ...

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    Report: USAF being investigated for scrapping 16 new planes, recouping just $32K
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    Military waste isn't exactly new, but it's been making headlines on an increasingly regular basis. Just two weeks ago, we told you about the DOD's bungled MRAP shipping program, which resulted in roughly $100 million in wasted shipping expenses. Today, there's yet another headline-stealing case ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: October 10
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    After a week off to take part in 2014 Paris Motor Show festivities, we're back with the top military photos of the past seven days, kicking off with what might be the most "metal" military photo we've ever seen. What you see above are a pair of the Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 26
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    This week's photos are big on night shots and dynamic lighting, and have been colored, in part, by the most recent bombing campaign in the Middle East. In our lead shot, two F-15E Strike Eagles are on full afterburner in the early morning following a strike in Syria. Take a look below for the ...

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    Report: F-22 Raptor makes combat debut nine years after entering service
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    Nearly nine years after it entered service, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat duty. The troubled, expensive stealth plane, which was originally intended to be America's primary, next-gen fighter until its early cancellation in 2011, took part in the airstrikes ...

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    Report: Navy's Triton drone completes first cross-country flight [w/video]
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    The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone has completed its first cross-country flight, traveling over 3,300 miles at altitudes up to 50,000 feet from Palmdale, CA along the southern border, towards Florida before turning north and heading up the Atlantic seaboard before landing at Naval Air Station ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 19
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    There were a number of exercises commencing this week that delivered quite a few great action shots of the armed forces in action. At the top of the page, we have the launch of the ship-killing Harpoon cruise missile from the USS Stethem on the opening day of Exercise Valiant Shield. Scroll down ...

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    Report: WW2 Army bomber pilots honored by Italian village
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    The Italian village of Ronzo di Chienis will be honoring a pair of B-25 Mitchell (shown above) after they were killed in the line of duty, during the closing months of World War II. Earl Remmel and Leslie Speer's bomber was damaged before they could deliver their payload on a rail depot near ...

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    Report: Armor plating, forward-firing weapons coming to Air Force CV-22 Osprey
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    Anyone that's seen one of our military photo roundups, which are posted every Friday afternoon, knows that we're pretty fond of the Osprey, the US military's tilt-rotor cargo plane. While its ability to transition from horizontal to vertical flight is plenty cool on its own, the US Air Force's ...

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    Report: Marine F-35Bs hit milestone as first squadron begins initial training
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    The US Marine Corp's first F-35B jump-jet squadron, Fighter Attack Squadron 121, have officially kicked off their training on the new fighter, which will replace the aging (but still awesome) AV-8B Harrier. "We shifted into IOC [initial operational capability] training last week," squadron CO ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 12
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    As per usual, all four branches of the US military are represented in this week's best photos. This week's photos kick off with a rather bizarre scene, as a Georgia Air National Guard F-15 Eagle is towed through the town of Warner Robins. The single-seat fighter was loaned to the town's city hall ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Bombs
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    With President Barack Obama's announcement of an expanded aerial campaign against the Islamic State and in Syria, now seems like a good time to get on the subject of airborne bombs. This is sort of an odd field, mixing the cutting edge with concepts that have been employed for decades. In their ...

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    Followup: USAF to begin 'permanent repairs' for two-seat F-16 canopy cracks
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    The US Air Force will begin repairs of 82 grounded F-16D two-seaters today, following the development of cracks in the canopy sill between the front and rear seats. While the F-16 Program Office was originally targeting a temporary repair until a more permanent solution could be devised ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: AWACS
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    Technically known as airborne early warning and control systems, the phrase "AWACS" often serves as a catch-all for the US military's aerial command and control functions. The lead and most visible craft of this sort is the Boeing E-3 Sentry, a 707 that's been modified to accommodate a massive, ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 5
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    This week's group of military photos covers the gamut (as usual). All four major service branches are covered, with some particularly good shots of the Navy and Air Force doing their thing, while the Army and Marines provide an up close look at their hardware and capabilities. Take a look at our ...

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    Report: June F-35 fire blamed on 'microcracks' in engine bushing
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    The fire that engulfed an F-35 Lightning II at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base was due to "excessive" rubbing between the engine and a rubber piece, causing microcracks in the rubber, according to a new report from Air Force Times. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan spoke to the media at the ComDef ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: The basics of pilot parlance, part 2
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    Yesterday, we explained a few of the most basic elements in-flight slang. That piece focused on communications regarding flight status, including the meaning of angels, cherubs and balls. Today, we'll look at the exciting stuff – how pilots talk in a combat situation. First, how does one ...

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