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Pentagon grounds F-35 fighter jets

Washington, D. C. - Dozens of prototypes of the newest and most-expensive US weapon ever built, the F-35 fighter jet, were grounded Tuesday after a still-unexplained engine fire in Florida, the Pentagon said.

Photo Essay: Wall of Healing offers reconciliation, reflection Special

Nashville - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Wall That Heals” offered both visitors and citizens of Middle Tennessee an opportunity to learn, remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the Vietnam War.

Air Force Mirage jet crashes in French countryside

Fortunately no one was hurt when a Mirage 2000 jet belonging to the French Air Force crashed in a field in northeastern France Monday. The pilot apparently managed to parachute to safety.

Video: X-51A Waverider makes record-breaking hypersonic flight

The USAF launched the last of its four experimental X-51A Waverider vehicles Wednesday. Officials say the vehicle reached a speed of Mach 5.1, travelling more than 230 nautical miles before crashing into the Pacific off the California coast as planned.

$1 million worth of marijuana found on U.S. Air Force Base

A boat left stranded by smugglers on a beach at the Vandenberg Air Force Base carried an estimated one million dollars worth of marijuana.

Muslim US Air Force vet barred from flight

Saddiq Long, a Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran, was barred on Wednesday from boarding a flight in Oklahoma to return back to Qatar, where his home is located.

Op-Ed: Israel's intentional fog of war over Syria

The world will likely never know the exact truth about what Israel bombed in or outside of Syria this week. But as alleged details of the daring mission leak out, the murky story reveals hard truths about Israel's lethal modus operandi.

Change and continuity the theme at SA Air Force Day Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF), generally recognised as the second oldest air force after the British Royal Air Force, turned 93 on February 1, 2013.

UFO: 'Alien pyramid' over Amherst, MA, even Air Force puzzled

Amherst - Residents of Amherst and Pelham, Massachusetts reported seeing an unusually low-flying pyramid-shaped object moving slowly and silently across the sky between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 8. The US Air Force is unable to explain the sighting.

Unexplained loud 'booms' heard over Kentucky and Indiana (video)

For some time now, people have reported strange sounds and booms, right across the USA. The latest incident happened in Indiana and Kentucky, and no one knows what caused it.

Indonesian air force plane crashes into Jakarta residential area

Jakarta - At least six people have been killed when an Indonesia Air Force plane crashed into a residential area of Jakarta today. The Fokker F-27 was on a routine training flight when it crashed.

U.S. Air Force pins first female 4-star general

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger has become the first ever female four-star general in the U.S. Air Force. This week Gen. Wolfenbarger was pinned her fourth star at a ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Air ambulance missing in Chile found, there are no survivors

Santiago - The Chilean Air Force has confirmed that the air ambulance that was lost on Thursday morning in southern Chile was located this morning; the plane had crashed and there are no survivors.

First Air Force Flying Day in Pretoria Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum, a reserve unit of the Air Force, has held its first monthly Flying Day at Swartkop Airfield in Pretoria.

South African Air Force Day Parade: Opportunities amid austerity Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) Day Parade, as an anniversary, offers both an opportunity to look at the past year and what lies ahead, according to Chief of the SAAF, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano.

Air Force spaceplane gets mission extension

The U.S. Air Force's X-37B unmanned spacecraft gets a mission extension, keeping it in orbit beyond its expected mission limits.

Pledge of allegiance upsets Air Force veteran

Seattle - One Air Force veteran is upset over the adherence to a Washington State policy of reciting the pledge of allegiance in school on a daily basis.

South African Air Force delivers more with less Special

Pretoria - Despite budget cuts and a tight economy worldwide, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is able to deliver a credible force and continue its multiple roles of deterrent, air-sea rescue, training, maritime and land surveillance and even fire fighting.

Photo Essay: South African Air Force impresses with power Special

Pietersburg - The South African Air Force (SAAF) gave an impressive spectacle of raw power during its Air Capability Demonstration earlier this week. The event was for invited VIPs and selected media, and Digital Journal was there.

'Siyandiza! 'We are flying' at SA Air Force Museum Special

Pretoria - The aircraft of the South African Air Force Museum had their outing at the country’s oldest military airfield, Swartkop in Pretoria, during the monthly “Flying Day” which allows pilots to keep current and gives youth a chance to see aircraft.

USAF Space Fence phase 2 designs to cost $214 million

Washington - The Air Force awarded two $107 million contracts last week for preliminary designs of a system to help improve "situational awareness" on fast-flying space debris and the lucky design winner then receives a $3.5 billion contract to build a Space Fence.

HIV positive Airman faces court martial over sex acts

Wichita - Court-martial proceedings have begun for a US Air Force sergeant who is charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault for having sex without disclosing the fact that he was HIV positive.

Chilean Navy and Air Force at bicentennial celebration Special

Santiago - One million people gathered along the coast of Valparaiso Bay on Monday to witness the largest Navy and Air Force parade in the history of Chile, thus closing the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of independent government.

South African Air Force impresses with combined arms demo Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) demonstrated its impressive strike, fighter and combined operations capabilities in airborne assault, helicopter operations and search and rescue at the Roodewal Bombing Range in the northern Limpopo Province.

Brazilian government tells air force to record any UFO sightings

The Brazilian air force has been told, by the government, to officially record any sightings of unidentified flying objects.

South Africa's air force says air space violations over stadiums minimal Special

Pretoria - Violations of the air space over soccer World Cup stadia in South Africa have been minimal, the South African Air Force (SAAF) says. The SAAF revealed in a media release that only one-tenth of one percent of all flights violated air space security.

S. African Air Force provides a ‘good show’ at World Cup ceremony Special

Johannesburg - One of the high points of the hours-long opening ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a fly past by the South African Air Force (SAAF), involving the Silver Falcons aerobatic team and three Gripen multi-role fighters.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ moves a step closer to repeal

United States legislators have moved a step closer to allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, ending a policy that has been in operation since 1993.

‘Swifter than eagles’: S.African Air Force Memorial Service Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) has remembered some 3,000 members who made the supreme sacrifice 60 years after the Korean War and 90 years after its founding at its annual Memorial Service.

Is the South African Air Force Ready To Protect the World Cup?

Pretoria - The South African Air Force’s (SAAF) air capability demonstration has been cancelled although the exercise itself is scheduled to last until Apr. 26. Exercise Shield VI is the final test of the SAAF’s ability to secure air space for the World Cup.
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