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The US Air Force Has Sacked Nine Nuclear Missile Commanders for Cheating

This is a little unsettling. A year-long investigation into alleged cheating on proficiency exams has resulted in the dismissal of nine nuclear missile commanders at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, US. The military expects to punish dozens of junior officers, as well. Read More >>

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Inside the Pentagon's Trillion Dollar F-35 Embarrassment

It's not news that the Pentagon's fated F-35 program is riddled with dilemmas. For more than a decade, it's bumped into roadblock after roadblock. When the planes aren't grounded, they're forbidden to fly in bad weather, combat missions or at night. Vanity Fair just published a lengthy look at just how bad a mess it is. Read More >>

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Nobody Wants to Fly Military Drones Because It's a Dead End Job

We've been hearing for years now unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) are the war machines of tomorrow, the weapons of a new age, the way of the future. There's only one problem: no one wants to fly the damn things. Read More >>

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US Government Finally Admits: Yes, Area 51 Exists

It's a good day to be a conspiracy theorist. Ending a decades-long game of leak after leak without any official word, the US government has finally admitted the existence of Area 51 in a recently declassified CIA report detailing the history of the U-2. Read More >>

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How the USAF Keeps Tabs on Space Junk

In the 1980s, the US Air Force only knew about roughly 5,000 pieces of space debris orbiting our planet. By 2010 that number had tripled to 15,639 objects and our current space trash tracking system can't even detect some of the smaller bits zipping around up there. That's why the USAF is developing a new iteration of the venerable 'Space Fence' that's both more precise and more cost effective than its predecessor. Read More >>

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The Tranquil, Tron-Like Beauty of a Plane Refueling in Mid-Air

You're looking at a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft being refueled by the 151st Air Refueling Wing over southern Idaho last week. But those are just details. What you're really looking at is a shock of beautiful, caught at a moment of technological awesomeness. [Flickr] Read More >>

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Watch Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet Blast Off to Mach 5.1

Boeing's X-51A WaveRider Scramjet has had its share of bad luck. While its first test flight in 2010 went fine, the two that followed ended with unsatisfactory plops. Now, the USAF has just completed the fourth and final test, and the result was a screaming 370 seconds of scramjet glory and literally hypersonic speeds. Read More >>

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The US Air Force Used to Test Supersonic Ejector Seats with Drugged-Up Bears

In 1950, the United States Air Force had a new bomber called the B-58 Hustler, the first to go Mach 2. Naturally they wanted to include ejector seats to allow pilots a chance to bail out, but first they had to do a lot of testing, and they did it with bears. Bears on drugs. Read More >>

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Google Accidentally Photographs Military Drone Landing

Around the clock, satellites are snapping and re-snapping the Earth's surface from space. Also around the clock, weaponised killer drones are making the rounds—and it looks like the two just had a chance encounter. Read More >>

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Look at These Two Pilots Barely Escape Death

This is completely terrifying. These guys were probably about one second from blowing up in a jet fuel fireball, but they managed to eject with only a hair standing between them and oblivion. Barely. Read More >>

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This Is the Supersonic Flying Saucer the US Air Force Tried to Build

The government might still be keeping aliens from us, but they're no longer keeping this schematics of a supersonic flying saucer the Air Force was considering trying to build back in the 1950s. Meet Project 1794. Read More >>

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A Photo of the Most Elite Pilots on Earth Looking Incredibly Badass

No, that's not a scene from The Right Stuff. It's 14 pilots of the ultra-high-tech Lockheed U-2 in full pressure suits posing like action heroes in front of their beautiful plane. Eat it, Ed Harris. Read More >>

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Air Force Says Tight Vests Are What Has Been Grounding All Those F-22s

For years now, the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptors have been relentlessly plagued by some mystery flaw that keeps threatening to suffocate pilots. The previous best guess had something to do with glue but now the USAF is saying it's found the culprit: vests. Read More >>

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Fighter Jets: Still the Coolest Way to Escape a Murderous Dictatorship

Col. Hassan Hamada of the Syrian air force decided to fly out of Syria and land in a Jordanian airbase instead of going home on Thursday. The airman made his stylish escape yesterday without a hitch in his MiG-21, and is now an official rebel forces hero. Read More >>

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There Are Two F-16s Hiding in This Picture

I hope you're not as easily fooled as I am because I totally missed the two F-16s in this picture. I have an excuse! I was totally looking at the left hand side of the picture. And the picture I saw was really small! Like thumbnail-sized! Read More >>

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A Predator Drone Watches America Exit Iraq from Above

Have you heard? The war in Iraq is over! Pretty much. The humans are out — but the big robot eyes in the sky are going to stick around. Hey — here's a perfectly symbolic video! Read More >>

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