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Avenging Angel: The Mighty A-10 Warthog!

Dedicated to the men and women of the USAF. The air and ground crews that served her, and those she protected below!

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George Frideric Handel, 1738 – An oratorio on the grand scale with the chorus in Depleted Uranium Minor (click on the image)

“Scorpion” Aimed At Unique Air Combat Niche

Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week has taken a closer look at this interesting new player on the aerospace market:

“In person, the Scorpion is quite big. At 21,250 lb. max takeoff weight, it is about the size of the M-346 or a Citation Excel, it carries a 9,300 lb. useful load, and it stands well clear of the ground. As a jet, it offers much greater speed and altitude capability than a King Air or AT-6, Anderson points out.

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Now that Textron owns both those aircraft, the Scorpion is not intended to compete with them. Or anything else, for that matter. The Scorpion costs more than its propeller-driven cousins but much less than a fighter: The goals were a $20 million acquisition cost and $3,000 per flight hour. Its niche is to do missions for which air forces today use fighters because that’s what they have, but where the fighter’s expensively acquired air-combat prowess and survivability are unused.”

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Friday Foto

EXERCISE IRON MOON 13

A Blackhawk helicopter extracts Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) troops from the bulk carrier Double Providence after the successful completion of training as part of Exercise IRON MOON.  IRON MOON enhanced the ADF’s maritime counter-terrorism capability (MCT) through rehearsing maritime interdiction and recovery operations off North West Australia.

The training was conducted together with the Australian Federal Police and supported by several state and federal government organisations to enhance inter-agency security response skills.

NH90 helicopter enters New Zealand service

The New Zealand Defence Forces have released a video showcasing the first introduction of the new NH90 medium / multi-role helicopter.

Also visible in the video are some nice shots of the new New Zealand multi-terrain camo pattern uniform in use.

Click on the image above to jump to the video.

The new (secret) eyes in the skies

First off, we have to give a hat tip to Wings Over Iraq for the tip-off about this.  Secondly, prepare to meet a real-life UFO – maybe….

The successful launch and landing of the US Navy’s X-47B stealth drone on an aircraft carrier recently was a surprisingly, even suspiciously, well publicized and openly photographed event.  And there’s clearly no effort being made to keep the plane’s existence secret – even if its capabilities are not being publicized.

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Perhaps the surprising openness about the X-47B program is a deliberate move to distract attention away from a truly amazing secret – the successor to the RQ-170 “Sentinel”, once known as “The Beast of Kandahar”.

"The Beast of Kandahar" - an RQ-170 'Sentinal' AUV.

“The Beast of Kandahar” – an RQ-170 ‘Sentinel’ AUV.

 

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