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Weapon Wednesday – A-10 Warthog Staying Relevant

My favorite aircraft of all time gets some needed upgrades.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

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Weapon Wednesday – Air Force ROBOpilot

A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft
A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft(Credit: US Air Force)

A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, the ROBOpilot made its first two-hour flight on August 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah after being installed in a 1968 Cessna 206 small aircraft. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force Spooky Gunship being Replaced

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Wiles

The Air Force’s famous AC-130U “Spooky” gunship is on the verge of retirement with the heavily armed cargo plane returning on Monday from its last scheduled overseas mission.< read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Fighter Aircraft Coming

Boeing

The announcement of the United Kingdom’s new Tempest fighter project marks yet another new fighter program set to delivery in the 2030s. In addition to Tempest, a new Japanese fighter, a Franco-German project, and whatever China and Russia are surely working on, the United States has not one but two fighter jets. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Close-Air Support Plane

The OA-X aircraft will provide U.S. troops with close air support over distant battlefields.

 Over the deserts of New Mexico, the U.S. Air Force is kicking the tires on four light aircraft, one of which will almost certainly end up being the service’s next light attack aircraft. The Textron Scorpion, Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Sierra Nevada A-29, and Air Tractor AT-802U are all being tested at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico in simulated missions from convoy escort to supporting friendly ground troops in contact.

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