Archive for the ‘fighters’ Category

Iraqi troops clash with Shiite fighters

March 21, 2008

BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces are clashing with Shiite militia fighters southeast of Baghdad for a second day.
A man released from the US custody watches his wife sign a document ... 
man released from the US custody watches his wife sign a document to obey the laws of Iraq, at a US base inside Baghdad’s Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, Friday, March 21, 2008. US military released 13 detainees here Friday.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi officials said Friday that at least two police officers and two gunmen had died in the fighting in the city of Kut. The clashes began Thursday when factions of the Mahdi Army militia attacked security checkpoints, the officials said.

The Mahdi Army militia is nominally loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The anti-U.S. cleric has ordered a cease-fire but clashes often break out between rival factions battling for power in the oil-rich south.

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Flaw may permanently ground 160 jets, Air Force general says

January 11, 2008

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A manufacturing defect blamed for the mid-air breakup of an F-15 Eagle fighter may cause the Air Force to ground a quarter of its fleet of those warplanes.
This October 2005 photo shows a group of  U.S. Air Force F-15 ...

The F-15 has been the sole fighter at many of the 16 or so “alert” sites around the country, where planes and pilots stand ready to take off at a moment’s notice to intercept hijacked airliners, Cessnas that wander into protected airspace, and other threats.
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Gen. John Corley, the head of the U.S. Air Combat Command, said about 160 of the jets may never return to service after an investigation into the November 2 crash that left the plane’s pilot seriously injured.

The single-seat F-15C broke up in a 500-mph turn during a combat training mission over Missouri, with its fuselage breaking in half behind the cockpit, an Air Force probe of the crash determined.

Investigators concluded that a critical piece of the jet’s airframe broke during the flight because of a manufacturing defect. A defective longeron — a metal strut that runs lengthwise down the fuselage — was cut improperly by the manufacturer, Boeing, and led to a series of cracks over the plane’s lifespan, Corley said. rplanes permanently, a top general said Thursday.

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/10/f15.groundings/index.html?section=cnn_latest

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F-15 grounding strains U.S. air defenses

The Blue Angels: A Symbol of U.S. Navy Pride

October 9, 2007

Felicia Benamon
American Chronicle 

The U.S. Navy’s flight exhibition squadron, the Blue Angels, is a rare treat to behold. They are a fine example of the precision, discipline, and sheer guts exhibited by our military. Spectators are able to see the fine skills of the Blue Angels when they fly in to cities and towns across America and in some parts of the world to do air shows. Growing up in the military as a Navy brat, I attended many air shows where the Blue Angels performed. They are inspiring!

The Blue Angels are representative of the U.S. Navy, but they are a HUGE credit to our military as a whole. They are the best exhibition team in the world…who else could fly 36 inches apart wingtip to wingtip? They exhibit VERY impressive and outrageous (in a good sense) flying skills.

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http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=39660