Category Archives: Aviation

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The Senate Armed Services Committee — concerned with the Navy’s direction for its planned unmanned carrier aircraft program — wants the Pentagon to oversee development of two new carrier capable prototype unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and restart testing of the service’s two Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) in a combined $725 million effort, according to a summary of the SASC’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 defense authorization bill released Thursday evening. Read More

Congressman, Former SEAL Pushing to Keep Helicopter Combat Squadrons in Navy Budget

Congressman, Former SEAL Pushing to Keep Helicopter Combat Squadrons in Navy Budget

A U.S. Navy SEAL fast ropes from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the High Rollers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 onto a gas and oil platform in July 2011. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Navy SEAL fast ropes from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the High Rollers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 onto a gas and oil platform in July 2011. US Navy photo.

The defense authorization bill the House will debate this week includes a provision from a congressman and retired Navy SEAL that prevents the Navy from disestablishing Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons 84 and 85. Read More

Marine Helicopter Still Missing; Extensive Search Includes Hueys, Ospreys, Nepalese Battalion

Marine Helicopter Still Missing; Extensive Search Includes Hueys, Ospreys, Nepalese Battalion

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter takes off for a search and rescue mission from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, to find the missing UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. US Marine Corps photo.

A UH-1Y Huey helicopter takes off for a search and rescue mission from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 13, to find the missing UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. US Marine Corps photo.

American and Nepalese forces are still searching for a missing Marine Corps UH-1Y helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers onboard. Read More

Updated: Marine UH-1Y Helicopter Missing in Nepal, Aerial Search to Begin at Daybreak

Updated: Marine UH-1Y Helicopter Missing in Nepal, Aerial Search to Begin at Daybreak

Nepalese army soldiers unload aid and relief supplies, delivered by Joint Task Force 505, from a UH-1Y Venom in the Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal, May, 11, during Operation Sahayogi Haat. That aircraft went missing on May 12. US Marine Corps photo.

Nepalese army soldiers unload aid and relief supplies, delivered by Joint Task Force 505, from a UH-1Y Venom in the Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal, May, 11, during Operation Sahayogi Haat. One of the Marines’ Hueys went missing on May 12. US Marine Corps photo.

A UH-1Y Huey with six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers was declared missing today during disaster relief operations in Nepal. Read More

Updated: Navy Super Hornet Crashes in Persian Gulf, Crew Safely Recovered

Updated: Navy Super Hornet Crashes in Persian Gulf, Crew Safely Recovered

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. A Super Hornet from the squadron crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. A Super Hornet from the squadron crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. US Navy Photo

An U.S. Navy F/A-18 F Super Hornet has crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday at about 9:30 A.M. EST, Navy official told USNI News this afternoon. Read More

Photo Gallery: Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capital Flyover

Photo Gallery: Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capital Flyover

70 years ago today, Allied Forces in World War II declared victory in Europe. It would take another three months to defeat Japan in the Pacific, but Europeans who had endured nearly six years of war celebrated VE-Day. On the 70th anniversary of VE-Day, Arsenal of Democracy organized a World War II plane flyover, featuring formations of bombers, fighters, trainers and more, arranged to represent the chronological progression of the war. Read More