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Syrian forces announced March 27 that they have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State terrorist group. The Syrian Military Media Centre released aerial footage of the city taken from a drone. It not only shows the ancient ruins the area is famous for, but the damage from the heavy fighting the town has seen. The footage was released in the U.S. via the Associated Press.

Maneuverability may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the B-1 Lancer. But the plane showed it can really move when it performed a double aileron roll at an airshow. As first posted by The Aviationist, video captured the aircraft performing the maneuver at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. No word yet on whether the Thunderbirds plan to start piloting the craft

History is making a comeback when it comes to tankers lending a helping hand to some stranded Air Force pilots out there. Air Force Times’ readers applauded the news that an Air Force tanker crew from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, helped save a struggling F-16 pilot. He was flying over Islamic State group-held territory last year when a technical problem affected his fuel supply. He might have ejected over enemy territory, but the KC-135 essentially towed him back to base. “Now THAT is a wingman,” reader Sam Axe wrote on the Air Force Times Facebook page. “Teamwork at its…

At a time when B-52 heavy bombers are frequent flyers over the Korean peninsula (see: North Korea shenanigans) it’s nice to know that they’re keeping ready. Six B-52 Stratofortresses from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, took part in Exercise Combat Hammer, an annual air-to-ground combat training exercise which tests bombing capability, according to a release from Minot. “We exercise to ensure we are able to hit a target that the Air Force tells us to hit, with weapons they tell us to use, at a time they want it to be hit,” Maj. Ryan Cox, 5th Operations Support Squadron chief of wing…

Just in time for the New Hampshire primary, airmen have been advised to keep their politics at bay – at least on their social media pages. The Air Force last week released this social media guidelines video reminding airmen that it’s easy to get pulled into political rhetoric on Twitter, Facebook and other social sites, which has bearing on their uniformed service. Defense Department regulations have long mandated that service members abstain from partisan political activities, such as marching in political parades, wearing the uniform to political campaign events or campaigning for a specific candidate. But in 2016, this includes…

Between the Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, and other various aircraft, flyovers for the Super Bowl have wowed audiences for decades. This year, the Blue Angels will open Super Bowl 50, at Levi’s Stadium, California, with their “signature six-jet Delta formation.” But during the game itself, there will be other aerial backup. Air Force F-15 Eagles from the California Air National Guard have been training for weeks leading up to the big game, the Air Force said. The fighter jets will be patrolling the skies for wandering aircraft who have flown into restricted airspaces (on Sunday, the skies…

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited the roof on Tuesday when she spent two hours flying in a U-2 about 70,000 feet above the ground, according to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. James visited Beale Air Force Base, California, from Monday to Wednesday in order to get a better understanding of the Air Force’s high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission, according to a 9th Reconnaissance Wing news story. “The unique operating environment, the demanding mission requirements and the tireless dedication of our Beale Airmen can best be understood in person,” James said the news story. “ISR continues to be the…

The Air Force Academy this week unveiled new uniforms for its football team. The Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniforms are new for this year’s season, and are made of new lightweight and flexible material. The jerseys feature American flags and an Academy patch on each shoulder. The Falcons kick off the season Sept. 5 versus Morgan State.

For years, the Air Force’s M117 750-pound bomb was synonymous with “death from above.” During Vietnam, B-52 crews flying from Thailand and Japan dropped the ordnance as part of Arc Light missions and Operation Linebacker II, and nearly 20 years later, M117s rained down on Saddam Hussein’s army. On Friday, Pacific Air Forces said goodbye to its inventory of the Vietnam Era ordnance when B-52s dropped the last M117s from PACAF’s stockpile on an uninhabited island off Guam. Airmen from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, of Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and the 36th Munitions Squadron, of Anderson Air Force…

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