A statement by the American Forces Press Service is seeking to
clarify some of the details around Monday's unintentional, but
otherwise foreseeable mayhem as one of the Air Force's Presidential
747s toured the low altitude skis over New York City... with two
F-16s in hot pursuit. What happened thereafter can only best be
characterized in Mil-Speak as a 'S.N.A.F.U.'
Could Reverse Previous Decision To Close Kyrgyzstan Base
The US could be nearing a deal with the Kyrgyzstan government to
extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, according to Pentagon Press
Secretary Geoff Morrell. Morrell reported progress in negotiations
he called "reason for hope" about reversing Kyrgyzstan's previous
decision regarding the base.
The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft arrived
in Florida, April 21st, to educate the base and local community
about the Department of Defense and world's newest fighter. The
arrival of the test F-35, called AA-1, kicked off a week full of
events to showcase the aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base.
OK... lets get this straight... a lowly Cessna 170 flies,
accidently, into Washington Airspace (as occurred last week) and it
becomes a national scandal (again) and yet when the White House/DoD
flies a 747, low-level and followed by F16s pursuing it through the
skies of New York, they're surprised when people start heading for
Boeing's P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T-1 successfully completed
its first flight April 25th, taking off from Renton Field at 10:43
a.m. and touching down at Boeing Field in Seattle at 2:14 p.m. The
P-8A performed a series of flight checks, reached a maximum
altitude of 25,000 feet, and landed after three hours, 31 minutes
in the air.