Tuesday, July 27

US Air Force

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One of the Air Force’s biggest planes has helped pull off every major special ops mission since Vietnam

Since the mid-1960s, the Air Force has used the MC-130 to support special-operations missions all over the world. The Air Force is now rolling out the MC-130J model, and it will remain important as special operators adapt to new challenges. "The MC-130 is a very versatile and flexible aircraft," a former Air Force officer and Combat Talon pilot told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US military has thousands of aircraft that can launch attacks and support conventional operations, from the futuristic F-35 and F-22 fighters to the venerable A-10 and AC-130 close air support planes.When it comes to supporting s...
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Air Force special operators face a ‘particularly hard’ transition after Middle East wars, top general says

Air Force Special Operations Command is has had two decades of success against terrorist groups. That has set AFSOC up for a "particularly hard" transition to a new era of competition, its commander says. "If it were easy, somebody else would would be able to do it," Lt. Gen. James Slife, AFSOC commander, said in February. See more stories on Insider's business page. In February, Lt. Gen. James Slife, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), outlined the state of Air Force special operations and described how Air Commandos need to adapt in order to remain relevant and effective.The top Air Commando said his fo...
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The A-10 is feared for its attacks on the ground, but it can hold its own in a dogfight too

Since the late 1970s, the A-10 has earned a reputation as a fearsome ground-attack aircraft. While the Warthog isn't designed for air-to-air combat, some of its features give it an edge if it has to go up against another aircraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. Everybody knows the A-10 can bring the pain to ground targets like few aircraft in history, but the aircraft's tight turn radius and powerful gun can actually make it a force to be reckoned with in a dogfight too.The A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the Warthog, is a legendary air support platform that has earned its reputation as the infantryman's favorite aircraft through...
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How the US got its pilots home after 2 of its most advanced jets were shot down within weeks of each other

In spring 1999, NATO began an air campaign against Serbian forces to end human-rights abuses in Kosovo. During the bombing, Serbian forces shot down two of the US's most advanced jets: an F-117 and an F-16. Both US pilots got home, thanks in large part to a unique team of US Air Force special operators. See more stories on Insider's business page. In March 1999, NATO aircraft took to the air to stop a genocide in the Balkans.Operation Allied Force was a NATO bombing campaign meant to halt Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic and his forces and compel them to withdraw from Kosovo.After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s...