Thursday, September 20, 2012

Innocent goatherder?

Remember a few years ago when the mantra of the left about prisoners in Guantanamo bay were just people in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Well look who the ringleader during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya is

From the Daily Mail:

Original title: Revealed: Ringleader behind 'al-Qaeda attack that killed U.S. ambassador was former Guantanamo inmate handed over to Libya by America'


A former al-Qaeda terrorist released from Guantanamo Bay is believed to be the leader of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the US Ambassador, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Sufyan Ben Qumu, who was reportedly once Osama bin Laden's driver, was let out of the US military detention center in Cuba in 2007 and turned over to the government of Muammar Gaddafi on the condition he be kept behind bars.

Now, Fox Newsreports he may have led the September 11 attack on the American consulate that resulted in the death of John Christopher Stevens -- the first US Ambassador killed by violence overseas since 1979.

The US military characterized him as a 'medium to high' risk to national security while he was in US custody and he refused to cooperate with authorities and explain his past associations with Islamic extremists.

Qumu, 53, is a Libyan army veteran who was jailed by Qaddafi and later escaped and moved to Sudan, where he worked for one of Osama bin Laden's holding companies.

Monday, September 3, 2012

F-22 in burner

Nice looking jet. I wonder when the Air Force will finally fix the OBOGS problems or will it take another crash?
The F-22 is a typical story of modern development, it;s history along with the F-35 make me wonder if we can build a new aircraft in a timely manner. Before anyone cries too much remember that the F-4 and the F-15 were also leap forwards during their respective development time frames so there is nothing unique about these two modern programs except for bad project management by both the Air Force and the prime contractor.

Photo: USAF

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Alabama 41 Michigan 14

Then the sky turned dark and a huge Crimson Wave covered the field like a herd of Thundering Elephants.

Team Extreme

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Below is Corporal Todd Love competing at the Leesburg Virginia extreme endurance test called The Spartan Race with his eight-man … Team X.T.R.E.M.E.

More on Todd love from the DAily Mail online

Old Ironsides

BOSTON, Mass. (Aug. 19, 2012) USS Constitution sets sail for the first time since 1997 during an underway demonstration commemorating Guerriere Day. Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Achterling)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Air Force finally does the right thing

Finally the Air Force has decided to extend the life of 300 late model F-16's. This is a direct result of the total failure to date of the F-35 program which is now 5 plus years late. The interview of Col Mol by Flight International indicated the installation will begin in late 2016 and will add 15 years of life to the aircraft. Below are some of the quotes

The aircraft, which are drawn from the USAF's fleet of Block 40, 42, 50 and 52 machines, will undergo a structural service life extension programme (SLEP) and a combat avionics programmed extension suite (CAPES) upgrade. The modifications will greatly boost the venerable warplane's capabilities.

"It provides a very significant capability to the F-16 platform that puts it on par, I do believe, with some of the other platforms that have AESA [active electronically scanned array radars] today," says Col Mark Mol, programme manager at the USAF's F-16 System Programme Office at Hill AFB, Utah.

The CAPES programme involves both hardware and software modifications, Mol says. The F-16 will receive a new AESA radar, a new Terma ALQ-213 electronic warfare system, an integrated broadcast system (IBS) and a center display unit (CDU). There will also be a new operational flight programme to tie those new systems together with the aircraft's existing avionics. The software will be one of the biggest challenges, Mol says.

Maybe the USAF should look at procuring more new build F-16 and F-15 Silent Eagles instead of flushing additional money which we can't afford down the F-35 wishing well.

Czech Gripen Baltic Airspace Policing

The Czech Air Force last week assumed the QRF function in the Baltics relieving a Polish Mig-29 unit. This on going NATO deployment has seen some unusual jets over the last few years including German F-4's on their last deployment. I believe this a first for the Czech Gripens. Good show!

Pic of the day

Nice shot of an E model during night air refueling.
Photo (USAF)

Time to start again

After a long hiatus I feel the need to start posting again now the the R/R team are now the nominee. It will be an interesting run up to the election. But at the end of the day the choice is simple. Support the current failed administration both economically and foreign policy wise, or hand over the reigns to a business man who had a questionable record as Governor in my opinion.
Almost all politics is local first so I urge everyone to take a look at thier own backyard and throw the bums out if they ar fiscally irresponsable.