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Air Force Jet Crashes After Commencement Flyover

President Obama had spoken at the ceremony beforehand

(Newser) - The pilot of a US Air Force Thunderbird that crashed following a flyover met with President Barack Obama shortly after ejecting safely into a Colorado field, the AP reports. News of the crash broke while Obama's motorcade was returning to Peterson Air Force Base on Thursday for his flight... More »

2 Navy Fighter Jets Crash Into the Atlantic

4 people hospitalized with minor injuries

(Newser) - Two Navy jet fighters crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina during a routine training mission on Thursday, sending four people to the hospital, officials said. The Navy initially said the F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, based in Virginia Beach, collided about 10:40am off the... More »

F-16 Crashes in Arizona

Pilot's condition unknown

(Newser) - An F-16 fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix crashed Thursday in a remote area of northwestern Arizona. There was no immediate word on pilot's condition and a search and rescue operation was underway, officials said. The crash occurred at about 8:45am in rugged terrain near... More »

Iraqi Jet Accidentally Bombs Baghdad, Kills 12

Russian-made aircraft suffered technical failure, military says

(Newser) - An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood today, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane—one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against ISIS—was returning to base when the accident happened. A military spokesman... More »

Greek F-16 Crash in Spain Exercise Kills 10

Another 13 injured in NATO training exercise accident

(Newser) - A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain today, killing at least 10 people, Spain's Defense Ministry says. Another 13 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a plume of black... More »

Israel Downs Syrian Fighter Jet in Its Airspace

First such interception since 1980s: reports

(Newser) - Israel has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered Israeli airspace, Haaretz reports. The pilots appear to have parachuted to safety in the incident, which saw a Patriot missile hit the Sukhoi-24 jet over Golan Heights. It was the first time since the 1980s that Israel has shot down... More »

Rescuers End Ocean Search for Navy Pilot

Fellow pilot treated and released after ejecting

(Newser) - Rescuers have called off their search in the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island. The Navy said today that it presumes the pilot is dead after failing to find him during a 36-hour search. The Navy declined... More »

Ukraine: Rebels Shot Down Fighter Jet

Pro-Russia faction still retains firepower; aid convoy sits at border

(Newser) - Separatists have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane amid fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in the eastern part of the country, a Ukrainian military spokesman said today. Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky said that the plane was shot down over the Luhansk region after launching an attack on rebels. The... More »

US Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet

Runway fire is new setback for $400B program

(Newser) - A new setback for the Pentagon's costliest weapons program: The military's entire fleet of 97 F-35 fighter jets has been grounded while the military probes a runway fire on one of the jets last month, reports CNN . "Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return... More »

Pentagon Grounds F-35s Over Cracked Engine

The fighter-jet program cost nearly $400B

(Newser) - The Pentagon says it has grounded its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade. The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., of an Air Force version of the F-35. Other versions of the F-35... More »

China Lands First Jet on Its First Aircraft Carrier

Underscores China's naval ambitions

(Newser) - China has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country's official news agency confirmed today. The Liaoning aircraft carrier underscores China's ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, but it is not expected to carry a full... More »

Jets Scramble After Planes Violate UN Airspace

Incident occurred around the time of Obama's speech

(Newser) - Two fighter jets scrambled today after two small aircraft violated airspace restrictions in place for the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders close to the time President Obama was speaking. North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelio said the F-22s intercepted the small planes during two separate incidents... More »

As NATO Meets, Turkey Blasts Syria as 'Open Threat'

Turkish PM Erdogan issues a warning to Damascus

(Newser) - Turkey is hardening its stance against Syria, even as NATO meets today to discuss Syria's downing of a Turkish jet last week. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned in an address to his parliament that Syrian troops would be considered an "open threat" if they come near his... More »

Turkey to NATO: Syria Attacked Us All

Turkish officials push alliance to discuss Syrian violence

(Newser) - Turkey's message to NATO: We were all attacked this weekend. Turkey said today it will tell the military alliance that Syria's downing of a Turkish jet constitutes an attack on all NATO countries under article 5 of its treaty, the AP reports. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc made... More »

Downed Turkish Warplane 'May Have Crossed Border'

But Syria shouldn't have been surprised: President Gul

(Newser) - A Turkish fighter jet shot down by Syria may well have violated its airspace, Turkey's president admitted today. But he said that such high-altitude border crossings happen all the time. "It is routine for jet fighters to sometimes fly in and out over borders... when you consider their... More »

Russians Hawk Jets to Syria Regime

Even as US senators propose tougher sanctions

(Newser) - Russia is so unconcerned with the international outcry against Syria that it has reached a deal to sell Bashar al-Assad's regime three dozen Yak-130 fighter jets, a Syrian business newspaper reported today. The twin-engined jet is capable of attacking ground targets, the AP reports. Experts say the contract, which... More »

Iraq Wants US to Sell It 36 F-16s

Expanded deal is under discussion

(Newser) - As the Dec. 31 US troop withdrawal deadline looms, Iraq is looking to purchase as many as 36 US fighter jets and other air-defense systems. The purchase, which will cost billions, could help cement ties between Iraq and the US and, Washington hopes, keep Iran at bay. The move comes... More »

China Hands Pakistan 50 Jets

Move could further sour relations with US

(Newser) - Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani finished his trip to Beijing today, and he’s getting quite the parting gift: 50 brand new JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. Pakistan and China have developed and built the JF-17 jointly, in a program dating back to 1999, but this batch will sport advanced... More »

Two Killed in California Navy Jet Crash

$50M Hornet disintegrates into smoldering debris in Fresno field

(Newser) - Two service members were killed yesterday when a fighter jet crashed into a field in central California during a training exercise. The F/A-18F Super Hornet went down a half mile from the Naval Air Station outside of Fresno. Witnesses said the $50 million aircraft disintegrated into "smoldering debris,"... More »

10 Hurt When Jet Explodes on Aircraft Carrier

Engine blows up during training exercise off San Diego

(Newser) - Ten sailors were injured yesterday when a jet engine burst into flames on an aircraft carrier off San Diego. Four men were airlifted to a Navy medical center and the rest were treated on the USS John C. Stennis. None of the injuries was life threatening. Officials are investigating the... More »

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