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Military: F-15 Pilot Died in Virginia Crash

2-day search comes to sad end

(Newser) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said yesterday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state, and federal officials as well as volunteers. The Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot, whose identity... More »

F-15 Pilot Missing After Virginia Crash

Helicopters searching mountains through the night

(Newser) - A massive search effort is underway in the Virginia mountains for the pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed in the area yesterday morning . A deep crater has been found at the crash site in Augusta County, and it's not clear whether the pilot managed to eject in... More »

Fighter Jet Crashes in Virginia Mountains

Pilot's fate still unknown

(Newser) - A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet crashed this morning in the mountains of central Virginia, reports NBC29 . There is no sign of the pilot, who may have ejected before his plane crashed near the rural community of Deerfield; a state police helicopter has begun a search. The F-15... More »

US Arms Sales Hog 75% of Global Market

Washington's overseas sales tripled last year

(Newser) - America's weapon sales abroad last year skyrocketed to $66.3 billion, triple the 2010 figure of $21.4 billion, according to a nonpartisan report. US sales accounted for more than three-quarters of the $85.3 billion market and marked a record high for sales in a year, blowing away... More »

F-15s Intercept 2 Planes in Presidential Airspace

Small aircraft strayed into Obama's restricted zone

(Newser) - Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two small planes that strayed into restricted airspace as President Obama flew out of JFK airport after a campaign stop in Connecticut last night, reports AP . The first plane was intercepted over Long Island at 7pm and escorted to an airfield where... More »

US Hawking F-15s to Saudis

For the paltry sum of $29.4B

(Newser) - As Iran continues its saber-rattling , the US is responding by beefing up the military might of a regional ally. The Obama administration will announce the sale of $29.4 billion in F-15s to Saudi Arabia, sources tell the AP , in a deal for 84 new jets and upgrades to 70... More »

Friendly Libyans Injured in US Jet Rescue

Bombs dropped during mission to rescue downed airmen

(Newser) - The US military is facing questions over this week's mission to rescue two airmen following reports that several Libyan civilians were injured in the operation. The airmen ejected after their F-15 malfunctioned and landed in separate locations in rebel-held territory. Villagers claim shots were fired during one rescue and bombs... More »

US Jet Crashes in Libya

Mechanical malfunction blamed; both crew said to be safe

(Newser) - A US F-15E Strike Eagle jet has crash-landed about 25 miles southwest of Benghazi, the apparent victim of mechanical failure rather than Libyan fire. A Marine Corps Osprey search and rescue aircraft retrieved the pilot, while the second crew member, a weapons officer, was recovered by rebel forces and is... More »

Congress Has Until Midnight to Stop Saudi Arms Deal

...but it probably won't

(Newser) - The United States' $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia looks poised to go through, despite misgivings from some pro-Israeli lawmakers. The Defense Department notified lawmakers of the deal last month, giving them 30 days to block or amend it, the AP explains. That window expires tonight at midnight, but... More »

Obama Proposes $60B Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

Boasts record-setting deal will create jobs

(Newser) - The Obama administration plans to offer Saudi Arabia $60 billion worth of advanced aircraft, in what would be the largest arms deal in US history. The deal may also be expanded by tens of billions more to include naval and missile-defense upgrades, the Wall Street Journal reports. The administration intends... More »

US Fighter Jets Escort Plane With Unruly Flyer

F-15s scrambled after reports of 'uncooperative' passenger

(Newser) - Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort a Portland-Hawaii flight back to Portland yesterday when crew members became alarmed by an unruly passenger. The pilot decided to turn back because of "a suspicious passenger who made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bag," a spokeswoman for... More »

Army Engineer Accused of Spying for Israel

American gave away information on nuclear weapons, fighter jets

(Newser) - An 84-year old American engineer was arrested today on charges of providing information on US military technology to Israel, Reuters reports. Ben-Ami Kadish, 83, has already admitted in FBI interviews to giving an unnamed Israeli source around 100 documents on nuclear weapons, the F-15 jet and the Patriot missile defense... More »

F-15 Fleet Grounded After Crash

Officials worry structural defect may have triggered accident

(Newser) - The US Air Force has grounded all 676 F-15 fighter jets after a plane flown by a member of the Missouri Air National Guard crashed last week during a training exercise. Investigators believe the crash may have been caused by a structural defect.  A pilot whose name was not... More »

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