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Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever has before on Thursday, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. The brief, suborbital flight -- with two pilots on board -- was a key milestone for the company headed by British tycoon Richard Branson, who is striving to send tourists to space at a cost of $250,000 per seat. No spacecraft with people on board has taken off from US soil since the American…

ECC approves sale of three JF-17 to Nigeria for $184.3 Million

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has permitted the issuance of a certificate of sovereign guarantee for the sale of three JF-17 aircraft to Nigerian Air Force at a total amount of $184.3 million, in order to help the diminishing foreign exchange reserves. The Ministry of Defence Production had tabled a summary before the ECC, which provides the approval for the issuance of a certificate of sovereign guarantee in order to confirm commitment for the provision of the aforementioned aircraft…

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

SHANGHAI: China’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. “A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to ‘reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions’,” it said in the statement issued on…

Pakistan Army and Air Force test joint fire power capability

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army and Air Force on Saturday tested their joint conventional fire power capability in Central Command exercise at Jhelum firing ranges. Commander Central Command Lt General Azhar Saleh Abbasi briefed the audience about aims, objectives and conduct of the exercise.  The exercise marked culmination of a process aimed at integrating all available fire power assets/ sensors held with both Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force through an optimised near real time Sensor – Shooter Grid in a Network…

Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan takes over command of PAF

ISLAMABAD: Newly appointed Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan on Monday took over charge of his office at a ceremony held in the federal capital. Outgoing Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sohail Aman handed over the command of PAF to his successor at Air Headquarters in Islamabad. Addressing the ceremony, Sohail Aman said he had an honour to command one of the best air force in the world. Highlighting achievements of PAF, he said the force always played an instrumental…

Two Indian Air Force pilots killed in plane crash

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said two of its pilots were killed Thursday after their plane crashed in a remote northeastern state. The microlight plane crashed soon taking off for a routine sortie from Johrat airbase in Assam state. An Indian air force official said the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the plane crashed and burst into flames. “Both the pilots died in the crash and a court of enquiry has been ordered,” the official told. It was not immediately clear what caused the two-seater to crash,…

PAF chief Sohail Aman awarded King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has been awarded King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces General Abdul Rahman Bin Saleh Al-Bunyan conferred the coveted award on the air chief in a grand investiture ceremony. The prestigious medal has been awarded to the air chief in recognition of support provided by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to Royal Saudi Air Force in various domains, particularly by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman…

Air Force error helped Texas church shooter buy guns

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, USA: The man who carried out one of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings was able to buy guns legally because a prior domestic violence conviction while he was in the Air Force was never put into an FBI database used in background checks, officials said. Devin Kelley, the gunman in Sunday’s massacre at a church in rural southeastern Texas, was convicted by court-martial of assaulting his first wife and stepson while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 2012, according to the Pentagon. Authorities put the…

Don’t ‘underestimate’ US, warns Trump as he kicks off Asia tour

TOKYO: President Donald Trump Sunday issued a stern warning that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States as he kicked off an Asian tour dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis. Speaking to cheering military personnel at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo minutes after landing, Trump donned a bomber jacket and said "no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate... American resolve". "Every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?" roared…

Trump order allows Air Force to tackle pilot shortage

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allowing the Air Force to bring up to 1,000 pilots back to active duty as it grapples with an aviator shortage, the Pentagon said Friday. The Air Force has complained for years that it is struggling to retain pilots, who are often lured away by better-paying commercial airlines. Additionally, pilots often choose to leave the military due to the strains of extended deployments overseas. "We anticipate that the secretary of defense will delegate the…