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Forget Pilot Videos - Here's One By Crew Chiefs!

A-10 Crew Chief

Hawg Smoke - a competition between 13 A-10 teams at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona - took place this year from June 2-4, and this video gives a little bit of "behind-the-scenes" action from the perspective of the crew chief getting an A-10 ready for a flight.

USAF Can't Afford Aircraft in 5 Years

According to a recently released report by the Pentagon, the Air Force's budget problems are made clear. According to the Annual Aviation and Inventory Funding Plan for fiscal years 2017-2046, the USAF runs out of money to support it's fighter fleet in 2021 - just five years from now.

The full report, which can be read on DefenseNews.com, paints a grim picture of the Air Force in the next few years. According to the report:

F-35 Flies With Thunderbirds

F-35 and Thunderbird's F-16 in formation

A neat picture of the F-35 keeping up with the Thunderbird's F-16 in a relatively low-speed formation was posted a few days ago on the Thunderbird's Facebook page, and now we have video of this awesome formation!

New Class of F-16 Grads at Holloman, AFB

A new class of F-16 pilots has just graduated from the 311th Fighter Squadron “Sidewinders”, and what would a graduating class be without a cool video, so:

USAF Short 500 Pilots

US Air Force pilots

If you want to be a fighter pilot, there's no time like the present, since the US Air Force is currently about 500 pilots short of what they need, and deficit is expected to grow to about 800 pilots short by 2022, according to a DefenseNews.com article.

LRS-B Image Emerges: Meet the B-21

B-21 is the LRS-B

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James unveiled the first renderings of the Air Force's LRS-B, which will be known as the B-21, at the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium.

There are no prototypes of this bomber built yet, but the above artist rendering is based upon the initial design concept.

Fiscal 2017 Budget Proposal Has Some Big Changes for the USAF

Air Force Fiscal Year 2017 Force Structure

The Air Force is seeking $166.9 billion in the 2017 Defense Department budget proposal, and even though that is up $5.1 billion from 2016, the USAF had to make some tough choices about aircraft modernization and acquisition for this coming fiscal year.

USAF Personnel to Remain Constant

New F-22 B-Course Graduates

A new F-22 Raptor B-Course graduated a few months ago. Coincidentily, they just happened to complete their 8-month-long course right when Jurassic World came out.

This, of course, led what may be one of the best graduation course videos yet, with a little extra dose of raptor inspiration from the original Jurassic Park. Check out the video above!

RQ-4 Drone Piloting Open to Enlisted Soliders!

Yesterday the USAF announced a new initiative to open up flying jobs to enlisted soldiers - starting with the RQ-4 Global Hawk Remote Piloted Vehicle (RPA).

F-16 vs F/A-18 - From a Pilot's Perspective

One of the questions that is pretty common among aviation enthusiasts is the old "which aircraft is better". There are some that are obvious - like the A-10's ability to perform Close Air Support and the F-22's unmatched air superiority - but for multirole fighters like the F/A-18 and the F-16 there's not necessarily a clear-cut winner.