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Watch the Air Force's F-35 Demo Team commander break down each of his insane aerial acrobatics
Capt. Andy "Dojo" Olson may have one of the best jobs in the Air Force.
As commander of the service's F-35 Demo Team, Olson's mission is to push the fifth-generation stealth fighter to its limits and pull off the kind of aerial acrobatics that can give even the most casual observer a turgid aviation hard-on. And ahead of air show season, Olson promised to flaunt some awesome new stunts for spectators on the ground.
"This show is going to solidify the F-35 in its rightful place, just [as] the absolute, cutting-edge stealth fighter jet [that's] here and it's ready and so capable," Olson told Military.com back in March. "It's just a total, absolute rage fest within 15 minutes."
Well, Olson delivered, and then some: In a new eight-minute Air Force video first spotted by our friends at Popular Mechanics, Olson sat down to walk viewers through each one of the aerial maneuvers executed during each show:
If Olson's rundown doesn't sate your appetite for aerial acrobatics, we highly recommend reading the brief analysis from Popular Mechanics. In the meantime, you can check out the F-35 Demo Team's 2019 schedule here.
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The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.
More than $20 million of the Pentagon aid at the center of the impeachment fight still hasn't reached Ukraine.
The continued delay undermines a key argument against impeachment from President Trump's Republican allies and a new legal memo from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Editor's note: a version of this story first appeared in 2015.
Most people haven't heard of an elderly Belgian-Congolese nurse named Augusta Chiwy. But students of history know that adversity and dread can turn on a dime into freedom and change, and it's often the most humble and little-known individuals who are the drivers of it.
During the very darkest days of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Chiwy was such a catalyst, and hundreds of Americans lived because of her. She died quietly on Aug. 23, 2015, at the age of 94 at her home in Brussels, Belgium, and had it not been for the efforts of my friend — British military historian Martin King — the world may never have heard her astonishing story.
Average pay, housing and subsistence allowances will increase for members of the military in 2020, the Pentagon announced Thursday.