The production of the 1986 action flick Iron Eagle was not supported by the U.S Air Force, for obvious reasons.
The script, likely pitched as a mix between Back To The Future and The Last Starfighter, involves the children of service members stealing classified intelligence, sabotaging supply chains, and setting off a chain of events that led to an Air Force brat stealing a multi-million dollar aircraft from dimwitted airmen and massacring several dozen people in a fictional North African nation.
Somehow, this ramblin' wreck of an aerial Ocean's Eleven was a modest box office success when it premiered and a commercial nothing-burger despite home video success that led to three Louis Gossett Jr. filled sequels.
How did Iron Eagle even make it to production? Luckily, there was a nation willing to bring this partially-true story of international affairs gone wrong to the masses: Israel.
These two are in a room filled with items labeled 'Recon'
The Israeli air force played the role of both the U.S. Air Force and the fictional country of Bilya during production of the film. Finding a fighter jet to play the bad guy is never an easy task — just ask the producers of Top Gun. But luckily since the film was shot in Israel, IAF Kfir fighters really fit the role of high-flying fodder for Doug Masters to kill over and over again.
No one on the controlled flight line would dare to tell Doug Masters that his hair is out of regs.TriStar Pictures
But despite this silver lining, Iron Eagle portrays the Air Force as an incompetent, bloated bureaucratic entity that lucks out in having the best fighters that money can buy. The killer soundtrack featuring Queen gives this film a rocket booster of nostalgia, but the spaceship rapidly crashes into a mountain as none of this makes any sense.
Doug Masters kills a lot of foreign nationals, including the Minister of Defense of the sovereign state of Bilya. If anything approaching this ever happened in real life the congressional inquiries would make Benghazi look like a city council hearing.
The chief of staff of the air force would be removed, every officer from the wing king on down would be retired with full retirement benefits, and then they would send the enlisted that fucked up to jail for 20 years to do hard labor with Rambo.
Especially this kid who literally stole classified information.TriStar Pictures
The Pentagon's chief spokesman is refusing to say whether the last ISIS stronghold in Syria has fallen a day after President Donald Trump announced the caliphate's demise for the fourth time in as many months.
"Wherever ISIS exists, we will continue to pursue them with our partners and allies in the region," Charles Summers told reporters on Thursday at a Pentagon media event.
When asked if the fight to clear ISIS from Syria's Middle Euphrates River Valley has ended, Summers replied, "We continue to fight against ISIS wherever they may be."
Never bring a knife to a gunfight. Unless you're John Wick, in which case you can bring whatever the fuck you want — a pencil, a katana, a stolen horse, a set of antique knives, a crotch rocket, or a pair of flak-jacketed war dogs.
Either way, the result's going to be the same: John Wick is the only one walking away from that fight.
Should your friend and humble Pentagon correspondent live for another 50 years, you can expect to read a Pentagon Run-Down in 2069 about how many U.S. troops President George P. Bush III plans to leave in Syria. (Assuming, of course, that Joe Biden doesn't run in 2068.)
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that up to 1,000 U.S. troops could make up the residual force in Syria. The Pentagon pushed back on that story unusually hard, presumably because defense officials are terrified that Trump will think the military is trying to force him to commit more troops to Syria.
A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber from the US Air Force Andersen Air Force Base in Guam performs a fly-over at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore February 14, 2012. (Reuters/Tim Chong)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday complained that flights by U.S. nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers across the Baltic Sea near Russia's borders were creating tensions in the region, but Washington said they were needed to deter potential adversaries.