Brace yourselves: the Air Force's newest gunship is officially on the prowl downrange.

The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship flew its first combat mission in Afghanistan in late June, deploying to relieve the AC-130U Spooky aircraft following the latter's final combat sorties, an Air Force Special Operations Command spokesman confirmed to The War Zone on Wednesday.

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(Mikhail Palinchak, Presidential Press Service via Associated Press)
The Russian Defense Ministry released a video shot from the cockpit of a Su-27 fighter as it raced after a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress heavy, long-range bomber.
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The A-10 Warthog can fly while missing half a wing and one engine. The F-35 was taken out by a large bird. Apparently, F-35 armor is only rated for small birds.

Task & Purpose Video Producer Chris Capelluto gives you the rundown on the Close Air Support competition.

Two F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters recently flew a mission in the Middle East in "beast mode," meaning they were loaded up with as much firepower as they could carry.

The F-35s with the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to execute a mission in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Air Forces Central Command revealed. The fifth-generation fighters sacrificed their high-end stealth to fly with a full loadout of weaponry on their wings.

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EGLIN AFB — With gratitude for its seven years at Eglin and enthusiasm for the future in California, the Navy's first F-35C strike fighter squadron furled its flag in a Thursday morning ceremony.

The F-35C is the "carrier variant" version of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, designed specifically to operate from aircraft carriers.

"Today, we turn into the wind and launch on an aggressive path to deploy the F-35C," said Navy Capt. Max G. McCoy, commander of the Joint Strike Fighter Wing.

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A new video offers a look at the inside of the B-2 Spirit bomber for the first time in the three-decade history of one of America's most secretive aerial weapons.

The U.S. Air Force allowed a civilian journalist to board a B-2 stealth bomber and record the flight from inside the cockpit, capturing exclusive footage of one of the service's most closely-guarded secrets.

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