Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fighter Jet Times - November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016

The U.S. Air Force has still not established root cause for the fire that broke out in the rear section of an F-35 preparing for a training mission in Idaho last September.

Chinese marketers are advertising two new anti-aircraft radar systems which they claim can track stealth aircraft such as the F-35 and F-22.  The radar systems were unveiled at this past month's Zhuhai Air Show, and operate in the VHF and UHF frequency bands.

China's first female fighter pilot died in a training accident involving a mid-air collision of two J-10 fighters.  The pilot, Yu Xu was the squadron leader of a Chinese aerobatics team.  The pilot of the other aircraft survived the accident.

A Russian MiG-29K fighter crashed into the Mediterranean while conducting a training flight from the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.  The carrier was part of a contingent that Russia had expected to use in operations over Syria, where Russia is supporting the government forces of President Assad.  The pilot was recovered without injury.  The accident has been attributed to a mechanical malfunction.

Turkish warplanes have reportedly made strikes on areas around the Syrian town of al-Bab.  Despite a temporary ceasefire in the nearby city of Aleppo, Syria's civil war has continued to rage elsewhere in the country.

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