US military helicopter crashes in Okinawa, status of crew members unknown

Smoke billows from the crash site of US air force rescue helicopter HH-60 at Camp Hansen as US marine helicopter CH46 flies over to drop water, on the southern island of Okinawa. The HH-60 rescue helicopter crashed in a training area at Camp Hansen with four crew members on board. The status of the crew members is unknown.

Smoke billows from the crash site of US air force rescue helicopter HH-60 at Camp Hansen as US marine helicopter CH46 flies over to drop water, on the southern island of Okinawa. The HH-60 rescue helicopter crashed in a training area at Camp Hansen with four crew members on board. The status of the crew members is unknown.

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TOKYO — A US military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, Japanese and US officials said.

The HH-60 rescue helicopter, which belongs to Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base, was on an unspecified training mission when it crashed at Camp Hansen, a US Air Force statement said.

 

Television footage showed smoke rising from a spot in the forest, with a mangled object that appeared to be the frame of the helicopter ablaze.

The US statement said the cause of the crash was not known, and did not elaborate on the condition of the four crew members on board.

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US Air Force Combat Aircraft No Longer Grounded

Commentary by:  Gordon King

So the Federal government grounded the air force due to budget cuts.  That says a lot about our homeland security.

I find this fascinating due to the fact that the government can spend untold amounts of money on billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition, militarizing the Department of Homeland Security, building hundreds of FEMA camps around the country, and purchase hundreds of thousands of coffins, yet, it has to cut back on the military defense of our country!

It seems as though the government does not have it’s priorities straight and/or the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, or possibly has other motives.  This is our government hard at work….but for who?

Is this what they call “Operational Readiness”, to serve and protect?

By BROCK VERGAKIS – Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va.—Grounded since April because of budget cuts, many of the Air Force’s combat aircraft started flying again Monday, the military has announced.The grounding affected about one-third of active-duty combat craft, including squadrons of fighters, bombers, and airborne warning and control craft.

Officials at Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said the order affects planes in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific. The popular Thunderbirds demonstration team comprised of F-16s also will start flying again.

“Since April we’ve been in a precipitous decline with regard to combat readiness,” Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, said in a statement. “Returning to flying is an important first step but what we have ahead of us is a measured climb to recovery.”

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Former US Officer Describes Encounter With Alien Craft

WASHINGTON-A former U.S. Air Force officer described in detail a spaceship he saw while investigating an incident near a U.S. airbase in the United Kingdom in 1980.

By Shar Adams,

Sgt. James Penniston was speaking at a “Citizen Hearing On Disclosure,” a mock Congressional hearing on extra terrestrial encounters which runs for five days from April 29 to May 3, at the National Press Club.

On the night of December 26th 1980, Penniston, then a security police supervisor at the Royal Air Force Base at Bentwaters in England, was asked to investigate a “craft-of-unknown-origin.”

The craft had landed and subsequently taken off after an on-ground investigation which lasted more than 45 minutes.

Penniston described how radar on the base picked up the aircraft as it entered military air space. The Bentwaters base, coupled with nearby twin base Woodbridge, represented the largest tactical fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force.

Penniston said he and another officer, Sgt. John Burroughs, followed a strange glow coming from the Rendlesham Forest beside the base where the craft seemed to have descended.

When they approached the site, he and Burroughs were shot with a beam of light which caused them to “hit the ground.”

“I thought we were going to explode,” Penniston said. When the beam stopped, they got up and saw a triangular craft around 9 feet long and 6 feet 5 inches high, glowing with a yellow and blue light rotating around the skin of the craft.

The air surrounding the craft was charged. Penniston told the committee, “There was static energy, you could feel it in your hair and on your body.”

Penniston thought it might have been a U.S. craft or even Russian, and did what he was supposed to do, which was note the details.

The skin of the craft was warm, at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, he said. The surface was smooth to his hand, and it seemed to be floating slightly above the ground. When Penniston tried to push the craft it was “solid as a rock.” It was small, he said, too small to carry people, and he remembers thinking it is “not hostile.”

At that stage, he said he still thought it might have been man-made, and as he walked around the front he saw some writing which he expected would say NASA or United States Air Force. What he saw however were hieroglyphs etched into the skin of the craft and were about 2 feet 6 inches in length. The largest, he said, was triangle shaped.

As he inspected further, he knew “it was nothing we or Russians had, it was beyond our technology.”

After a time, the craft began to rise, became airborne with no sound or air disturbance. It turned, then moved at “an impossible speed,” Penniston said.

Penniston was the only one to have touched the craft. He revealed to the public for the first time that while he was inspecting the craft, Burroughs had been zapped by a huge beam of light from above.

“John never really talked about it,” he said, noting that Burroughs had revealed that information only recently.

Sightings of lights and aircrafts around the Brentwood continued over the next two days, reported by servicemen working on the two bases and some civilians.

Later, Penniston was asked to write down what he saw and did so in detail in a four page report. He has never seen that report again. Soon after, he was handed a piece of paper with half a page of writing on it and told that was his new report. The report gave very little detail, although it did acknowledge that there had been a craft, and that it had been metallic.

No one asked questions about his experience. “They were not even interested in the glyphs,” Penniston said. The half page paper became his official report, and the event became classified, making it impossible to discuss with anyone.

Penniston and Burroughs said at the time they were relieved. They just wanted to forget the event.

But some time later, they began to feel medical effects. Burroughs, still in his twenties at the time, developed a heart condition and his gums went white, symptoms similar to the effects of radiation. Penniston also developed heart problems and started to experience balance difficulties and an inability to sleep.

They found out later that radiation levels at the site were seven times higher than normal.

Both officers spoke at the hearing but were also represented by their lawyer. After so many years, neither serviceman has been able to obtain medical support from veterans services. Both have been denied their medical records and benefits for illnesses related to the classified event.

“We have been stonewalled,” Burroughs said in a statement, “We’ve tried A, we’ve tried B, we’ve tried C, and none of the avenues have lead to proper support of our post-incident medical issues, nor any viable explanation of why information .. is being withheld.”

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B-52 bomber flying in your vicinity?

 Don’t worry, it may just be targeting your house

March 25, 2013

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Posted by David Cenciotti 

The following short video shows a B-52 Stratofortress during a standard training mission of the War Week, an exercise which incorporates Aerial Refueling, Weapons Tactics and High Altitude Maneuvering.

 

The iconic bomber can be seen taking off, cruising, releasing simulated bombs, taking fuel midair from a KC-135 Stratotanker refueler and landing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Lousiana.

As some viewers have noticed with a bit of concern on Youtube, the B-52 used what appears to be the garden of a civil house as the target of its simulated bombing run.

Nothing special to be honest: in order to improve the skills they may need one day against actual ones, aircrews of U.S. and foreign attack planes can use civilian buildings, infrastructures located inside or outside training areas and gunnery ranges.

Buildings, bridges, highway passages can be used as simulated targets that a B-52 on a training sortie has to identify and attack using cruise missiles, GPS guided weapons, unguided munitions, mines and so on.

Until they don’t drop an actual bomb on them, civilians should not be too worried to be in the B-52′s Radar Navigator crosshairs.

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More than 60 years after it started to fly with the U.S. Air Force, the B-52 is still being upgraded.

The heavy bomber fleet will soon be equipped with the Sniper pod, that will enable a better integration with ground forces and provide improved precision in laser guided bomb air strikes.

“This pod gives a faster response time to our targets. What would normally take me 30 to 40 button presses in five minutes now only takes me a few seconds to actually target and drop munitions,” said Capt. Ryan Allen, 20th Bomb Squadron radar navigation instructor.

Furthermore, the pod has a greater visibility range and can feed ground troops, to let them see what the Sniper pod sees.

The Sniper pod already equips fast combat jets as well as the B-1 Lancer, and with a software upgrade called Net-T (network tactical) it can be turned into a wireless router that can provide connectivity to ground troops on the battlefield.

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