Author Andrew Tilghman

So what was that Iranian aircraft doing buzzing over the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower last week? Filming it, according to the Iran’s naval chief. TEHRAN – An Iranian navy plane that came close to a US aircraft carrier in the Gulf was filming the vessel, the Fars news agency quoted Iran’s naval chief as saying on Tuesday. “The F27 plane of the navy flew above this aircraft carrier and took a thorough film. Despite the carrier’s objection we insist that this is our right,” the agency quoted Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari as saying.

Check this out — one of the first F-35 carrier variants was “drop tested” recently down at a Lockheed Martin facility in Dallas. The first test flight for the F-35C is expected in May or June.

Some friends of a fired CO are rallying support online. Check out this Facebook page named “Support Capt. John Titus,” in honor of the commanding officer of the Navy Supply Corps School who was relieved of command on Jan. 8. The page creators want people to send letters of endorsement to the chief of naval personnel to consider along with Titus’ detached for cause package. Michael Aldrich, a supply officer with a Facebook page, posts on the wall “CAPT Titus ROCKS!!!!” That’s the fired CO himself up there (second from the left) in a photo from the groundbreaking for the new supply…

Looks like the Navy has coined a new term. I heard it for the first time a couple of months ago when I was out on the Truman and talking to Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, the strike group’s commander. He was explaining how they would remain ready despite a six-month gap between the JTFX and an actual deployment. Driscoll said the strike group would probably go out for another large-scale excersise. “The Navy loves acronyms, so we’ll probably call it ‘sustain-ex’ or something like that,” Driscoll said casually. Looks like that term Driscoll was trying out has been formalized.  A…

Anybody see the Navy’s Chief Information Officer’s blog this week? Rob Carey, the Navy’s top techie, approves of sites like Facebook. 3. Social Media as a Tool to Build Trust. Social media is an inherent part of the toolbox for members of the millennial workforce, while baby boomers are just adopting it. Social media tools should become the standard by which we can share and collaborate on information inside and outside the network boundaries. Nevertheless, there is a downside.

A few weeks back, we wrote a story about the future of electronic attack aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps. That story made a reference to preliminary talk of the Marine Corps eventually using the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for electronic warfare. But I was over at the annual Electronic Warfare conference this past week and bounced that idea off an EW expert from the Joint Electronic Warfare Center and he called the idea “ridiculous.” The jamming signals emitted by the EW pods are “loud” and make the aircraft easily identifiable on any radar, he said. Why would we spend billions…

In this week’s paper, we reported a story about how the Navy is thinking of making the V-22 Osprey the Navy’s next Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft — colloquially known as the COD. I had a chance to speak to a C-2 pilot this weekend, as I flew from Norfolk out to the carrier Harry S. Truman. The pilot noted some drawbacks for the Osprey — it has about half the range, it’s a little bit slower and it can’t pressurize its cabin. The pilot said he’d love to see a completely new aircraft, specially engineered for the COD mission –…

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates haven’t really said anything about the push to buy more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. And that silence may be telling. Now that summer’s over, Congress is back in session this week.  And lawmakers may finally hammer out a deal allowing the Navy to buy a new batch of Super Hornets. So far, the Super Hornets haven’t gained any of the attention that some other hot-button aviation issues have. For example, Gates recently threatened a White House veto of the entire defense bill if it includes cash for a extra F-35 engine that he…

So check out this video — some of the geniuses up at MIT in Boston have developed an application for the iPhone that can fly a UAV. Just tilt the phone, and the plane moves. One of those geniuses was Missy Cummings, one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots back in the early 1990s. She was at a UAV conference in Washington. “My lab’s general philosophy is that anybody should be able to operate a UAV,” she said.

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