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As many as 17 of these limited-run $140 million top fighter jets could be beyond repair.

US Air Force’s F-22, F-35 stealth fighters devastated by mother nature and freak accidents

Even if all F-35s and F-22s turn out fine, the loss to Tyndall Air Force Base, where stealth fighter training takes place, represents a huge setback to US air dominance on par with losing a big battle.
A US Air Force B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

US F-22s and B-2 bombers complete new training to show China they won’t back down

While Beijing increasingly takes a militaristic line toward Washington, the US Air Force made the purpose of its new training explicit, with stealth nuclear bombers and fighter jets built to counter threats like Beijing's South China Sea fortress.
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013.

Beijing calls US B-52 flights a provocation as military tensions heat up in the South China Sea

The US said that the flight on Thursday was "nothing out of the ordinary." But China, which is rapidly militarizing the South China Sea,said the flight was a "provocative action" which could prompt serious countermeasures.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress takes off from Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam, August 24, 2016.

The US is walking all over Beijing with regular B-52 bomber flights in the South China Sea

The US military again flew B-52 nuclear capable bombers through the South China Sea, and completely refuses to back down to China's claims over the waterway.
The job of Israel's air force just got a lot more dangerous.

Russia’s new missile defenses in Syria look likely to set off a shooting war against Israel

A new decision by Russia to deploy S-300 missile defence systems to Syria raises the stakes in the conflict, especially with Israel, which regularly bombs Syria. Now, if Israel knocks down a Syrian air defense site, it runs the risk of killing Russian servicemen, that could easily escalate.
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016.

Russian fighter pilot says he beat an F-22 in a mock dogfight and locked onto it, but the Pentagon threw cold water on the claims

An unofficial account of a Russian pilot of the Su-35, Russia's top jet fighter, posted pictures claiming to show a US F-22 Raptor stealth jet flying in the skies above Syria as proof that his older, bigger jet could kill it.
An RAF Typhoon intercepts Russia's Tu-160 supersonic nuclear-capable bomber.

UK, France scramble fighter jets to meet 2 Russian nuclear bombers in ‘act of aggression’

Ultimately the Russian bombers turned away and the European jets returned home. The Russian bombers did not appear to enter UK airspace.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 17.

One picture shows why Beijing’s ‘carrier killer’ missiles won’t win the South China Sea in a fight

The US military recently pulled together Valiant Shield 18, which assembled a formidable armada: the US's forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, 15 surface ships, and 160 aircraft — a force that China sorely lacks.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin inspects warships in St Petersburg in July 2018.

Putin backs off Russia’s threats against Israel, and calls Syria downing a Russian plane a ‘tragic’ accident

Russian President Vladimir Putin backed off Russian Defense Ministry threats to take "countermeasures" against Israel after Syrian air defenses shot down a Russian military plane over the Mediterranean.