extra extra newspaperSecond F-35A Reaches 500 Flight Hour Milestone
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Jan 29, 2013 – The second Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, known as AF-1, joined the 500 flight hour club recently during its 272nd flight. It joins AF-2 which passed the milestone June 26, 2012. The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) fighter began flight operations when it made its inaugural flight Nov. 14, 2009. The F-35A flight test program has completed more than 43 perce … more
Okinawa leaders stage anti-US military rally in Tokyo
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 27, 2013 – Political leaders from Okinawa and their supporters staged a protest Sunday in the Japanese capital Tokyo against the heavy US military presence in their southern prefecture. Organisers said some 4,000 people marched through the glitzy Ginza shopping district holding banners reading “Firmly against Osprey”, a tilt-rotor US military aircraft said by opponents to be prone to accidents. The … more

Court Rules Obama’s Recess Appointments Unconstitutional
David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Savage reports: “A federal appeals court, dealing a defeat to President Obama, has sharply limited the chief executive’s power to bypass the Senate and to make temporary ‘recess’ appointments to fill vacant slots in government agencies.”