August 15, 2013 |
Even film critics don't have the chance to see everything, and this week I want to celebrate three recent DVDs that will give me a chance to catch up on films I've somehow missed. At the top of list is "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," a racy 1944 film starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken and directed by the great genius of studio sound comedy, Preston Sturges. Much more serious is Howard Hawks' 1943 "Air Force," which stars John Garfield, Gig Young and Harry Carey in what looks to be a tense story of men at war. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood Finally, there is " Cavalcade," a Blu-Ray/DVD reissue of an epic of British life that won the Oscars for best picture and best director in the 1932-33 year.
July 22, 2013 |
Help wanted: At least 130 veteran military aviators for nine-year commitment to fly fighter jets. Salary: $34,500 to $97,400. Plus good benefits and a $225,000 signing bonus - guaranteed. Contact: U.S. Air Force by Sept. 30. That's the offer from the Pentagon, which is so short of Air Force fighter pilots that it's boosting its salary package to make the job more enticing. It may be hard to imagine that life as a high-flying fighter jock has lost its swagger, but the Air Force revealed it has a shortage of 200 fighter pilots this year.
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July 19, 2013 |
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from land-based drills on the central California coast. The proposal, opposed by environmental groups, would require the first new offshore lease in state waters since the 1960s, said Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State Lands Commission. It would allow companies to use onshore equipment with extended-reach "slant drilling" technology to reach offshore deposits.
July 17, 2013 |
The U.S. Air Force will consider leasing land on Vandenberg Air Force Base for private companies to extract offshore oil and gas from the central California coast, officials said Wednesday. The proposal would allow oil companies to use onshore equipment with new extended reach “slant drilling” technology to access deposits several miles offshore. Sunset Exploration and Exxon Mobil recently asked the Air Force to revisit their proposal to use the technology to build an oil and gas drilling project on the base near Lompoc, officials said.
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June 26, 2013 |
President Obama called the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case from Air Force One, telling them: "We're proud of you guys. " "You guys should be very proud of today," the president told the four California plaintiffs in the case in a brief call to a mobile phone that was put on speaker phone live on MSNBC . "You're helping a whole lot of people, everywhere. " Just before the call ended, plaintiff Paul Katami told Obama: "You're invited to the wedding. " The plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case were two same-sex couples who in 2009 asked the federal courts to strike down a voter-approved measure banning gay marriage as unconstitutional state interference in a citizen's fundamental right to wedlock. The suit was filed on behalf of a lesbian couple from Berkeley, Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, who have four sons , and gay partners Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo of Burbank.
June 15, 2013
Re "Struggling to take off," June 12 Granted, Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter jet under development is a spectacular technological achievement, but could somebody please tell me who exactly is the enemy that we need to fight with 2,457 of these planes? Is there another world war on the horizon that I don't know about? Our biggest threat seems to come from terrorists, and last I checked they don't have much of an air force. Also - and I'm speaking as an ex-aerospace engineer - taxpayers should know that piloted combat aircraft are probably already obsolete.
May 25, 2013 |
Two years after 9/11, federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean turned whistle-blower. He revealed to MSNBC reporters that the government planned to remove armed security officers from long-distance passenger flights to reduce hotel expenses despite reports that Al Qaeda was plotting to hijack more airliners to hit targets in the U.S. and Europe. Later, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and with only his silhouette appearing on camera, MacLean told NBC's "Nightly News" that the business suits, ties and sport coats air marshals had to wear on duty could tip off terrorists that they were present.
May 6, 2013 |
The man leading a U.S. Air Force program responsible for preventing sexual assault has been arrested on suspicion of drunkenly groping a woman in an Arlington, Va., parking lot, officials said Monday. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41 -- shown with several apparent cuts on his face in a police booking photo -- was charged with sexual battery. He has been removed from his position overseeing the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program pending the outcome of the investigation, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told the Los Angeles Times.
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May 5, 2013 |
Two of the Air Force crew members killed in the crash of a KC-135 refueling aircraft in Kyrgyzstan were from California, according to information released Sunday by the Department of Defense. Killed were Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, and Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield. The two were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Also killed was Capt. Mark Voss, 27, from Colorado Springs, Colo. The KC-135 Stratotanker crashed for unknown reasons Friday shortly after takeoff from the Manas air base in the Central Asian nation.
May 3, 2013 |
An aircraft resembling a shark-nosed missile detached from a flying B-52 bomber and then shot above the Pacific Ocean at more than 3,000 mph in a historic test flight for the Air Force - and for the future of aviation. The unmanned X-51A WaveRider sped westward for four minutes, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before plunging into the ocean as planned. It flew for longer than any other aircraft of its kind and traveled more than 264 miles, reigniting decades-long efforts to develop a vehicle that could travel faster than a speeding bullet.