Trump tries to deflect claims of racism, says Dem congresswomen ‘hate our country’
But Trump’s success as a politician has been predicated on the idea that the best defense is a strong offense, and on Monday he called on the Democratic congresswomen to apologize to him.While he asserted at the White House event that he didn’t call out the congresswomen by name, moments later Trump did just that, singling out Omar.“A politician who hears somebody when we’re at war with al-Qaeda and sees somebody talking about how great al-Qaeda is, pick out her statement, was Omar,” Trump said, though it is unclear what statement he was referring to. “How great al-Qaeda is, when you hear that, and we’re losing great soldiers to al-Qaeda.”Trump then referenced Ocasio-Cortez’s criticisms of a deal online retailer Amazon made with New York.“One of them kept Amazon out of New York. Tens of thousands of jobs. Would have been a great thing. And she kept Amazon from going,” Trump said of Ocasio-Cortez.Both congresswomen have pushed back against the president.Omar, the first Somali-American in Congress and first hijab-wearing Muslim member of the House, responded to Trump on Sunday, tweeting: “You are stoking white nationalism [because] you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” During his comments Monday, Trump attacked Omar’s criticisms of Israel.Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at Trump over the weekend.“But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President?” said Ocasio-Cortez Sunday in response to Trump’s tweets. “On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either. You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe.”Republicans have been mostly silent about Trump’s attacks, which came after a week of feuding between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the four freshmen congresswomen who had been critical of the border funding deal Pelosi made with Republicans in the Senate and moderate House Democrats.Last week, after Ocasio-Cortez had accused Pelosi of persistently “singling out” women of color, Trump defended the speaker. “I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do: She is not a racist,” he said. On Monday, he was defensive after she attacked his tweets: “Speaker Pelosi said ‘make America white again,’ let me tell you that’s a very racist, that’s a very racist statement. I’m surprised she’d say that.”Pelosi rejected what she called Trump’s “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation” and on Monday told House Democrats in a letter that she would hold a vote on a resolution condemning the tweets.”This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him,” wrote Pelosi. „Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.”
Apollo 11 moon landing had thousands working behind scenes
Moon Landing Behind The Scenes
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago.
That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve those first lunar footsteps .
Some of them will be taking part in festivities this week to mark the 50th anniversary .
A brief look at four:
Amid the sea of white shirts, black ties and pocket protectors inside NASA’s firing room for the liftoff of Apollo 11 sat JoAnn Morgan.
July 16, 1969 was her prime-time debut as the first female launch controller. It wasn’t easy getting there.
Morgan, 78, who began working for NASA in 1958 while in college, typically got the overnight shift before launches. She’d be replaced by a male colleague a few hours before showtime.
„The rub came on being there at liftoff,” she recalled.
And there was the taunting. She’d get obscene phone calls at her desk at Kennedy Space Center and lewd remarks in the elevator.
The situation was even more strained next door at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The old launch-pad blockhouses there had a single restroom — for men. So Morgan found herself dashing to a nearby building for a women’s restroom, just as portrayed in „Hidden Figures,” the 2016 hit movie.
„I was there. I wasn’t going anywhere. I had a real passion for it,” Morgan said. „Finally, 99 percent of them accepted that ‘JoAnn’s here and we’re stuck with her.’ „
As Apollo 11 loomed, Morgan’s boss went to the top to get her on liftoff duty. By then, the harassment had pretty much stopped.
While NASA’s countdown clocks ticked toward a 9:32 a.m. launch, Morgan monitored ground instrumentation, everything from fire and lightning detectors to guidance computer data. When the official firing room photo was later taken — showing Morgan with her left hand raised to her chin — she was listening to Vice President Spiro Agnew address the team after the launch.
With Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins on their way, her job was done, at least for Apollo 11. Morgan and her husband Larry, a high school band director, slipped away on vacation and watched the July 20 moon landing on a hotel TV. As they toasted the first lunar footsteps, he told her, „Honey, you’re going to be in the history books.”
Morgan went on to become Kennedy’s first female senior executive. Retired since 2003, she splits her time between Florida and Montana, and encourages young women to study engineering.
Tedd Olkowski was on emergency standby for the launch countdown of Apollo 11.
His job was to help Collins — should the unlikely need arise before liftoff — escape from the Saturn V rocket, descend 32 stories in a high-speed elevator and then slide down a 200-foot (61-meter) tube into a bunker deep beneath the pad.
Armstrong and Aldrin had their own guardian angels, according to Olkowski, space center workers who, like himself, had volunteered for the potentially dangerous assignment.
NASA figured the astronauts, impeded by their cumbersome white spacesuits, could use extra help getting from a burning, leaking or even exploding rocket, all the way down to the so-called rubber room.
The rubber-padded, shock-absorbing room led to a domed, blast-proof chamber 40 feet (12 meters) under Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. The dungeon had strap-in chairs, two-way radio and enough food to ride out a cataclysmic event. There was a similar setup under Pad 39B. Neither bunker was ever needed and later abandoned.
Olkowski’s regular job was working with the pad’s closed-circuit TV system. He was a skinny 24-year-old from Cocoa Beach, but stood 6-foot-3 (1.9 meters) and jumped at the chance to be on an emergency team since he was already out there keeping tabs on the cameras.
With an hour remaining in the countdown, the pad was evacuated by everyone except the Apollo 11 crew. Olkowski joined other workers a safe three miles (5 kilometers) away and watched the world’s biggest rocket thunder away on humanity’s first moon landing.
„Even though we weren’t considered major players in it, we were just there to help the astronauts if they needed help, yeah, I mean it was exciting, especially now when I look back,” he said.
Soon afterward, Olkowski quit his job to go to college, then spent a career with General Telephone and Electronics Corp. Now 74 and retired, he lives in League City, Texas, next door to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Olkowski got a chance to meet up with Collins a decade or so ago.
„I said, ‘Mike, I know you don’t remember me. It was a long, long time ago …’ „
You might say Spencer Gardner was NASA flight director Gene Kranz’s right-hand man for Apollo 11.
As Mission Control’s flight activities officer in Houston, Gardner occupied the console to the right of Kranz, just across the aisle. Barely 26, Gardner was one of the youngest flight controllers on duty when the Eagle lunar lander settled onto the Sea of Tranquility with Armstrong and Aldrin on July 20, 1969.
His job was to stay on top of the astronauts’ timeline. What if, for instance, the moon landing had to be aborted? Everything downstream would need to change. So Gardner constantly was thinking ahead, considering how best to rejuggle the flight plan if necessary.
Looking back, Gardner wishes he’d savored the moment of touchdown more. But he had a job to do and there was no time for reflection.
After the Eagle landed and his shift ended, Gardner went to a friend’s home, where everyone gathered around a black-and-white TV that night to watch Armstrong’s „small step” and mankind’s giant leap.
Gardner wasn’t on duty for the July 24 splashdown. But he went to Mission Control anyway, joining the flag-waving, cigar-smoking crowd as Apollo 11’s astounding voyage came to an end in the Pacific.
Gardner ended up working five more Apollo missions and also attended night law school. He left NASA in 1974 and became an assistant district attorney, then joined a law firm. He still practices law in Houston at age 76.
„This is, to use the ‘Hamilton’ expression, the room where it happened,” he said inside the newly restored Apollo-era Mission Control last month. „Other than the lunar module and the command module, you couldn’t get any closer to it than this. We were in the room when it happened, and the sense of completion, I guess, struck me later. We had done what President Kennedy had asked us to do.”
Navy frogman Clancy Hatleberg was the first to welcome Apollo 11’s moonmen back to Earth.
His mission on July 24, 1969, was to decontaminate Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins and their command module, Columbia, immediately after splashdown in the Pacific.
The astronauts needed to be quarantined. Otherwise, who knows what moon germs might escape.
It may seem silly now, but the possibility of lunar bugs was „a really serious concern” back then, according to Hatleberg, who was 25 at the time and fresh from an underwater demolition team rotation in Vietnam.
Hatleberg was one of four frogmen on the recovery team who jumped into the ocean from a helicopter. The others secured the capsule, then moved upwind in a raft. That’s when Hatleberg moved in, carrying disinfectant.
Covered in a protective garment, Hatleberg momentarily opened Columbia’s hatch to toss in a bag with three of the outfits. Once the astronauts had the gray garments on, they emerged from the capsule one by one onto a waiting raft.
The first spaceman out offered his hand to shake. Hatleberg paused — shaking hands was not part of the NASA protocol that he’d practiced. He recalled thinking, „I was the last person who could screw the whole thing up.”
Hatleberg shook hands anyway.
Once the astronauts were wiped down by Hatleberg with a potent bleach solution, they were lifted into a helicopter and flown to the USS Hornet, where their quarantine mobile home awaited them along with President Richard Nixon.
Hatleberg scoured Columbia before it, too, was transported to the aircraft carrier. He cleaned the raft and the flotation collar that had been around the spacecraft, then punctured them and watched them sink with his own decontaminated garment, any moon bugs swallowed by the sea.
„There were so many other people whose jobs were more important than mine,” Hatleberg said. Looking back, he’s still in awe at what the Apollo astronauts accomplished. „They were the ones who risked their lives to take that giant leap for all mankind. They’re the heroes and they always will be — in my heart.”
Hatleberg — who at 75 is working again as an engineer in Laurel, Maryland — said he always thought Aldrin was the first one he helped from the capsule. That is until a year or so ago, he said, when a Hornet curator pulled out old footage and zoomed in on the name tag.
It read Armstrong.
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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday.
James G. „Ryan” Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Sartor was from Teague, Texas, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado.
He joined the Army in 2001 as an infantryman and had deployed numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a statement from Bymer. Sartor had received more than two dozen awards and decorations and will posthumously receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
„We’re incredibly saddened to learn of Sgt. Maj. James ‘Ryan’ Sartor’s passing in Afghanistan. Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional,” Col. Brian R. Rauen, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group, said in a statement. „He led his Soldiers from the front and his presence will be terribly missed.”
A statement from the Department of Defense said Sartor was injured by enemy small arms fire.
Bymer said he couldn’t provide any further details about the circumstances that led to Sartor’s death. The incident is under investigation.
A day earlier, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the militant group was behind the killing.
Mujahed said two U.S. service personnel were killed when Taliban militants attacked a tank in Sayed Abad district of central Wardak province, barely 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Sartor’s death was the only one reported by U.S. officials, and the Taliban often exaggerate their claims.
It’s been more than 24 hours since President Trump attacked four Democratic congresswomen of color, tweeting that they should “go back” to their “broken and crime infested” countries, even though all but one were born in the United States. And few Republican members of Congress have publicly criticized Trump for tweets widely regarded as racist.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to address Trump’s attack, telling reporters he’d „address whatever questions” they have for him at his regularly scheduled press conference on Tuesday.
Of the 289 Republicans in the House and Senate, just 12 had criticized the president over his tweets as of 3 p.m. ET Monday.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Trump should “aim higher” following his missives aimed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
The women were all born in the United States, except for the Somalia-born Omar, who entered the country as a refugee in 1992.
“They are American citizens,” Graham said. “They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is that this is a diverse country.”
“Focus on what they want to do for America and to America, and compare it with what you’ve done,” the South Carolina Republican advised. „Don’t get personal. Don’t take the bait.”
But Graham himself also attacked the congresswomen, calling them anti-Semitic and “anti-America.”
“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists,” he said. “They hate Israel. They hate our own country. They’re calling the guards along our border, the Border Patrol agents, concentration camp guards. They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the ‘Benjamins.’ They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America. Don’t get down, aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies.”
Omar came under fire earlier this year for a pair of tweets that suggested political support for Israel is driven by money from American Jews.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she wrote in one, a slang reference for large sums of money. Omar subsequently apologized for invoking anti-Semitic tropes.
“I think they are American citizens who were duly elected who are running on an agenda that is disgusting that the American people will reject,” Graham continued. “Talk about what it means for America to have free health care for illegal immigrants and no criminalization of coming into the country. See how that works for controlling immigration. Their ideas, they’re anti-Semitic.”
He added: “They wanted to impeach Trump on day one. They’re socialists, they’re anti-Semitic, they stand for all the things most Americans disagree with. Make them the face of the future of the Democratic Party, they will destroy the Democratic Party.”
Trump quoted Graham’s “Fox & Friends” remarks in several Monday tweets, but left out his advice to “aim higher.”
Graham, though, was one of few congressional Republicans to publicly address Trump’s remarks.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Trump’s tweet suggesting the women go back to their home countries “was way over the line, and he should take that down.”
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., expressed a similar statement on Monday afternoon.
„President Trump was wrong to suggest that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from,” Toomey said. „Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine.”
He added: „I couldn’t disagree more with these congresswomen’s views on immigration, socialism, national security, and virtually every policy issue. But they are entitled to their opinions, however misguided they may be. We should defeat their ideas on the merits, not on the basis of their ancestry.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Monday labeled Trump’s attack „unacceptable” and „racially offensive.”
„No matter our political disagreements, aiming for the lowest common denominator will only divide our nation further,” Scott said in a statement.
„There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, tweeted on Monday afternoon. „They were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop.”
On Sunday night, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, tweeted that the president was “wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any ‘home’ besides the U.S.”
But Roy pivoted within the same tweet to criticize his colleagues for their opposition to Trump’s immigration policies.
“Just as strongly believe non-citizens who abuse our immigration laws should be sent home immediately,” he wrote, “Reps who refuse to defend America should be sent home 11/2020.”
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, was unequivocal in his criticism.
„Those tweets are racist and xenophobic,” Hurd told CNN. „It’s also behavior that’s unbecoming of the leader of the free world. He should be talking about things that unite, not divide us.”
In an interview with WBAL radio, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said Trump’s message was “clearly not a racist statement,” and suggested he may have meant something altogether different by it.
“He could have meant go back to the district they came from, to the neighborhood they came from,” Harris said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who last week warned the same congresswomen not to criticize her in public — came to their defense.
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” Pelosi tweeted. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”
On Monday, Pelosi said the Democratic-led chamber would consider a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets.
„The House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand,” Pelosi said, urging Republicans to „join us in condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets.”
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who lost to Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, also urged members of the GOP to call out Trump’s “deplorable” rhetoric.
“What @realDonaldTrump said about Democrat women in Congress is deplorable and beneath the dignity of the office,” Kasich tweeted. “We all, including Republicans, need to speak out against these kinds of comments that do nothing more than divide us and create deep animosity — maybe even hatred.”
Ocasio-Cortez said the silence among Republicans is deafening.
“It’s important to note that the President’s words [yesterday], telling four American Congresswomen of color ‘go back to your own country,’ is hallmark language of white supremacists,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.”
She added: “Until Republican officials denounce yesterday’s explicitly racist statements (which should be easy!), we sadly have no choice but to assume they condone it.”
Few, though, did.
„As Americans, there is more that unites us than divides us,” Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., said in a statement. „The President’s remarks to my colleagues across the aisle are inappropriate and do not reflect American values.”
„.@realDonaldTrump, We must be better than comments like these,” Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., tweeted. „I share the political frustrations with some members of the other party, but these comments are beneath leaders.”
“The President’s tweets were inappropriate, denigrating, and wrong,” tweeted Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. “It is unacceptable to to tell legal U.S. citizens to go back to their home country.”
Republican Reps. Pete Olson of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan expressed their displeasure with Trump earlier Monday afternoon.
„Frankly I’m appalled by the President’s tweets. There’s no excuse,” Upton wrote on Twitter. „Inflammatory rhetoric from both sides of the aisle that is used to divide us just isn’t right. It’s not helpful. We have too many challenges facing us that we ought to be working on together — immigration, the debt ceiling, the border crisis. The President’s tweets were flat out wrong and uncalled for, and I would encourage my colleagues from both parties to stop talking so much and start governing more.”
„The Tweet President Trump posted over the weekend about fellow Members of Congress are not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ people in Texas 22,” Olson tweeted. „We are proud to be the most diverse Congressional district in America. I urge our President immediately disavow his comments.”
„I am confident that every Member of Congress is a committed American,” Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, tweeted. „@realDonaldTrump’s tweets from this weekend were racist and he should apologize. We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it.”
An apology doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.
Speaking to reporters before a „Made in America” product showcase at the White House on Monday afternoon, Trump was asked if he thought his tweets were racist.
„Not at all,” the president replied. „If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave.”
Later, when asked if he was concerned his comments were being used as validation by white nationalists, the president said he was not.
„It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran’s streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab.
With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran’s morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
„I have to confess it is really, really scary,” the 30-year-old fire-safety consultant said in a WhatsApp audio message, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions.
But she is also hopeful, saying she believes the authorities find it increasingly difficult to suppress protests as more women join in. „They are running after us, but cannot catch us,” she said. „This is why we believe change is going to be made.”
The hijab debate has further polarized Iranians at a time when the country is buckling under unprecedented U.S. sanctions imposed since the Trump administration pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year. It’s unclear to what extent the government can enforce hijab compliance amid an economic malaise, including a currency collapse and rising housing prices.
There’s anecdotal evidence that more women are pushing back against the dress code, trying to redefine red lines as they test the response of the ruling Shiite Muslim clergy and their security agencies.
An Associated Press reporter spotted about two dozen women in the streets without a hijab over the course of nine days, mainly in well-to-do areas of Tehran — a mall, a lakeside park, a hotel lobby.
Many other women, while stopping short of outright defiance, opted for loosely draped colorful scarves that show as much hair as they cover. Even in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, frequented by many traditional women, most female shoppers wore these casual hijabs. Still, a sizeable minority of women was covered head-to-toe in black robes and tightly pulled headscarves, the so-called chador.
The struggle against compulsory headscarves first made headlines in December 2017 when a woman climbed atop a utility box in Tehran’s Revolution Street, waving her hijab on a stick. More than three dozen protesters have been detained since, including nine who are currently in detention, said Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist who now lives in New York.
Despite attempts to silence protesters, public debate has intensified, amplified by social media.
Last month, a widely watched online video showed a security agent grab an unveiled teenage girl and violently push her into the back of a police car, prompting widespread criticism.
President Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have supported a softer attitude toward women who don’t comply with the official dress code. However, hard-liners opposed to such easing have become more influential as the nuclear deal is faltering.
They have called for harsh punishment, even lashes, arguing that allowing women to show their hair leads to moral decay and the disintegration of families. The judiciary recently urged Iranians to inform on women without hijabs by sending photos and videos to designated social media accounts.
„The more women dress in an openly sexual way, the less we’ll have social peace, while facing a higher crime rate,” Minoo Aslani, head of the women’s branch of the paramilitary Basij group, told a rally last week.
Another gathering was attended by several thousand women in chadors. One held up a sign reading, „The voluntary hijab is a plot by the enemy.”
Reformist lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri said coercion does not work. „What we see is that the morality police have been a failure,” said Salahshouri, who wears a headscarf out of religious belief.
Changing hijab rules through legislation is unlikely because of the constraints on parliament, she said.
Instead, women should engage in non-violent civil disobedience, Salahshouri said. She cautioned that it’s a slow, difficult road, but that „Iranian women have not given up their efforts.”
The hijab controversy goes back to the mid-1930s when police forced women to take off their hijabs, part of a Westernization policy by then-Shah Reza Pahlavi. Under his son and successor, women could choose. Western apparel was common among the elite.
By Tracy Rucinski
(Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc <AAL.O> said on Sunday it is extending for a fourth time cancellations of about 115 daily flights into early November due to the ongoing grounding of the Boeing Co <BA.N> 737 MAX jets.
The airline’s decision was expected after the Federal Aviation Administration, which must reapprove the jets for flight following two fatal crashes, last month uncovered a new flaw that Boeing estimates will take until at least September to fix.
„American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year,” the airline said in a statement on Sunday.
American, the world’s largest airline and the second largest MAX operator in the United States, most recently had planned to keep the MAX, which it used on most flights between New York’s LaGuardia airport and Miami, off its schedule through Sept. 3. It has been substituting other aircraft for its busiest flights while canceling others and temporarily suspending direct flights between Oakland, California, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Some analysts have said they do not expect the MAX jets to fly again before the end of the year.
American, with 24 737 MAX aircraft and dozens more on order, is scheduling without the jets through Nov. 2.
Among other U.S. MAX carriers, Southwest Airlines Co <LUV.N> has removed the aircraft from its scheduling through Oct. 1, and United Airlines Holdings <UAL.O> until Nov. 3. Southwest is the world’s largest MAX operator.
The 737 MAX, which had been Boeing’s fastest-selling aircraft thanks to its fuel-efficient engines and longer ranger, was grounded worldwide in March after an Ethiopian Airlines plane plunged to the ground soon after take-off, five months after a similar Lion Air fatal crash off the coast of Indonesia.
Boeing hopes a software upgrade and new pilot training will add layers of protection to prevent erroneous data from triggering a system called MCAS, which was activated in both the planes before they crashed.
American, which is also grappling with cancellations related to a labor dispute with its mechanics, is due to report second-quarter results later this month, with an expected rise in unit revenues as capacity constraints mean its planes are flying fuller.
However, the airline cut its annual profit forecast in April, blaming an estimated $350 million hit from the MAX groundings.
American’s chief executive, Doug Parker, has been among the most vocal supporters of the MAX aircraft, saying on June 12 that it was „highly likely” flights would resume by mid-August.
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Leslie Adler)
By law a chief of naval operations is limited to four years in the post—and that’s just not enough time to make any meaningful changes.
Why Not an American Admiral Gorshkov?
Last Sunday brought a shocker from the world of American naval affairs: Adm. Bill Moran, a highly respected naval aviator and budgetary and personnel specialist, announced that he would retire from the service rather than take up the post of chief of naval operations (CNO), America’s top naval officer. Details remain scanty, but Admiral Moran had remained in contact with a disgraced public affairs officer via email and USA Today had filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain their correspondence. Moran was probably worried that the press would sensationalize the contents of the email conversation. If so, then the ensuing scandal could have made him an instant lame-duck CNO.
A grave loss—but Moran’s retirement will leach the newsworthiness out of any story that does appear. That should spare the U.S. Navy a public relations ordeal at a time when it needs to stay serious about competing against the likes of China, Russia, and Iran. On Wednesday President Donald Trump went deep into the bench for a replacement, selecting surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Mike Gildayfor the post. All full admirals and vice admirals are eligible for the job, but generally speaking the White House opts for seniority. It has been almost fifty years since a vice admiral, another surface warfare officer by the name of Elmo Zumwalt, was named to oversee the U.S. Navy. President Richard Nixon went deep into his bench in 1970, choosing the three-star Zumwalt over four-star candidates.
All the secrets
The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.
(Washington, D.C.) Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information — the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.”
“You pull up the weapons suite screen, align the right weapon with the target and provide input into the DEP – Digital Entry Panel. Then, you enter text into the computer,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidar, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.
As this happens….the air attack begins.
The B-2 took its first flight July 17, 1989 — so now is the “30-Year Anniversary.”
B-2 pilots have operated the sleek, curved air-defense-defying platform for sensitive, highly-dangerous missions many times in recent decades. After blasting onto the scene in the early 90s, the B-2s combat debut came in the late 90s when the aircraft destroyed Serbian targets over Kosovo. Three decades ago, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman thought to massively advance the paradigm for stealth attack, and create a first-of-its kind leap ahead bomber. It was conceived of as a Cold War weapon, engineered to knock out Soviet advanced air defenses. The intent was to build upon and surpass the F-117 Night Hawk’s stealth technology used in the Gulf War.
The B-2s stealth configuration, buried engine, low heat signature and “radar absorbent” coating, is meant to not only avoid being hit by enemy weapons, but complete missions without enemies ever knowing it is there. Its core mission: launch secret, quiet, undetected attacks over heavily defended enemy territory to create a safer “air corridor” for less stealthy planes to operate within extremely lethal,otherwise uninhabitable airspace.