KC-135 upgrades to keep aircraft flying for decades
The 1950's-era KC-135 Stratotankers are slated starting next year to be souped-up with upgraded engines that will extend the nation's global reach for another two decades. At the same time, experts say the improved engines will also burn less fuel and spend less time in maintenance.
493rd EFS flies to protect Iceland's air sovereignty
KEFLAVIK, Iceland -- The 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is conducting Icelandic air policing missions here until June 7. The squadron, which is made up of U.S. Air Force and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization personnel, is a specialized team prepared to ensure Iceland's air sovereignty.
Harrier GR.9 arrives at IWM Duxford
Recently, BAE Systems Harrier GR9 ZD461 was transported from RAF Cottesmore to IWM Duxford, where it will undergo conservation work and a rebuild.
Eglin launches first F-35 training mission
No matter what uniform they wear, service members of the 33rd Fighter Wing know the launch of the first F-35 Lightning II flight here March 6 is a small step into the next half century of air dominance.
100th Air Refueling celebrates 20 years at RAF Mildenhall
The 100th Air Refueling Wing celebrated its birthday Feb. 1, marking 20 years since the wing returned to East Anglia. The 100th arrived in England Feb. 1, 1992, after being out of the U.K. for 47 years, and was redesignated the 100th Air Refueling Wing.
U.S. to Sell F-15 Fighters to Saudi Arabia
The United States will sell 84 new F-15 fighter jets and upgrades for 70 existing aircraft to Saudi Arabia under a nearly $29.4 billion agreement, U.S. officials announced today.
33rd RQS kicks off PACIFIC THUNDER
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron are teaming up with the 25th Fighter Squadron for PACIFIC THUNDER to ensure they are ready at a moment's notice to bring our warriors home.
USAF F-22 fleet to resume flight operations
The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz have recently approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that will allow the F-22 Raptor to resume flight operations after a four-month stand down.
Mexico orders four C-27J aircraft
Finmeccanica, through its operating company Alenia Aeronautica, signed a contract worth approximately USD 200 million with Mexico to supply four tactical transport aircraft C-27J.
First F-35A for USAF completes first flight
The first F-35A production aircraft that will be delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, later this year took off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base on Friday, May 6, with Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti at the controls.
India selects Rafale and Typhoon for MMRCA shortlist
The Indian Ministry of Defence has issued letters to two of the six vendors competing in the Indian Air Force tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), asking them to extend the validity of their commercial bids.
RAF's biggest ever aircraft arrives in the UK
The RAF’s largest ever aircraft with a 60 metre wingspan and nearly 60 metres long arrived in the UK for the first time today, the MOD has announced. The new future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA) has also been named publicly by the RAF as Voyager.
RAF Typhoon drops bombs in Libya
Typhoon jets are providing a ground attack capability in addition to Tornado GR4 aircraft as British forces continue to support NATO operations in Libya.
Dutch Armed Forces hit hard by cut backs
The Dutch Ministry of Defence has announced cuts that aims to save €1 billion from the defence budget and will see up to 5000 defence jobs, both military & civil servant, being lost.
RAF Eye in the sky hits 20,000 hours over Afghanistan
Reaper, the RAF’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft has reached a landmark 20,000 operational flying hours over Afghanistan, the MOD announced today. The 39 Squadron aircraft have proven themselves as the eyes in the sky for front line troops.
Swedish Air Force participates in Unified Protector
March 3 - The Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) has deployed eight JAS39 Gripen fighters to Sigonella air base in Italy to take part in Operation Unified Protector, the NATO codename for operations over Libya, previously known as Operation Odyssey Dawn.
RAF Lossiemouth Tornado GR.4s set new record
On March 23, 2011, XV Squadron, stationed at RAF Lossiemouth, set a new RAF record by flying for more than 5,000 hours in a year. No other fast-jet squadron in the history of the RAF has achieved this level of operation before.
USAF F-15E down in Libya, crew is safe
March 22 - Two crew members ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast Libya, March 21, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. CET.
First KC-135 arrives for Rivet Joint conversion for RAF
Following the decision to procure Rivet Joint as the replacement for the Nimrod R1, the first aircrew from No. 51 Squadron RAF Waddington deployed to commence operational conversion training on United States Air Force (USAF) Rivet Joint aircraft.
First MC-130J training program takes flight
As the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II rolled off the Lockheed Martin factory line, a training flight class recently conducted sorties in preparation for transition to the new airframe.
Testing puts LAIRCM on target to protect tankers
One of the most common threats in the war in Afghanistan is the Man-portable Air Defense System (MANPAD), usually in the form of shoulder-fired infrared missiles. Without any countermeasures, large, slow-moving aircraft were susceptible to attack by such means.
Mirage 2000N down in France
A Dassault Mirage 2000N of the Armee de l'Air (French Air Force), based at Luxeuil, crashed while on a low level night training mission.
Afghan Air Force C-27 fleet halfway to goal
The Afghan air force received an addition to its forces with the arrival of the 10th C-27A Spartan at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul Feb. 20, marking the half-way point in the AAF's C-27 fleet as it continues to build to 20.
Two Libyan Air Force Mirage F-1's defect to Malta
2 Mirage F-1's of the Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Libiyya (Libyan Arab Republic Air Force) have landed at Malta International Airport and the pilots, both reported to be colonels, have apparently requested asylum.
Hickam C-17 drops a Navy boat over Pacific
A 535th Airlift Squadron aircrew from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Unit One from Guam teamed up to drop a boat out of the back of a C-17 using the Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System Jan. 13.