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AirTanker Conducts First Passenger FlightAirTanker Conducts First Passenger Flight
AirTanker Conducts First Passenger Flight Received Relevant Regulatory Approval January 5th

 
KC-135 upgrades to keep aircraft flying for decadesKC-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 sovereignty493rd 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 DuxfordHarrier 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 missionEglin 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.
 
Russian Air Force orders 92 Sukhoi Su-34 bombersRussian Air Force orders 92 Sukhoi Su-34 bombers
March 1, 2012, Moscow — Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and General Director of the Sukhoi Company Igor Ozar signed a state contract for delivery of 92 Su-34 frontline bombers
 
100th Air Refueling celebrates 20 years at RAF Mildenhall100th 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 ArabiaU.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.
 
305th Air Mobility Wing carries out first Elephant Walk in 5 years305th Air Mobility Wing carries out first Elephant Walk in 5 years
The 305th Air Mobility Wing completed its first 'Elephant Walk' in nearly five years, launching all 12 KC-10 Extenders on the ramp, one right after the other, in a 30-minute time period Dec. 20.
 
Sukhoi completes delivery of new Su-27SM's to Russian Air ForceSukhoi completes delivery of new Su-27SM's to Russian Air Force
The Sukhoi Company has completed delivery of 12 new multi-purpose Su-27SM(3) fighters to the Russian Air Force. They were released under a state contract, signed between the Sukhoi Company and the Ministry of Defence at the MAKS-2009 air show.
 
33rd RQS kicks off PACIFIC THUNDER 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.
 
Boeing Awarded Contract for PBL Sustainment of C-17 Globemaster IIIBoeing Awarded Contract for PBL Sustainment of C-17 Globemaster III
October 7th - Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a performance based logistics (PBL) contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP).
 
USAF F-22 fleet to resume flight operationsUSAF 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.
 
2(AC) Squadron Tornados, to the moon and back 2(AC) Squadron Tornados, to the moon and back
Servicemen and women from 2(AC) Squadron are returning to RAF Marham after supporting UK missions over Libya as part of Operation Ellamy.
 
Mexico orders four C-27J aircraftMexico 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.
 
RAF Tornado ground attack jets clock up 1,000,000 flying hoursRAF Tornado ground attack jets clock up 1,000,000 flying hours
The RAF’s ground attack Tornados currently serving in Afghanistan and Libya have clocked up a staggering one million flying hours. Number 617 Squadron “ The Dambusters” took the aircraft through the landmark in Afghanistan this week.
 
Enhanced Paveway III arrives for Operation EllamyEnhanced Paveway III arrives for Operation Ellamy
Royal Air Force capabilities for missions over Libya have been increased with the arrival of ‘bunker busting’ 2000lb bombs.
 
First F-35A for USAF completes first flightFirst 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.
 
The first of four C-130J Super Hercules for Qatar completedThe first of four C-130J Super Hercules for Qatar completed
The first of four C-130J Super Hercules for the Qatar Emiri Air Force has completed production at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta.
 
India selects Rafale and Typhoon for MMRCA shortlistIndia 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 UKRAF'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 Tornados to get Helmet Mounted Cueing SystemRAF Tornados to get Helmet Mounted Cueing System
BAE Systems have been awarded an £8 million An Urgent Operational Requirement contract to fit a Helmet Mounted Cueing System (HMCS) to the Royal Air Force Tornado fleet.
 
RAF Typhoon drops bombs in LibyaRAF 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 backsDutch 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 AfghanistanRAF 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.
 
MC-130J rollout accelerates AFSOC recapitalisationMC-130J rollout accelerates AFSOC recapitalisation
Air Force Special Operations Command officials welcomed the latest variant of the MC-130 at a rollout ceremony held at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., factory recently.
 
Swedish Air Force participates in Unified ProtectorSwedish 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.
 
First operational Denel Rooivalk attack helicopters delivered to South African Air ForceFirst operational Denel Rooivalk attack helicopters delivered to South African Air Force
April 1 - The first five fully operational Denel Rooivalk combat support helicopters have been handed over to the South African Air Force.
 
USAF B-1 bombers fly from the US to attack targets in LibyaUSAF B-1 bombers fly from the US to attack targets in Libya
March 29 - B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing launched early Sunday, March 27 from their home station of Ellsworth Air Force Base to strike targets in Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
 
First Airbus Military A330 MRTT for RAF displays its three-point refuelling capability First Airbus Military A330 MRTT for RAF displays its three-point refuelling capability
The first A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) for the UK Royal Air Force is here captured with both its underwing pods and fuselage refuelling unit (FRU) deployed simultaneously. The photo was taken from a Spanish Air Force F-18 during a recent handling qualities flight as the FSTA nears civil and military certification.
 
RAF Lossiemouth Tornado GR.4s set new recordRAF 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.
 
Qatar orders 3 EMS configured AgustaWestland AW139 helicoptersQatar orders 3 EMS configured AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters
March 21 - The Qatar Armed Forces have signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin helicopters plus a comprehensive logistics support package.
 
USAF F-15E down in Libya, crew is safeUSAF 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 RAFFirst 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.
 
Operation Odyssey Dawn - Day 1 - RAF involvmentOperation Odyssey Dawn - Day 1 - RAF involvment
March 20 - On the first night of Operation Odyssey Dawn, British Armed Forces have participated in a coordinated strike against Libyan Air Defence system.
 
First Libyan No Fly Zone shots fired by FrenchFirst Libyan No Fly Zone shots fired by French
March 19 - French Air Force Rafales, equipped with Reco NG reconnaissance pods, have flown extensive reconnaissance missions over Libya
 
Matusihima Air Base devastated by11th March tsunamiMatusihima Air Base devastated by11th March tsunami
Reports from Japan indicate that Matusihima Air Base was devastated by a tsunami that was caused by the March 11th earthquake 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Honshu, northern Japan.
 
First MC-130J training program takes flightFirst 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.
 
US Air Force launches second X-37 unmanned spacecraftUS Air Force launches second X-37 unmanned spacecraft
March 5th - The US Air Force has launched it's second X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
 
Testing puts LAIRCM on target to protect tankersTesting 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 FranceMirage 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.
 
RAF C-130J's rescue British citizens from desert strips in LibyaRAF C-130J's rescue British citizens from desert strips in Libya
Two RAF Hercules aircraft have landed in Malta carrying more than 150 people evacuated from desert locations south of Benghazi in Libya.
 
Boeing to build U.S. Air Force tankersBoeing to build U.S. Air Force tankers
The U.S. Air Force announced that it has selected Boeing's NewGen Tanker to be its new KC-46A air refueling jet.
 
Afghan Air Force C-27 fleet halfway to goalAfghan 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.
 
European Air Forces preparing for Libyan evacuationEuropean Air Forces preparing for Libyan evacuation
The Irish Air Corps are sending a CASA CN-235 and a Learjet 45 to Malta where they will wait for an opportunity to fly to Libya to evacuate a group of 40 Irish citizens.
 
ATK to Modify Two Jordanian CASA CN-235's into GunshipsATK to Modify Two Jordanian CASA CN-235's into Gunships
Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) awards contract to ATK to modify two CASA-235 military transport aircraft with ATK's new Light Gunship Special Mission Aircraft Capabilities package.
 
Two Libyan Air Force Mirage F-1's defect to MaltaTwo 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.
 
Two Royal Thai Air Force F-16's crash during Cobra Gold 2011Two Royal Thai Air Force F-16's crash during Cobra Gold 2011
Two F-16's of the Royal Thai Air Force that were taking part in joint US-Thai exercise Cobra Gold 2011 crashed on Monday 14th February.
 
70th Anniversary of Search And Rescue 70th Anniversary of Search And Rescue
On the 6th February 2011, the RAF Search and Rescue Force (SARF) commemorate seventy years of saving lives.
 
Italy accepts first KC-767A tankerItaly accepts first KC-767A tanker
The Italian Air Force's first of four delayed Boeing KC-767A tankers has been delivered to the Pratica di Mare air base near Rome.
 
Hickam C-17 drops a Navy boat over PacificHickam 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.
 
Hurricane Hunters switch gears to fly winter storms missionsHurricane Hunters switch gears to fly winter storms missions
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The Hurricane Hunters are in full swing with winter storm missions in Anchorage, Alaska.
 
RAF's Oldest Aircraft Retire At CranwellRAF's Oldest Aircraft Retire At Cranwell
The Hawker Siddeley 125 Dominie aircraft, the oldest aircraft in the Royal Air Force (RAF), is to retire from service at the end of January.
 
First RAF crews begin training with US Air Force on Intelligence AircraftFirst RAF crews begin training with US Air Force on Intelligence Aircraft
Members of the RAF's 51 Squadron have completed their first week of training with the US Air Force on the Rivet Joint aircraft, designed for airborne intelligence gathering.
 
Boeing deliver 4 more F/A-18F Super Hornets to AustraliaBoeing deliver 4 more F/A-18F Super Hornets to Australia
Boeing delivered four new F/A-18F Super Hornets to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in December.
 
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