X-47B aboard USS Harry S. Truman
Northrop Grumman X-47B Pegasus Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The USS Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. The Navy plans to conduct X-47B carrier deck handling tests aboard the ship.
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.
MC-130 J name change promotes modern missions, preserves heritage
Officials announced at HURLBURT FIELD, Fla on March 9 a popular name change for the MC130-J that honors the Air Commando legacy and capitalizes on the versatility of the aircraft. "Air Force Special Operation Command MC-130 Js will be equipped to fly various missions and will be called Commando II," said Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, AFSOC commander, in the memorandum requesting the change. "This name best reflects the multimission role of the aircraft and the units that will fly them."
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.
Boeing delivers the first production P-8A Poseidon to the U.S. Navy
Boeing on March 4 officially delivered the first production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy in Seattle. The P-8A is the first of 13 anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft Boeing will deliver as part of a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract awarded in 2011.
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.
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.
Boeing Phantom Ray completes first flight
The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) successfully completed its first flight April 27 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
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 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.
First F-35C Breaks Sound Barrier
March 4 - The first F-35C test aircraft (CF-1) flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time over a test range near the US Navy and Marine Corps F-35 integrated test facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
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.
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.
USAF to use F-4's to tow target banners
The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron are replacing the use of Lear jets for their banner tow missions with the QF-4 Phantom, creating an air-to-air target that aircrews in training can safely evaluate, develop and test their weapons systems.
Gates to restructure the F-35 JSF program
The US Defence Department has found $154 billion in efficiencies over the next five years and will be able to invest $70 billion of that saved money in more deserving accounts, Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
Project Liberty reaches 5,000 sortie milestone
Crew members from the US Air Forces's 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron flying an MC-12W Liberty aircraft, the Air Force's newest intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft (ISR), reached a milestone by flying its 5,000th sortie on December 30th 2010.