Tag: US Air Force

Boeing KC-46A Tanker for U.S. Air Force Completes First Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first flight and airborne tests, taking off from Paine Field at 10:32 a.m. PST and landing approximately three-and-one-half hours later. “Today’s flight is another milestone for the Air Force/Boeing team and helps move us closer to […]

Boeing KC-46A Tanker Joins Flight Test Program

Reading Time: 1 minute Boeing now has six aircraft in its KC-46 tanker test program, expanding its ability to complete ground and flight-test activities as it progresses toward first deliveries to the U.S. Air Force. The newest KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, the second low-rate initial production plane, completed its first flight April 29. Its test activities will help ensure […]

F-35As Deploy to Estonia For the First Time

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, today, from RAF Lakenheath, England. The F-35As are participating in their first-ever training deployment to Europe. The aircraft and total force Airmen and are from the 34th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter […]

Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute Boeing and partner Saab have completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, which is identical to the first and designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force advanced pilot training requirement. During the one-hour flight, lead T-X Test Pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese validated key […]

Beijing Warns US Over B-1 Bomber Flying Over East China Sea

Reading Time: 2 minutes China’s People’s Liberation Army is not warmly embracing a US Air Force B-1 Bomber flying through international airspace over the East China Sea. The PLA put the US on notice after issuing a warning to the Pentagon for sending a military aircraft over the disputed East China Sea, a pair of US officials told Fox […]

Seven Nations to Join Israel in Biggest Air Drill in Country’s History

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is set to host one of the most complex air exercises ever later this year, featuring 100 aircraft and hundreds of airmen. India, Greece, Poland, France, Italy, the US and Germany will participate in the two-week Blue Flag air exercises, held every other year. “It will be a massive exercise; […]

World’s Most Promising 5th Generation Fighter Jets

Reading Time: 4 minutes The current world situation makes every country consider its ability to confront a military threat posed by modern weapons. These days the F-22, T-50 PAK FA or J-20 stealth fighter jets, high technology weapons with a diverse range of sophisticated precision guided munition, are the key to the successful military campaigns. The 5th generation fighter […]

US Grounds Osprey Fleet in Japan After Aircraft Crashes Off Okinawa

Reading Time: 2 minutes The US military has grounded its fleet of Osprey aircraft in Japan after one crash-landed in the sea near Okinawa, in an incident that will fuel further local anger over the US deployment on the island. The Pentagon described the incident on Tuesday night as a “mishap” and said the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey had landed […]

CAE Wins Defence Contracts Valued at More than C$100 Million

Reading Time: 1 minute CAE announced that it has won defence contracts valued at more than C$100 million to provide a range of training and support services for global military customers. Some of the key contracts include the United States Air Force exercising a contract option for CAE USA to continue providing KC-135 tanker aircrew training services; the United […]

Afghan Air Force Needs More Pilots and Planes

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Afghan air force is limited not only by its size. Despite numbering only 130 aircraft, there are not enough pilots and crews to fly them all. The shortage is hampering Afghan security forces’ ability to fight Taliban terrorists, who are once again gaining territory in the north and south of the country. Troops on […]