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Remembering Shell 77, the KC-135 tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan while it was departing for combat aerial refueling mission
Shell 77 crew encountered a condition they had not realistically experienced in training, which left them with an unrecognized hazardous situation that was difficult to overcome. On May 3, 2013, a KC-135R, call sign Shell 77, crashed in the foothills of mountains located six miles south of Chaldovar, Kyrgyz Republic. The...
Airbus, Lockheed Martin team up and offer A330 MRTT to U.S. government
“The U.S. Air Force deserves the best aerial-refueling technology and performance available under the sun and this great industry team, Lockheed Martin and Airbus, will offer exactly that,” Tom Enders, Airbus CEO Lockheed Martin and Airbus announced recently that the two companies have signed a memorandum of agreement to “explore opportunities” to meet...
KC-46A Pegasus completes receiver certification testing for F-15E
The receiver certification involving the F-15 is in preparation for the start of KC-46A Pegasus Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) work next year The interesting photo in this post shows a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft connecting with an F-15E Strike Eagle test aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, last...
Boeing's KC-46A program completes receiver certification testing for B-52, F/A-18
Trials to refuel the F-15 will soon commence Boeing’s KC-46A aerial refueling tanker has been cleared to refuel the B-52 bomber and F/A-18. Trials to refuel the F-15 will soon commence. While the additional receiver certifications aren’t needed for the company to make its first delivery of the tanker to the U.S. Air Force (USAF), a Boeing spokesperson says they are in...
Commander of Air Combat Command to consider letting Air Mobility pilots transition to fighters or bombers
But since transitioning a pilot from flying mobility aircraft to fighters or bombers would require about the same time for newly trained pilots to learn how to fly them in the first place, Gen. Mike Holmes remains skeptical During the Airlift Tanker Association’s annual symposium, commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), Gen. Mike Holmes told the audience that he is...
Boeing cleared to deliver first KC-46A to USAF
But Boeing can't confirm an exact delivery date for the KC-46 A new date has been set for the delivery of the first Boeing KC-46A aerial refueling tanker to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). As reported by The Whichita Eagle, the jet is expected to arrived at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) on Nov. 16. The USAF is soliciting for a...
USAF to receive first KC-46A Pegasus tanker in October
USAF Secretary Heather Wilson says the late certification by the Federal Aviation Administration was the direct cause for KC-46 latest delay Bloomberg has revealed that the delivery of the first KC-46 refueling tanker by Boeing to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on Oct. 27 will not be happening. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the late certification by the Federal Aviation...
USAF is in need of 74 additional combat squadrons
Five more bomber squadrons are needed, there are now nine. The USAF also needs to add 14 refueling tanker squadrons to the 40 it has On Sep. 17, 2018 U.S. Air Force (USAF) Secretary Heather Wilson and chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein has unveiled an initiative, titled “The Air Force We Need.” The new strategy calls for the service to...
USAF orders 18 more KC-46A Pegasus tankers
This brings the total number of KC-46A aircraft ordered so far to 52 Boeing has secured another contract to deliver 18 KC-46A aerial tankers to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). This brings the total number of aircraft ordered so far to 52. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for...
Check out this new video on Boeing MQ-25
MQ-25 will improve the performance, efficiency, and safety of the carrier air wing and provide longer range and greater persistence tanking capability to execute missions that otherwise could not be performed Released by Boeing on Sep. 4, 2018 the video in this post is dedicated to the MQ-25 team. As we have already reported the U.S. Navy awarded a contract to the...