Tag: U.S. Air Force

Three Boeing mechanics contaminated Air Force One oxygen system by using tools, parts, and components that did not comply with cleanliness standards while checking oxygen lines for leaks Three Boeing contractor mechanics working on the oxygen system of an VC-25A aircraft did not follow correct procedures and ended up contaminating the system, an U.S. Air Force (USAF) investigation has concluded. The aircraft was...
Over his career Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum logged over 6,500 flight hours with over 1000 flight hours on the B-52 On May 12, 2017 the U.S. Air Force’s last B-52 Stratofortress (BUFF) aerial defensive gunner will retire marking the end of an era. Twenty-five years after his first career field was retired, Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum, 15th Operations Group...
Boeing wins USAF T-X trainer competition
Instead of the T-X Stockholm might consider a less expensive turboprop solution like the Pilatus PC-21 if the Pentagon chooses another solution for the USAF According to Defense News, Sweden will only replace its aging Saab 105 jet trainer with the T-X trainer made by Boeing and Saab if the latter wins the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition. Currently the Flygvapnet...
The 3.2B modernization update to the F-22 is the fighter jet’s biggest capability upgrade which, once fielded, will add capability boosts to USAF air superiority and further support coalition efforts overseas On Apr. 18, 2017 F-22 Raptors from the 411th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) completed developmental tests of air-to-air missiles against an aerial target at the Utah Test and Training...
Paris Airshow could give the chance to Russian Knights to showcase the capabilities of their new Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jet The U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced on May 6, 2017 that will bring the F-35A to the Paris Airshow, which will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions on Jun. 19-25. The news came after earlier media reports...
This training deployment validated and refined the bed-down procedures of the fifth generation, multi-role fighter aircraft in England for the arrival of the first permanent F-35As at RAF Lakenheath in 2021 The U.S. Air Force announced that the eight F-35As from the 34th Fighter Squadron, along with supporting units and equipment from Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah, deployed to...
The 27th Fighter Squadron has served in both offensive and defensive roles in every major U.S. conflict since the 1st Pursuit Group’s organization in support of WWI in 1917 and has been the first USAF Squadron to receive the F-22A Raptor On May 8, 2017 the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) officially reached 100 years of service while deployed in...
MQ-9 Reaper
For the past 10 years MQ-9 aircrew have been employing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, but the JDAM brings new global positioning system capabilities to the warfighters An MQ-9 Reaper recently dropped a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) at a range, adding another weapon to the drone’s arsenal. "We had a great opportunity to drop the first live...
Jack McKay, the X-15 pilot for that flight, retired from NASA because of his injuries, while the aircraft returned to Edwards AFB as the X-15A-2 after extensive repairs Taken on Nov. 9, 1962, the interesting photo in this post shows the second X-15 (56-6671) flipped over on its back after an engine failure forced Jack McKay, a NASA research pilot,...
Retired Sgt. Bobby McCasland, former KC-135 crew chief, was impressed by how easy the Stratotanker was to maintain compared to the B-52 Stratofortress On Jun. 28, 1957, the first KC-135 Stratotanker was delivered to the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland, a former crew chief, was part of the crew that picked up the first aircraft, tail...