All United States Air Force articles – Page 3

  • Blue Max - Moviestore REX Shutterstock
    Opinion

    OPINION: Will USAF's light-attack trial rekindle warrior spirit?

    2017-07-28T10:00:52Z

    ​As it follows the elevation from Western Front trenches to air corps fame – or infamy – of German corporal Bruno Stachel, the 1966 film The Blue Max debunks many myths of chivalry and aerial combat.

  • News

    ​US, Australia conclude secretive hypersonic flight series

    2017-07-12T07:08:40Z

    The United States and Australia have concluded a series of hypersonic test flights at the Woomera test range in South Australia.

  • News

    ​PARIS: How Boeing's KC-135 harks back to early days of jet age

    2017-06-20T13:05:00Z

    The appearance in the static park at this year's Paris air show of a Boeing KC-135 tanker brings a reminder of the legacy of the US manufacturer's jet product line, as well as a link to the origins of the modern era of international air transport.

  • News

    ​PARIS: Boeing's ubiquitous C-135 family

    2017-06-18T07:07:30Z

    The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is the predominant variant of the C-135 Stratolifter family of transport aircraft. The KC-135 was the US Air Force's first jet-powered refueling tanker and replaced the Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter, the military derivative of the Stratocruiser piston airliner.

  • KC-46A - Boeing
    News

    Sixth aircraft joins KC-46A tanker test fleet

    2017-05-04T12:22:32Z

    ​Boeing has bolstered its flight-test fleet for the KC-46A programme to six aircraft, as the company strives to complete a development campaign with the 767-based tanker.

  • Afghan A-29s - US Air Force
    News

    PICTURES: Kabul welcomes latest batch of Super Tucanos

    2017-03-24T10:44:16Z

    ​Afghanistan has bolstered to a dozen its in-country fleet of Embraer/Sierra Nevada A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft, with the arrival of its latest four examples in Kabul.

  • News

    USAF picks Elta for counter-UAS deal

    2017-02-27T12:08:58Z

    Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Elta North America subsidiary has been awarded a $15.5 million, fixed-price contract to provide the US Air Force with counter-unmanned air system equipment.

  • News

    USAF to test Israeli runway monitoring system

    2017-02-08T11:07:58Z

    The US Air Force is evaluating technology developed by Israeli company Xsight Systems to rapidly detect damage to runways at air bases outside the USA.

  • B-52 cockpit - US Air Force
    Opinion

    OPINION: How to keep a Cold War veteran flying

    2017-01-13T16:10:19Z

    ​According to an old tale, a fighter pilot who had been instructed to hold off from landing while a B-52 bomber made an approach with a defective TF33 quipped to air traffic controllers: “Oh no – the dreaded seven-engine approach”. On 4 January, this perhaps apocryphal story became reality, when ...

  • News

    US Air Force releases final T-X trainer RFP

    2016-12-30T21:18:31Z

    ​T-X contenders are off to the races today, after the US Air Force released its much anticipated final request for proposals for the T-38 trainer replacement programme.

  • Global Hawk
    News

    Global Hawk MS-177 flight test expected in coming days

    2016-12-16T16:47:14Z

    ​Northrop Grumman has installed the new UTC MS-177 multi-spectral sensor on-board its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, and plans to carry out the maiden flight of the payload in coming days.

  • Japan receives first F-35 - US Air Force
    News

    PICTURES: Japan receives first F-35

    2016-11-30T17:00:20Z

    Japan has received its first Lockheed Martin F-35A , marking the first delivery of a Joint Strike Fighter acquired via the foreign military sale (FMS) route.

  • CPB - GA-ASI
    News

    General Atomics performs first flight of next-generation Predator

    2016-11-30T12:51:15Z

    ​General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has carried out the maiden flight of its Certifiable Predator B (CPB), which will eventually lead to deliveries of the aircraft to the UK's Royal Air Force in 2018.

  • Last USAF F-16
    News

    Holloman selected as temporary home for new F-16 training unit

    2016-11-28T16:34:50Z

    ​Holloman AFB in New Mexico has been selected by the US Air Force to be the interim home for two new Lockheed Martin F-16 training squadrons.

  • F-15C - USAF
    News

    USAF taps Boeing to select new F-15 sensor supplier

    2016-10-10T17:37:03Z

    ​The US Air Force has delegated to Boeing the task of selecting a supplier for a $198 million upgrade of the F-15C/D that will enable the twin-engined fighter to detect at long range the heat generated by an aircraft engine.

  • News

    Congressional language would delay JSTARS IOC by a year

    2016-09-22T00:19:35Z

    Congressional language in the 2017 National Defense Authorisation Act would force the US Air Force to pursue a fixed-price engineering, development and manufacturing contract for the joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) recapitalisation effort, and delay initial operational capability of the new fleet by about a year, top USAF ...

  • News

    Drone defense for nuclear sites awaits government approval

    2016-09-20T20:35:40Z

    ​Small, commercial unmanned aerial vehicles pose an imminent threat to sensitive government facilities, but the US Air Force must wait on approval from a complex web of government agencies before moving forward with a drone defense strategy, according to the head of the US Air Force Global Strike Command.

  • Boeing T-X - Boeing
    Opinion

    OPINION: T-X trainer bidders ready for dogfight

    2016-09-16T07:59:49Z

    With the unveiling on 13 September in St Louis of the Boeing/Saab trainer, the four-way competition to claim the $10 billion contract to replace the US Air Force’s Northrop T-38C Talon fleet is now set.

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    News

    USAF Global Hawks to get upgraded control system

    2016-08-24T16:46:13Z

    Raytheon is to upgrade the ground control stations (GCS) of the the US Air Force’s Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawks, following a $104 million contract award.

  • MQ-9 at ILA 2016 - BillyPix
    News

    USAF Reapers demonstrate missile tracking capability

    2016-08-16T12:36:43Z

    Two General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles have demonstrated the system’s ability to track missiles, during ballistic defence testing in Hawaii.