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The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane Starts Fifth Mission

The U.S. Air Force launched the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission Sept. 7. Dodging Hurricane Irma, the Boeing [BA]-built unmanned reusable spaceplane lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at about 10 a.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The X-37B hosts the Air Force Research Laboratory’s second […]

Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Ex-Air Force Secretary James Opposes Proposed Space Corps

Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James expressed opposition Sept. 6 to a House-passed proposal to create a space corps within the Air Force Department, saying the new organization would cause upheaval, erect new bureaucratic barriers and fail to fix the problems it is supposed to resolve. James, whose three-year tenure at the Air […]

A two-ship formation of A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul, Afghanistan during a mission on April 28, 2016. The A-29 Super Tucanos are the Afghan Air Force's newest airframe in their inventory.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)

U.S. Commander: Afghan Air Force Living Up To U.S. Investment In Aircraft, Training

Validating the significant U.S. investment in aircraft and pilot training, the Afghan air force is becoming proficient at supporting its own ground troops in combat with only minimal guidance from U.S. personnel, according to a U.S. Army colonel recently returned from leading a brigade through a nine-month deployment to the war zone. “In southern Afghanistan, […]

F-35A conventional Air Force variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Lifts F-35A Altitude Limit At Luke AFB

The U.S. Air Force has lifted a temporary altitude restriction that required Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35A Lightning IIs at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona to fly below 25,000 feet. The altitude limit, which ended Aug. 30, was imposed at the training base June 20 after five pilots experienced oxygen deprivation-like symptoms above 25,000 feet […]

The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane To Launch Next Week

The U.S. Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office is making final preparations to launch the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on Sept. 7, the service said Aug. 31. The Boeing [BA]-built unmanned reusable spaceplane, which will lift off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will […]

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Air Force Association Report Calls On USAF To Address Lagging Cyber Effort

A new report from the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute urges Air Force leadership to address not treating data as a strategic asset and leveraging industry input as part of a wider effort to meet cyber space challenges. The report, “The Cyber Edge: Posturing the US Air Force for the Information Age,” released Wednesday by […]


Lockheed Won’t Protest Air Force GBSD Contracts

Lockheed Martin [LMT], which recently lost a competition to mature designs for the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), announced Aug. 30 that it has chosen not to challenge the contracts awarded to two rivals. “After receiving a debrief and reviewing information provided, Lockheed Martin has accepted the Air Force’s decision on the Ground […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Military Surveillance Aircraft To Aid Hurricane Harvey Operations

The U.S. military plans to deploy a mix of fixed-wing and rotary-wing surveillance aircraft to aid the search for victims of Hurricane Harvey, a National Guard official said Aug. 29. The fixed-wing Fairchild RC-26 will conduct such missions over Houston, as will rotorcraft equipped with sensors to perform information awareness and assessment, said Air Force […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Northrop Grumman Eyes Improved Object Detection For Air Force Joint STARS

Northrop Grumman [NOC], the prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), is looking to improve the ability of the ground-surveillance aircraft to detect “smaller objects,” a company official said Aug. 29. Advances in computer technology are making it possible for Northrop Grumman to tap previously underused […]

Boeing's F-15 Strike Eagle.  Photo: Boeing

NNSA Reveals New Flight Tests For B61-12

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Monday revealed it tested components of the B61-12 gravity bomb it is developing as part of the U.S. nuclear modernization effort. The two qualification flights took place Aug. 8 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, the NNSA said in a press release published on its website. An […]