Archive: Air Force


NNSA Conducts B61-12 Flight-Hardware Tests on B-2 Bomber

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced last week it completed a pair of flight tests on non-nuclear components of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb near the Nevada National Test Site.“The tests involved releasing a B61-12 non-nuclear test assembly, which includes the NNSA designed bomb assembly and U.S. Air Force acquired tail-kit, from a B-2A […]

Air Force Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command. Photo: USAF.

Air Force Grounds Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment After Crash

The U.S. Air Force has suspended flying for its light-attack aircraft experiment while it investigates the recent fatal crash of one of the participating planes, the head of Air Combat Command (ACC) said June 28. “We haven’t figured out what happened yet,” Gen. James “Mike” Holmes told the Defense Writers Group. “Because there’s no operational […]

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]

Randy Walden, head of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, speaks at the Air Force Association. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Nears Key Design Review

The U.S. Air Force, which has been developing the B-21 Raider for almost three years, is on track to conduct a critical design review (CDR) by year’s end, a service official said June 25. “We are on our way to critical design review,” said Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which oversees the […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A-29 Light-Attack Plane Crashes During Air Force Experiment

An A-29 Super Tucano crashed June 22 during a training flight for the Air Force’s light-attack aircraft experiment, killing one of its aircrew members. Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua, N.Y., died when the A-29 he was piloting crashed at 11:30 a.m. Mountain time over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

A U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Replacing Defective Fan Blades In Fighter Engines

The U.S. Air Force discovered a fan blade defect in Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229 fighter-jet engine while investigating a mishap, according to service officials. “Once they tore into the root cause [of the mishap], they noticed that there was a defect with the actual blades in the engine,” said Maj. Gen. John Rauch, commander of […]

Modified 767 jetliners are turned into tankers at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Says It Expects To Receive First Boeing KC-46A Tanker In October

The U.S. Air Force announced June 20 that it has reached an agreement with Boeing [BA] on a revised delivery schedule that calls for the service to start receiving its first 18 KC-46A Pegasus tankers this fall. Under the agreement, which was months in the making, Boeing will hand over the first refueling jet in October and the remaining […]

A B-1 releasing a JASSM. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force To Resume Flying B-1 Bombers

The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers, which have been grounded since June 7, will return to flight this week, the service announced June 19. Air Force Global Strike Command said the “safety stand-down” gave it time to evaluate an undisclosed “issue” with ejection-seat components on the supersonic bomber.  “We have high confidence that the fleet’s […]

President Donald Trump.  (White House photo)

Trump Tells DoD To Form Space Force, But Senator Says He Can’t Do That

President Trump announced June 18 that he has told the Department of Defense to start forming a space force to ensure U.S. space dominance, but a key lawmaker insisted that DoD cannot proceed without congressional approval. “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish […]