Archive: Air Force

Integration of the payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite. Photo: Northrop Grumman, by Alex Evers

ULA Completes 50th Launch For U.S. Air Force With AEHF Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully carried the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force on an Atlas V rocket that took off early Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral. This rocket used was an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle standing at 197 feet tall, […]

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

Air Force: Loss of Consciousness Deemed Cause of Fatal 2018 F-16 Crash

The Air Force on Tuesday released an accident investigation board report determining the cause of a fatal F-16 Thunderbird crash this past April. Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an F-16CM pilot assigned to the Thunderbird squadron, fatally crashed after suffering loss of consciousness while performing in a routine aerial demonstration training flight April 4 at the […]

F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., taxi after landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio for safe haven, Oct. 9, 2018. The F-22 is one of several planes taking safe haven at Wright-Patterson AFB as Hurricane Michael threatens their home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

Air Force Officials: Extent of Damage to F-22s at Tyndall Still Unknown

The Air Force continues to assess the potential damage to multiple F-22 Raptor fighter jets inflicted last week by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. It remains to be seen exactly how many aircraft were impacted and the extent of the damage, Air Force officials said Oct. 14. Air Force leadership declined to […]

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau’s response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters. “Aviation is almost always a limiting factor,” Lengyel told the Defense […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15. More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Engine Developers Win IDIQ Awards to Develop New Tech for Air Force

Rolls-Royce on Thursday was awarded a $100 million contract to develop new advanced turbine engine technologies for the Air Force. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for phase 1 of the service’s Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission-Capability (ATTAM) program. Awardees will “develop, demonstrate, and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies that provides improvement […]

Two Boeing-Saab T-X aircraft fly over St. Louis (Boeing photo)ces_STL_4/27/2017_RMS#307321_MSF17-0022 Series_Photos by John Parker

No Protest for T-X Contract Award to Boeing

The way is clear for Boeing [BA] to safely secure three major aircraft development contracts worth billions as its two competitors declined to protest the Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft award. Boeing was awarded the advanced pilot trainer contract in late September along with its partner in the competition, Sweden-based Saab. Lockheed Martin [LMT] had […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

F-35s Grounded Worldwide For Fuel Tube Inspection

The U.S. military’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft fleet was temporarily suspended from operations beginning Thursday as the Defense Department worked to determine which of their platforms had a suspect part that could have caused the aircraft’s first-ever crash in September. The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office announced Oct. 11 that flight operations would halt for […]