Archive: Air Force

A Boeing KC-46A tanker refuels an F-16. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Air Force Solicitations Include Mid-November Delivery Date for KC-46

The Air Force appears to be targeting a mid-November delivery date for the long-awaited KC-46 air refueling tanker, although several steps are still required before manufacturer Boeing [BA] can hand over the keys. The service Oct .22 released two solicitations via FedBizOpps seeking contractors to provide shuttle and bus services and latrine and trash facilities, […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

DoD: F-22s Suffering Minor Damage to Move to Langley Next Week

Several F-22 fighter jets that sustained minor damage during Hurricane Michael are expected to be moved from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as early as next week, a Pentagon spokesman said Oct. 22. Following the hurricane’s landfall in the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10, reports emerged that multiple F-22 Raptors that were unable to fly […]

Blue Origin's BE-4 engine on a test stand. Photo: Blue Origin.

Blue Origin: Reusability Key Factor in Future Air Force Space Architecture

The Air Force is prioritizing reusability for its future space systems as demonstrated in its recent launch service agreement awards, a Blue Origin official said Oct. 19. The service has been “foot-stomping” the idea that reusable launch systems will be part of its next space architecture, as it will improve reliability and lower the cost […]

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, […]