Eglin launches first F-35 training mission
No matter what uniform they wear, service members of the 33rd Fighter Wing know the launch of the first F-35 Lightning II flight here March 6 is a small step into the next half century of air dominance.
100th Air Refueling celebrates 20 years at RAF Mildenhall
The 100th Air Refueling Wing celebrated its birthday Feb. 1, marking 20 years since the wing returned to East Anglia. The 100th arrived in England Feb. 1, 1992, after being out of the U.K. for 47 years, and was redesignated the 100th Air Refueling Wing.
Official rollout of first Euro Hawk for German Forces
EURO HAWK, the premier Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the German Armed Forces, was presented today to government officials and media during a rollout ceremony held in Manching, Germany.
Apache clocks up 100,000 hours
The British Army’s Apache Attack Helicopter has clocked up a landmark 100,000 flying hours, a third of which have been flown on operations in Afghanistan. The achievement – equivalent to a single helicopter staying aloft for 11˝ years – has seen Apache emerge as a vital battlefield tool in Afghanistan. As well as pinpoint strikes in support of ISAF troops, Apache has proved itself invaluable through its ability to escort other helicopters and land convoys and ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) capabilities.
RAF's biggest ever aircraft arrives in the UK
The RAF’s largest ever aircraft with a 60 metre wingspan and nearly 60 metres long arrived in the UK for the first time today, the MOD has announced. The new future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA) has also been named publicly by the RAF as Voyager.
RAF Eye in the sky hits 20,000 hours over Afghanistan
Reaper, the RAF’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft has reached a landmark 20,000 operational flying hours over Afghanistan, the MOD announced today. The 39 Squadron aircraft have proven themselves as the eyes in the sky for front line troops.
RAF Lossiemouth Tornado GR.4s set new record
On March 23, 2011, XV Squadron, stationed at RAF Lossiemouth, set a new RAF record by flying for more than 5,000 hours in a year. No other fast-jet squadron in the history of the RAF has achieved this level of operation before.
First KC-135 arrives for Rivet Joint conversion for RAF
Following the decision to procure Rivet Joint as the replacement for the Nimrod R1, the first aircrew from No. 51 Squadron RAF Waddington deployed to commence operational conversion training on United States Air Force (USAF) Rivet Joint aircraft.
First MC-130J training program takes flight
As the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II rolled off the Lockheed Martin factory line, a training flight class recently conducted sorties in preparation for transition to the new airframe.
First F-35C Breaks Sound Barrier
March 4 - The first F-35C test aircraft (CF-1) flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time over a test range near the US Navy and Marine Corps F-35 integrated test facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Tejas gains Initial Operational Clearance
Nearly three decades after it was first conceptualized, the Initial Operational Clearance for the Light Combat Aircraft was accorded today when the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony handed over a formal "Release to Service Certificate" of Tejas aircraft to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, at a function in Bangalore.
Project Liberty reaches 5,000 sortie milestone
Crew members from the US Air Forces's 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron flying an MC-12W Liberty aircraft, the Air Force's newest intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft (ISR), reached a milestone by flying its 5,000th sortie on December 30th 2010.