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B-21 Raider The B-21 has a name: Raider
The Air Force’s long-range strike bomber has officially been named the B-21 Raider.
0 9/19
2016
F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the U.S. The fighters were returning to Luke AFB, Ariz., after participating in the world's largest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown) AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’
The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2.
0 8/02
2016
The KC-46A Pegasus performs its first-ever aerial refueling Jan. 24, 2016, passing 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Boeing photo/Paul Weatherman)
KC-46A Pegasus conducts 1st in-flight refueling demonstration
The KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon Jan. 24 to demonstrate aerial refueling operations in advance of its first production decision later this spring.
0 1/25
2016
A KC-46 Pegasus took to the skies for its first flight at Paine Field in Everett, Wa., Sept. 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jet Fabara)

KC-46A tanker completes successful first flight
A KC-46A Pegasus tanker (EMD-2) made history with its first flight Sept. 25 from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, landing a few hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle.
7 9/25
2015
Airmen from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron remove a damaged nacelle, the protective covering on the engine, from an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. A maintenance response team from the 332nd EMXG repaired the jet and got it back in the air – a task that could have taken more than a month – in less than five days. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jared Marquis) Airmen return A-10 to air after catastrophic engine failure in Iraq
A maintenance repair team from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron recently responded to an A-10C Thunderbolt II that suffered a noncombat-related engine failure and had to divert to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
3 4/24
2015
Default Air Force Logo Nevada range supports first F-35B integration into USMC’s weapons school exercise
The Nevada Test and Training Range was part of history April 21, when four Marine Corps-assigned F-35B Lightning IIs participated in their first Marine Corps' Final Exercise (FINEX) of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course on the NTTR.
0 4/23
2015
Default Air Force Logo F-35 Lightning II costs drop, report shows
A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable March 24, 2015.
1 3/26
2015
Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus dons his helmet before his first F-35 sortie flight March 18, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Pleus is the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing. Pleus will now be the first commander to switch to the F-35 on Luke AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Devante Williams) First Luke F-35 student takes to the sky
The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 Lightning II pilots when the first student, Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, flew the wing's first training sortie March 18.
0 3/19
2015
Default Air Force Logo Air Force funds research for remotely piloted aircraft
Although the development of remotely piloted aircraft began in the 1950s, they are increasingly used by both military and commercial customers and provide a promising new chapter in the history of aviation.
0 3/19
2015
An F-35 sits under a sun shade on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program office and a small business partner have developed high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating to improve reliability and maintainability. The F-35 is but one of the weapon systems to benefit from this technology. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle) AF develops high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating for fighter aircraft
The Air Force and a small business partner developed an innovative, high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating product that could directly improve the reliability and maintainability of weapon systems across the Air Force, including the F-35 Lightning II.
0 3/13
2015
Default Air Force Logo AF, sister services rally at Pentagon to focus on close air support
Representatives of each military service, joint warfighters, and civilian experts came together to discuss the future of close air support at an Air Combat Command-command hosted summit at the Pentagon, March 2-6.
1 3/09
2015
Retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel, laughs while under the wing of a P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 28, 2015, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Hertel, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, was given the opportunity to visit the aircraft he used to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jensen Stidham) WWII pilot reunited with P-47
Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corp hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28.
4 3/02
2015
Airmen look over an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 18, 2014, before the pilot participates in exercise Iron Hand 15-2 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Iron Hand 15-2 brought together all of United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Force Africa’s fighter airframes to train. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman) Air combat exercise Iron Hand 15-2 enhances interoperability in Europe
Pilots from all U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa's fighter airframes came together at Spangdahlem Air Base in December to participate in a five-day training exercise called Iron Hand 15-2.
0 12/31
2014
Maj. Mary Clark instructs 1st Lt. David Shadoin during pre-flight procedures Dec. 16, 2014, at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. Clark is an UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and the 58th Operations Support Squadron's assistant director of operations, and Shadoin a student pilot in the 512th Special Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Fisher) Female aviator makes difference training Afghan AF
Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and the 58th Operations Support Squadron's assistant director of operations, knows what it takes to make a good helicopter pilot.
2 12/26
2014
The first Royal Australian air force F-35A Lightning II jet arrived Dec. 18, 2014, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The jet's arrival marks the first international partner F-35 to arrive for training at Luke AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Australian F-35 lands at new home
The first Royal Australian air force F-35A Lightning II arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona Dec. 18, marking the first international partner to arrive for training.
0 12/22
2014
Default Air Force Logo Pilot killed in Middle East F-16 crash
A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in a non-combat-related incident November 30 at approximately 11 p.m. EST. The aircraft was returning to its base in the Middle East shortly after take-off. The crash did not occur in Iraq or Syria.
1 12/01
2014
Default Air Force Logo Air Force identifies nickel-free material for F-35 aircraft systems
Through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the Air Force, Triton Systems, Inc., located in Massachusetts, developed a nickel-free material technology that is positioned for transition to several F-35 Joint Strike Fighter applications. Transition of this technology is anticipated to save $550 million across the aircraft’s lifecycle
0 11/26
2014
A 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules flies over South Korea Nov. 19, 2014, during Exercise Max Thunder. The 36th AS represented Yokota Air Base, Japan, during the exercise and used the opportunity to practice combat maneuvers and low-altitude flying. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez) Yokota Airmen train combat mobility during Max Thunder
The 36th Airlift Squadron participated in Exercise Max Thunder 14-2, flying alongside South Korean military counterparts to integrate their airlift capabilities in a simulated combat environment.
0 11/25
2014
Academy Cadets 1st Class Max Johnson and Kyle Morse repack an airdrop practice model Nov. 6, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. The model was created by a 2014 capstone project team working to mathematically model wind shear and speed to decrease the cost and increase the accuracy of combat zone airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo) Academy cadets work to improve airdrop accuracy, aircrew communication
When Academy cadets become pilots, engineers or logisticians, they will know their research here helped make several positive changes for aircrews, their planes and ground troops.
0 11/11
2014
A Pratt & Whitney F135 engine for the Conventional Take-Off and Landing version of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter completed a record-breaking accelerated mission test in the Sea Level 3 (SL-3) test cell at the Arnold Engineering Development Center at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. Shown here is a previous test of the F135 in the AEDC SL- 3 test cell. (Courtesy photo/Rick Goodfriend) AF engineers log record-breaking accelerated engine test
A highly successful accelerated mission test (AMT) of Pratt & Whitney's F135 conventional take-off and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV) engine was recently completed in the Sea Level 3 test cell (SL-3) at the Arnold Engineering Development Center.
1 11/05
2014
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