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Clement Charpentreau
USAF A-10 accidentally fires live rocket during training

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II accidentally fired an M156 air-to-ground rocket outside Tucson, Arizona. No injuries were reported....


Clement Charpentreau
Private Mirage F1 makes maiden flight in the United States

Five years after its retirement from the French Armée de l’air, the Mirage F1 completed its maiden flight in the United States as part of a private fleet. 63 Dassault fighter jets were acquired by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), a subsidiary of Textron....


Rytis Beresnevicius
Air Force One: how Boeing 747 became the VC-25A

Ever since the 1960s, Boeing jets were the dedicated aircraft for the United States president, carrying the Air Force One designation. But as it came time to replace the presidential Boeing 707, Boeing almost lost the race:...


Clement Charpentreau
USAF deploys F-22 stealth jet in Qatar for the first time

For the first time, the United States Air Force deployed F-22 Raptor fighter jets on its base of Al-Udeid, in Qatar....


Ruta Burbaite
US lawmakers seek to block Trump’s plans for Air Force One livery

U.S. President Donald Trump is eager to move ahead with his plans to change the iconic livery on Air Force One jets from the Kennedy-era blue-and-white palette to a more patriotic paint scheme of red, white and blue. House defense lawmakers, however, are not that thrilled. In a move to prevent the president from repainting the plane, a House panel has drafted legislation to have the Congress block Trump’s intentions....


Ruta Burbaite
Pentagon to review USAF certification of SpaceX launch vehicles

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy have fallen under scrutiny by the Pentagon, which has initiated a review of the certification of the launch vehicles by the U.S. Air Force. Elon Musk’s company had recently celebrated entering the military space launch market with its first national security space mission completed in December 2018....


Ruta Burbaite
Pentagon to review USAF certification of SpaceX launch vehicles

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy have fallen under scrutiny by the Pentagon, which has initiated a review of the certification of the launch vehicles by the U.S. Air Force. Elon Musk’s company had recently celebrated entering the military space launch market with its first national security space mission completed in December 2018....


AeroTime Team
Opinion: F-35 program not ready for combat-testing

The troubled $1.5 trillion F-35 program is not ready to begin the critical combat-testing phase, the Pentagon’s testing director said in a previously undisclosed August memo obtained by the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). ...


AeroTime Team
Rolls-Royce to power Boeing MQ-25 aircraft for U.S. Navy

Rolls-Royce announced on September 6, 2018, that its engines have been selected by Boeing to power the U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aircraft, which will provide unmanned, carrier-based air-to-air refueling....


AeroTime Team
Boeing awarded $2.9B for fourth KC-46A tanker production lot

The U.S. Air Force on September 10, 2018, awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract for 18 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. ...