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Boeing and Airbus to compete again for USAF tanker modernization

The United States Air Force is ready to move forward with the second program aimed at renewing its fleet of aerial refuelers. Formerly known under the codename KC-Y, the competition should once again see Boeing face Airbus in partnership with Lockheed Martin. The many difficulties encountered by Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus, birthed from the previous program, could be a thorn in the Seattle manufacturer’s side....


Air Force One, the flying White House

If there is one aircraft as famous as the Pope, one name as recognizable as Coca Cola in the aviation world, it is the Air Force One. The sole mention of this plane is enough for most people to see its light blue, white and gold livery. Get to know the rock star of airplanes....


USAF F-15 Eagle fighter jets take over Iceland airspace defense

A detachment of F-15C/D Eagles of the United States Air Force (USAF) was deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, in support of NATO Air Police operations. They will have the mission of defending the sovereignty of the country’s airspace against foreign incursions....


ATAC’s Mirage F1 fleet to begin adversary training with USAF

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) announced it received the last of six contracts awarded by the Pentagon for adversary air live training using its fleet of Mirage F1. Before the end of October 2020, the company will begin adversary air live training with pilots of the United States Air Force....


USAF already flew full-scale next-generation fighter prototype

Taking the aviation world by surprise, Dr. Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, revealed that a full-scale prototype of a next-generation fighter jet was already flown by the United States Air Force....


First flight of B-21 Raider strategic bomber delayed to 2022

The maiden flight of the first Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long range strike bomber (LRSB) is expected to take place no earlier than 2022. Once it enters production, its acquisition by the United States Air Force (USAF) could be accelerated to speed up the B-1 and B-2 retirement....


China and U.S. in standoff after U-2 surveys live-fire exercise

Chinese Ministry of National Defence made a strongly-worded statement accusing the U.S. of flying its U-2 spy plane in the “no-fly zone” over live ammunition exercises. The U.S. military states it operated within international law....


Two US drones reportedly collided and crashed in Syria

Two U.S.-operated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including at least one MQ-9 Reaper attack drone, crashed after colliding over Idlib, Syria, according to a military source....


Air Force One possibly involved in near-miss incident with drone

While approaching Joint Base Andrews from where the Air Force One fleet operates, the C-32A transporting the United States President Donald Trump might have come in close proximity to an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)....


US Air Force conducts final captive test of new hypersonic weapon

The United States Air Force successfully carried out the final captive-carry test of the hypersonic air-launched missile AGM-183A ARRW (Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon). The weapon was fitted on a Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber....