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Desert Storm 30: The U-2's Olympic Flare missions

The U-2 spy plane, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, flew 544 reconnaissance sorties during Operation Desert Storm, gathering priceless intelligence for allied forces involved in the Gulf War

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From Spads to Spirits: Inside the 13th Bomb Squadron

Affectionately known as ‘The Devil’s Own Grim Reapers’, the 13th Bomb Squadron has engaged in almost every major US conflict since World War One. Key.Aero provides a behind-the-scenes look at what is now the USAF's sole stealth bomber training unit

USAF awards Boeing $2.12bn for Lot 7 production KC-46s

Boeing has been awarded a US$2.12bn contract modification by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to manufacture and deliver an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the USAF under a seventh production lot

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Thracian Viper: Bulgaria prepares for the Bear

For six weeks, Bulgaria’s skies witnessed intense NATO activity last autumn, beginning with ‘Thracian Viper 20’ and culminating with American F-16s flying enhanced Air Policing missions

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Desert Storm 30: The Secret Squirrels of Callsign 'Doom'

Top secret for a year after it was mounted, the first B-52 mission of the 1991 Gulf War saw the B-52 firing some of the opening shots of the campaign, launching a barrage of 35 cruise missiles against a variety of ‘Night One' targets

48th FW completes three-day ACE exercise

The 492nd Fighter Squadron – a unit assigned to the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk – completed a three-day Agile Combat Employment (ACE) exercise on January 13

Global C-17 fleet surpasses four million flight hours

Almost 30 years after the platform first graced the skies, the global fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift strategic transports surpassed the four million flight hour milestone on January 15

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Desert Storm 30: Black Jets over Baghdad

In the first of a series of features commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, we explore the F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft, which flew at least 50 combat sorties during the campaign and was never hit, outsmarting Iraqi radar to deliver shock and awe

Northrop Grumman wins $325m Joint STARS support contract

Northrop Grumman has received a US$325m contract from the USAF to provide continued support for the service’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet

USAF orders 12 more KC-46s from Boeing

Boeing announced on January 12 that it has been awarded a US$1.7bn contract by the USAF to deliver 12 more KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft under a sixth production lot