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Aircraft Report: T-1A Jayhawk

For almost 30 years, Raytheon’s T-1A Jayhawk has provided USAF student pilots with advanced flying training before they transition to the service’s airlift and tanker aircraft

Northrop floats MQ-Next concepts

Northrop Grumman has revealed unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concepts of long unrefuelled ranges, mission endurances greater than 24hrs, robust mission systems, a weapons capacity, open mission systems architectures and a vision vehicle image.

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Aircraft Report: OC-135B Open Skies

The USAF operates currently operates a pair of Boeing OC-135B Open Skies aircraft in an observation role. These aircraft are dedicated to performing missions under the Open Skies Treaty - an agreement that the US is set to leave this November

B-1B Lancers return to Guam

Four Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic-capable strategic bombers deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, on September 10 as part of the USAF’s Bomber Task Force operations.

Aircraft Report: A-10 Thunderbolt II

First flown in 1972, the ‘Warthog’ is primarily used for ground attacks against armoured vehicles and tanks. It is highly manoeuvrable at low speeds and altitude, making it a highly accurate weapons-delivery platform.

Boom to explore supersonic VIP transports for USAF

Boom Supersonic was awarded a contract by the US Air Force (USAF) on September 8 to explore options for a supersonic executive transport aircraft, which could be employed by the service.

Osan A-10Cs complete Andersen training deployment

Six USAF Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 51st Fighter Wing’s 25th Fighter Squadron ‘Assam Dragons’ at Osan Air Base, South Korea, completed a training deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on August 21.

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IN PICTURES: Allied Sky sees B-52s tour NATO states

Six US Air Force (USAF) Boeing B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic bombers flew over all 30 NATO member states in Europe and North America on August 28.

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Transport Titans

Bob Archer details the logistical intricacies of the USAF’s Exercise Big Lift...

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YF-23 Black Widow II: Diamonds Aren't Forever

The story behind how Northrop's YF-23 Black Widow II lost a near-decade-long 'race' with the Lockheed's YF-22 to win the Advanced Tactical Fighter programme.