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USAF’s ‘Night Hawks’ part ways with the Pave Hawk

The 55th Rescue Squadron ‘Night Hawks’ – a component of the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona – has become the latest USAF unit to bid a fond farewell to its complement of HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopters

Lockheed Martin has flown the F-16 Block 70 for the first time

Lockheed Martin revealed on January 24 that it had successfully completed its first F-16 Block 70 flight from its Greenville facility in South Carolina, marking a key milestone in the development and eventual delivery of the latest and most advanced version of the Fighting Falcon family to date

US Navy selects Textron to deliver new T-54A multi-engine trainers

US-based aircraft manufacturer, Textron Aviation, has been awarded a single, firm-fixed-price contract to develop the T-54A multi-engine training system (METS) aircraft for the US Navy, with the service seeking to procure up to 64 examples of the type to replace its ageing Beechcraft T-44C Pegasus fleet

Jordanian F-16 Block 70 acquisition gets green light

In a bid to modernise its ageing fleet of fixed-wing combat aircraft, representatives from the Royal Jordanian Air Force Command have inked a deal to buy at least 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcons from the US

Aurora Flight Sciences to develop game-changing CRANE X-plane for DARPA

Aurora Flight Sciences has been selected to progress into the second and third phases of DARPA’s Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) programme, which will see the firm develop a new, unique X-plane demonstrator that exploits innovative active flow control technologies

USAF transfers former Kadena-based F-15Cs to 144th FW

As the USAF continues to rapidly withdraw its F-15C/D Eagles from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, the US Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport in California has revealed that it received three of the former Japan-based fighters in December

Spangdahlem F-16CMs arrive at Kadena Air Base in rare deployment

Eight USAF Lockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron ‘Warhawks’ of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany touched down at Kadena Air Base in Japan on January 16

First KC-130Js arrive in Hawaii as USMC activates VMGR-153

The USMC activated a new Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tanker-transport unit when Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 153 (VMGR-153) ‘Hercules’ was stood up at MCAS Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii on January 13

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USAF set to continue flying ‘retired’ F-117As for another decade

While the USAF formally ‘retired’ its fleet of F-117A Nighthawk stealth attack jets in April 2008, the air arm is now seeking to keep a number of examples flying in support of “limited research and training activities” until at least 2034 – more than 25 years after the type was initially withdrawn from service

‘Ironmen’ reactivate as new F-22A FTU at Langley-Eustis

In preparation for the relocation of the F-22A Formal Training Unit mission from Florida to Virginia, the USAF’s Air Combat Command reactivated the 71st Fighter Squadron under the 1st Fighter Wing/Operations Group at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton on January 6