US Air Force (USAF)

Historic ‘9/11’ Cessna for USAF museum

The National Museum of the US Air Force has received Cessna 172P N9344L, newly retired by the Civil Air Patrol.

‘Bats’ complete final EC-130H sortie

The USAF’s 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) ‘Bats’ – a part of Air Combat Command’s 55th Electronic Combat Group (ECG) – marked a major milestone in its transition to the new Gulfstream G550-based EA-37B Compass Call electronic attack (EA) aircraft on February 15, when the unit completed its final flight with the legacy EC-130H Compass Call (pictured) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

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‘Buzzards’ F-16CM pays homage to 31st FW

The 31st Fighter Wing (FW) at Aviano Air Base in northern Italy – a part of US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces-Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) command – has rolled out new special tail art for its flagship F-16CM Fighting Falcon.

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‘Wolf Pack’ honours Op Bolo

An F-16CM (89-2060/WP) assigned to the 35th FS ‘Pantons’ – part of the USAF’s 8th FW ‘Wolf Pack’ at Kunsan AB, South Korea – has received special two-tone South-East Asia (SEA) camouflage tail.

Historic '9/11' Cessna for USAF museum

Ex-Civil Air Patrol 172 becomes latest exhibit at Wright-Patterson

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USAF now plans to buy less than 100 F-15EXs

As part of its FY25 budget request, the USAF has revealed that it now plans to purchase 18 F-15EXs, rather than the 24 Eagle IIs that were initially set to be acquired. This would take the total planned F-15EX procurement from a total of 104 aircraft to just 98

Pentagon clears Osprey flight operations to resume

The Pentagon has cleared all three variants of the V-22 Osprey to return to flight after what has been a three-month grounding. US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) initially grounded its CV-22B fleet after the fatal loss of an aircraft on November 29, 2023, before US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) grounded the rest of the US Osprey force

USAF scales back Grey Wolf acquisition plans

The USAF has scaled back its fielding plans for the MH-139A Grey Wolf multi-mission helicopter, reducing the size of the planned fleet by nearly 50%

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A-10 Demo Team announce 2024 is final airshow season

The A-10 Demo Team has announced that this will be its last season on the airshow circuit.

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Pentagon unveils $850bn FY25 budget request and eyes further aircraft retirements

Released on March 11, the $849.8bn FY25 President’s Budget for the US Department of Defense (DOD) represents an increase of $7.8bn in spending when compared to the FY24 base request. The $167.6bn procurement budget includes $61.2bn for new military aircraft and related systems