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USAF B-1B bombers conduct JTACs, ACE training over Europe

Currently deployed to the UK for Bomber Task Force-Europe 22-1, two USAF-operated Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers integrated with allied JTACs over Lithuania and hot-pit refuelled at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany before returning to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, on October 11

Boeing awarded global C-17 sustainment extension

Boeing has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Department of Defense to help sustain C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft in a deal that could be worth up to US$23.8bn including potential options and incentives over the next ten years

Lockheed Martin pitches LMXT for Bridge Tanker programme

Lockheed Martin has unveiled its offering for the US Air Force’s KC-Y programme, which will deliver a new tanker and cargo aircraft for the USAF, US Marine Corps, US Navy and other operators around the world

Smart heritage scheme for South Dakota ANG F-16C

A US Air Force/South Dakota Air National Guard (SDANG) F-16CM Fighting Falcon from the 114th Fighter Wing’s 175th FS ‘Lobos’ has been painted in a stylish blue and white colour scheme to commemorate the SDANG’s 75th anniversary

USAF B-2A Spirit damaged in emergency landing

A USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th BW experienced an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission on September 14 and made an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB

F-15E completes first successful maritime JDAM test

Three USAF F-15E Strike Eagles from the 53rd Wing’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Skulls’ at Eglin AFB, Florida, supported a test as part of the Quicksink Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on August 26

Final MC-130H completes PDM process

The last USAF MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft to receive programmed depot maintenance (PDM) at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins AFB, Georgia, has been completed

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USAF releases accident report into T-38A mishap in Sacramento

The USAF has released an Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report into the mishap at Sacramento Mather Airport, California, on February 18, 2021, which involved a T-38A Talon from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, California

USAF rolls out T-1A Jayhawks in heritage colours

US Air Force/47th Flying Training Wing Beechcraft T-1A Jayhawk 91-0086 ‘XL’ was unveiled during a ceremony on August 13 in new 86th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) ‘Rio Lobos’ heritage colours at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

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Investigation into USAF C-17A incident in Kabul could be launched

An official investigation could be launched into the chaotic first hours of the Kabul airlift that saw a US Air Force C-17 taxiing through a crowd of Afghan civilians attempting to flee the country, before taking off with some people still clinging on