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The F-111’s disastrous operational debut in Vietnam

The revolutionary F-111 had a disastrous operational debut in Vietnam. Warren E Thompson describes the baptism that nearly became a requiem

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The daring Vietnam Jolly Green Giant Phantom crewman rescue

After F-4 Phantom crewman Roger Locher was shot down in Vietnam, a Jolly Green Giant made one of the most audacious rescues in USAF history. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver investigates

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USAF challenges: Retaining the combat edge

Balancing the need to sustain its fleet while embarking on key bomber and fighter procurement programmes, the US Air Force finds itself pressured as the demand to meet new challenges increases

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