USAF

News Premium

Five B-21 stealth bomber prototypes are now in production

The USAF’s newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, has confirmed that there are now five Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider test aircraft in production at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

Ex-USAF C-130Hs handed over to Colombia News Premium

Colombia takes delivery of two ex-USAF C-130Hs

Two ex-USAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports were handed-over to the Colombian Air Force during a formal donation ceremony in Colombia at El Dorado, Bogotà, on September 21

A SOUTHLAND AGGRESSOR. – One of the U.S.A.F.’s B-29 Superfortress which attempted to penetrate the defences. A representative of THE AEROPLANE flew in one of these aircraft during the exercise. Feature Premium

‘Bombing’ England aboard a B-29 Superfortress

‘The Aeroplane’ was invited to witness an air defence exercise from a USAF B-29 Superfortress, with the report appearing in its September 10, 1948 issue

AFSOC developing amphibious capability for MC-130J

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is moving forward with long-standing plans to develop an amphibious capability for the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II

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

News Premium

DSEI 2021: BriteCloud set to begin flight trials with US F-16s

Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy is quickly progressing towards flight trials with Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons assigned to the US Air National Guard

The fuselage of the B-36 is almost completely circular in section. Points of interest include the radar scanner behind the steerable nosewheel unit, the offset bomb-aiming panel, and nose cannon. All "Aeroplane" photographs Feature Premium

10-engine US Bomber’s 1951 UK debut

The first arrival in the UK of the USAF’s gargantuan Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ 70 years ago, with the reporter suitably impressed

Finland concludes AAR exercise with the USAF

For the second time this year, Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Finnish Air Force have concluded an air-to-air refuelling exercise with the USAF

News Premium

US Special Ops aircraft cover Kabul evacuation

More than a dozen US Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft joined the US-led airlift mission to evacuate civilians from Kabul in the 15 days after Afghanistan's capital city fell to Taliban forces

OPERATIONAL TWO-SEATHER. – Intended for all normal operational roles as well as for high-speed training, the N.A. F-100F Super Sabre is surprisingly tractable for its weight and performance. FW-730, “The Spirit of St. Louis II”, is the sixth production F-100F. Photograph copyright "The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Supersonic in the Super Sabre in 1957

The North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was the USAF’s first supersonic fighter and The Aeroplane gave a first-hand account of flying in this fighter after John Fricker was taken aloft. His revealing report was published in the June 28, 1957 edition