In a sign that this town is slowly coming back to life after a laconic August, the Senate Armed Services Committee has written Defense Secretary Ash Carter about mistakes made about the price of the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) in two reports to Congress and raised questions about the latest delays to Boeing’s problem-plagued KC-46 tanker. link.
A behind-the-scenes look of the key staging base in Moses Lake, Wash.
After a series of postponements, the US Air Force’s KC-46 tanker plane was set to undertake its first flight at the end of the month. But yet another mishap has pushed that start date even further, after mechanics mistakenly pumped a corrosive chemical into the aircraft’s fuel line.
Wildfires are terrifying things, but we humans have become quite adept at fighting them. Such is the case in central Washington right now, where the town of Chelan was evacuated after wildfires proved to be too difficult to contain.Show More Summary
The folks over at Contemporary Issues and Geography have done an amazing job at creating highly detailed inventory charts of different air arms, and they are currently knee-deep detailing the USAF’s entire force structure. They haveShow More Summary
The town of Chelan in central Washington state is currently under evacuation orders as wildfires sparked by lightning prove difficult to contain. But that didn’t stop KOMO News photographer Eric Jensen from getting this amazing shot of a 10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10 making a drop directly over his head.http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/watching-this-... Read more...
All different kinds of aircraft that have been used to fight fires, from tiny Air Boss tankers to the oversized Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter. But the biggest and baddest of them all was the Evergreen Supertanker, a modified 747 that has recently been sidelined due to financial woes. A new company plans to change that. Read more...
Foxtrot Alpha’s contacts in Europe have noticed some interesting movements heading west out of the Middle East. Apparently, five Israeli Air Force F-15C/Ds and five F-15Is, along with five Jordanian Air Fore F-16s, have been dragged across the Mediterranean to Lajes Field by Israeli Air Force KC-707 Tankers. Show More Summary
Wildfires have been particularly nasty in 2015. Flames turned an LA freeway into a post-apocalyptic wasteland last month, and many other parts of the American west are currently a gigantic conflagration. Fortunately, there are some highly specialized aircraft on call to take down the fires from above. Read more...
Iran placed an order last week for Russian tanker aircraft so it can refuel its air force mid-flight, thereby extending the range of Iranian warplanes, Israeli-based military intelligence website DEBKAfile reported.
The Boeing Company today disclosed a $536 million after-tax charge in the second quarter to keep its KC-46A Pegasus aerial-refueling tanker program for the Air Force on schedule. Qualification testing of the system that provides fuel to both the tanker and the planes it is refueling identified deficiencies that will [...]
Americas The E-2D Hawkeye has passed a Critical Design Review for its air refueling capability, following a successful Preliminary Design Review in September last year and a $226.7 million engineering, manufacturing and development contract in 2013. Huntington Ingalls Inc was handed a $75 million contract Wednesday for repair support for CVN-68 and CVN-70, including work […]
I supervised Air Force tankers that bombed Iraq. I feared mushroom clouds over America. I let fear overrule reason
There's someone out there who just cost the public about $10,000 or $15,000. That's how much the U.S. Forest Service estimates it cost to abort an air tanker operation fighting the Lake fire when a "hobby" drone bumbled into restricted airspace.
The U.S. Air Force and the CIA’s famed but incredibly shy RQ-170 Sentinel has been caught on camera a few times in the U.S., including images of one supposedly forming up with an aerial tanker. It was also paraded around by Iran after its spectacular capture in 2011. Yet there are no known satellite images of it — until now. Read more...
Americas NAVAIR has been slamming missiles into the side of its KC-46 tankers as part of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division survivability testing at the Weapons Survivability Laboratory. The tests used – among other sensors – ten high-speed cameras to capture the impact of the test missiles, themselves specifically designed to inflict maximum possible […]