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Canadian fire points to Alberta’s infrastructure weakness: Fuel for Thought

It’s been about three weeks since a wildfire broke out in the heart of Alberta’s oil sands production area in the Athabasca region in Fort McMurray, and it is still raging. Some 1,950 fire fighters, 208 helicopters, 29 air tankers and...Show More Summary

V-22 Aerial Tanker Variant on Tap for 2018 | Israel’s Sea-based Iron Dome Intercepts Salvos in Test | Saab Premiers First of Three Gripen E’s

Americas The Navy’s V-22 Osprey program has set 2018 for the deployment of the aerial tanker variant of the USMC’s MV-22B. Once the new capability is installed, it will be possible for the air combat element of a Marine Expeditionary Unit to refuel in air its F-35 Lightning II strike fighters and CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters, […]

Interview: Flight Testing Australia’s Airbus KC-30 Tanker

Robbin Laird, Ed Timperlake Air Power, Air Force, Flight Testing, Tankers, Australia, Asia-Pacific, Australia, China, South Pacific This new RAAF capability provides the Australian Defence Force and the Australian political leaders with...Show More Summary

Air Force Bases in Oklahoma Await New Fleet of KC-46 Tankers

A new fleet of tankers is expected to give the U.S. Air Force a more efficient option for refueling planes midflight.

Air Force's KC-46 Air Tanker Has Tough Road Ahead Before Final Testing

The Air Force's top generals have repeatedly referred to the KC-46A air tanker program as one of its top priorities.

Stealth Saga #38

RQ-170: Air and Space has a profile of the RQ-170. UCLASS: Despite doing a tanker drone first, the US Navy has stated it still wants a UCLASS drone.The GAO reported on the progress on UCLASS. ATD-X/X-2: Here's a high resolution photo of the X-2. Show More Summary

Too Much Secrecy Could Kill the U.S. Air Force’s Next Bomber

The U.S. Air Force faces three major modernization programs — replacing fighter and attack airplanes with the F-35, phasing out the KC-135 tanker for the KC-46A, and developing a stealth bomber replacement for the B-52 and B-1 with the B-21. Unfortunately, Congress has not appropriated enough funds to purchase the...

Second Boeing, U.S. Air Force KC-46A Tanker Completes First Flight

The Boeing test team successfully completed the first flight of the program’s second KC-46A tanker aircraft yesterday, taking off from Paine Field and landing later at Boeing Field in Seattle. During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems. “Adding a second tanker to the flight test program

KC-46 refuels fighter jet with hose, drogue system for first time

An Air Force and Boeing aircrew aboard a KC-46A Pegasus successfully refueled an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet in flight Feb. 10, marking the program’s first using the tanker’s hose and drogue system. The flight, which took place in the skies over Washington state, lasted more than four hours and the tanker’s air refueling operator transferred

Refueling Crew Saves US Pilot Over ISIS Territory

An F-16 fighter pilot's aircraft suffered a fuel system malfunction at perhaps the worst possible time—flying over ISIS-held territory—but the crew of a military refueling tanker stuck with him, likely saving his life, the Air Force Times reports. "Knowing the risks to their own safety, they put the...

Pentagon Plans to Improve F-35’s Capabilities With Refueling Drones

The Pentagon aims to transform a planned Navy combat drone into a flying tanker that would refuel fighter jets serving with a carrier air wing. It could allow them to remain in the air longer and attack targets located deep inside the continent – such as sites in Russia or China.

Syrian Air Force Pounds Daesh's Main Oil Supply Route to Turkey

Syrian Air Force jets pulverized Daesh positions in the eastern part of Aleppo province on Saturday, causing serious damage to the main road used by the militants to send oil tankers into neighboring Turkey.

US ‘Not Ready’ to Confirm Russian Strikes on Civilian Oil Tankers in Syria

US Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that he cannot confirm the the Russian Air Force airstrikes on civilian oil tankers in Syria.

Indian Air Force Wants MoD to Make On Decision On MRTT Purchase

A frustrated IAF has asked the defence ministry to take a decision, one way or the other, on its long-pending case for the almost $2 billion acquisition of six Airbus-330 midair refueling aircraft or tankers to boost the strategic reach of its fighters and bombers. Stressing the critical operational necessity for fast induction of the

Boeing, US Air Force Make History with First KC-46A Tanker Refueling Flight

Boeing and U.S. Air Force aircrews successfully completed the KC-46A tanker’s first refueling flight today in the skies above Washington state. Following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, the KC-46A test team worked through a series of test points before smoothly offloading 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 fighter aircraft flying at 20,000 feet.

India Selects Airbus A330 MRTT in Aerial Tanker Competition

Air India A330(click to view full) By the early 2000s, India’s Air Force was expressing interest in buying modern aerial tankers, AWACS radar planes, maritime patrol aircraft, and other long-range, high-value aircraft. Things always take a longer time than they should in India, but the IAF is moving ahead on all fronts. IL-76TD based A-50EI […]

Boeing Tanker Passes First Midair Refueling Test for Air Force

In perfect weather for a test flight Sunday, Boeing's KC-46 tanker successfully passed jet fuel to an F-16 jet fighter in the air, the first time the new tanker has accomplished an air-to-air refueling mission.

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