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
A new fleet of tankers is expected to give the U.S. Air Force a more efficient option for refueling planes midflight.
The Air Force's top generals have repeatedly referred to the KC-46A air tanker program as one of its top priorities.
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
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...
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
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
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...
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 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 Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that he cannot confirm the the Russian Air Force airstrikes on civilian oil tankers in Syria.
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 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.
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 […]
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.
On Nov. 15, 2015, U.S. Air Force A-10 ground attackers and AC-130 gunships blew up a truck park near Abu Kamal, Iraq. The American pilots destroyed more than 100 tankers carrying oil that could fund the Islamic State. The Pentagon followed this up with another massive strike on Nov. 22, taking...
The tanker in the video is 67-feet long with a 10-foot diameter and can hold up to 30,000 gallons of liquid. It’s made of thick steel and weighs 67,000 pounds and yet it can be crushed with just the sweet simple science of air pressure. Show More Summary
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE: KC-135R Stratotankers operated by the 507th Air Refueling Wing are scheduled to be the first Air Force Reserve Command tankers to be retrofitted with the new KC-135 Block 45 upgrade at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex here in February 2016. The latest KC-135 upgrade, called Block 45, will completely remodel
The coalition is stepping up its air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with B-1s supporting Iraq’s Ramadi offensive and land-based fighters, and those from both the USS Harry S. Truman and the Charles de Gaulle, flying ‘round the clock sorties. Here are two of the latest videos depicting the coalition’s air war against ISIS. Read more...