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Senator: Grand Forks Base on Short List for Tanker Mission

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of five bases being considered for the new KC-46 air refueling tanker.

Refueling Tankers, Hawaii Airmen Return from Middle East

Three refueling tankers and 50 members of the Hawaii Air National Guard are home after a four-month deployment to the Middle East.

L-3 Communications Wins $1.9Bln Logistics Contract for US Air Force Tankers

The Pentagon announced that L-3 Communications had been awarded almost a $2 billion US Air Force contract to guarantee the supply of airframes for the next generation of air refueling tankers.

Boeing and U.S. Air Force Adjust KC-46 Tanker Schedule

KC-46 Pegasus aircraft are now expected to arrive at their first basing locations by late summer or early fall 2017. The KC-46 was most recently scheduled for a spring 2017 arrival at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the first formal training unit location; and McConnell AFB, Kansas, the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base.

Boeing Misses Target for KC-46 Refueling Tanker Delivery, Deadline Extended

The target date for Boeing to deliver a fleet of KC-46 fuel air tankers that are designed to service all US and allied military aircraft has been extended due to unresolved technical difficulties, the US Air Force News Service reported in a dispatch filed on Friday.

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.

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