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The KC-46A Pegasus performs its first-ever aerial refueling passing 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 fighter Jan. 24.  (Boeing photo by Paul Weatherman) KC-46A Pegasus conducts 1st in-flight refueling demonstration
The KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter Jan. 24, 2016, to demonstrate aerial refueling operations in advance of its first production decision later this spring.The Pegasus passed 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 piloted by Lt. Col. Daniel Alix, 416st Flight Test Squadron, 412th Test Wing
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Pilots from the 7th Expeditionary Air Combat and Control Squadron Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System crew prepare to take off on a mission over Iraq. The JSTARS aircraft is currently undergoing a recapitalization, which will result in a smaller business class jet airframe as well as a reduction in crew size. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon) Recapitalizing JSTARS: the airframe
Of all the components going into the new JSTARS weapon system, the most noticeable -- at least at a glance -- is the airframe.For the past two years, a specialized team at Hanscom AFB has been hard at work researching and learning about the various aircraft in today's marketplace -- all in an effort to find the best model that will accommodate an
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Michael Gill, AFMC Executive Director AFMC Executive Director and AFRL senior civilians among 2015 Presidential Rank Award winners
The Office of Personnel Management recognized recipients of the prestigious Presidential Rank Awards for 2015 on Dec. 15, and the list includes six Air Force Materiel Command civilians. One of the AFMC recipients is the command headquarters' own Executive Director, Michael A. Gill."Each year, the President selects a very small cadre of Senior
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a U.S. Air Force E-8C Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft. JSTARS Recapitalization, a program managed out of Hanscom AFB, Mass., received Milestone A approval Dec. 10, 2015, ushering the modernization into the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tyler Prince) JSTARS Recap reaches Milestone A
Following a seven-month Materiel Solution Analysis phase, JSTARS Recapitalization program was granted a Milestone A decision by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.On Dec. 10 the Air Force received OSD-level approval with the signing of a Milestone A acquisition decision memorandum, officially ushering the
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Default Air Force Logo AFMC to transition to Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project
Some 13,000 Air Force Materiel Command non-bargaining unit civilian employees will transition to the Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project pay system in June 2016, according to AFMC officials. "This is a win-win for both employees and managers. It will support employee personal and professional growth, and for supervisors, it will
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An E-3G “Sentrry” Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft patrols the skies over the U.S. on a recent homeland defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo) The wait is over: E-3 Block 40/45 deploys to combat theater
The long-awaited, highly anticipated deployment of the E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft is finally over, with the arrival of the first upgraded weapon system to a combat theater of operations.The first E-3G arrived in Southwest Asia Nov. 18, 2105, marking the deployment of the most comprehensive modification to
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(Defense Media Activity) Commentary: Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor
Veterans have made a selfless choice to lay their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. In many cases, they have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we continue to have our rights and freedoms.Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor these special Americans.Originally known as Armistice Day since 1919, President Dwight D.
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(Photo courtesy of Chad Bellay/Lockheed Martin) F-35 fires first airborne shots successfully
F-35A tail number AF-2 became the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to fire the four-barrel GAU-22/A 25mm Gun system while in flight Oct. 30, 2015.Maj. Charles Trickey, 461st Flight Test Squadron F-35 experimental test pilot, was in the cockpit and fired one burst of 30 rounds and two 60-round bursts, each at 20,000 feet. At full rate, it can fire
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Eileen Frock, 570th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron operations officer, briefs Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III on an F-35 replacement modification at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Oct. 15. The part depicted, a root rib, was removed from an F-35 airframe and a stronger replacement added, extending the aircraft’s service life. During his visit, Welsh received an overview of Ogden Air Logistics Complex facilities and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw/Released) Air Force Chief of Staff visits with Hill Airmen
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh A. Welsh III wrapped up a visit to Hill Air Force Base by holding a town-hall-style meeting with the base's Airmen -- and getting a bit emotional."I love you. I love who you are. I love what you do. I love how you stand up for each other," Welsh said. "Thanks for making me proud."Welsh, speaking to a group
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(U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) KC-46 program refueler touches down at Edwards
The KC-46 program's first test aircraft, a Boeing 767-2C (EMD-1), departed from its home at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, and touched down at Edwards for the first time Oct. 15, 2015.Boeing and the 418th Flight Test Squadron here are conducting Ground Effects and Fuel Onload Fatigue testing on the new tanker.Ground Effects testing is to
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