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48th Fighter Wing’s New Heritage F-15E Pays Visit To Mach Loop Before Arriving At RAF Fairford

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The Heritage F-15E flying flying

with the Mach Loop on Jul. 14, 2022 (Simon Pearson-Cougill ). In package, the airplane touchdown at RAF Fairford( Stewart Jack) Here are some fascinating shots of the brand-new Heritage F-15E Strike Eagle. The U.S. Air Force 48th Fighter Wing simply introduced a brand-new heritage F-15E Strike Eagle to commemorate the Wing’s 70th year of trip procedures, along with the USAFE’s 80th wedding anniversary and also the Air Force’s 75th wedding anniversary. The jet was formally revealed at RAF Lakenheath on July 12, 2022, as well as on July 14 flew with thepopular Mach Loop in the Low Flying Area (LFA) 7, prior to touchdown at RAF Fairford for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo.”We have actually repainted an F-15E with an unique paint plan to commemorate the abundant background of Liberty Pilots, Maintainers, as well as all Airmen of the 48 FW “, claimed the 48th FW on social media sites.”Additionally, the paint system is based upon the Skyblazers airborne demo group from the 1950’s and also 60’s, recognizing an item of USAFE’s 80-year background.”

Another shot of the Heritage F-15E in the Mach Loop on Jul. 14, 2022(Simon Pearson-Cougill)The airplane concerned is the F-15E with identification number 92-0364, appointed to the 492nd Fighter Squadron(492nd FS), nicknamed”the Bolars”as well as”the Madhatters “. The Strike Eagle landed at Fairford at around noontime, with the callsign STRIKE31 as well as accompanied by a F-35A of the 495th Fighter Squadron” the Valkyries”, after a fast air to air photo session. As you can see in the images right here in this tale, the F-15E has actually been repainted with the United States flag’s shades on the trip as well as the nose surface areas. The internal sides of the twin tails reveal the logo design for the USAFE’s 80th wedding anniversary, while the external sides reveal the logo design for the 48th FW wedding anniversary. Particularly, you can see the Statue of Liberty, which is the sign of the system and also as a result understood additionally as the” Liberty Wing “, bordered by the forms of the airplane that offered within the device. A larger recreation of the Statue of Liberty is located additionally on the rate brake, come with by the form of the United Kingdom, which organizes the device considering that the 1960s, in addition to the United States as well as UK flags. The 48th FW was initial developed in 1952 at Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base, France, and also designated the 492d,

493d, as well as 494th Fighter Squadrons. Just in 1960, when French President Charles de Gaulle required the elimination of NATO pressures from the nation, the device transferred to RAF Lakenheath, which at the time was a vacant Strategic Air Command hefty bombing plane base. Currently, as the Liberty Wing is transitioning right into the future, the F-15Cs have actuallybeen switched for new F-35As as well as designated both to the 493rd FS “Grim Reapers”and also the lately reactivated 495th FS”Valkyries “. The system is not brand-new to these type of heritage jets, with some fantastic instances seen for the 75th wedding anniversary of Operation Overlord, when each armada repainted a jet in heritage shades for the celebration. The heritage F-15E as it lands before the crows at RAF Fairford. (Photo: Stewart Jack) About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter and also factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally examining to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions as well as OSINT strategies put on the globe of present disputes and also armed forces procedures are amongst his locations of competence.

A-10 Demo Pilot Narrates Display Routine Step-By-Step In This Crazy Cool Video

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A wide angle view from inside the A-10C’s cockpit during the demo. (Photo: Erik Johnston)

“Gator” narrates the flight step-by-step for the viewers to enjoy all the work and dedication behind the demo flights performed across the United States.

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II demonstration team is the unit in charge of highlighting the A-10C’s capabilities during airshows across the United States and to recruit, retain and inspire the next generation of Airmen. For the 2022 airshow season, the team, assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, is flying a special color A-10C which was unveiled last year for the 2021 season.

The Team said that the paint scheme was inspired by the F-105 Thunderchiefs that the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing (former designation of the current 355th Fighter Wing based at Davis-Monthan) flew during the Vietnam War. To honor the Prisoners of War, Missing in Action and Veterans, the starboard side of the A-10’s nose features the names of all the unit’s members who lost their lives or were captured during the conflict, accompanied by the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.

The upper surfaces of the A-10C have thus been painted with medium green, dark green and dark tan patches, while the lower surfaces have been painted with camouflage gray, in line with the same colors used by the US Air Force aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. On the fuselage the aircraft also shows the insignias of the 354th and 357th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, which have been redesignated 354th and 357th Fighter Squadrons in 1991.

Our friend Erik Johnston worked with the A-10C Demo Team during the Rose City Airfest at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, Texas, bringing us an interesting video showing the entire demo routine narrated by the pilot, Maj. Haden “Gator” Fullam, from the preflight briefing to the shutdown at the end of the show. The video was shot over two days, showing both the standard gray and the camo A-10C at work.

After the preflight briefing with the entire team, the show begins, with “Gator” boarding the “Warthog”, preparing the cockpit for the flight. The startup sequence alternates both internal and external views, showing the pilot starting the jet as the ground crew perform the checks with precisely orchestrated movements. An interesting point during the startup is the rollover check, where Maj. Fullam explains that the A-10C does not have parking brakes so, whenever the chocks are removed, he needs to hold the brakes as the aircraft with the throttle at idle has enough power to taxi pretty fast.

After performing a low departure, with the A-10 leveled off at 20 ft above the runway, “Gator” performs a quick site survey to confirm all the references on the ground, before climbing all the way to the top of the reserved airspace to build some energy. The demo is flown almost entirely on max power, with few exceptions, so it is important that the aircraft climbs to get a lot of airspeed (thanks to the exchange between potential energy linked to the altitude and kinetic energy linked to the speed) as the demo has to be flown with whatever energy the A-10 can build up before it enters the show area.

After a quick G-warmup, Maj. Fullam begins a 45° nose low dive to the show center to get as close as possible to the A-10’s max speed, which is 450 kts or Mach 0.75. The show in fact takes the jet to its limits, both for the speed and G-force (for the latter the A-10 is rated at 7.33 G), as the pilot demonstrate the aircraft’s agility. Part of the demo is also dedicated to the tactical capabilities, simulating gun runs on the runway, often accompanied by pyrotechnics.

As we already mentioned, the video continues all the way to the shutdown procedure, showing as the maintenance crew meticulously check the aircraft for any faults before shutting down the engines. These checks are fundamental to guarantee the safety of the flight, making sure that the aircraft is in top shape before the next demo.

About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.

U.S. B-2 Spirit Bombers Have Deployed To Australia

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A B-2 on the ground at RAAF Base Amberley, Australia (Image credit: USAF)

Four B-2A stealth bombers have deployed to RAAF Base Amberley, Australia in the last couple of days.

The largest deployment of U.S. Air Force B-2A in recent times is currently underway in Australia where two pairs of Spirit aircraft have landed on Jul. 10 and 12, 2022. Supported on their way by several KC-135 and KC-10 tankers, the U.S. Air Force stealth bombers belonging to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have landed at RAAF Base Amberley to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment.

According to a Pacific Air Forces press release, the rotational Bomber Task Force operates in support of the Enhanced Cooperation Initiative under the Force Posture Agreement between the United States and Australia. In such context, the B-2s will conduct training missions and strategic deterrence missions with allies, partners and joint forces in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Noteworthy, the last time the B-2s deployed to the INDOPACOM area of responsibility as part of a BTF was in August 2020.

“This deployment of the B-2 to Australia demonstrates and enhances the readiness and lethality of our long-range penetrating strike force,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Kousgaard, 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander in the press release. “We look forward to training and enhancing our interoperability with our RAAF teammates, as well as partners and allies across the Indo-Pacific as we meet PACAF objectives.”

Bomber Task Force operations are carried out almost routinely by U.S. Strategic Command across the globe “as a demonstration of U.S. commitment to collective defense and to integrate with Geographic Combatant Command operations and activities.” Indeed, it is quite likely the aircraft will launch extended deterrence mission towards China and the Korean peninsula from Australia.

“This deployment is in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. The BTF enables different types of strategic bombers to operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region from a broad array of overseas and Continental U.S. locations with greater operational resilience.”

As already mentioned, this deployment is remarkable since it involves four stealth bombers (valuable assets that, normally, deploy in smaller numbers, usually 2 or 3 airframes at a time) and because the last time the B-2s deployed to the INDOPACOM area of responsibility as part of a BTF was little less than 2 years ago, in August 2020.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

U.S. Air Force Releases Photos Of Mock B61-12 Nuclear Bomb Test Loaded On B-2A Bomber

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A non-nuclear mock B61-12 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) being prepared for test loading inside the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber’s bombs bay. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

The testing of the new nuclear weapon is continuing with the integration on the Spirit stealth bomber.

The U.S. Air Force recently released on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) website a series of interesting photos from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The photos, taken on June 13, 2022, show a high-fidelity, non-nuclear mock B61-12 Joint Test Assembly (JTA) being prepared for test loading inside the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber’s bombs bay. To our knowledge, these should be the first public photos of the weapon with the Spirit since testing aboard the aircraft has begun few years ago.

The Air Force did not provide many details and did not even mention the name of the bomb, simply stating “the 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron test loads a new nuclear-capable weapons delivery system for the B-2 Spirit bomber”. The 72nd TES, a geographically separated unit of Eglin AFB’s 53rd Wing based at Whiteman, is in charge of all testing and evaluation of new equipment, software and weapons systems for the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.”

It is not clear what the caption refers to with the term “nuclear-capable weapons delivery system”. The unofficial Nuclear Matters Handbook of the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters, gives us the following definition:

A nuclear weapon delivery system is the military platform and delivery vehicle by which a nuclear weapon is delivered to its intended target in the event of authorized use (by the President of the United States, who retains sole authority to employ nuclear weapons). Most nuclear weapons have been designed for a specific delivery system, making interoperability potentially challenging.

In addition to the mix of silo-based Minuteman III (MMIII) ICBMs, Trident II D5 Life Extension (LE) SLBMs carried on Ohio-class SSBNs, and B-2A and B-52H nuclear-capable heavy bombers, the U.S. nuclear force includes dual-capable aircraft (DCA), that can carry conventional or nuclear weapons.

Judging by this definition, the weapon delivery system in question should be the B-2A bomber, however the fact that the caption mentions the test loading aboard the aircraft might mean that this system is a new weapon rack inside the bombs bay designed to work with the new B61-12. Available public info states that the Spirit was designed to employ a Bomb Rack Assembly (BRA) for conventional munitions and a Rotary Launcher Assembly (RLA) for the delivery of conventional or nuclear weapons.

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The 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron test loads a new nuclear-capable weapons delivery system for the B-2 Spirit bomber on June 13, 2022 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The 72nd TES conducts testing and evaluation of new equipment, software and weapons systems for the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

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The 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron test loads a new nuclear-capable weapons delivery system for the B-2 Spirit bomber on June 13, 2022 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The 72nd TES conducts testing and evaluation of new equipment, software and weapons systems for the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

The BRA was later upgraded between 2003 and 2006 and became a Smart Bomb Rack Assembly capable of carrying as many as 80 independently targeted, JDAM GPS-guided weapons. So, since the new B61-12 in equipped with a guidance kit, it is possible that also the RLA is now being upgraded to use the new bomb. The new bomb variant will replace the B61-7 and B61-11 currently available for the B-2 fleet.

As we already reported, The B61 entered service 50 years ago and has undergone a Life-Extention Program (LEP) to consolidate and replace four legacy bomb variants, the B61 -3, -4, -7, and -11 mods, into the B61-12. The refurbished B61-12 will allow the retirement of the larger B83, becoming the only remaining gravity delivered nuke in the inventory. The bomb will carry a low-yield nuclear warhead with four yield options, reportedly 0.3 kilotons, 1.5 kilotons, 10 kilotons and 50 kilotons, instead of larger warheads like the models it is replacing (which can reach 400 kilotons depending on the variants).

The 12-foot, 825-pound bomb is designed to be delivered from the air in either ballistic or guided-gravity drop modes, thanks to a new Boeing-built tail assembly that includes an Inertial Navigation System (INS) precision-guidance package and two spin rocket motors that improve the bomb’s stability on its longitudinal axis during the descent. The LEP is said to be increasing the B61’s accuracy so much (with a reported 30 m Circular Error Probability instead of the original 100 m) that it will have the same capability against hardened targets as the much more powerful weapons it is replacing.

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Another image of the tests conducted at Whiteman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

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Another image of the tests conducted at Whiteman AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devan Halstead)

About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.

United State Navy F-35C as well as U.S. Air Force F-35A Display for First Time at Same Airshow– Report And Interviews

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The arrival of the very first U.S. Navy F-35C to check out Michigan at the Field of Flight Airshow in Battle Creek. The airplane’s larger, dual-nosewheel touchdown equipment appears in this image.(All pictures credit rating: TheAviationist/Tom Demerly)Two F-35 Demo Teams Showcase as well as Contrast Roles and also Capabilities of Joint Strike Fighter. You obtain to see one or 2 air travel firsts in your life time if you’re fortunate. At the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow on July 2-3, 2022, aeronautics lovers reached see 2. The Field of Flight Airshow at Battle Creek Executive Airport, Kellogg Field, in Battle Creek was the very first time the U.S. Navy’s F-35C Demo Team flew at a Michigan airshow. A lot more considerably, it was the very first time both the U.S. Air Force F-35A Demo Team and also the Navy’s F-35C Demo Team flew at the very same program. Both Joint Strike Fighter demonstration groups highlighted the distinctions in between the Navy and also Air Force variations of the F-35 as well as exactly how their special abilities as well as teams enhance each various other.
: Two U.S. Navy F-35Cs got here on Friday at the Field of Flight Airshow in Battle Creek, Michigan, making this the opening night of the F-35C in Michigan and also the very first time the F-35A as well as F-35C has actually flown with each other at an airshow.

The merging of both demo groups offered a beneficial understanding right into the progression of the total Joint Strike Fighter program. This first-ever conference of the F-35 demonstrations likewise showcased the inter-service capacities of the Joint Strike Fighter program.

And, it was a possibility for air travel followers to see 2 magnificent trip demos in spite of the termination of Saturday’s flying as a result of a terrible mishap that asserted the life of U.S. airshow entertainer Chris Darnell in the collision of the Shockwave Jet Truck.

The timing for this double-demo was excellent. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter initially flew 15 years back in December, 2006. The initial functional F-35s were released 9 years later on with the U.S. Marines in July of 2015. The program ended up being a lightning arrester of objection and also financial worry throughout the very first years of screening as well as combination right into functional solution. Much of the mainstream reporting regarding the program was inadequately educated and also greatly prejudiced as prices intensified as well as routines were extended. Throughout this moment, the public had trouble realizing the capacities of the program, a lot of which are complicated, difficulty historic battle airplane standards or continue to be classified.

According to Senior National Security Business Correspondent Lauren Thompson of Forbes, as well as F-35 prime service provider Lockheed Martin, a September 2021 record stated that the F-35 program, “… anticipates to lower its part of the boxer’s expense per trip hr by 40% over the following 5 years, which would certainly follow a comparable decrease over the previous 5 years”.

In addition, device price of the F-35 has actually dropped continually for many years, although this fad in per-aircraft expense decreases is anticipated to level off in coming years.

In a February 19, 2021 post by Defense Analyst as well as Correspondent John Tirpak in Airforcemag.com, Tirpak reported that, “In the Lot 12, 13 as well as 14 bargain, introduced in October 2019, there were 478 airplane, and also Lockheed’s system rate for the F-35A design dropped listed below $80 million each for the very first time. The Lot 12-14 agreement lowered F-35 system costs almost 13 percent over the previous whole lots, and also noted the 6th succeeding year of system rate decreases.”

Tirpak’s short article took place to estimate Lockheed Martin Vice-President of Aeronautics, Gregory M. Ulmer, as stating, “We’re functioning to maintain a cost-neutral setting for the following manufacturing great deals”. Ulmer as well as Tirpak pointed out the brand-new “Tech Refresh 3”, that Tirpak composes will certainly consist of, “updated software program, enhanced core cpu, [and also] brand-new cabin display screen” as aspects for a leveling-off of price decreases in the F-35 program. Lockheed V.P. Ulmer informed Tirpak that, “We’re functioning to maintain a cost-neutral placement” for the following manufacturing great deals.

Also though the at first questionable F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has actually appreciated considerable financial and also functional battle successes, several experts still have a tough time recognizing the success of the F-35 program, also after a years of strong developments.

“A years earlier was a long period of time earlier,” USAF Major Kristin “BEO” Wolfe informed TheAviationist.com in Battle Creek this weekend break.

Maj. Wolfe is the Commander of the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and also the group’s lead presentation pilot.

Maj. Wolfe took place to state, “Obviously, any kind of program is mosting likely to have its objections beforehand as well as experience its various sorts of battles. Particularly being multi-service, global, you’ve obtained a great deal of hands in the pot attempting to make one solitary plane that make it suitable for everyone.”

U.S Navy F-35C trainer and also demonstration pilot, LTCR. Daniel “Jiggle” Slater, informed TheAviationist.com, “When it pertains to the inter-service part of it, it is wonderful to have a great deal of components commonness. Regarding the layout goes, we assume that the ‘C’ version’s obtained a wonderful system for the Navy with its huge wing, as well as can lug lots of gas. As Navy pilots, we like that. It offers us a whole lot extra tactical gas prior to we need to go max endurance as well as land back on the ship. The F-35’s doing a wonderful task for us until now.”

Slater, that has actually flown catapult launches from warship in the Navy’s big-winged F-35C design, informed TheAviationist.com that very early objections regarding the front touchdown equipment bobbing throughout catapult released were, “Not truly a huge trouble. They changed the [nose touchdown equipment] damping a little bit”.

U.S. Air Force F-35A Demo Team Commander as well as pilot Major Kristin”BEO”Wolfe and also U.S. Navy F-35C Demo Team pilot Lieutenant Commander Daniel “Jiggle”Slater speak with TheAviationist.com at the Field of Flight Airshow in Battle Creek, Michigan. Airshow traveling is various than real-world fight. Accessibility and also preparedness of frontline, functional F-35 systems in both the Navy as well as Air Force have actually additionally boosted dramatically according to pilots Slater as well as Wolfe. And also currently, Air Force,

Marine and also international F-35 drivers like Israel have real-world fight experience in the airplane.”The armada at Hill [AFB] was currently released. An armada simply returned from an additional AOR( Area Of Responsibility ). We’re full-up, all set to go, flying fight planes. These are fight planes that have actually gotten on release,”Maj. Wolfe claimed. When asked if the media and also public still has trouble comprehending the abilities of the F-35, Maj. Wolfe claimed:”Probably. There’s things that you do not see around. Like, you hardly see that we had an armada in Spangdahlem [Air Base, Germany]

, or currently we have an armada in Guam. That truly does not make it bent on the media. No one [in media] truly recognizes what they’re doing available. I can inform you they’re doing their objective that they educated to do-both in Europe as well as in Asia. It’s extremely hush-hush. In some cases that makes individuals a little cynical. “< img data-attachment-id="79981 "data-permalink=" https://theaviationist.com/2022/07/04/f-35a-f-35c-display-same-airshow/jointf35demo_50/"data-orig-file= "https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/JointF35Demo_50.jpg"data-orig-size="

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confirm” the monetary situation for the joint-service F-111. McNamara had not been a boxer pilot. He was an accounting professional. Which might have been a consider the F-111’s very early issues. The F-111 program began the heels of recurring success with the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II, a famous multi-mission battle airplane that at some point offered with every U.S. air arm and also the flying force and also navies of nations worldwide with definite success. 2 flying force, Iran as well as Greece, remain to utilize the multi-mission, multi-service F-4 Phantom II today, making it the initial “Joint Strike Fighter”. McNamara’s F-111 one-aircraft-fits-all monetary idea satisfied with functional catastrophe.

The F-111 never ever did make it right into functional solution with the U.S. Navy. The preliminary implementation of Air Force F-111s to Vietnam was a catastrophe. In March as well as April, 1968, 3 F-111s were shed in Vietnam, likely because of consistent trip control issues. 4 years later on in 1974, after upgrades, the F-111 went back to Vietnam where it did have significant functional success in the later phases of the dispute.

The Navy took place to create its very own airplane with Grumman, the F-14 Tomcat, which was developed as a fleet-defense interceptor. The F-14 did complete its functional solution as a strike airplane nonetheless, nicknamed the “Bombcat”. For the F-35 program, the very first ever before dual-appearance of 2 functional Joint Strike Fighter demonstration groups at one airshow was a watershed minute. And also while, specifically with the F-35 program, the abilities aren’t around aerobatics as well as trip trials, simply the regularity of seeing F-35s flying remarkably in the airshow box has actually moved public assumption in some circles.” Now we’re completely rotated up doing 25 reveals a year,”Major Kristin”BEO”Wolfe informed TheAviationist.com.”Everywhere we go-we have not been way too many locations two times-we see individuals that have actually never ever seen the aircraft fly. They state,’Wow! I did not recognize it can do that!’, even if they‘re reviewing all

the posts and also it’s extremely difficult to inform individuals it’s a really qualified plane. We can not also flaunt whatever in an airshow atmosphere that we in fact do tactically. It’s sort of the crowd-pleasers [at the airshows] versus the battle abilities.”As well as despite the fact that both the Navy and also the Air Force F-35s remain to collect airshow followers with their broadening routine of demonstrations, as Maj. Wolfe

claims, the F-35’s real-world battle capacities are not around airshow efficiencies. They ‘re concerning real-worldbattle, something the F-35 has actually done extremely well at thus far throughout all the solutions. The U.S. Navy F-35Cs made a remarkable entryway in damp, cloudy problems to generate some absolutely amazing visuals with huge vapor cloud shock cones. The Aviationist many thanks Mr. Bretten Bailey and also the whole media group at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow in addition to the U.S. Air Force F-35A Demo Team as well as the U.S. Navy F-35C Demo Team for their kind aid and also gain access to for this record. About Tom Demerly Tom Demerly is a function author, reporter, professional photographer as well as editorialist that has actually composed posts that are released worldwide on TheAviationist.com, TACAIRNET.com, Outside publication, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s federal government media electrical outlet Sputnik, as well as several various other magazines. Demerly examined journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly offered in a knowledge celebration system as a participant of the U.S. Army as well as Michigan National Guard. His armed forces experience consists of being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia(Cycle C-6-1)

and also as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance device, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE ), Long Range Surveillance Unit(LRSU ). Demerly is a seasoned parachutist, holds sophisticated SCUBA qualifications, has actually climbed up the greatest hills on 3 continents and also saw all 7 continents as well as has actually flown a number of sorts of light airplane.

A-10Cs Refueled And Rearmed For The First Time On A U.S. Highway During Northern Agility Exercise

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The A-10Cs were refueled and rearmed during Northern Agility 22-1 that demonstrated operations in austere environments under the U.S. Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment doctrine through different scenarios.

About a year after the first exercise of this kind, the U.S. Air Force performed a new exercise on a state highway on June 19, 2022. The event was part of the larger Northern Agility 22-1 exercise held by the Air National Guard, Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Force Reserves in Michigan to demonstrate the Agile Combat Employment doctrine and prepare aircrews for operations in austere environments.

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, MC-12W Liberties, C-145 Combat Coyotes, U-28A Dracos and C-146A Wolfhounds were involved in the highway operations, which saw them landing on a closed 9,000-foot section of Michigan highway M-28, perform Integrated Combat Turns and takeoff again. This is the first time that ICTs, which enable the quick rearming and refueling of a running jet, have ever been conducted on a public highway in the U.S., according to the ANG press release.

“Northern Agility 22-1 is an historic exercise that supports the Air Force’s directive to ‘accelerate change or lose,’ as well as the ability of our Airmen to generate combat power anytime, anywhere.” said Brig. Gen. Bryan Teff, assistant adjutant general and commander of the Michigan Air National Guard. “Michigan is a champion for Agile Combat Employment, so when it comes to leveraging our state’s unique partnerships, training environment and resources to ensure the Joint Force stays one step ahead of our adversaries, today was a huge success.”

The temporary landing zone, which was active for about six hours, is one of several progressive training scenarios held during Northern Agility 22-1 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The landing zone was named “Hawk LZ” in honor of F-16 pilot Maj. Durwood “Hawk” Jones from the Wisconsin ANG’s 115th Fighter Wing, who lost his life in a training accident in Michigan in 2020.

Northern Agility 22-1 kicked off on June 27 when KC-135 aircraft from the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, arrived at Sawyer International Airport and performed wet-wing defuel operations in preparation for the exercise. A wet-wing defuel transfers fuel from the wings of an aircraft to another expeditionary fuel bladder or a fuel truck while the engines are still running. This way, a refueling aircraft can land in an austere environment, offload fuel using the aircraft pumps and take off with minimal time on the ground.

The highway operations were initially planned for June 28, however they had to be postponed because of the weather conditions. After the aircraft landed, contrary to last year’s exercise, they received fuel and inert weapons as part of the Integrated Combat Turns, before taking off again for their training missions. The ICTs enabled the quick rearming and refueling of a running jet to reduce the aircrew’s ground time and get them back into the air, so they could deliver air power anytime, anywhere to complicate an adversary’s decision making.

“What we’re doing here is trying to do everything we can do to stay one step from our adversaries,” Northern Agility 22-1 Exercise Director Lt. Col. Brian Wyrzykowski said to journalists. “If we can generate combat airpower from a public highway, we can do it from almost anywhere. If we can operate from a highway, we are very unpredictable and very agile. That’s what we demonstrated here today where you saw the first integrated combat turns for modern combat aircraft on a public highway.”

The Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center teamed with industry partners during Northern Agility 22-1 to demonstrate numerous technologies for augmented reality to enhance the multi-capable Airman concept, rapid integration of the Command & Control ecosystem, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Advanced Threat Detection and Visualization and other capabilities, said the press release. In fact, in some of the videos released to the public, an Airman is seen working on the A-10s countermeasures dispensers while wearing an Augmented Reality headset.

About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.

Northrop Grumman Says It’s Confident On B-21’s Rollout Later This Year And First Flight in 2023

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B-21 Raider
The latest B-21 Raider rendering (Image credit: Northrop Grumman/USAF)

B-21 will not fly until next year. But we should be able to see it as it rolls out later in 2022. Here are the latest updates.

An article published on May 20, 2022, by Air Force Magazine, revealed for the first time that the first B-21 Raider bomber, will not take to the air until 2023. Citing an unnamed U.S. Air Force spokeswoman, the report said that the U.S. Air Force is now projecting the first flight of its new stealth bomber 6 months later than it was initially expected.

“This estimate reflects the current status of the program,” she said, without attributing the delay to any particular cause. As Air Force Magazine correctly pointed out, many other high-profile programs, such as Boeing’s T-7A trainer, have experienced delays due to supply chain issues and labor shortages, the same kind of problems that are affecting other industry fields too.

In 2021, Randall Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, said that a first flight in mid-2022 was a “good bet”. Back then, a second B-21 Raider bomber was under construction at Northrop Grumman’s facility at the United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. As of February 2022, at least six examples of the B-21 are under construction at Air Force Plant 42.

Here’s what we wrote about the possible delays in our previous story on the B-21 Raider program:

Obviously, even with all the precautions, there could always be some surprises along the way, especially when working on a complex program like the B-21. Walden said that the surprises are expected, and they are ready to solve them as they present themselves. For an instance, one of these surprises was discovered in 2018, when some thrust issues related to the bomber’s inlet and serpentine ducting were noticed and promptly solved, after some basic changes to the design.

The team working on the B-21, however, is trying to anticipate these problems. One of the means used to do this is a business-class jet used as avionics testbed to test hardware and software before transferring them to the B-21, similarly to what Lockheed Martin did with the Cooperative Avionics Testbed aircraft, better known as CATbird, while developing the F-35 Lightning II or the Flying Test Bed used while developing the F-22 Raptor. According to Walden, the jet is flying “real B-21 software”, assessing the integration of sensors and code into the future bomber test fleet, and is making good progress with satisfying results, giving the team “a lot of confidence” about powering up the first aircraft for its maiden flight next year.


The development program is highly secretive, with few info being disclosed. Earlier last year, the Air Force published three new renderings of the B-21, four years after the first one, giving for the first time a glimpse of the shape of the new bomber, which will have a lot of things in common with the B-2 Spirit. You can find a more detailed analysis in this previous article here at The Aviationist.

When it will finally enter service, the B-21 Raider will replace the B-1B Lancer and the B-2A Spirit, while also increasing the bomber fleet from the current 156 to the goal of 220 total bombers. The ability to meet this goal is closely related to the B-21 Raider development, as the Air Force is making sure that the aircraft will be affordable, sustainable and rapidly modifiable/upgradeable and, until the aircraft is ready, the B-1B readiness, the B-52H engine replacement program and the B-2A fleet deterioration.

The B-52H Stratofortress will actually continue to serve alongside the B-21 through 2050, remaining still relevant thanks to the new stand-off capability added with the introduction of hypersonic weapons, but also thanks to major upgrades that will help the bomber to meet the demands of future combat scenarios it may encounter, mainly new engines, radar, weapons, and connectivity. Even if it’s 60 years old, the B-52H fleet is reported to be in very good health, with a 100% mission ready crew status on almost a regular basis.

Anyway, following the news of the postponed first flight, Northrop Grumman released an article to provide an update on the program.

In early May, Northrop Grumman successfully completed the first — and most critical — loads calibration test of the first B-21 aircraft. The recent test is one of three major conditions the aircraft will undergo in this phase of ground testing as it progresses toward first flight. Loads calibration, which focuses on calibrating instrumentation prior to flight and verifying structural integrity, has yielded positive and consistent results. During testing, the B-21’s airframe endures varying percentages of stress to ensure the aircraft can proceed on its path to flight readiness.

During the ground test phase, in addition to loads calibration, the team will power up the aircraft, test its subsystems, and apply coatings and paint. The next steps will include carrying out engine runs as well as low-speed and high-speed taxi tests, and then on to first flight.

From day one, Northrop Grumman has proactively worked to burn down as much production risk as possible. Throughout the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase, the company has emphasized risk reduction efforts and production readiness as one of the many priorities for the B-21 program. In line with the risk-based approach, the successful calibration test is a significant milestone that further validates the efficacy of the company’s digital design capabilities and advanced manufacturing techniques.


The first flight projection of 2023, as is now being reported by the Air Force, is aligned with the information communicated during the company’s Q1 earnings call and remains on-schedule to the government Acquisition Program Baseline.

As the Air Force has indicated, the focus is on a safe first flight of a production representative aircraft. With six aircraft in various stages of production and test, Northrop Grumman is progressing toward that objective as it continues to reduce risk, refine the building process, and mature the test fleet ahead of first flight.

Randy Walden, director of the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and program executive officer of the B-21 Raider program, recently said, “The B-21 test aircraft is the most production-representative aircraft, both structurally and in its mission systems, at this point in a program, that I’ve observed in my career.” With the first aircraft in the ground test phase and a successful loads calibration under its belt, Northrop Grumman is paving the way for the B-21 Rollout later this year and first flight in 2023.

Therefore, based on the current plans, we should have a first look at the highly secretive aircraft some time this year, with maiden flight in 2023. It’s not clear when the new bomber will be ready for service: it was initially expected around 2026 or 2027, with Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, being the preferred location for the first B-21 main operating base, and Dyess AFB, Texas, being the alternative, but that timetable might need to be revised as well.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

AGM-183 ARRW Test Launch Finally Succeeds After Three Botched Attempts

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File image of a B-52H Stratofortress designated to the 419th Flight Test Squadron removing from Edwards Air Force Base, California, for a captive-carry trip examination of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid

Response Weapon Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2 hypersonic model at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the Southern California coastline.(Air Force picture by Matt Williams) The tool’s booster melted and also sparked for the anticipated period, attaining hypersonic rates. The U.S. Air Force introduced that it ultimately effectively launched an AGM-183 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon(ARRW )from a B-52H Stratofortress off the Southern California coastline on May 14, 2022. As opposed to the previous 3 efforts, where the ARRW was not launched in 2 celebrations as well as did not discharge its engine in the only effective launch effort, the tool

this time appropriately divided from the airplane as well as sparked its booster. Journalism launch did not reveal any kind of considerable information, aside from recognizing that, complying with the splitting up from the B-52 bombing plane, the ARRW’s booster melted and also stired up for an undefined anticipated period, attaining hypersonic rates 5 times more than the rate of audio (Mach 5). The rate pointed out in journalism launch is not to be taken as a precise indicator, as the optimum rate of the AGM-183 is anticipated to be well over of Mach 5.

Also if in some cases it is said that the hypersonic rates area goes from Mach 3 onwards, from a design viewpoint the worth that divides supersonic rates from hypersonic rates is Mach 5. This is because, from Mach 5 onwards, the power of the hypersonic things suffices to trigger chemical variants in the particles of the air flow bordering it, with nitrogen and also oxygen being mostly influenced.

“This was a significant success by the ARRW group, for the tools venture, and also our Air Force,” claimed Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons. “The group’s proficiency, perseverance, and also dedication were type in getting rid of the previous year’s difficulties to obtain us to the current success. We prepare to improve what we’ve discovered as well as proceed relocating hypersonics ahead.”

Like the previous efforts, the examination was performed by a B-52 coming from the 419th Flight Test Squadron as well as the Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, both at Edwards Air Force Base. As we pointed out in various other events, the B-52 is intended to end up being the initial bombing plane in the United States toolbox to get hypersonic tools, adhered to by the B-1B Lancer.

“The examination group saw to it we performed this examination faultlessly,” claimed Lt. Col. Michael Jungquist, 419th FLTS leader and also GPB CTF supervisor. “Our highly-skilled group made background on this initial air-launched hypersonic tool. We’re doing every little thing we can to obtain this game-changing tool to the warfighter asap.”

Screenshot from U.S. Air Force video clip revealing the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon(ARRW)prior to it is packed on the B-52H Stratofortress. While it has actually not been clearly stated in journalism launch, the examination is expected to have actually happened over the Point Mugu Sea Range, where likewise the previous efforts were carried out. Like taken place for the previous examination trips, a NASA WB-57F airplane, typically

utilized to movie rocket as well as rocket launches, was seen flying in the location on May 14, 2022, by means of trip monitoring internet sites. The AGM-183A ARRW is based upon hypersonic move automobile modern technology stemmed from the Air Force as well as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency( DARPA)Science and also Technology(S&T)Demonstration called Tactical Boost Glide(TBG). A fragmentising move car is released from a traditional rocket, or a lot more exactly a Solid-Rocket Motor(SRM)booster, to the top ambience as well as, once it gets to hypersonic rates

, it divides from the rocket and also glides to its target at accelerate to Mach 15. At these rates, there is no requirement for a traditional eruptive warhead as the kinetic power alone provided throughout effect would certainly suffice to damage most targets. The Air Force additionally specifies the ARRW as an”functional hypersonic air-launched tool making it possible for the U.S. to hold repaired, high worth, time-sensitive targets in danger in disputed atmospheres from standoff ranges.” The rocket will certainly offer a survivable, deadly, long-range strike capacity to pursue premium capacities of a prospective opponent, such as deep-inland strike versus targets of calculated value as well as seaside strike versus premium systems. These attributes issue of the incredibly broadband as well as the ability to steer the slide lorry far from risks (InterContinental Ballistic Missiles

lack this ability and also therefore are extra foreseeable)which, subsequently, make the tool practically difficult to obstruct. The troubles experienced in 2015 practically brought the program to an end, with a sudden decrease in the ARRW’s allocate FY2023. Throughout its initial ever before launch effort in April 2021, the projectile stopped working to divide from the B-52’s pylon, stopped working to spark its booster after splitting up throughout the 2nd effort in July and also stopped working to divide once more throughout the 3rd effort in December. Contrasted to the preliminary proposition, the Fiscal Year 2023 spending plan demand reveals an ask for$46.6 million to acquire just one

AGM-183A projectile throughout the year.”[ We’re] not leaving [from ARRW] It’s moneyed in FY 23,”Maj. Gen. James Peccia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for budget plan informed press reporters throughout an interview for the budget plan demands disclosure.

“And after that we’ll make an evaluation afterwards.” About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is a self-employed reporter as well as factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s likewise researching

to attain a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions and also OSINT methods put on the globe of existing disputes as well as army procedures are amongst his locations of proficiency.

United State Air Force Successfully Tests New GBU-31 JDAM Anti-Ship Variant

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The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing and also the 85th Test as well as Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Wing to furnish an F-15E Strike Eagle at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. with changed 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions as component of the 2nd examination in the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. QUICKSINK, a brand-new low-cost, air-delivered capacity for beating maritime risks, efficiently damaged a major surface area vessel April 28, 2022, as component of a demo in the Gulf of Mexico.(U.S. Air Force image/ 1st Lt Lindsey

Heflin)The brand-new version, referred to as Quicksink, is meant to give the Air Force with a torpedo-like anti-ship wise tool. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL )as well as Eglin Air Force Base’s Integrated Test Team just recently showed a brand-new low-cost, air-delivered clever tool capacity planned to beat maritime hazards. The examination, which took place on April 28, 2022, saw an F-15E Strike Eagle launching a changed 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition

(JDAM )as well as effectively ruining a full-blown surface area vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. This examination is the 2nd experiment in the Quicksink Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, a joint initiative with AFRL, the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing, and also the 85th Test and also Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Wing, and also moneyed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and also Engineering. “Quicksink is a response to an immediate requirement to counteract maritime dangers to liberty all over the world,” claimed Col. Tony Meeks, supervisor of AFRL’s Munitions Directorate. “The guys and also females of this directorate regularly locate means to address our country’s best difficulties.”

supervisor. Generally, when taking care of opponent ships, the tools of selection are submarine-launched heavy-weight torpedoes, which nonetheless pay their efficiency with a high expense as well as a tiny section of marine properties having the ability to utilize them.”Heavy-weight torpedoes work [at sinking big ships] Are pricey as well as utilized by a tiny part of marine properties,”stated Maj. Andrew Swanson, 85th TES department principal of Advanced Programs. “With Quicksink, we have actually shown an affordable as well as much more nimble service that has the possible to be utilized by the bulk of Air Force battle airplane, offering fighter leaders as well as warfighters with even more choices.

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KC-46A Completes Record 24.2-hour Mission: Longest Flight In The History Of AMC

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File photo of  a KC-46A Pegasus taking off during a minimum interval take off exercise Jan. 13, 2022, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Eckert)

According to the U.S. Air Force, this is the longest flight in the history of the Air Mobility Command.

A few days ago, on May 5 and 6, 2022, a KC-46A Pegasus tanker of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing performed a record-setting 24.2-hour flight to and from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, in what the Air Force considers the longest duration flight in the Air Mobility Command’s history. This flight is considered a crucial test of the capabilities of the command’s newest aerial refueling platform, as it represents a key factor of the U.S. Air Force global reach.

The unprecedented flight was extensively planned, especially for the aspects regarding the safety of the flight. The Fatigue Avoidance Scheduling Tool, a software that develops an optimal inflight schedule for the pilots, was implemented for this long endurance mission to mitigate the effects of the fatigue on the aircrew by planning the shifts for each crewmember.

The aircrew consisted of six pilots, three boom operators, a photojournalist, and a physician assistant. Two pilot teams rotated on and off four-hour shifts, while a backup pilot team, ready to step in as needed, focused on gathering data and taking extensive notes. The rotating shifts ensured adequate time for rest and the safety of the mission.

A physician assistant flew on the KC-46 to closely monitor the physical and mental well-being of the aircrew throughout the flight. The Karolinska Sleepiness Scale, a detailed questionnaire on the crew members current fatigue levels, was administered to the crew in conjunction with the Psychomotor Vigilance Task test, a test developed by NASA that monitors fatigue levels by measuring cognitive function in comparison to a preflight baseline.

“In flight medicine, our goal is to preserve not only the health and safety of the aircrew, but also to preserve the safety of the missions those aircrew perform,” said Maj. Cory Henderson, 349th Air Refueling Squadron aeromedical physician assistant. “For this mission, we’ve tried to do that from the start of planning and now through the execution phase.”

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Captain Taylor Johnson, 349th Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot, checks the flight path details May 5, 2022. Johnson is able to see live updates of weather, air traffic and flight plans using a Stratus puck. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Brenden Beezley)

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Captain Taylor Johnson, 349th Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot, checks the flight path details May 5, 2022. Johnson is able to see live updates of weather, air traffic and flight plans using a Stratus puck. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Brenden Beezley)

During the 24 hours in flight, the KC-46 performed dry contacts (with no fuel transfer) with another KC-46, refueled four Marine F-35s, and was then refueled by another KC-46. The flight route took the tanker along both of the U.S. international borders as well as along a majority of both of the coasts before ultimately landing back at McConnell AFB, traveling over 9,000 miles, and completing the longest duration flight in AMC history.

The data collected from this flight will be used to determine the feasibility, limitations, potential risks as well as unique benefits of the KC-46 for long-duration flights which could help the US Air Force increase its global reach, especially now that near-peer countries like China are shifting the focus of the US military to the Pacific Ocean.

“This 24-hour sortie is a critical step in the operational evolution of tankers, and the role the KC-46 plays in that,” said Col. Nate Vogel, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “This sortie helps mobility forces identify how best to operate on long-duration sorties from human, to machine, to mission aspects. Long-duration flights are inherently full of risk, and conducting this operation now allows us to identify those risks, and then build and apply mitigations in a more controlled environment. The Joint Force, our allies, and our partners rely on our capability to project combat power globally…we need to be ready to execute anytime, anywhere. This 24-hour sortie is a huge step in realizing that vision.”

Interestingly, as pointed out by RC-135 aircraft commander and national security historian Robert Hopkins, the farthest non-stop unrefueled mission in AMC history dates back to 30 years ago, when a KC-135R flew for +10K miles from Kadena to McGuire.

About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.