The US Navy has been searching for a T-39 Sabreliner that left Chattanooga, Tenn., at 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 on a training flight, since it failed to show at NAS Pennsacola, Fla., at 3 p.m., as scheduled. The last contact with the aircraft came just 20 minutes after takeoff. On board were a Navy instructor, a Navy student, an Air Force student, and a civilian contract pilot. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Civil Air Patrol had to halt search efforts Wednesday morning because of bad weather. CAP has five aircraft from its unit at Rome, Ga., ready to pick up the search.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.