The entire F-117 fleet at Holloman AFB, N.M. achieved a 100 percent mission capable rate from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, soon after the Nighthawk’s 25th anniversary. “It is unusual for a fleet of any size to go to 100 percent mission capable,”said Col. Gary Bryson, 49th Maintenance Group commander. The perfect 100 percent rate means no aircraft systems were broken, no parts were waiting, and all the radar absorbent material coatings are within war-ready status. CMSgt. Wendy Jones with the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron said that all the group’s maintainers “truly performed as a team to meet this feat.” (For history on the F-117, read Air Force Magazine’s “Fade to Black.”)
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.