Air Force and Navy testers are teaming to certify the Navy’s new P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to receive fuel from boom-equipped Air Force tankers, officials at Edwards AFB, Calif., announced. Since the P-8 is the only current naval aircraft beside the E-6B Mercury equipped with a boom-compatible refueling receptacle, the Navy called on Edward’s 412th Test Wing for support. Edward’s modification shop was fully booked supporting Air Force test programs, so the Navy offered to instrument and modify Edwards’ KC-135 for the tests. “This is an outstanding example of utilizing trained personnel from other services to meet the needs of test programs,” said Leonard Roen, with Edward’s 412th Test Engineering Group, in a release. “This cooperation will significantly improve the data collection effort that would not have been possible without this sharing of trained personnel,” he added. Data from the flights will also be used to develop accurate refueling dynamics to the flight simulators used by P-8 pilots for training and proficiency. The Navy is procuring a total of 117 airframes to replace its P-3 Orion fleet. Testers from Edwards and NAS Patuxent River, Md., plan to begin P-8 certification flights with the KC-135 at the end of March.
The Senate confirmed over 400 senior military promotions Dec. 5, after Sen. Tommy Tuberville mostly lifted his monthslong hold on military nominations. Specifically, Tuberville lifted his hold on all nominations below four-star generals and admirals. Out of 455 pending general and flag officer nominations, affecting 451 people, the Senate confirmed…
Three types of U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft participated in air-to-air refueling with a commercial tanker for the first time last month, coinciding with a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Singapore that concluded Nov. 24.
Dec. 5, 2023
The eight Airmen aboard the CV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Japan were declared dead as the operation transitioned to search and recovery Dec. 5.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.
The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Air Refueling Group recently put together what may be a first of its kind in the Air Force: a training program that teaches KC-135 tanker crews how to perform specialized fueling operations (SFO): ground-based procedures that could help gas up military aircraft in a…
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.
Dec. 4, 2023
After a nearly weeklong search, U.S. and Japanese search teams located most of the wreckage of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey and the remains of most of its crew members.
The U.S. conducted a drone strike in Iraq on Dec. 3, as the American troops there continue to be targeted by Iranian-backed militants. The strike took place near Kirkuk as the militants were preparing to attack U.S. troops in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told Air & Space Forces Magazine.…