Brian W. Everstine
May 12, 2021
Eglin Testers Load Five JASSMs to an F-15E
The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, loaded five AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles on an F-15E, more than doubling the Strike...
May 6, 2021
ICBM Shuts Itself Down Before Launch
An unarmed Minuteman III test launch was aborted May 5 when the missile’s computer detected a fault during its terminal countdown and stopped the launch process, Air Force...
Apr 20, 2021
Task Force of B-52s Deploy to Andersen
Four B-52s deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on April 17 in the latest Pacific bomber task force mission. The B-52s, from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.,...
Apr 20, 2021
F-15s, F-16s, C-130s Deploy for Exercise in Poland
USAF F-15s, F-16s, and C-130s are training in Poland in an agile combat employment exercise that comes as Russia executes a massive buildup on the border with neighboring Ukraine,...
Apr 17, 2021
Jolly Green II Finishes Developmental Test
The Air Force’s next combat rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green II, concluded 23 months of developmental testing on April 13. Since its first flight in May 2019, a joint...
Apr 15, 2021
F-15C Records Longest Air-to-Air Shot in Test
An F-15C Eagle set a record for the longest air-to-air kill, but we won’t know what the record is. In March, an F-15C fired an AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile...
Apr 14, 2021
KC-46 Deliveries Slow, But TRANSCOM Optimistic
Boeing missed planned KC-46 delivery dates in March and early April, leading to a slower than expected acceptance rate. Despite this slow delivery rate, the head of U.S....
Apr 7, 2021
Hypersonic ARRW Booster Flight Test Fails
The first booster flight test of the Air Force’s AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon failed April 5. In a release issued April 6, the service acknowledged the failure...
Apr 1, 2021
AMC Considers ‘Family of Systems’ for Future Strategic Airlift
The Air Force is considering a “family of systems” for strategic airlift in the future, as it looks beyond the C-17 to see the mobility needs in future high-end...
Mar 30, 2021
Russian Tu-142s Enter Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone
The Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Region early March 29 tracked two Russian Tu-142 maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, Alaskan...
Mar 5, 2021
MQ-9s in Romania Provide Constant ISR Over the Balkans
The Air Force is now flying MQ-9 Reaper operations from Romania, in a new mission that aims to provide 24/7 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance coverage in the...
Feb 22, 2021
USAF Instructor, Japanese Student Pilot Killed in T-38 Crash
A USAF instructor pilot and Japan Air Self-Defense Force student pilot were killed when their T-38C crashed Feb. 19 at Dannelly Field near Montgomery, Ala. The aircrew and aircraft...
Jan 8, 2021
B-52s Fly Direct to Middle East for 4th Time in 2 Months
Two B-52s flew a direct, 36-hour round-trip flight from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to the Persian Gulf this week in the latest of a series of bomber task force missions to the...
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