U.S. Air Force’s next-generation refueling tanker aircraft perform an elephant walk

Ten U.S. Air Force’s refueling tanker aircraft, includes eight newest KC-46A Pegasus and two KC-135s, were a part of Wednesday’s elephant walk exercise at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. McConnell’s tanker aircrews and maintenance personnel were tested on their ability to rapidly generating multiple sorties during a weather evacuation exercise. On Thursday, the Air Base press release...

Dozen A-10 aircraft and hundreds of Idaho guardsman head to Southwest Asia – Defence Blog

The Idaho Air National Guard recently sent one of biggest deployments in State’s history, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.As nearly a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft from the 124th Fighter Wing based at Gowen Field departed for Southwest Asia in support of combat operations.“This is what our people signed up for and they are excited for the opportunity to answer the nation’s call,” said...

South Korea receives first RQ-4B spy unmanned aircraft – Defence Blog

South Korea military received its first advanced high-altitude unmanned aircraft, RQ-4B Global Hawk, according to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).The first RQ-4B Block 30 landed at a military airbase in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday.The aircraft is the first to arrive in the country of the four RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft South Korea has purchased from the U.S. The...

Japanese island of Mageshima could become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier

Japan's government announced this week that it's buying Mageshima Island, an uninhabited outcrop 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the southernmost Japanese main island of Kyushu.The island, most of which is owned by a privately held Tokyo development company, is uninhabited and hosts two intersecting unpaved runways that were abandoned under a previous development project.The Japanese government...

Vermont Air National Guard receives next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft – Defence Blog

The Vermont Air National Guard, the air force militia of the State of Vermont, has received the next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which landed at the Vermont Air National Guard just after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec., 5, 2019.These aircraft are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020.The aircraft departed...