Even as the design was subjected to a grueling series of tests intended to determine its very future, an additional $1.5 billion in funding was approved last month for procurement of another 20 Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors.
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The U.S. Air Force is investigating the crash of a C-21, the military version of the Learjet 35, the afternoon of February 2. The pilot and copilot–the only occupants–were killed when the jet crashed into a field near Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, S.D., seconds after takeoff. Air Force investigators said witnesses saw the jet depart the base, turn back sharply and then crash nearly upside down.
The U.S. is pushing ahead with a plan to share Global Hawk data and operations with Pacific Rim countries, but has still to define the scheme. Gen.
All four people in a Learjet 36A escaped injury after the jet collided with elk on takeoff and subsequently crashed after overrunning the runway at Astoria (Ore.) Regional Airport on December 3. N546PA was registered to CFF Air of Wilmington, Del., and was being operated in conjunction with a Canadian Armed Forces training exercise. The NTSB said that at or near V1 the airplane hit several elk on the runway.
On Monday, in what Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne described as a “special and meaningful mission,” a C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlift airplane touched down at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, completing the type’s first transcontinental flight using a synthetic fuel blend.
Air BP Aviation Services has gone on record supporting the mission of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) with financial support for CAP’s cadet and youth-development programs. The Civil Air Patrol provides leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to almost 27,000 young men and women, ages 12 to 21.
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighters are flying again, following a grounding after the November 2 loss of an F-15C interceptor version in the U.S. That crash followed an apparent midair break-up and nixed U.S. plans to fly an F-15E in the Dubai Air Show. The older F-15C fleet remains grounded. USAF officials said that the incident underscored their desire to boost the F-22 Raptor fleet beyond the 190 that Congress has approved.
Raytheon has won a competition to provide new radars for the U.S. Air Force’s entire fleet of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles, maintaining its position as sole provider of radars for the Eagle family.
Three military aerobatic teams from Europe will appear in the daily flying display here, interspersed with a dozen solo acts. The Spanish air force Patrulla Aguila (Eagle Patrol) is making its Dubai debut, flying seven CASA 101 jet trainers. The Patrouille de France and the UK Royal Air Force Red Arrows are making return appearances. Among the solo performers, the MiG-29 OVT will likely attract the most attention.
As reported first in AINalerts on September 20, the U.S. Air Force and Navy’s suspension of deliveries of the Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan II single-engine turboprop trainer resulted from an unapproved change to the manufacturing process of the airplane’s wing spar, according to a Hawker Beechcraft spokesman.