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US Air Force, Boeing Finalize KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Design

  US Air Force, Boeing Finalize KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Design Boeing on track to deliver 18 combat-ready tankers by 2017 MUKILTEO, Wash., Sept. 4, 2013 -- The U.S. Air Force and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have validated the final design elements of the KC-46A Tanker and concluded that the proposed design embodies and can meet Air Force requirements, clearing the way for production and testing of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker."I'm pleased to report that the design of the KC-46A tanker Read more [...]

Kerry,Hagel Urge House Panel to Support Syria Strikes

  Kerry, Hagel Urge House Panel to Support Syria Strikes By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies to support U.S. military intervention in Syria during a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington,D.C., Sept. 4, 2013. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, right, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, not pictured, chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff, also testified. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk- WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 – Secretary Read more [...]

Obama: Strike Syrian Regime, But Have Congressional Debate, Vote

  Obama: Strike Syrian Regime, But Have Congressional Debate, Vote By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2013 – President Barack Obama said today he supports a U.S. military strike against Syrian regime targets in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, but he called on Congress to debate and vote on how America should react to "the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century." At the White House Rose Garden, Obama spoke Read more [...]

Continuous bomber presence exemplifies Global Vigilance, Global Reach, Global Power

  Continuous bomber presence exemplifies Global Vigilance, Global Reach, Global Power By Staff Sgt. Katherine Holt, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs / Published August 28, 2013   Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofotress on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 26, 2013. Aircrew and their crew chiefs deployed to Anderson AFB, Guam, to support the continuous bomber presence in the Pacific. The crew chiefs deployed to provide maintenance support Read more [...]

Hagel: Defense Department Has Options for Obama on Syria

Hagel: Defense Department Has Options for Obama on Syria By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Aug. 23, 2013 – Shortly after takeoff on the first leg of his second official trip to the Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joined a video teleconference with President Barack Obama’s senior national security advisors that focused on the deadly situation in Syria. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, briefs reporters Aug. 23, 2013, aboard Read more [...]

Beechcraft Celebrates the First Production Flight of the AT-6 Light Attack Aircraft

Beechcraft Celebrates the First Production Flight of the AT-6 Light Attack Aircraft WICHITA, Kan. (Aug. 20, 2013) – Beechcraft Corporation today announced the completion of the inaugural flight of its first production Beechcraft AT-6 light attack aircraft. The company commemorated the event at its headquarters in Wichita, Kan., with employees and dignitaries. With more than 1,600 hours already logged in AT-6 test aircraft, Beechcraft is offering the AT-6 to U.S. partner nations in need of light Read more [...]

Spirit AeroSystems rolls out first KC-46A Tanker forward fuselage section

  Spirit AeroSystems rolls out first KC-46A Tanker forward fuselage section Jul 26, 2013  Source: Spirit AeroSystems Photo   WICHITA, Kan., July 26, 2013 / PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., (NYSE: SPR) today celebrated completion of the first forward fuselage section, Section 41, destined for integration into the Boeing KC-46A tanker. In a rollout ceremony earlier today, Boeing and U.S. Air Force representatives joined Spirit leadership and employees to mark the occasion. "Right Read more [...]

NASA Astronauts Demonstrate Operations in Boeing CST-100 Spacecraft

  NASA Astronauts Demonstrate Operations in Boeing CST-100 Spacecraft    NASA Photo: Commercial Space Transportation vehicle's interior unveiled ahead of Critical Design Review HOUSTON, July 24, 2013 – Two NASA astronauts for the first time evaluated communications, ergonomics and crew-interface aspects of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Crew Space Transportation-100 capsule, showing how future astronauts will operate in the spacecraft as it transports them to the International Space Station Read more [...]

Beechcraft to Bring Seven Aircraft to EAA AirVenture 2013

Beechcraft to Bring Seven Aircraft to EAA AirVenture 2013   AT-6 light attack aircraft makes Oshkosh debut WICHITA, Kan. (July 25, 2013) Beechcraft Corporation today announced it will feature a mix of its commercial and military products, as well as historic aircraft, at the 2013 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture. The show runs July 29 through Aug. 4 in Oshkosh, Wis.   Located in static display area 322-345, Beechcraft will have its entire current line of commercial Read more [...]

A Winter Flight Over New Mexico

A Winter Flight Over New Mexico   by Lt. Col. Tom Rodgers, USAF (Ret) 16 JAN 1979 Lt. Col Tom Rodgers and what is left of his F-111 tail section. (Photo: Author's collection). Note: This is a reprint from a previous posting in www.wingsoverkansas.com A beautiful winter morning on the high plains of eastern New Mexico. There was not a cloud in the sky for hundreds of miles and temps were in the low 30’s. A great day to go fly. I was an F-111D Instructor Pilot (IP) in the Read more [...]