The U.S. Air Force has wrapped up its final design review for the Talon Hate pod designed to provide much-needed connectivity between the stealthy, fifth-generation Lockheed F-22 and legacy fourth-generation aircraft not designed to penetrate enemy air defenses, according to manufacturer Boeing....More
Despite all the training in the world, there is little that is routine when it comes to flying fighters off carriers. To get to that level, naval aviators must prove they are the best of the best – and yet, even being the best may not be enough....More
Probably no other naval officer attracted more attention during the U.S.-hosted Rimpac 2014 (June 26-Aug. 1) than People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Sr. Capt. Zhao Xiaogang, commander of the four-ship task force China sent to the biennial maritime exercise. This was China’s first Rimpac (Rim of Pacific) exercise, and its vessels conducted multilateral operations with other navies off Hawaii....More
Despite the delay, Air Force Maj. Gen. John Thompson, program executive officer for the KC-46 program, says he is confident the Boeing-led team can deliver the first 18 tankers by August 2017, as required in the contract....More
As more E/A-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft make their way in the fleet, U.S. Navy aviators are starting to extol the capability they see in the jets now – and the potential missions they envision in the fleet’s future....More
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