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    Will the Air Force Ever Get Their New Tanker Aircraft?

    The Air Force has been trying to replace their aging KC-135 tanker aircraft…for decades. There is a replacement aircraft, the KC-46, which is nearly ready to go, but the program has been plagued by scandal and delays for many years. And now, on the eve of the new aircraft’s introduction into operational service, more delays […] More

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    WATCH: F-35s, The Last C-5B, And A Host Of The Military’s Finest In This September Rewind Video

    Our friends at AirshowStuffVideos have just released their most recent compilation of the best of their military aviation footage shot during September of 2017. The video begins with footage of VFA-101 Grim Reapers Lockheed F-35B Lightning IIs operating from the deck of the new carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) Note the lack of catapult […] More

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    NKAWTG: The Many Ways That SAC Used The Mighty KC-135 Stratotanker

    The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker first entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957. Boeing built just a couple more than 800 of these aircraft. They have been adapted to perform scores of missions in addition to airlifting and aerial refueling. Developed from Boeing’s 367-80 prototype along with the hugely successful 707 series […] More

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    KC-135 Deployment Video Makes Tankers Actually Look Kinda Cool

    Let’s be honest avgeeks, no one grows up and says “One day, I want to be a tanker pilot”.  With frequent deployments in the desert, super-old equipment, and crappy air conditioning, it’s not usually student pilot’s first choice at pilot training. Even the KC-10, which used to be called a “Gucci” plane is getting long […] More

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    Fly Along with Lockheed Aerial Photographer Matt Short, in 360 Degrees

    Lockheed Martin employs a team of some of the finest aerial aviation photographers in the world. Arguably one of the coolest jobs ever, they are responsible for producing the company’s high-end aerial still and video imagery of high-performance military aircraft, FROM high-performance military aircraft, documenting everything from testing and development, to program milestones, to producing […] More

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    Deployments Suck — Creative Marshaling Makes It Better

    Maintainers Make Long Days More Tolerable Let’s not beat around the bush here…deployments suck, especially around the holidays.  It doesn’t matter whether you are in the desert or stationed in a cooler climate for an exercise.  The fact remains that you are away from your family, you sleep with smelly roommates, and you probably eat the […] More

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    KC-135 Low Pass Over an Aircraft Carrier? Sure…Why not?

    Flyovers aren’t that rare but an Air Force tanker doing a low pass over a Navy Aircraft Carrier?  That’s pretty rare.  It shows the view from a KC-135R Stratotanker flying low over the Pacific Ocean near several ships that participated in Rim of the Pacific, 2016. Among them are the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. […] More

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    An inside look at a KC-135 “flying gas station”

    The unsung heroes of flight operations, tankers like this KC-135 keep the strike aircraft in the air and on station. In-flight refueling operations is another one of those aerial activities that is fascinating to watch. The coordination between two aircraft syncing up while flying at hundreds of mph is the definition of precision. During current […] More

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