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Airmen from the 60th Maintenance Squadron and 349th Maintenance Squadron prepare the wing surface of a C-5M Super Galaxy prior to maintenance at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 31, 2023. Maintainers modified an aerodynamic fairing over a wing splice of a C-5M Super Galaxy incorporating newly printed 3D parts known as blocks and wedges.
Engines & Components

3D Printed Parts for the C-5M Deliver New Capabilities

March 13, 2023
To get the aircraft fixed as soon as possible, a C-5 structural engineering matter expert proposed integrating 3D-printed parts made from Antero 800NA, a new thermoplastic material...
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Shown is a screenshot of Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute’s homepage. On March 8, 2023, the Department of the Air Force launched a toolkit providing a supplemental resource for commanders to tailor training specifically oriented to the United States’ pacing challenge.

China Aerospace Studies Institute Introduces Research, Analysis Toolkit for Commanders

March 10, 2023
The Department of the Air Force launched a toolkit March 8, providing a supplemental resource for commanders to tailor training specifically oriented to the United States’ pacing...
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne Bass listen to Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall deliver his keynote speech “One Team, One Fight” during the Air and Space Forces Association 2023 Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colo., March 7, 2023. Kendall emphasized the need to modernize and reshape the Air Force and Space Force to confront China and other emerging powers.

Kendall Outlines Clear Path for Modernizing Air, Space Forces & Confronting Peer Competitors

March 8, 2023
He confirmed that the budget to be made public March 9 will include funding requests for the Next Generation Air Dominance, sixth-generation fighter aircraft and the introduction...
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An artist's depiction shows an E-7A in flight. The E-7A is the Department of Defense's future tactical battle management, command and control and moving target indication platform scheduled to replace the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System.

Air Force Awards E-7A Prototype Contract

March 1, 2023
The Department of the Air Force awarded The Boeing Company a contract to begin work on the E-7A weapon system Feb 28. The value of this initial contract will not exceed $1.2 billion...
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jayson Burns
A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules crew member prepares to conduct a refueling operation in support of a simulated Forward Arming and Refueling Point exercise at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, Feb. 22, 2023. The FARP mission enables aircraft supporting combat operations to refuel much closer to their area of operation, saving a significant amount of time.

CJTF-HOA Conducts Joint FARP Exercise on African Continent

Feb. 28, 2023
By Tech. Sgt. Jayson Burns, 435 Air Expeditionary WingVarious U.S. units under Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, and the 449th Air Expeditionary Group pooled...

DAF Hosts 3rd Virtual Women’s Air and Space Power Symposium

Feb. 28, 2023
The Secretary of the Air Force Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the third annual Department of the Air Force Virtual Women’s Air and Space Power Symposium March 8-10...
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger
U.S. Air Force Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team commander and pilot, takes off to demonstrate the capabilities of the F-35 during Aero India 23 at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India, Feb. 14, 2023. The weeklong biennial exhibition is Asia’s largest aviation event and hosts government delegations and corporate executives from 26 countries. The U.S. military is participating in Aero India by providing aerial demonstrations and static aircraft to strengthen its partnership with India while furthering military-to-military relationships.

US Military Showcases Airpower at Aero India 23

Feb. 22, 2023
By Airman 1st Class Emily Saxton, Pacific Air Forces Public AffairsThe U.S. military represented combat airpower in the skies over Aero India 23 at Air Force Station Yelahanka...

U.S. Air Force Awards Electra Strategic Funding Partnership Valued up to $85M To Develop Full-Scale Pre-Production eSTOL Aircraft

Jan. 26, 2023
Electra.aero, Inc. ("Electra") announced its selection by the U.S. Air Force AFWERX innovation arm for a Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) award that secures up to $85 million...
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shannon Bowman
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Arthur, 430th Expeditionary Electronic Communications Squadron commander, poses for a photo next to new U.S. Air Force E-11A BACN after its arrival at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec. 16, 2022. The E-11A BACN is the newest addition to 430th Expeditionary Electronic Communications Squadron's fleet. Commonly known as Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, this aircraft extends the range of communications channels and enables better communication among units.

430th EECS Begins Operations with New E-11A BACN

Jan. 10, 2023
Essentially functioning as a low earth satellite, or “Wi-Fi in the sky,” the E-11A is used to provide extended aerial command and control capabilities to air assets and troops...
U.S. Air Force photo by Shelton Keel
Col. Frederick Coleman, 505th Command and Control Wing commander, speaks at the 805th Combat Training Squadron, also known as the Shadow Operations Center-Nellis, or ShOC-N, Industry Open House highlighting the Air Force's Battle Lab ability to provide a low barrier to entry, access to data, and an opportunity for feedback from operators for C2-interested companies at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 9, 2022. The event included more than 120 traditional and non-traditional industry experts who were briefed by the 505th Command and Control Wing and ShOC-N leaders about the needs for advanced C2 capabilities and to create shared awareness to continue accelerating C2 processes.

Industry Event Provides Tech Companies Insight Into AF Battle Lab Development Needs

Dec. 26, 2022
The 505th Command and Control Wing’s 805th Combat Training Squadron, also known as the Shadow Operations Center-Nellis, hosted a classified Industry Day Dec. 9 at Nellis Air Force...

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Airman 1st Class Jacob Helzer, 100th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics maintenance journeyman, uses the Boom Cover Tool on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, July 22, 2022. The Boom Cover Tool, created by Helzer, is expected to save 40,000 man-hours and $1 million annually.

Airman’s Innovation Saves Time, Money

Aug. 25, 2022
A new boom cover tool has the potential to save the U.S. Air Force 40,000 man-hours and approximately $1 million per year.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer
Airmen assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron and 38th RS conduct hoist training at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., March 17, 2022. Airmen from the 41st RS and 41st Rescue Generation Squadron identified a shortage of hoist cables for their HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters, a critical component to conduct combat search and rescue operations. They resolved the shortfall by converting HH-60G Pave Hawk hoists to work in the new aircraft with slight modifications.

Airmen Innovate, Ensure HH-60W’s First Deployment

Nov. 22, 2022
In preparation for the Air Force’s newest rescue platform’s first deployment, Airmen from the 41st Rescue and Rescue Generation Squadrons conducted extensive training to learn...
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman
Lt. Col. Greg Van Splunder, Lt. Col. Brandon Stock and Tech. Sgt. Matt Rogers, all from the 157th Air Refueling Wing, Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire Air National Guard, guide their KC-46A Pegasus as it receives fuel from another Pease ANG KC-46A during a 36-hour endurance mission, Nov. 16, 2022. The long-duration sortie took place from Nov. 16 to 17 and was crewed by active duty and Air National Guard Airmen from Pease, who flew the jet non-stop from New Hampshire, across North America and the Pacific Ocean, around Guam, and back home again.

Pease ANG Crew Flies Record-breaking Endurance Mission

Nov. 22, 2022
In a feat of air mobility endurance, a KC-46A Pegasus from the 157th Air Refueling Wing flew a non-stop mission halfway around the globe and back, Nov. 16 to 17.
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X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Concludes 6th Successful Mission

Nov. 14, 2022
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle-6, or OTV-6, the U.S. Space Force’s unmanned, reusable spaceplane, successfully deorbited and landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing...

COMUSAFE Attends Africa Air Force Forum in Senegal

Nov. 1, 2022
By Master Sgt. Michael Battles, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public AffairsRAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- U.S. Air Force Gen. James Hecker, U.S. Air Forces...
Air National Guard
An LC-130 'Skibird' Hercules assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing sits on the skiway at Williams Field, Antarctica, Feb. 6, 2020. The 109th AW flies the largest ski-equipped aircraft in the world and supports Antarctic research.

NY Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing Supports Antarctic Research

Oct. 26, 2022
By Jaclyn Lyons, New York National GuardSTRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. (AFNS) -- The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing launched the first of five LC-130...
U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. James R. Wilson
An air commando from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., provides oversight of an MC-130J on the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. range during Emerald Flag Oct. 19, 2022. The aircraft was refueling an MQ-9 Reaper aircraft demonstrating the Air Force's Agile Combat Employment capability against potential adversaries.

MQ-9S Demonstrate New Capabilities in Emerald Flag

Oct. 26, 2022
By Lt. Col. James R. Wilson, 919th Special Operations WingAir Force Special Operations Command’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise participated in an Emerald Flag exercise ...
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros
An HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter is parked on the flightline during the HH-60W Initial Operational Capability ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 9, 2022. The ceremony displayed the platform’s operational capabilities and signifies the HH-60W has met the criteria for IOC and awaits declaration.

HH-60W Reaches Initial Operational Capability

Oct. 19, 2022
By Capt. Lauren Gao, Air Combat Command Public AffairsGen. Mark Kelly, commander of Air Combat Command, declared the HH-60W Jolly Green II has reached initial operational capability...
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Air Force 75th Anniversary Tattoo Sept. 15, 2022, at Audi Field, Washington, D.C. The Thunderbirds serve as the Air Force’s precision-flying demonstration team, entrusted to perform for people all around the world to display the pride, precision and professionalism the Air Force represents.
Education & Training

The Air Force and Trailblazing Science Have Been Linked for 75 Years and Counting

Oct. 13, 2022
When Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound on Oct. 14, 1947, the United States Air Force itself was officially only 26 days...
Education & Training

DAF Develops Dual-track ‘Civilians We Need’ Career Model, Roadmaps to Enhance Civilian Career Progression

Oct. 11, 2022
The Department of the Air Force is unveiling a new civilian career talent management process designed to be more nimble in developing both civilian leaders as well as growing ...