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OC-135B #61-2672 will make its final flight this week with a trip to the Boneyard

The first of two OC-135B Open Skies observation aircraft that the U.S. Air Force is retiring will make its final flight this week.

OC-135B (29185770511)
Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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MH-60G that rescued F-117 pilot Dale Zelko has been retired

MH-60G Pave Hawk, #26009, has made its final flight on May 5 with Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, 15th Air Force commander, at the controls.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, 15th Air Force commander, and crew taxi the retirement flight for the MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 5, 2021. Major General Franks flew the very same MH-60 Pave Hawk during Operation ALLIED FORCE, rescuing a downed F-117 pilot from enemy territory; in 1999, during the operation, the helicopter belonged to the 55th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field. The helicopter is to be displayed at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robyn Hunsinger)

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Exercise “At-Sea-Demo/Formidable Shield” underway

Exercise “At-Sea-Demo/Formidable Shield,” Europe’s biggest and most complex air and missile exercise is now in progress.

210512-N-CJ510-0001 A graphic for Exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 21. At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield, conducted by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO on behalf of U.S. Sixth Fleet,is a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise that improvesAllied interoperability using NATO command and control reporting structures. (U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Rumple/Released)

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