Archive for February 10th, 2017

RAF to disband No. 15 Squadron next month

Posted in Air Force on February 10th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on RAF to disband No. 15 Squadron next month

Preparations are underway to disband the Royal Air Force’s No. 15 (Reserve) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth next month.

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By Mark Harkin (ZA461 XV Squadron 100th Anniversary Scheme) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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First two pilots to go direct from flight school to F-35 are graduating this month

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The first two pilots to go direct from flight school to the F-35 conversion course will be graduating at the end of February.

1st Lt. Taylor Zehrung
Photo: USMC
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VP-5 is first P-8A squadron to win Battle ‘E’

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VP-5 has become the first Boeing P-8A squadron to win the Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency (“E”) award. The unit beat five other squadrons to the award.

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Photo: U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy P-3 had close encounter with Chinese KJ-200

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A U.S. Navy P-3 maritime patrol aircraft had an unsafe close encounter with a Chinese KJ-200 early warning aircraft near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, CNN reports.

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By 日本防衛省·統合幕僚監部 [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Luftwaffe has only one serviceable A400M, out of eight

Posted in Air Force, Industry on February 10th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Luftwaffe has only one serviceable A400M, out of eight

The German Air Force revealed that seven out of its eight A400M transport planes are unable to fly. Days after Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was forced to switch aircraft in Lithuania.

Luftwaffe (German Air Force), 54+01, Airbus A400M (22550413067)
Anna Zvereva [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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