Archive for April 13th, 2017

First Japanese to fly Zero in America after WW2

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A Japanese civilian flight instructor has flown the Mitsubishi A6M3 at Chino airport on Apr. 11. He could be the first person from Japan to fly the legendary warbird in America after World War 2.

Qatar’s defense minister flies in an F-15E

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Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Dr. Khalid Mohammed Al Attiyah, drop by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base last month and he flew in an F-15E.

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USAF to operate F-16C/Ds to 2048 and beyond

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Lockheed Martin announced on Apr. 12 that the U.S. Air Force has authorized the extend of the designed service life of the F-16 Block 42-52 aircraft to 12,000 Equivalent Flight Hours.

USAF F-16C in Red Flag-Alaska
By U.S. Air Force photo/SSgt Clay Lancaster [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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First aviation delivered ground refueling of F-35B at MCAS Iwakuni

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VMGR-152 conducted aviation delivered ground refueling with VMFA-121 at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Apr. 11.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 refuels using a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 during aviation delivered ground refueling training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 11, 2017. The ADGR marked the first evolution of this form of refueling for VMFA-121’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft, and it increases the squadron’s ability to refuel by C-130 aircraft in austere locations when other resources may not be available.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 refuels using a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 during aviation delivered ground refueling training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 11, 2017. The ADGR marked the first evolution of this form of refueling for VMFA-121’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft, and it increases the squadron’s ability to refuel by C-130 aircraft in austere locations when other resources may not be available. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego)


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Richardson: No money to homeport CVN at Mayport

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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told the Virginian-Pilot that it will be “very difficult” to get funding for upgrading Naval Station Mayport so that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier can homeport there.

US Navy 100310-N-8590G-001 The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) approaches Naval Station Mayport for its maiden port call
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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