Archive for August 16th, 2017

F/A-18Cs being phase out at NAS Oceana

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The U.S. Navy is preparing to transition all remaining F/A-18Cs stationed at NAS Oceana to the F/A-18E/F. Members of the public are invited to two meetings end of this month to discuss and make comments on a draft environmental assessment of the swap.

FA-18C Hornet of VFA-83 landing on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in November 2015
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Taiwan says Chinese Y-8G electronic warfare aircraft entered its ADIZ

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Taiwan confirmed a report by Liberty Times that a Chinese GaoXin-3 Y-8G electronic attack aircraft entered its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) along latitude 27 degrees north on Aug. 13.

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Photo: JASDF
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SyAAF shifts L-39s to Kuweires air base

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Satellite photos have revealed that the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has moved its L-39s from al-Nayrab air base to Kuweires air base last month, the motive behind the redeployment is unknown.

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Ex-RAF Lockheed TriStars returning to the skies again as civilian-owned tankers

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Tempus Applied Solutions (TAS) announced on Aug. 14 that it has acquired six ex-Royal Air Force Lockheed Tristars and three of them will be used for air-to-air refueling (AAR) operations.

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See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Rapid Raptor capabilities enhanced with inclusion of HC-130J

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Rapid Raptor is a concept that seeks to deploy a package of F-22 and supporting logistics to any forward operating base within 24 hours. This is typically carried out with at least one C-17 to swiftly move, refuel and rearm a minimum of four F-22s in unfamiliar, austere environments. This concept was recently refined with the inclusion of the HC-130J – an extended-range, search and rescue /combat search and rescue transport aircraft.

A U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II assigned to the 71st Rescue Squadron taxis towards the parking ramp during Stealth Guardian, Aug. 9, 2017, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. During Stealth Guardian, the 71st RQS worked alongside Airmen from the 325th Fighter Wing to provide airborne mission control and aerial refueling capabilities as well as forward area refueling and rearming points for the F-22 Raptor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

A U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II assigned to the 71st Rescue Squadron taxis towards the parking ramp during Stealth Guardian, Aug. 9, 2017, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. During Stealth Guardian, the 71st RQS worked alongside Airmen from the 325th Fighter Wing to provide airborne mission control and aerial refueling capabilities as well as forward area refueling and rearming points for the F-22 Raptor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)


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