Well, the USAF has now bought a brand new simulator for the E-4 fleet.
https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-buys-f ... day-fleet/
E-4 replacement RFP originally slated for December has been delayed into next year. Personally, I feel this might be the death nail of this mission as DoD’s budget will continually get squeezed.
https://www.airforcemag.com/search-for- ... into-2021/
[twoid][/twoid] Originally the aircraft was provisioned with a fold out IP seat and IA seat, allowing a maximum of six crew members. However after an incident, they were not allowed to be used and have not flown with more than four since then. The IP/IA seats have also been removed from the aircraft...Jump to post
USAF bomber crews typically will take more than the number of ejection seats. Especially on their long haul training flights. Basically anywhere you can “plop a squat” will suffice. Crammed to say the least!
https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit ... ockpit360/
With all these former operators, I wish one of them would donate a set of wings to the Air Force museum’s that they found buried in the Iraqi desert..maybe throw in an old TU-95 for the right price too! https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196331/mikoya...Jump to post
Since the USAF/USN will more than likely buy ~30 twin engine aircraft, and the RFPs were due last winter, does anyone know if Airbus submitted a design? Obviously the 767 is probably in the lead right now, but is an A330 a possibility? I haven’t heard anything about that scenario yet.Jump to post
Does somebody know what the present flight hours / cycles count is for each of the four E-4B aircraft ? And what is the average usage /year, or is this secret (confidential) info ? With the KC-10's still operational there is no shortage of engine(parts) in the near future, both aircraft are powered...Jump to post
A little hint of what most already assumed on what the Nightwatch's replacement might look like. A USAF official familiar with the AOA said it’s unlikely the study will come back with a four-engined solution, given the higher efficiency and certain availability of equally long-ranged, two-engined je...Jump to post
I’m not an engineer, is this normal to build a mock up in dealing with the upgrades?
https://oklahoman.com/article/5666431/n ... on-project
I can see the USAF completely overlooking the nacelle and cowlings, mount the new engines, have a problem, then realize they should have bought new ones. Coming from maintenance, the H model lower and upper body cowls are awful! The most over engineered piece on that aircraft. Fingers crossed they r...Jump to post
GalaxyFlyer wrote:C-5 conversion to the M model was full blown conversion, like it was a new plane.
Work continues on VC-25B during pandemic.
https://www.airforcemag.com/new-air-for ... -pandemic/
Deleting the A/R from the future VC-25B was a political move (PR : it saves a lot of money, "fake news"), not a military decision. Section 41 (the fwd section) of the VC-25A (present AF1), E-4B and a future 747-8F based E4B replacement are all aerodynamically exactly the same (short upper...Jump to post
Completely forgot that SecDef Rumsfeld tried to divest the E-4 fleet a few years ago. It’s almost been a month since the Air Force held a meeting over the recapitalization, with a target date of next year? Very intriguing to see what the Air Force will pick. Fingers crossed they go with a modified K...Jump to post
I feel like Goldfein knows he has well over 400 KC-135s and KC-10s (PDM inducted included), and he can support any contingency without the new tankers.Jump to post
Someone help me out. The KC-46 cannot refuel, and cannot carry cargo. What's the best argument for continuing to accept (and pay for) them. It seems crazy to me, but I assume somewhere someone smart decided this was the best plan. Why is it the best plan? I completely agree. Why not start parking t...Jump to post
Now congress wants to help speed up the process of fixing the RVS. What could possibly go wrong? I still say it is a manufactured crisis with the “lack of tankers”. At any one time, you will see rows of tankers at bases across dozens of states, who are not currently deployed. KC-135s also have an as...Jump to post
I still don’t see the practicality of this. Even if the USAF started today on these mods, it would take well over a decade to finish every one, which by that point their money will mostly have dried up from buying KC-46s, B-21s, prototypes for C-17 replacements, standing up the space force, etc.Jump to post
I feel as though the statements by the TRANSCOM commander are purely political to put pressure on Boeing. There will always be plenty of tankers, as most of the real word missions they are used for, are for fighter drags, and the couple of aircraft orbiting Afghanistan/Iraq.Jump to post
She’s the only bomb truck we honestly have now. The B-1’s mission capable rates have plummeted. Why we keep the requirement to have nuclear-tipped missile mission for her is beyond me. I can’t envision any scenario where we would use them, which of course the B-2 can do as well. Is that a congressio...Jump to post
Ohio state charter today was a United 777.
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL ... /KLCK/KPHX
Personally, I have a hard time believing they could do all these upgrades to the entire fleet in a reasonable amount of time. By the time they would, I feel like they would only be able to fly them another decade or so.Jump to post
Whoever said a virgin atlantic A340 was right for the Bengals charter.
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VIR ... /KCVG/EGLL
Looks like he landed at Bordeaux in the VC-25, then hopped over to Biarritz in a C-32.
Great 360 degree view of the flight deck at Oshkosh. https://www.facebook.com/500309548/post ... 05&sfns=moJump to post
Then, there’s the one-off cargo version, the XC-99 which flew on for a number of years. Used to be parked at Kelly AFB looking rather sad. Carted off somewhere. GF It was at KFFO for a long time, before the museum curator finally pulled the plug on any future restoration, and has since shipped it b...Jump to post
The C-17 has oxygen masks that are very similar to airliner ones installed in the sidewall for the integral seating that pop out of little panels near your shoulder when you're sitting on the seats. They are deployed much like an airliners, triggered by high cabin altitude or selected to deploy man...Jump to post
Doesn’t look likely from the pictures I’ve seen. I feel bad for the EWOs on that plane! “The three electronic warfare officers (EWOs), also known as “Ravens” or “Crows,” were stationed in what would be the bomb bay in a normal B-47. On typical missions, the EWOs spent about 12-14 hours working in th...Jump to post
Amazon air to open package sorting facility at ILN.
https://www.whio.com/business/breaking- ... 3j7vcFf4N/
Does the DoD even keep the base open, based on however much it will cost to rebuild?
https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/ne ... ne-michael
Not sure this has been posted yet. GE will submit two proposals for engine replacements. I know the Air Force won’t do it, but fingers crossed they go with the more advanced Passport engine. http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/July%202018/GE-Aviation-to-Offer-Two-Engines-in-USAFs-B-52-Re-...Jump to post
So my wife and I are looking into CVG-EDI, and EDI-MUC round trip in a couple of years. I assumed Wow Air would be the way to go, and I was really excited about maybe spending a day in Iceland, however I’d almost rather deal with the hassle of connecting in Dulles rather than a 19 hour layover in Re...Jump to post
Contract cancelled. Looks like they will reboot the contract award.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... fleet.html
2025 retirement for the VC-25s.
https://insidedefense.com/insider/lawma ... t-end-2025
One clear miss, Saudi’s claim 7 shot down.
https://theaviationist.com/2018/03/26/s ... h-instead/
As a member of the US Air Force, and someone who cares about how the military spends their money, it’s frustrating to see them spend it on an air refueling system that will never be used real world. Most of our cargo aircraft only do it to train on too, which eats up so much money.Jump to post
As a history buff, I was more than pleased to see that the production of the Netflix series “the crown” extensively used historically accurate from the 40’s-60’s. Included was a JU-52, however I’m not as keen on British aircraft from that era. Can someone identify what prince Philip was flying in ep...Jump to post
The story I was always told, when I was there, is that it’s the tail in front the then ops building at Minot AFB. (Only the top 3-4’ of it). Lat 48.4194 Lon -101.3460Jump to post
The NMUSAF is no longer getting a C-5. 461 is going to the boneyard. See comments in link provided.
https://www.facebook.com/Westover.Patri ... 520417884/
At some point, you just might see a mil-spec 787, but, it likely won't be for a long time. The military seems to like "traditional" build techniques for the heavy haulers right now. When the military gets around to looking at replacing the KC-10s in 10-15 years, you might see them take a ...Jump to post
Nice, shiny video made by Boeing to highlight this need.
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/13 ... g-the-b-52
I thought the issue was dead, but it has popped up again.
http://www.defensenews.com/articles/us- ... ign=buffer