CH-53K Air Refueling: Reach, Range and Impact for the Insertion Force

09/15/2020
Unlike the Chinook, medium lift helicopter, the CH-53K is capable of being refueled while in flight. If you are looking for speed, range, and heavy lift delivery to an insertion point, the CH-53K is a unique combat asset in the US joint force. The photos below show the CH-53K King…

The Tri-City Water Follies Air Show, 2020: The F-35 Demo Team Beats Down the COVID-19 Blues

09/13/2020
U.S. Air Force Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe, F-35 Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performed at the 2020 Tri-City Water Follies air show Sept. 5, 2020, Kennewick, Wash. The F-35 Demo Team headlined the event alongside the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team and the A-10 Warthog Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo…

A Naval Air Station Pax River Update on the CH-53K: August 2020

08/28/2020
According to an August 21, 2020 release by Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the CH-53K sea trials went extremely well. A team of pilots and engineers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River recently completed a crucial series of sea trials of…

Recent CH-53K Testing at the US Army Yuma Testing Ground: August 2020

08/28/2020
The CH-53K King Stallion lands at the Yuma Proving Ground , Aug. 14, to test the aircraft's systems and performance under the extreme conditions, high-temperatures and dust. The CH-53K's enhanced fly-by-wire technology, composite rotor blades, and specialized engines and gearbox supports missions in some of the world's most extreme environments. Posted by…

Eglin Air Force Base Competition: Which Team Can Arm the Raptor Most Rapidly?

08/18/2020
Two crews competed in a morning and afternoon session to see who could load an AIM-9 on each side of the aircraft the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. This was the quarterly weapons load competition held Aug. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Photos credit: Eglin AFB, August 17,…

USAF Joins in on Polish Armed Forces 2020 Celebration

08/17/2020
The 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron support Polish Armed Forces Day at Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 2020. Recently, Secretary of State Pompeo signed an agreement with his Polish counterparts moving some of the American forces which have been in Germany to Poland. A Deutsche Welle story highlighted the agreement as follows:…

Honing the Skills of Experienced Instructor Pilots

08/12/2020
Experienced Instructor Pilots operating T-6A Texan II aircraft practice advanced aerial maneuvers over Lake Amistad in Del Rio, Texas, June 25, 2020. The purpose of the training was to further develop flying capabilities and skills of experienced instructor pilots through advanced form flight. DEL RIO, TX, UNITED STATES 06.25.2020 Photo…

CCMS Operating with San Antonio-Class Ships in the Mediterranean Sea

08/10/2020
Two Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) operate in the Mediterranean Sea near the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Yok, June 18, 2020. New York was conducting operations in U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe…