The F-35, Tanking and the Fleet

06/18/2013
06/18/2013:  By Robbin Laird In these photos provided by the 33rd Fighter Wing, F-35As are being tanked by a KC-135.  The photos were shot from the tanker during the tanking operation. Earlier this year, I wrote a piece in the Canadian journal Front Line Defence on the F-35 and tanking,…

An Update on European Aircraft December 2011

12/13/2011
12/13/2011: This posting provides an update on several developments regarding European built aircraft.  The slideshow provides some glimpses of ongoing developments at Eurocopter and Airbus Military in the global marketplace. [slidepress gallery='an-update-on-european-aircraft-december-2011'] Credit: Eurocopter and Airbus Military The first photo shows the Tiger helicopter, a key element of the French…

“Fly Before Buy”

11/15/2010
The Air Force Tanker Decision: A ‘Fairer’ Way Forward By Michael W. Wynne,  21st Secretary of the Air Force Credit: KC-135, http://www.aviationexplorer.com 11/17/2010 - The Air Force is confronting a conundrum that in 1998, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) called a mandatory replacement program for the aging tanker fleet.  There…

Twelve Billions Pounds of Fuel

10/26/2010
10/29/2010- The maintenance efforts to support the tanker effort are here highlighted. Tech. Sgt. Joseph Vigil, assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is seeing performing a final lookover of the blades of a KC-135R Stratotanker engine fan assembly prior to handing them to Tech. Sgt. Eric Peterson, also from…

Re-visiting the USAF Tanker Impact on Con-ops

07/15/2010
Air Force Association White Paper Excerpts As the support functions ramp up, the USAF has relied more on the KC-10s to provide for the tanker gap.  And as the Administration moves forward to make a tanker decision, it is important to re-visit why tankers are so important to the US…