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Entrol delivers Bell 505 simulators to CAE for USAF training

Entrol delivers Bell 505 simulators to CAE for USAF training

27-Feb-2024Source: Entrol

Entrol has delivered three Bell 505 configured simulators to CAE Defense & Security in support of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing (IFT-R), Introductory Flight Training at the CAE Dothan Training Center. Entrol was subcontracted to deliver two H1000 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) devices with the Bell 505 configuration and one Bell 505-based... Read more

Pivotal Delivers Four BlackFly light eVTOLs for US Air Force evaluation

Pivotal Delivers Four BlackFly light eVTOLs for US Air Force evaluation

26-Feb-2024Source: Pivotal

Pivotal, a market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced it has delivered four of eight BlackFlys and two flight simulators for lease to MTSI for evaluation by AFWERX and the United States Air Force. The Air Force is evaluating Pivotal aircraft performance by assessing a host of benefits across diverse... Read more

106th Rescue Wing Takes Top Prize at Air Force Rescue Competition

106th Rescue Wing Takes Top Prize at Air Force Rescue Competition

15-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

The 101st Rescue Squadron, assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard, won the Top Squadron award at a competition for combat search and rescue, also known as CSAR, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, November 2023. The 101st Rescue Squadron competed against six other squadrons from across the... Read more

MH-139A helps Maxwell AFB launch first active-duty flying training unit since 1945

MH-139A helps Maxwell AFB launch first active-duty flying training unit since 1945

12-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

The 908th Airlift Wing has an active-duty associate mission partner on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama for the first time. Detachment 3 of the 58th Operations Group had an official activation ceremony Jan. 31, 2024, on Maxwell.   Det. 3 will provide mission support to the 908th’s flying training mission and local support to Air Education and Training Command’s... Read more

eVTOL carries out casualty evacuation

eVTOL carries out casualty evacuation

12-Feb-2024

The BETA Technologies ALIA team waited and watched as an HH-60W Jolly Green II dropped in fast to the clearing beside them deep within the Eglin range Jan. 11, 2023. As soon as it touched down, Air Force special mission aviators were out the helicopter’s side door carrying a casualty on a stretcher. The BETA... Read more

Bell Demonstrates HSVTOL Technology at Holloman Air Force Base

Bell Demonstrates HSVTOL Technology at Holloman Air Force Base

8-Feb-2024Source: Bell

Bell showcases High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) technology capabilities upon completion of testing efforts at Holloman Air Force Base. The team has utilized the Holloman High Speed Test Track to demonstrate the folding rotor, integrated propulsion and flight control technologies at representative flight speeds. “The successful sled test completion is a culmination of Bell’s... Read more

920th Rescue Wing receives first new HH-60W

920th Rescue Wing receives first new HH-60W

7-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

A new era began when the 920th Rescue Wing’s first new HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter touched down here Feb. 1. Flown to the 943d Rescue Group by the 305th Rescue Squadron, the arrival of the HH-60W marks the beginning of the wing’s conversion from the HH-60G Pave Hawk, which served the wing since 1993,... Read more

Kadena Air Base in Japan upgrades from HH-60G to HH-60W

Kadena Air Base in Japan upgrades from HH-60G to HH-60W

1-Feb-2024Source: US Indo-Pacific Command

The HH-60W Jolly Green IIs from the 55th Rescue Generation Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, arrived at their new duty station, Kadena Air Base, Japan, January 26, 2024. The HH-60W is the successor to the HH-60G “Pave Hawk” and built on the established framework of the UH-60M “Black Hawk” production model. Alternatively known as the... Read more

Dutch Air Force receives latest Apache

Dutch Air Force receives latest Apache

19-Jan-2024Source: US Army

The United States delivered two new AH-64E Version 6 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) 7 December. The aircraft were transported by a US Air Force C-17 to Woensdrecht Air Base Logistics Center-Woensdrecht (LCW) for initial inspection and inventory. The Netherlands has a total of 28 Apaches on order. These... Read more

AIR moves to next phase of USAF AFWERX eVTOL R&D program

AIR moves to next phase of USAF AFWERX eVTOL R&D program

3-Jan-2024Source: AIR

AIR, creator of eVTOLs for the consumer market, announced the next phase in its participation in the United States Air Force’s AFWERX Agility Prime program to help propel development of the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, currently revolutionizing aviation. Following AIR’s acceptance to the program in 2022, the company has now completed Agility Prime’s third phase and entered into a... Read more

Boeing Shifts Toward Production of MH-139A Grey Wolf

Boeing Shifts Toward Production of MH-139A Grey Wolf

22-Nov-2023Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE:BA] continues to transition towards low rate initial production of the MH-139A Grey Wolf after completing the program’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) phase, delivering the sixth and final test aircraft to the U.S. Air Force last month. “Delivering all of the RDT&E aircraft to the Air Force enables them to continue critical... Read more

Phenix Solutions Awarded USAF Agility Prime Agile Manufacturing Phase II Contract

Phenix Solutions Awarded USAF Agility Prime Agile Manufacturing Phase II Contract

22-Nov-2023Source: Phenix Solutions

Phenix Solutions is proud to announce the award of a United States Air Force Phase II contract for Agile Manufacturing for the Ultra 2XL Heavy Lift VTOL Aircraft. Phenix is pleased to work with The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) to accelerate the development and deployment of transformative vertical takeoff... Read more

USAF awards  Piasecki  $37M to Develop Next-Gen VTOLs and Hydrogen Propulsion Technologies

USAF awards Piasecki $37M to Develop Next-Gen VTOLs and Hydrogen Propulsion Technologies

22-Nov-2023Source: Piasecki Aircraft

 Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, a global leader in rotorcraft and aerial vehicles, announced today that it has been awarded a $37 million multi-year contract by AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation arm in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as part of its Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program. The award will enable Piasecki to flight... Read more

MightyFly awarded USAF contract to develop the autonomous load/unload system for autonomous eVTOL

MightyFly awarded USAF contract to develop the autonomous load/unload system for autonomous eVTOL

7-Nov-2023Source: MightyFly

MightyFly announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Phase II contract in the amount of $1.25 Million focused on MightyFly’s Autonomous Load Mastering System (ALMS) to allow MightyFly’s autonomous hybrid eVTOL cargo aircraft to load, unload and deliver cargo autonomously and to address the most pressing expedited logistics challenges. MightyFly’s Autonomous Load Mastering System will provide automation,... Read more

FAA and US Air Force team up on AAM efforts

FAA and US Air Force team up on AAM efforts

30-Oct-2023Source: FAA

The FAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to help support the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility aircraft into the National Airspace System. Under an agreement signed during an Oct. 25 event at Duke Field in Florida, the agencies will exchange data and share capabilities and expertise for testing these emerging technologies. “A... Read more

582nd Helicopter Group Buys Cratus™ Wave Plate body armour

582nd Helicopter Group Buys Cratus™ Wave Plate body armour

11-Oct-2023Source: US Air Force

Integris Composites USA announced that the U.S. Air Force 582nd Helicopter Group has placed the first major order for its Cratus™ Wave ballistic armor introduced a year ago.“This patented body armor ballistic insert is thinner than other commercial stand-alone Level III inserts and offers the added benefit of reducing heat stress,” said Andrew Bonham, president of Integris Composites USA, Inc.“Come... Read more

Archer Receives First US Air Force Payment for $142M Contracts

Archer Receives First US Air Force Payment for $142M Contracts

6-Oct-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced today that the U.S. Air Force has provided the company with its first installment of nearly $1M on their recently announced contracts valued at up to $142 million. The initial payment is expected to be the first of many... Read more

US Air Force to field new body armor carrier systems for aircrew

US Air Force to field new body armor carrier systems for aircrew

5-Oct-2023Source: US Air Force

U.S. Air Force aircrew operating across 20 different rotor, tilt-wing, and fixed-wing aircraft – including but not limited to CV-22 Ospreys, HH-60G Pave Hawks, C-130 Hercules, and C-17 Globemaster IIIs – will receive new body armor carrier systems as part of an effort to update and replace older models. “We are replacing approximately 7,300 current legacy body armor carrier systems... Read more

US Air Force adopts MH-139

US Air Force adopts MH-139

29-Sep-2023Source: US Air Force

As the U.S. Air Force transitions from the UH-1N Huey helicopter to the MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter, squadrons from across the branch collaborate during mission, equipment and readiness training. One recent example of this collaboration was the 316th Operation Support Squadron at JBA hosting an immersion for the 908th Operations Support Squadron, stationed at Maxwell... Read more

USAF award Contract to Phenix for the Ultra  XL Heavy Vertical Lift UAS

USAF award Contract to Phenix for the Ultra XL Heavy Vertical Lift UAS

14-Sep-2023Source: Phenix Solutions

Phenix Solutions is proud to announce the award of a United States Air Force Phase II contract for digital engineering to support Military Airworthiness Certification. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Autonomous Systems Technology Office (AST) is focused on accelerating the development and deployment of a transformative vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. To complete these... Read more

Bell Begins HSVTOL Risk Reduction Testing at Holloman AFB

Bell Begins HSVTOL Risk Reduction Testing at Holloman AFB

14-Sep-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of a High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) test article to Holloman Air Force Base for demonstration and technology evaluation. The team will leverage the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Holloman High Speed Test Track to test the folding rotor, integrated propulsion and flight... Read more

US and Serbian forces conduct first helicopter flight formation

US and Serbian forces conduct first helicopter flight formation

16-Aug-2023Source: US Air Force

For the first time in over 20 years, the U.S. Air Force and Serbian air force partnered together to conduct the first helicopter flight formation in history and participate in rotary wing search and rescue operations, Aug. 7-11, 2023, at Batajnica Air Base and Sgt./Pilot Mihajlo Petrovic Air Base, Serbia. To mark the beginning of... Read more

USAF awards Archer with $142M eVTOL discovery contract

USAF awards Archer with $142M eVTOL discovery contract

3-Aug-2023Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that it has significantly expanded its partnership with the DoD by signing new contracts with the U.S. Air Force with a total value of up to $142 million. The new contracts signal the U.S. military’s recognition of the transformative... Read more

357th Airlift Squadron trains at Kirtland for Maxwell FTU

357th Airlift Squadron trains at Kirtland for Maxwell FTU

13-Jul-2023Source: Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base has served as a hub for aviation excellence for decades, which is what brought members of the 357th Airlift Squadron to New Mexico. The 357th Airlift Squadron, the flying unit of the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, recently dispatched six of their members for specialized training under... Read more

Joby launches production with permit to fly first aircraft on line

Joby launches production with permit to fly first aircraft on line

3-Jul-2023Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate for the first aircraft built at its Pilot Production Line in Marina, California. Issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, the certificate allows Joby to begin flight testing of its first production prototype. The aircraft... Read more

CAE provides initial flight training to US Air Force rotary-wing pilots

CAE provides initial flight training to US Air Force rotary-wing pilots

14-Jun-2023Source: CAE

CAE announced that CAE Defense & Security has been awarded the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary Wing, Introductory Flight Training (IFT-R) contract to support the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The contract provides critical flight training to USAF student pilots as part of the Helicopter Training Next program. The US$44.5M initial contract award supports... Read more

Jump Aero and Caltech complete USAF R&D contract for eVTOL parachute

Jump Aero and Caltech complete USAF R&D contract for eVTOL parachute

13-Jun-2023Source: Jump Aero Incorporated

Jump Aero Incorporated in partnership with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has completed a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop and flight test an “electronic parachute” – an adaptive flight controller pre-trained in simulation for various failure scenarios with a machine-learned (ML) neural network.  This technology... Read more

934th Airlift Wing organises joint force training exercise

934th Airlift Wing organises joint force training exercise

9-Jun-2023Source: US Air Force

Over 60 service members from approximately ten units across the Air Force Reserve, Minnesota National Guard, Wisconsin National Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force, participated in a joint training exercise aboard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and a C-17 Globemaster III across two states in early May.   The multi-stop integrated mission involved evacuating simulated patients... Read more

Wright-Patt military working dog and handler participate in Guardian Response 23

Wright-Patt military working dog and handler participate in Guardian Response 23

17-May-2023

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his MWD, Bulit, flew out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 2 to participate in Guardian Response 23, a joint service military and multi-component exercise focused on domestic disaster response. The exercise... Read more

Washington Commanders get first-hand experience with 1st Helicopter Squadron

Washington Commanders get first-hand experience with 1st Helicopter Squadron

16-May-2023Source: 1st Helicopter Squadron

Washington Commanders’ players and staff learned what it’s like to operate at the 316th Wing during a visit with the 1st Helicopter Squadron May 9, 2023. The Commanders saw the day-to-day operations of the 1HS and the equipment used by the Airmen who fly and maintain the UH-1N Huey helicopter. The players experienced a virtual... Read more

AFFORGEN presents First-Ever Helicopter Familiarization Training at Beale AFB

AFFORGEN presents First-Ever Helicopter Familiarization Training at Beale AFB

15-May-2023Source: Beale Air Force Base

When operating around a helicopter, flyers must secure loose items, focus on the crew chief’s hand signals, and never approach from the rear. These are some of the many lessons Airmen from the 9th Civil Engineer Squadron learned after completing Beale Air Force Base’s first helicopter familiarization training in support of the new Air Force Force Generation... Read more

55th Rescue Squadron receives their first HH-60W

55th Rescue Squadron receives their first HH-60W

9-May-2023Source: US Air Force

The 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base received their first HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter, also known as the whiskey model, May 3, 2023. “This HH-60W represents the first of many rescue helicopters at DM as we re-capitalize and sustain our future combat search and rescue capabilities and capacity,” said U.S. Air Force... Read more

USAF adds $55M extension to Edwards AFB contract with Joby

USAF adds $55M extension to Edwards AFB contract with Joby

27-Apr-2023Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced the third extension of its Agility Prime contract with the United States Air Force. The $55 million contract extension brings the total potential value of Joby’s current contract with the Air Force up to $131 million and underlines the U.S.... Read more

305th Rescue Squadron trains with Coast Guard Advanced Helicopter Rescue School

305th Rescue Squadron trains with Coast Guard Advanced Helicopter Rescue School

24-Apr-2023Source: US Air Force

The 305th Rescue Squadron led a joint-training event with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Advanced Helicopter Rescue School to conduct a five-day course with Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen March 4 – 10. The “Department of Defense Week” event conducted training for rescues in seas of 15-foot waves and recover personnel from cliffs,... Read more

Conti Federal breaks ground on new USAF helicopter facility in Wyoming

Conti Federal breaks ground on new USAF helicopter facility in Wyoming

12-Apr-2023Source: Conti Federal Services

Conti Federal Services, a leading U.S. government construction and engineering firm specializing in military construction, joined members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District, 20th Air Force, 90th Missile Wing, 582nd Helicopter Group, and 37th Helicopter Squadron on Friday, March 31, 2023, for an official groundbreaking ceremony of the new combined helicopter and tactical response force... Read more

MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter visits Joint Base Andrews

MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter visits Joint Base Andrews

4-Apr-2023Source: US Air Force

The MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter arrived at JBA, March 28, 2023. It is slated to provide emergency security response for nuclear security missions within Air Force Global Strike Command and contingency response and airlift to the Air Force District of Washington. The Grey Wolf is designed to replace the aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois currently... Read more

Bryan Construction awarded $128M contract to build Minot AFB helicopter facility

Bryan Construction awarded $128M contract to build Minot AFB helicopter facility

20-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Federal Contracting Inc. doing business as Bryan Construction, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $128,738,357 firm-fixed-price contract for a consolidated helicopter aircraft maintenance unit, an aircraft maintenance shelter, an aircraft alert hangar, and an operations facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed at Minot Air Force Base, North... Read more

One year after US Air Force partners with Universities to establish Project Tuskegee

One year after US Air Force partners with Universities to establish Project Tuskegee

14-Mar-2023Source: US Air Force

Diversity of background, experience, demographics, perspectives, and thought is essential to the success of the United States Air Force. To increase opportunities for various underrepresented groups within local communities and build a more diverse force, Air Force Global Strike Command partnered with Tuskegee University and Angelo State University to establish Project Tuskegee in February 2022.... Read more

USAF Commences Production of Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 Grey Wolf

USAF Commences Production of Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 Grey Wolf

10-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

On March 3, U.S. Air Force reached a positive Milestone C decision, which commences the start to low-rate initial production for the MH-139 “Grey Wolf”. Subsequently, Boeing and Leonardo have announced a contract for delivery of the first thirteen (13) aircraft. The initiation of low-rate production will yield the first operational aircraft set to replace... Read more

Sikorsky selects CMC Electronics Flight Management Systems

Sikorsky selects CMC Electronics Flight Management Systems

7-Mar-2023Source: Sikorsky

CMC Electronics is pleased to announce a new multi-year contract with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for the supply of its military Flight Management System (FMS) on several Sikorsky helicopter models including the UH-60M, HH-60M, HH-60W, S-70i and the S-70M. The helicopters with CMC’s equipment will be delivered to the US Army, the US Air Force... Read more

Alaska Air National Guard trains with Coast Guard

Alaska Air National Guard trains with Coast Guard

6-Feb-2023Source: US Air Force

Undulating waves pitched the 2,000-ton U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cypress like a bath toy, which was nothing unusual for the vessel while operating in Pacific waters off Alaska. What was out of place was the 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter hovering overhead. Fast ropes dropped from the Pave Hawk’s open doors,... Read more

USN, USAF, USCG Participate in Mass Casualty Personnel Recovery Event

USN, USAF, USCG Participate in Mass Casualty Personnel Recovery Event

30-Jan-2023Source: HSC-3

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 Chief of Naval Operations Search and Rescue Model Manager (SARMM) oversaw a joint agency search and rescue personnel recovery event off the coast of Southern California, Jan. 19-20. In addition to HSC-3, the mass casualty simulation involved service members assigned to HSC-8, HSC-23, Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and... Read more

USAF 20th Air Force prepares for MH-139 with visit to Ireland

USAF 20th Air Force prepares for MH-139 with visit to Ireland

25-Nov-2022Source: US Air Force

The long awaited UH-1N “Huey” replacement, the MH-139A “Grey Wolf,” has experienced some schedule delays, but that has not stopped the 20th Air Force from preparing for the new aircraft. Countries from around the world fly the related AW139 in support of defense/military missions, but the first to do so was Ireland who received their... Read more

Northrop Grumman to enhance UH-60V capabilities

Northrop Grumman to enhance UH-60V capabilities

24-Nov-2022Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected to provide engineering services for the KBR-led $156.7 million, five-year Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. IAC MAC task orders are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of... Read more

MH-139A visits 908th Airlift Wing ahead of Training Unit launch

MH-139A visits 908th Airlift Wing ahead of Training Unit launch

22-Nov-2022Source: US Air Force

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as having said, “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” The 908th Airlift Wing is choosing to take advantage of the present and prepare for the future.In 2020, the Maxwell Air Force Base was selected as the preferred location to host the MH-139A Grey Wolf Formal Training Unit,... Read more

First Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter delivered

First Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter delivered

22-Nov-2022Source: US Air Force

Defense Contract Management Agency Sikorsky Aircraft delivered the first HH-60W Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter to the 563rd Rescue Group, here Aug. 11. The HH-60W is the latest upgrade of the Sikorsky H-60 series helicopter designed to replace the Air Force’s current HH-60G inventory. Crewmembers from the 66th Rescue Squadron, or RQS, who will... Read more

20th Air Force prepares for MH-139 visit to Ireland

20th Air Force prepares for MH-139 visit to Ireland

22-Nov-2022Source: US Air Force

The long awaited UH-1N “Huey” replacement, the MH-139A “Grey Wolf,” has experienced some schedule delays, but that has not stopped the 20th Air Force from preparing for the new aircraft. Countries from around the world fly the related AW139 in support of defense/military missions, but the first to do so was Ireland who received their... Read more

Four MH-139 Grey Wolf arrive at Malmstrom AFB

Four MH-139 Grey Wolf arrive at Malmstrom AFB

7-Nov-2022Source: NBC Montana

Four MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters stopped at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls for the first time this week. In August of 2022, the U.S. Air Force received the first four MH-139 Grey Wolf test helicopters from Boeing. These four helicopters will permanently reside at Malmstrom AFB. See Full Story.... Read more

USAF recovers CV-22B six weeks after emergency landing on Norwegian island

USAF recovers CV-22B six weeks after emergency landing on Norwegian island

19-Oct-2022Source: US Air Force

  While participating in a training exercise in Norway, a CV-22B Osprey experienced an inflight emergency, requiring the pilots to land immediately. After six weeks of being grounded on the island of Senja, the 352nd Special Operations Wing’s Osprey was recovered via crane barge, Sept. 27, 2022. The aircraft is now at a Norwegian military... Read more

USAF declares IOC of HH-60W Jolly Green II

USAF declares IOC of HH-60W Jolly Green II

13-Oct-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  The U.S. Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the HH-60W Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter, validating the platform’s operational readiness to forward deploy Air Force rescue crews around the globe. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) designed and manufactures the HH-60W, which enables the U.S. Air Force to conduct rescue missions... Read more

Vita Inclinata appoints Aerospace Advisor

Vita Inclinata appoints Aerospace Advisor

13-Oct-2022Source: Vita Inclinata

  Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of precision aerospace and industrial stabilization devices, today announced Daniel Bishop has joined the company’s Aerospace Advisory Board. Bishop will leverage decades of Pentagon and the United States Air Force experience to strengthen ties across the DoD and federal agencies and increase Vita’s national and international footprint. “I greatly... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed Introduces New President

Spectrum Aeromed Introduces New President

12-Sep-2022Source: Spectrum Aeromed

  Chase McCown has been named President of Spectrum Aeromed. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, McCown comes to Spectrum Aeromed a proven leader in aerospace industry operations. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds Master’s degrees in both Systems Engineering and National Security & Strategic Studies. McCown is... Read more

Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport hosts NAAMCE

Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport hosts NAAMCE

5-Sep-2022Source: AFRL

  The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence, or NAAMCE, Aug. 23, 2022, in Springfield, Ohio. The facility came from $9.35 million in investments from the Department of Defense, JobsOhio and the city of Springfield. NAAMCE will facilitate collaborations between Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA,... Read more

Leonardo and Boeing Deliver First Four MH-139A to US Air Force

Leonardo and Boeing Deliver First Four MH-139A to US Air Force

26-Aug-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Boeing have delivered the first four MH-139A Grey Wolf test helicopters to the U.S. Air Force as the service looks to replace its aging fleet of UH-1N helicopters. The Grey Wolf is a multi-mission helicopter – based on Leonardo’s proven dual-use AW139 helicopter – designed to protect intercontinental ballistic missiles and transport U.S.... Read more

UH-139A Grey Wolf makes first flight with all-USAF crew

UH-139A Grey Wolf makes first flight with all-USAF crew

25-Aug-2022Source: US Air Force

  Confidence gained from taking part in and leading in the developmental efforts of the Air Force’s first acquisitioned helicopter. Those early labors from concept to reality culminated as she climbed into one of the pilot seats for the MH-139A’s first flight under Air Force ownership here Aug. 17. “This milestone really represents the beginning... Read more

US Air Force’s AFWERX Agility Prime Team Visits Archer

US Air Force’s AFWERX Agility Prime Team Visits Archer

22-Aug-2022Source: Archer

  Much of our aviation history has been written by the aircraft of the US Air Force. They’ve continually pushed the envelope of innovation and reimagined what flying can be. It’s only fitting, therefore, that they would work with Archer to help them in their own continuing innovation. We share a vision of what the... Read more

Joby Expands Partnership with US DoD

Joby Expands Partnership with US DoD

11-Aug-2022Source: Joby Aviation

  Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, announced an expansion of its existing contract with the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program that increases the contract’s potential value by more than $45 million. Building on more than five years of engagement with defense agencies, the expanded... Read more

P1AR conducts HH60G hoist training for USAF 55th Rescue Squadron

P1AR conducts HH60G hoist training for USAF 55th Rescue Squadron

25-Jul-2022Source: P1AR

  Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) mission operational support and training, is pleased to announce that it has completed a live flight training course providing specialized dynamic hoisting and emergency procedures training for the United States Air Force’s 55th Rescue Squadron “Night Hawks” located in Tucson... Read more

Astronautics Supports ANG with USAF Air Combat IDIQ

Astronautics Supports ANG with USAF Air Combat IDIQ

19-Jul-2022Source: Astronautics

  Astronautics Corporation of America in partnership with All Native Group (ANG), the award-winning federal services division of  Ho-Chunk, Inc. (HCI), is an awardee for the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command (ACC) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron Operations Center Enterprise (RPA SOC-E) multiple award contracts. ANG is a prime contractor for this competitive,... Read more

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

13-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

One of the most renowned aircraft in the Air Force’s fleet, the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft combines the vertical flight qualities of a helicopter with the fuel efficiency and speed of a fixed wing plane. This combination makes it the ideal aircraft for conducting infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces across long... Read more

New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

10-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

The Department of the Air Force selected Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, as the fourth location to host MH-139 Grey Wolves. The 25 new helicopters will replace the base’s 21 aging UH-1N Hueys. The additional four aircraft will allow the base to execute continuation of government operations and distinguished visitor transport mission requirements without augmenting support units. In addition... Read more

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

NAVSUP CV-22 Program Lead receives distinguished logistician award

7-Jun-2022Source: NAVSUP

  Air Force Capt. Thomas O’Neal, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) CV-22 Program Lead, was presented with the Logistics Manager Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and Non-Delegated ACAT II Company Grade Officer of the Year Award in May 2022. O’Neal received the award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field... Read more

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

HSC-22 Holds Aerial Change of Command

18-May-2022Source: US Air Force

  The “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Squadron (HSC) 22, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, held an aerial change of command ceremony, May 5. Cmdr. Aaron G. Berger, a native of Orlando, Florida, relieved Cmdr. Timothy G. Drosinos, a native of Baltimore, assuming all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of HSC-22. “To have... Read more

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

12-Apr-2022Source: LIFT Aircraft

LIFT Aircraft Co. was recently awarded a Phase 3 contract through the United States Air Force’s Agility Prime Program to continue experimentation and flight test efforts around HEXA, LIFT’s all-electric, single-seat eVTOL aircraft. Since 2020, LIFT Aircraft has conducted flight testing with the support of the US Air Force under a Phase 2 Small Business... Read more

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

24-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron was successfully certified in folding and loading two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on March 11, 2022. This Air Transportability Testing and Loading Agency, or ATTLA, certification not only allows the 41st RGS... Read more

Last AH-64D Flight From Korea

Last AH-64D Flight From Korea

21-Feb-2022Source: US Army

Soldiers from 4-2 Attack Helicopter Battalion prepare the last AH-64D for its final flight and turn in as we complete fielding of the AH-64E v6 on 16 February, 2022, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea. “I’ve been fortunate enough to fly the Alpha model as well as various versions of the Delta model,” said LTC Peter... Read more

Bell Receives Market Research Investment to Advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL Capabilities

Bell Receives Market Research Investment to Advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL Capabilities

17-Feb-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its advancement to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Bell is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge... Read more

Jaunt Air Mobility explores high-speed eVTOL capabilities for US military requirement

Jaunt Air Mobility explores high-speed eVTOL capabilities for US military requirement

14-Feb-2022Source: Jaunt Air Mobility

Jaunt Air Mobility announced advancing to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The company is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge entrants selected to receive market research investments... Read more

41 RGS begins first HH-60W phase inspection

41 RGS begins first HH-60W phase inspection

8-Feb-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron began the first-ever phase inspection of an HH-60W Jolly Green II rescue helicopter Jan. 6, 2022. The roughly 42-day inspection will serve as preventative maintenance and reveal how well the Whiskey has stood up to its first 720 flight hours. “It’s a new aircraft so there have been a lot... Read more

Bell Boeing Improve Maintainability of V-22

Bell Boeing Improve Maintainability of V-22

27-Jan-2022Source: Bell

Bell, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has completed the first Nacelle Improvements Modification on an Air Force CV-22 Osprey. The aircraft is part of an ongoing upgrade by Bell and Boeing (NYSE: BA) to improve the wiring components within the nacelles and to change the structure in order to improve maintainability. The Osprey returned... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 harnesses

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 harnesses

21-Dec-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,301,749 modification (P00004) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0090) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 68 Conversion Area Harness (CAH) base kits, 53 CAH supplemental kits, two hardware kits and two consumable kits in support of... Read more

New V-22 paint removal process saves time at FRCE

New V-22 paint removal process saves time at FRCE

20-Dec-2021Source: FRCE

Materials engineers at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) faced a dilemma. Artisans must remove paint from an aircraft before it can be serviced, but exposure to harsh chemical stripping agents can damage the composite materials that make up the V-22 Osprey. Meanwhile, hand sanding methods are time consuming and physically demanding for workers. As a... Read more

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile at Eglin

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile at Eglin

7-Dec-2021Source: US Air Force

Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron One Marines conducted an operational test and evaluation of the joint air-to-ground missile, Nov. 3-7 here. Unit testers fired the weapon from an AH-1Z Viper helicopter.  The JAGM evaluation was to determine its suitability and effectiveness to support expeditionary advanced base operations, such as conducting sea denial operations within... Read more

Ryan Aerospace wins USAF pilot training transformation contracts

Ryan Aerospace wins USAF pilot training transformation contracts

22-Nov-2021Source: Ryan Aerospace

Australian Defence Minister, the HON Peter Dutton today announced that RYAN AEROSPACE (Australia) has been awarded a series of contracts to supply nearly 300 jet fighter and helicopter training simulators to the US Air Force as part of the innovative new program known as “Pilot Training Transformation” or PTT. “This is another example of the... Read more

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

22-Nov-2021Source: US Air Force

United States Army Vessel crews and Air Force Rescue Squadrons conducted a joint medical evacuation training exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 10. The exercise, which included coordination between United States Army Vessel Landing Craft crews of Landing Craft Utility 2020 (Fort McHenry) and 2009 (Calaboza), the 10th Support Group, and Airmen from... Read more

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