U.S. Air Force

The military is building a space plane. Now it looks to have an engine up to the task

A new generation of GPS satellites is set to launch into orbit later this year. As with other national security missions, a roughly 200-foot-tall rocket will blast the massive satellite to space, fulfilling a contract worth more than $80 million.<p>But as nations develop technology to disable or shoot …

Business

Raytheon's StormBreaker bomb enters operational testing phase | Reuters

July 15 (Reuters) - Missile maker Raytheon Co said its StormBreaker bomb has entered operational testing phase, bringing it a step closer to provide U.S. Air Force pilots the capability to strike maneuvering targets in adverse weather.<p>StormBreaker, Formerly called the Small Diameter Bomb II, enters …

Military

The F-22 Might Have a Very Fatal Flaw

<i>The F-22’s basic challenge was to integrate stealth, supercruise, highly integrated avionics and agility into an aircraft with a longer range than</i> …

Aviation

What’s going on with America’s next fighter designs?

WASHINGTON ― America is developing a pair of two new high-tech fighter aircraft, and you probably haven’t heard much about them.<p>Under the leadership …

Military

Pentagon Sees Quantum Computing as Key Weapon for War in Space

WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon official Michael Griffin sat down a few weeks ago with Air Force scientists at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio to …

Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon says the 'fly-off' test between the A-10 and the F-35 is over, but lawmakers may not be happy with the results

RAF FAIRFORD, England — While the congressionally mandated close-air support tests between the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and A-10 Warthog wrapped up this week, lawmakers may not be satisfied with the results as questions continue to swirl about how each performed.<p>"I personally wrote the specific …

Military

The Best Pictures From Inside the Largest Air Show of the Year

Cardboard cutouts of aircrew on display near the Embraer SA stand. There's still room for growth for smaller planes, despite a pilot shortage that …

Aviation

Air Force paid about $10G for toilet seat cover: report

Now that’s a royal flush.<p>The Air Force last week admitted to paying out about $10,000 apiece to replace toilet seat covers on a Vietnam-era cargo plan that is still being used, The Washington Post reported.<p>The toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy is no longer in production so the government needed …

Military

Britain Considering F-35 Road Map

The arrival of Britain’s first low-observable combat aircraft marks the Royal Air Force’s milestone centenary; now the UK Lightning Force is working …

Aviation

Researchers determine why pulsed sparks make for better ignition

Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have learned the mechanisms behind a means of improved ignition, helping to open …

Sea Level

Thunderbirds are go, and 5 other things you should know about the Milwaukee Air & Water Show

Milwaukee's lakefront gets a show of force — and aerial acrobatics — Saturday and Sunday with the return of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show.<p>The U.S. …

Air Shows

MJ Hegar Outraises Carter in Longshot Bid in Texas

Attributes much of it to introduction video that went viral<p>MJ Hegar, who is challenging Texas Rep. John Carter, outraised the incumbent nearly 4-1 in …

Politics

Pentagon, Lockheed Reach Handshake Agreement on Next Batch of F-35s

FARNBOROUGH, England -- The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Corp. have reached a handshake deal on the next batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.<p>"We have …

Aviation

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

This story first appeared on Feb. 23, 2014. In September 2009, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe asked to host the first squadron of light attack planes …

Military

2017 Unioto Grad Ready for U.S. Air Force Duty

43 minutes ago<p>A Unioto graduate is now ready for duty in the United States Air Force.<p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Taryn J. Austin recently …

Military

Air and Missile Defense Integration Needed Now…More Than Ever

<i>“Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of</i> …

Military

USAF Identifies Heroic B-1B Bomber Crew, Awards Distinguished Flying Crosses

Crew That Saved Burning Bomber Over Texas In May Finally Named, Awarded.<p>After weeks of speculation about the circumstances surrounding a May 1, 2018 …

Military

Air Force OKs Locks, Earring Styles, Ribbon Options in Policy Changes

The Air Force is easing up on guidance for hairstyles and certain accessories following a meeting of the Air Force Uniform Board, service officials …

Military

Trump Apologies for America Ahead of Helsinki Summit With Putin

<b>@JackPosobiec/TwitterPresidential summit between Trump and Putin today.</b> Displaying an interesting diplomatic tack ahead of his Monday morning meeting …

Donald Trump

More from Day One at Farnborough

Qatar Airways has finalized an order to buy five 777 freighters from Boeing (NYSE:BA), worth around $1.7B at list prices.<p>Indian airline Vistara had …

Business

Aviation Week Editors Snare Multiple Media Awards

Continuing a long-held tradition, Aviation Week Network writers were recognized as the best in industry at Sunday’s Aerospace Media Awards.<p>Aviation …

Aviation

France World Cup win gives Francophiles marking Bastille Day in Omaha even more reason to celebrate

Dozens of people from Omaha and surrounding areas — all with ties to France — celebrated a French soccer world championship on Sunday in a fittingly …

Croatia

US Air Force completes tests of troubled KC-46 vision system, but is it fixed?

FARNBOROUGH, England — The U.S. Air Force has completed testing of a fix for a critical but troubled system on the KC-46, and so far the results are …

Aviation

Boeing Announces Services Orders and Agreements valued up to $2.1 billion at Farnborough International Airshow

- Boeing's integrated platform and services solutions provide customers more value throughout the lifecycle of their investment - Commercial orders …

Aviation

UK Empire Test Pilots School Plans New Fleet And Training Approach

Britain’s Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) is undertaking a radical transformation as it gears up to train a new generation of test pilots.<p>The …

Aviation

Security Brief: Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki; High-Flying News From a Big British Air Show; U.S. Army Steps into the Future

<b>All eyes are on the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, France is reveling in its World Cup win, the F-35 wins crowd favorite at one of the world’s</b> …

Russia

Air Force Slowly Building Up in Eastern Europe: USAFE Commander

RAF FAIRFORD, England -- Building up airfields so that U.S. bombers, fighters and other aircraft can land safely on Europe's eastern front was not a …

Military

UK Future Fighter Hinges on Cooperation

Britain has lifted the veil on its vision for a future combat aircraft.read more

Aviation

US defense firms brace for damage control in wake of Trump’s tough rhetoric

WASHINGTON — As U.S. defense contractors engage with potential foreign customers at the Farnborough Airshow this month, they may find themselves in …

Angela Merkel

L-39NG to Attract Orders at Farnborough

<i>Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody is to announce additional orders for its L-39NG jet trainer at this year’s Farnborough Airshow.</i><p>The company is …

Aviation