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Afghanistan ... la corsa contro il tempo e l'importanza delle basi americane in Europa ...

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U.S. bases across Europe are building up their capacity to temporarily house and screen Afghan evacuees fleeing Taliban rule, as the Aug. 31 deadline to withdrawal U.S. forces from Afghanistan looms.
So far, 82,300 people have been airlifted out of Afghanistan as part of the overall evacuation since Aug. 14.
In a 24-hour period ending early Aug. 25, 90 aircraft departed Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, including 37 U.S C-17s and five U.S. C-130s.
This meant an aircraft was taking off once every 39 minutes.
Another 10,000 people were in the airport waiting for flights, as thousands more crowded the gates to the facility hoping to get through before U.S. forces leave.
“Our mission remains unchanged, said Maj. Gen. William D. “Hank” Taylor, the Joint Staff’s deputy director for regional operations in an Aug. 25 briefing.
“For each day of this operation, we have carried out the direction of the President and the Secretary of Defense. Until that mission changes, we will continue to put forth our maximum effort to safely evacuate as many people as possible.”

airforcemag.comEuropean Bases Increase Support for Fleeing Afghans as Airlift Continues


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Afghanistan ... THE END ... :bye:

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The final U.S. Air Force C-17 has cleared Afghanistan airspace, officially completing the American military withdrawal from Afghanistan and marking the end of nearly 20 years of war, U.S. Central Command boss Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced Aug. 30.
“I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third-country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans,” McKenzie said in a press briefing.
The departure also marks the end of a turbulent evacuation process that reached a crisis point in the past few weeks, as the Taliban seized control of the country.

airforcemag.comAfter 20 Years of War, Afghanistan Withdrawal is Officially Complete

Anche qui … voanews.comUS Says Its Military Presence in Afghanistan is Over


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Afghanistan ... l'ultimo ...

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Army Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug 30, 2021.

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Prosegue il dispiegamento dei B-2 in Europa ... faranno una capatina anche in Italia?

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A pair of U.S. Air Force B-2s integrated with Norwegian F-35s over the North Sea on Sept. 8, as part of a recent Bomber Task Force deployment.
The mission was “designed to test escort procedures, stand-off weapon employment, and the suppression and destruction of air defenses,” U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa said in a press release.
During the flight, the two different aircraft were able to link and use fifth-generation data sharing capabilities.
“The mission demonstrates the value of our continued presence and relationships,” said Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, in a statement.
“What our collective Airmen accomplish on these missions is vital to our alliance and maintaining agility as we move into the future.”

airforcemag.comWhiteman B-2s Integrate with Norwegian F-35s


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United States Space Force ...

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Sono anni che si parla di una variante anfibia dell'Hercules ... sembra che ora sia la volta buona ...

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Back in May, we reported on the fact that U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) really wanted to make the long-standing dream of a C-130 seaplane a reality.
In fact, the so-called MC-130J Amphibious Capability, or MAC, was listed as one of its new procurement priorities.
While we had a grainy little rendering of what this could look like when we filed that report, as well as other historical design concepts, we now have a far better look at exactly what they want, and yes, it is a C-130 on floats.
Actually, they have put forward a number of similar floatplane concepts, some more traditional looking while others are more streamlined, conformal, and futuristic looking.
The capability appears to include the requirement for amphibious operations.
In other words, the MC-130 can still land on a runway with the floats fitted.

thedrive.com/the-war-zoneIt Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening

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Danneggiato dopo un atterraggio di emergenza ...

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A B-2 bomber is lying damaged on the side of the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., after a crash early Sep.14.
Air Force Global Strike Command is withholding information about the condition of the aircraft and the operational status of Whiteman’s sole runway, but no one was injured in the mishap.
The unidentified aircraft - most of the 20 B-2s are named for a state - “experienced an inflight malfunction during a routine training mission” at about 12:30 a.m. local time, an AFGSC spokeswoman said.
It was damaged on the runway “after an emergency landing,” she said.
There were no personnel injuries and no fire as a result of the accident, and no munitions were aboard the aircraft, she said.
Further details will be provided after an investigation.
Global Strike Command issued a notice to Airmen (NOTAM) shortly after the accident to keep at least six miles away from the base.
The initial notice said the airspace would be restricted through Sept. 17.
The reason for the NOTAM was given as “to provide a safe environment for accident investigation.”

airforcemag.comB-2 Crashes at Whiteman; No Injuries, But Status of Operations Withheld

Anche qui … thedrive.com/the-war-zoneDamaged B-2 Spirit Is Sitting Wing-Down Off The Runway After Landing Mishap

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Atterraggio a sorpresa di un paio di "pensionati" al Fresno Yosemite International Airport ... :shock:

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On September 13 two Lockheed F-117 Nighthawks touched down at Fresno Yosemite International Airport to conduct a few days of training exercises with the F-15C/D Eagles of the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard (ANG).
They left Fresno four days later.
Although the fact that the officially retired F-117s are still in use is undisputed, the deployment to a joint-use civilian/military airfield in the full public glare marks the first major official recognition of their continued use, underlined by the official release of photographs.
The F-117 achieved fame as the world’s first “stealth fighter”, having entered service in 1983 under a cloak of secrecy.
In 1991 it played a starring role in Operation Desert Storm, and saw action in subsequent U.S. campaigns.
In April 2008 it was formally retired, and the fleet was placed into Type 1000 storage - maintained ready for use if required - at the closely guarded Tonopah Test Range (TTR) airfield in Nevada, from where the type had undertaken its initial, then-secret operations in the 1980s.

ainonline.comReturn of the Nighthawk: Now It’s Official

Anche qui … theaviationist.comThe U.S. Air Force Has Just Released The First Official Photos Of The F-117 Deployment To Fresno

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Attivato prima dell'arrivo dei caccia ...

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The 48th Fighter Wing has reactivated the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe F-35A squadron.
The 495th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed as the “Valkyries,” was activated at exactly 8:49 and 50 seconds, Friday morning, 30 years to the day since its designation as a fighter squadron.
The first F-35A is scheduled to arrive at RAF Lakenheath later this year.
The base was selected to host the first U.S. F-35A squadrons in Europe based on very close ties with the Royal Air Force, existing infrastructure, and combined training opportunities.
Additionally, the U.K. is a critical component in training and combat readiness for U. S. Air Forces in Europe due to its excellent airspace and F-35 program partnership.

... lakenheath.af.mil ... https://www.lakenheath.af.mil/News/Arti...-squadron/ ...

Anche qui ... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/air-force-a...in-europe/ ...

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Rifornimento in stile "hot pit" in occasione di un rischieramento in Europa ...
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Two B-1B Lancers, from Dyess Air Force Base’s 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron currently operating from Royal Air Force Fairford, England, conduct hot pit refueling using the innovative Versatile Integrated Partner Equipment Refueling (VIPER) kit, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 11, 2021.

dvidshub.netSpangdahlem refuels BTF bombers with VIPER kit for first time

In dettaglio … airforcemag.comBomber Task Force Refuels With Airmen-Designed Kit Fit for ACE

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L'industria aerospaziale degli Stati Uniti di fronte al problema delle vaccinazioni ... :doctor:
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As the military’s COVID-19 vaccination deadlines close in, federal contractors are also demanding employees get vaccinated, driven by President Biden’s Sept. 9 executive order.

airforcemag.comContractor Employees Who Object to Vaccines May Not Get Much Backup


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F-15EX ... primi test operativi dalle parti di Las Vegas ...
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The F-15EX Eagle ll is undergoing its first-ever operational test mission paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es at Nellis Air Force Base Oct. 18-25.
“We’ve never done full, large-scale operational tests with the F-15EX, because it’s only been in the U.S. Air Force’s hands for six months,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Juhl, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center F-15 tester.
“The fact that we’re going this fast in operational test is definitely owing to the chief of staff of the Air Force’s accelerate change or lose mentality.”
There are currently two F-15EXes in existence.
The Air Force accepted delivery of them at Eglin AFB, Florida, in March and April 2021.

af.milF-15EX undergoes first operational test mission at Nellis AFB

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Rimotorizzazione dei B-52H ... tempo scaduto ... non sarà più possibile presentare ricorso nei confronti di Rolls-Royce ...
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The deadline for lodging protests against the selection of Rolls-Royce North America to provide new engines for the Air Force’s fleet of B-52s has passed, and none have been lodged on the Government Accountability Office’s docket.
“The deadline passed at [close of business] Monday, Oct. 25,” an Air Force source said.
The companies had 10 days after receiving a debrief on why they were not selected to make it known if they planned to protest, and that has not happened.
Rolls-Royce won the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, or CERP.
The contract, announced Sept. 24, is worth $2.6 billion if all options are exercised.
The company will build 650 of its F130 powerplants, now flying on the C-37 transport and E-11 Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft, for installation on all 76 B-52Hs, each of which will receive eight engines.

airforcemag.comNo Protests in B-52 Re-Engining Award to Rolls-Royce


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"F-15EX ?" ...
"Meglio lasciar perdere" ...
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The U.S. Air Force should abandon its plans to revive fourth-generation fighters under the F-15EX program, and instead focus on building more F-35As and new stealthy fighter jets, according to a new paper from the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
Former F-16 pilot Heather Penney, a senior resident fellow at the institute, said in the paper released Monday that the F-15EX Eagle II program is a dead end — one based on outdated technology that wouldn’t suit the Air Force well in a high-end fight nor save money over the F-35 program.
She expects the stealth-less F-15EX will end up playing a limited defensive role in a war, at a time when the Air Force has a limited inventory of fighters.
“Given this reality, funding limitations and modern mission demands, the Air Force should seek the soonest reasonable termination point for the F-15EX,” Penney wrote.
The Air Force should instead shift that money to boosting F-35 production and develop another fighter jet, Penney said — one that is affordable, flexible and has stealth capability.
This would be in addition to the highly classified Next Generation Air Dominance program that would start fielding sometime in the 2030s, to which Penney said the Air Force should commit wholeheartedly.

defensenews.comMitchell Institute: Ditch F-15EX for more F-35s, new stealth fighters

Anche qui … airforcemag.comAlternate Fighter Plan: Cut F-15EX, Extend F-22, Buy New Stealth Jets, More F-35s

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Nonostante le raccomandazioni del "Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies", il programma F-15EX, con il contratto miliardario assegnato a General Electric, sembra procedere speditamente ...

airforcemag.comGE Secures $1.58 Billion Contract for F-15EX Engines

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F-15EX Eagle II ... Rapporto al Congresso ...

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On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Air Force took delivery of its first F-15EX Eagle II fighter.
The Eagle II program is intended to deliver 144 aircraft to replace aging F-15Cs, most of which are in the Air National Guard.
The Trump Administration’s FY2020 budget proposal included a request for $1.1 billion to buy 8 F-15EX aircraft, the first procurement toward a planned initial buy of 144.
This proposal represented a change from previous Air Force plans to procure only stealthy “fifth-generation” fighter aircraft.
The subsequent FY2021 defense budget proposal requested about $1.27 billion in procurement funding for 12 Eagle IIs and $133.5 million in advance procurement for future aircraft.
The proposed budget also requested about $159.8 million for F-15EX research and development.

news.usni.orgReport to Congress on F-15EX Eagle II Fighter


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Motori General Electric per gli F-15EX ... Pratt & Whitney da deciso di non presentare ricorso ...
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Pratt & Whitney has opted not to protest the Air Force’s sole-source contract to GE Aviation to power all the service’s F-15EX fighters, a contract worth $1.58 billion.
GE’s contract, awarded Oct. 29, starts with 29 of its F110-GE-129 engines followed by seven option lots for a total of 329 engines, running ten years, if all the options are exercised.
The Air Force is planning to build between 144 and 200 F-15EXs.
Pratt issued a short statement saying only that it “will not submit a protest regarding the F-15EX propulsion decision,” adding that it is “proud to continue our support of the USAF’s F-15 fleet.”

airforcemag.comPratt & Whitney Won’t Protest GE’s Win of F-15EX Engine Contract

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