At the end of 2009, the U.S. Navy transferred its last UH-3H Sea King to the U.S. Marine Corps, thus ending it’s service of a little more than 50 years. The Marines will use the aircraft for training purposes.
Brad over on the WIX forum reports that Altus AFB, OK has received a KC-135 for display.
It took a few weeks to get her together but there is now a KC-135A on display at Altus AFB. She is 58-0070 and just needs a paint job to be finished. The wings were hacked off for transport and scabbed back on with various patches, plates, angle iron and screws. Once it’s under paint you won’t be able to tell except for the steel plates on top and bottom of the wings that hold the spar together!
Check out the thread on WIX for a lot more photos.
12/9/2009 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) – Officials from the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds,” here announced its 2010 airshow schedule.
The team’s 57th show season is scheduled to take them to more than 65 shows in 27 states and Canada.
Lt. Col. Case Cunningham will join the team as commander and leader for the team and fly the No. 1 position.
Other officers beginning their first season with the team are Thunderbird No. 3, Capt. Chad Shenk, right wing; Thunderbird No. 6, Capt. Aaron Jelinek, opposing solo; Thunderbird No. 8, Maj. John Gallemore, advance pilot and narrator; Thunderbird No. 9, Capt Thom Bowden, flight surgeon.
The new team members will join returning officers Thunderbird No. 2, Maj. John Baum, left wing; Thunderbird No. 4, Maj. Sean Gustafson, slot; Thunderbird No. 5, Maj. Rick Goodman, lead solo; Thunderbird No. 7, Lt. Col. Derek Routt, operations officer; Thunderbird No. 10, Capt. Petrina Hanson, executive officer; Thunderbird No. 11, Maj. David Lemery, maintenance officer; Thunderbird No. 12, Capt. Jason McCree.
Boeing announced today the first ever test firing of a real-life ray gun that could become US special forces’ way to carry out covert strikes with “plausible deniability.”
In tests earlier this month at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Boeing’s Advanced Tactical Laser — a modified C-130H aircraft — “fired its high-energy chemical laser through its beam control system. The beam control system acquired a ground target and guided the laser beam to the target, as directed by ATL’s battle management system.”
“By firing the laser through the beam control system for the first time, the ATL team has begun to demonstrate the functionality of the entire weapon system integrated aboard the aircraft,” Boeing exec Scott Fancher said, in a statement.