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  • An F-16 Flighting Falcon assigned to the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team maneuvers over Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a week-long Agile Combat Employment training exercise aimed at enhancing multi-capable Airmen’s skillset, May 11, 2022. Twelve 14th FS F-16s and crew members deployed to Yokota AB to participate in the exercise. Through ACE, the 35th Fighter Wing train alongside the 374th Airlift Wing to maintain a competitive edge over adversaries; and execute their mission – to protect U.S. interests in the Pacific, defend Japan, and deter adversaries through presence, readiness, and ability to project agile combat air power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
    16 Demonstration Team Maneuvers Over Yokota Air Base Japan
    A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Republic of Korea Air Force sits on the flight line at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Missouri, May 12, 2022. C-130s from the ROKAF, Little Rock Air Force Base, and Dyess AFB were attending the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center’s Advanced Tactics Aircrew Course. The AATTC provides aircrew training to international partners which strengthens coalition interoperability. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Michael Crane)

    A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, departs after refueling from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 11, 2022. The JPARC provides more than 77,000 square miles of airspace, making it the world’s largest instrumented air, ground and electronic combat training range. RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise allowing forces to practice interoperability by providing unique opportunities to integrate into joint and multilateral training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
    15 Eagle Assigned To 67th Fighter Squadron Kadena Air Base Japan
    U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, depart from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, after refueling during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 11, 2022. The JPARC provides more than 77,000 square miles of airspace, making it the world’s largest instrumented air, ground and electronic combat training range. RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise allowing forces to practice interoperability by providing unique opportunities to integrate into joint and multilateral training. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
    16 Fighting Falcon Assigned To The 18th Aggressor Squadron Eielson Air Force Base Alaska
    16 Fighting Falcon Assigned To The 18th Aggressor Squadron Eielson Air Force Base Alaska
    Two U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly alongside a KC-46A Pegasus assigned to the 916th Air Refueling Wing during an in-air refueling operation over Arkansas, May 11, 2022. The Blue Angels originally flew the F6F Hellcat, but throughout the decades they have flown several different aircraft as aviation technology has improved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Holloway)
    Air Refueling Operation Over Arkansas May 11 2022
    U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors with the 325th Fighter Wing, fly next to a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 190th Air Refueling Wing, May 11, 2022, in a military operations area over Florida. Three air refueling units from across the Air National Guard provided in-flight refueling in support of Sentry Savannah 2022, the ANG’s premier counter air exercise which encompasses 10 units of fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft, tests the capabilities of our warfighters in a simulated near-peer environment and trains the next generation of fighter pilots for tomorrow’s fight. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Hanna Smith)
    135 Stratotanker With The 190th Air Refueling Wing May 11 2022
    Airmen from the 155th Air Refueling Wing run towards their KC-135R Stratotanker, May 13, 2022, during a generation exercise at Lincoln Air Force Base, Neb. The exercise was designed to test the organization’s ability to quickly launch its aircraft within a specific time period in support of a contingency operation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander D. Schriner)
    135R Stratotanker May 13 2022
    Staff Sgt Fermin Garcia, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants section Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) operator, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 12, 2022. Black Flag 22-1 is focused on developing and validating large force tactics and integration required to deliver combat capability and tactical advantage for the Combat Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)

    MISAWA, Japan (May 13, 2022) – An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Yellow Jackets” of Electronic Attack Squadron 138, taxis into position during an "Elephant Walk" at Misawa Air Base. The Elephant Walk showcased Misawa Air Base's collective readiness and ability to generate combat airpower at a moment's notice to ensure regional stability throughout the Indo-Pacific. Naval Air Facility Misawa provides aviation and ground logistics support and services to all permanent and transient U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps forces in Northern Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Ringers)

    A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules takes off during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 10, 2022. The KC-130J Super Hercules is a multi-mission medium lift fixed wing tactical aircraft providing long-range, land-based tactical and logistic support to fleet operating forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)

    A United States Marine Corps F/A-18F takes off during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 10, 2022. A Black Flag 22-1 objective is to accelerate current Tactics Improvement Proposal (TIP) progression and weapon system test and integration requirements to field advanced capabilities faster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)
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    An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned the 64th Aggressor Squadron takes off during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 10, 2022. The mission of the Aggressor Squadron is to prepare warfighters to win in air combat against any pacing competitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)

    A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35A takes off during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 10, 2022. The F-35s from the RAAF are conducting training with a variety of U.S. aircraft to test and advance interoperable command and control operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)
    1 At Nellis Air Force Base Nevada May 10 2022
    A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II takes off during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 10, 2022. A Black Flag 22-1 objective is to accelerate current Tactics Improvement Proposal (TIP) progression and weapon system test and integration requirements to field advanced capabilities faster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)

    A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail takes off during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, May 10, 2022. The E-7A Wedgetail is equipped with a high-powered radar, used to monitor the battle space and provide friendly forces with an advantage over their opponents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josey Blades)

    A Royal Air Force flight crew assigned to No. 47 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, England, completes post-flight checks during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 10, 2022. Approximately 2,200 service members from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada are expected to fly, maintain and support more than 90 aircraft from over 25 units during this iteration of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
    47 Squadron RAF Brize Norton England
    WICHITA, Kan. (May 12, 2022) – Textron Aviation today announced it has received an order from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) for one special mission Cessna Citation Longitude and two special mission Cessna Citation Latitude jets. The aircraft will be fitted with special flight inspection calibration equipment and used by the DHMI (General Directorate of State Airports Authority) in Turkey to inspect regional airport navigation aids.

    “Textron Aviation is honored to, once again, be selected as the aircraft of choice for the critical mission of ensuring the integrity of the airways that constitute the national airspace of Turkey,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation. “The Longitude and Latitude continue the long legacy of Cessna Citation flight inspection aircraft in service by the DHMI, while providing additional capability and performance for its missions.”

    DHMI began using two Cessna Citation V aircraft for flight inspection in 1993, which were replaced by Cessna Citation XLS aircraft in 2009.

    About the Citation Longitude

    The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology throughout the aircraft, bringing customers the lowest direct operating cost in its class. Powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles with envelope protection, the Longitude offers best in class maintenance intervals of 800 hour/18 months, Textron Aviation maintenance and diagnostic systems (AReS). The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency. No super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower direct operating cost.
    Cessna Citation Longitude
    About the Cessna Citation Latitude

    The Citation Latitude, with a four-passenger range of 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km) at high-speed cruise, is set apart from the competition by its combination of comfort and efficiency. The aircraft’s class-leading take-off field length of 3,580 feet provides operators with greater range out of short fields. Inside, the Latitude offers an unrivaled cabin experience featuring the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in its category. With a flat floor and six feet of cabin height, innovation abounds with exceptional features designed throughout the aircraft.
    Cessna Citation Latitude
    This week, two quick reaction alert Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth have temporarily relocated to RAF Leeming as part of a programme of exercises to ensure the fighter jets are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

    The RAF maintains a pool of quick reaction alert Typhoons at readiness 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to any potential threats. This is part of the RAF’s primary role to defend the UK and UK interests overseas.
    Typhoon Leeming
    To maintain this continuous capability, the aircraft must be able to operate from different locations. In the exercise scenario the squadron was given a short notice order to relocate and commence operations from RAF Leeming
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    Whilst at RAF Leeming, the aircraft quickly resumed the same readiness state. To assure their preparedness, they conducted two no-notice scrambles to simulate intercepting aircraft in distress, controlled from RAF Boulmer. On both occasions the aircraft took off within the mandated timelines and the training missions were executed successfully.
    (Photos courtesy of the RAF)
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  • PHILIPPINE SEA (May 13, 2022) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Vigilantes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)

    PHILIPPINE SEA (May. 13, 2022) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)

    PHILIPPINE SEA (May 13, 2022) An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the "Black Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)

    An Arizona Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 162nd Wing flys in formation during an air refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 161st Air Refueling Wing during a local sortie May 14, 2022 over Arizona. (U.S. Air Nation Guard photo by Staff Sgt. James A. Richardson Jr.)
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    Arizona Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons with the 162nd Wing fly in formation during an air refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 161st Air Refueling Wing during a local sortie May 14, 2022 over Arizona. (U.S. Air Nation Guard photo by Staff Sgt. James A. Richardson Jr.)
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    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2022. The JPARC provides more than 77,000 square miles of airspace, making it the world’s largest instrumented air, ground and electronic combat training range. RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise allowing forces to practice interoperability by providing unique opportunities to integrate into joint and multilateral training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelimar Rivera Rosado)
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  • A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), patrols Polish airspace as a part of NATO's Enhanced Air Policing, May 15, 2022. 2nd MAW units are deployed to enhance NATO's capabilities in Eastern Europe at the invitation of the host nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam Henke)
    18C Hornet Assigned To Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Patrols Polish Airspace
    PHILIPPINE SEA (May 15, 2022) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, prepares to make arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)
    Class Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
    PHILIPPINE SEA (May 16, 2022) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madison Cassidy)

    PHILIPPINE SEA (May 15, 2022) An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the "Wizards" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, prepares to make arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)
    Class Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
    PHILIPPINE SEA (May 14, 2022) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Javier Reyes)
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    A Ford Trimotor aircraft makes a scheduled stop at the Sioux City Gateway airport in Sioux City Iowa, May 14, 2022. The Trimotor was primarily used for airline service but was also used by the Army Air Corps as the Ford C-4. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar)

    An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, sits on the flightline at Lielvārde Air Base, located in the Vidzeme region of Latvia, May 14, 2022, for agile combat employment training during DEFENDER-Europe 22. DEFENDER-Europe 22 is a series of U.S. Army Europe and Africa multinational training exercises within U.S. European Command's Large Global Scale Exercise construct taking place in Eastern Europe. DEFENDER-Europe 22 demonstrates U.S. Army Europe and Africa's ability to conduct large scale ground combat operations across multiple theatres in support of NATO and the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Chris Schepers)
    10C Thunderbolt II Aircraft Assigned To The 104th Fighter Squadron Maryland Air National Guard Sits On The Flightline At Lielvarde Air Base Located In The Vidzeme Region Of Latvia May 14 2022
    A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, taxis an F-16C Fighting Falcon during Checkered Flag 22-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2022. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training. The 22-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 9-20, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Del Oso)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, takes off during Checkered Flag 22-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2022. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training. The 22-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 9-20, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Del Oso)

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) --

    A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress successfully released an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, off the Southern California coast, May 14.

    Following separation from the aircraft, the ARRW’s booster ignited and burned for expected duration, achieving hypersonic speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.

    “This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team, for the weapons enterprise, and our Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons. “The team's tenacity, expertise, and commitment were key in overcoming the past year's challenges to get us to the recent success. We are ready to build on what we've learned and continue moving hypersonics forward.”

    The 419th Flight Test Squadron and the Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, or GPB CTF, both at Edwards Air Force Base, California, executed the test.

    "The test team made sure we executed this test flawlessly," said Lt. Col. Michael Jungquist, 419th FLTS commander and GPB CTF director. "Our highly-skilled team made history on this first air-launched hypersonic weapon. We're doing everything we can to get this game-changing weapon to the warfighter as soon as possible."

    ARRW is designed to enable the U.S. to hold fixed, high-value, time-sensitive targets at risk in contested environments from stand-off distances. It will also expand precision-strike capabilities by enabling rapid response strikes against heavily defended land targets.
    (Air Force photo by Matt Williams)

    Botucatu – SP, Brazil, May 17, 2022 - A technological icon in Brazilian agriculture with five decades of operation, Embraer has delivered the 1500th Ipanema agricultural aircraft. The aircraft, which received a commemorative painting alluding to this historical moment and references to national agribusiness, was received yesterday by the rancher Carla de Freitas, owner of Agropecuária Bela Vista, based in Vilhena in the state of Rondônia.

    The rancher, who is also one of the founders of the Women's Agribusiness Nucleus (NFA) and a member of the content committee of the National Congress of Women in Agribusiness, participated in the delivery ceremony at the Embraer Unit in Botucatu, São Paulo countryside, where the Ipanema EMB 203 aircraft is manufactured.

    “It is an honor to receive the 1,500th Ipanema from a genuinely national company like Embraer, which develops technologies to improve production techniques in Brazilian agriculture. Embraer is a company that demonstrates its commitment to Brazil's technological, agricultural and environmental agenda, with an aircraft powered 100% by ethanol,” said Carla de Freitas. “Furthermore, being a woman receiving an aircraft from a female pilot demonstrates the company's value and care with the gender inclusion theme.”

    The celebration comes amid another year of record sales for the aircraft, which registered 39 new orders in the first five months of 2022. This volume is 22% higher compared to the same period last year. Held at the end of April, Agrishow Ribeirão Preto alone has sold 11 of the 203 aircraft model, which is the most modern in the series. The Ipanema 203 embodies the most recent technological innovations in the segment and exceeds 130 aircraft in operation all over the country.

    Embraer's agricultural aviation division delivered 42 Ipanema aircraft in 2021, an increase of 90% compared to 2020. With the current sales figures in early 2022, the company solidifies its market leadership position, which relies on Ipanema’s efficiency, productivity, and robustness, and remains an essential tool for the country's agribusiness.

    “Ipanema is a great ally for Brazilian agribusiness and it is trusted by operators throughout the country,” said Sany Onofre, Embraer's head of Agricultural Aviation. “Given the favorable agribusiness performance, customers have been anticipating future crop demand and we are very satisfied with the growing results obtained thus far. Given this success, we are excited about the forecast for 2023.”

    Ipanema's role in modern agriculture combines high technology and the tradition of an aircraft that continually evolves to meet the highest requirements of safety and deliver high productivity and low operating costs, especially when compared to other types of sprayers.

    Powered by ethanol since 2005, the Ipanema became Embraer's first certified and series-produced aircraft to fly with renewable energy, leading a broad front of the company's historic performance in research and use of biofuels in aviation. The aircraft is the market leader in the aerial spraying segment, with a 60% national share.
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    Singapore (May 17, 2022) – Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the selection of the Bell 505 as the new Republic of Korea military helicopter trainer. The new Bell 505 helicopters will be used by both the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) to train their next generation of helicopter pilots.

    The contract, which was signed between the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration and Bell, calls for the building and delivery of up to 40 Bell 505 helicopters by 2025.

    “The Republic of Korea’s selection of the Bell 505 after a rigorous review process, confirms it is the preferred next-generation military helicopter trainer globally for training pilots,” said Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Commercial Sales, Bell. “With the ever-increasing operational needs and challenges faced by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, Bell is privileged to play a part in training future ROKA and ROKN pilots.”

    In February, the Bell 505 achieved 100,000 global fleet hours, and there have been more than 360 Bell 505 global deliveries since 2017. The Republic of Korea Armed Forces will join government agencies across the world, including the Indonesian Navy, Jamaican Air Force, Japan Coast Guard, United Arab Emirates military and Montenegro Defence Force, in utilizing the Bell 505 as its helicopter trainer.

    With light single helicopters forming the majority of training helicopters globally, the Bell 505 is well suited to prepare future military pilots to meet the myriad of challenges they will face in their missions.

    The Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability. With the latest Garmin avionics and dual channel FADEC-controlled engine, the Bell 505 is the most advanced short light single-engine aircraft on the market.
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  • The aircrew aboard a MH-60 Jayhawk from Air Station Elizabeth City hover over the Atlantic Ocean during the joint service Search and Rescue Exercise, May 17, 2022, near Ocean City, Maryland. The Search and Rescue Exercise is an annual event that prepares the Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force for search and rescue situations that may arise that involve coordination among the services. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Emily Velez)

    A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis McChord unloads cargo and Airmen participating in the Raging Gunfighter exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah May 17, 2022. Raging Gunfighter is an Air Combat Command exercise designed to simulate operating a Lead Wing from an Austere Environment. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the 366th Fighter Wing for potential Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations around the world.
    (Photo by Master Sgt. Gregory Brook)

    U.S. Air Force C-130 J’s from the 317th Airlift Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, transport Airmen and cargo from the 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to Hill Air Force Base Utah, May 17, 2022 to participate in the Raging Gunfighter exercise. Raging Gunfighter is an Air Combat Command exercise designed to simulate operating a Lead Wing from an Austere Environment. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the 366th Fighter Wing for potential Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations around the world.
    (Photo by Master Sgt. Gregory Brook)
    130 J S From The 317th Airlift Wing Dyess Air Force Base Texas Transport Airmen And Cargo From The 366th Fighter Wing
    A KC-10 Extender aircraft assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, arrives at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 14, 2022. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa are committed to standing side-by-side with NATO allies and partners to ensure the independence and security of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Ali Stewart)


    Lt. Col. Christopher Finkenstadt, 64th Aggressor Squadron commander, pilots a F-16C back into the training airspace May 4, 2021, over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada. The Aggressor program began in the fall of 1972 with the activation of the 64th Aggressor Squadron. This program started as a direct result of the high air combat loss rate experienced in the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
    16C Back Into The Training Airspace May 4 2021
    BETHESDA, Md., May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Airbus leaders announced today the aerial refueling boom system for the LMXT strategic tanker aircraft will be manufactured by Airbus in western Arkansas. Introduced in September 2021, the LMXT is Lockheed Martin's offering for the U.S. Air Force's KC-Y strategic tanker program.

    "Given the undisputed importance of the U.S. Air Force's strategic refueling mission, ensuring the LMXT is equipped with critical and relevant technologies for its refueling system is of paramount importance. Like the LMXT airframe, this refueling system is proven and low-risk, translating to known and added capabilities for the U.S. Air Force," said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President, and CEO James Taiclet. "With this commitment, Arkansas' manufacturing community has the opportunity to contribute to building America's next strategic tanker."

    The LMXT is built on the combat-proven design of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), which is the strategic tanking choice of 14 nations around the world. Offering several distinct U.S. Air Force-only capabilities designed to meet operator requirements, the LMXT offers advantages like an established fly-by-wire aerial refueling boom. Currently certified and used by allies to refuel U.S. Air Force aircraft in operations globally, the world's first fully automatic air-to-air refueling (A3R) system is a discrete asset.

    "We are excited to continue expanding our U.S. footprint by partnering with the state of Arkansas to create the LMXT refueling boom production site and center of excellence. It is an honor to bring Airbus innovation to the state for this and future manufacturing opportunities," said C. Jeffrey Knittel, chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas. "The state-of-the-art boom system is a vital aspect of the overall LMXT offering, and we are proud to be working with Arkansans to build this best-in-class solution for the U.S. Air Force."

    While the exact location of the manufacturing facility has yet to be determined, it will expand Airbus' footprint into "The Natural State." Manufacturing plays a significant role in the Arkansas economy, accounting for about 15% of the state's economic output. More than 12% of all Arkansas residents are employed by the manufacturing industry, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

    "Lockheed Martin consistently sets the standard for aerospace and defense worldwide and significantly contributes to Arkansas' robust aerospace and defense industry," said Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. "Arkansas has the tools in place to help high-tech manufacturing succeed, and I'm pleased that Lockheed Martin and Airbus see themselves growing here in our state as they look to the future in the defense industry."

    Lockheed Martin's manufacturing presence in Arkansas dates back to 1978 with its Camden Operations facility. This facility is a manufacturing, final assembly, test and storage operation for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) programs. Approximately 1,030 employees work in the facility's manufacturing and support buildings.

    "I am thrilled Arkansas has been selected to manufacture the LMXT's boom, bringing well-paying jobs to our state and strengthening our economy. Most importantly, I'm proud Arkansas will continue to increase our contributions in support of America's men and women in uniform and our national defense," said U.S. Sen. John Boozman, who serves as the senior senator from Arkansas.

    The LMXT aerial refueling system work is the first manufacturing opportunity for Airbus in Arkansas, but builds on an extensive manufacturing presence across the southeastern United States. Airbus builds the A320 and A220 airliners in Alabama, H125 and UH-72 Lakota helicopters in Mississippi, and satellites in Florida. The workforce across these facilities is more than 30% U.S. military veterans.

    "Flights of freedom will be sustained by equipment made right here in Arkansas! This announcement further strengthens the Third District's role in our nation's defense, and our community's strong workforce and infrastructure are ready to support the manufacturing of the state-of-the-art LMXT system," said U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, who represents Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District. "Arkansans are proud knowing the leading role they'll have in building the next generation of the Air Force's capabilities. I look forward to a fair and open competition that I'm sure the LMXT will win."

    This announcement follows Lockheed Martin's and Airbus' recently publicized plan to expand their footprints in Georgia and Alabama to support future LMXT assembly and configuration. The LMXT will be built in two phases:

    Phase 1: The LMXT is first produced as an A330 airliner at Airbus' Mobile, Alabama, facility, which is where Airbus A320 and A220 commercial airliners are built.
    Phase 2: The second phase of the manufacturing process includes converting the commercial aircraft into the LMXT tanker at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Marietta, Georgia, facility, which is currently home to the C-130J Super Hercules final production and F-35 Lightning II center wing assembly lines.

    Integration of the Arkansas-built boom will be included in Phase 2 of the assembly and configuration process.

    The LMXT complements the U.S. Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueler to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the U.S. aerospace industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers.

    "Arkansans are proud of the men and women who fight for our freedoms and the civilian workers who support them," Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. "The LMXT tanker will be built in America, by Americans, for Americans — a mission that Arkansas encourages all manufacturers to embrace as we seek to bring quality jobs back to the U.S.A. and increase economic opportunities for American workers and American communities."

    The LMXT offers a proven airframe with distinct U.S. Air Force-only capabilities designed to meet operator requirements, with advantages that also include:

    Significantly improved range and fuel offload capacity over current tankers
    Operational and combat proven advanced camera and rear vision system
    Open system architecture JADC2/NC3 systems
    Established allied interoperability and resilient global supply chain
    A multi-domain operations node that connects the LMXT to the larger battlespace, increasing onboard situational awareness to provide
    resilient communications and datalink for assets across the force
    A permanently installed aeromedevac suite enabling world-class medical care with intercontinental reach
    Forklift accessible cargo capacity for six military pallets with weights of up to 70 k/lbs. for austere base support
    Unrivaled persistence in the battlespace and operational performance enabling greater access to non-traditional bases

    As the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin works directly to implement U.S. Air Force-specific requirements within the LMXT. For additional information, visit the LMXT website: www.lockheedmartin.com/lmxt.
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    A new aircraft type to Royal Air Force service is to be named the ‘Envoy IV’ in a nod both to its crucial role in defence diplomacy and to previous Envoy aircraft in RAF service.

    Two new Dassault 900LX aircraft have been purchased to replace the BAe146 aircraft that were withdrawn from Service in March. The new Envoy aircraft will be based at Royal Air Force Northolt with No 32 (The Royal) Squadron, initially under contract with Centreline AV Ltd. For the first two years, the aircraft will be operated by mixed crews of RAF and Centreline staff, before upgrading to a full military and operational capability in 2024.
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    Enhancing our international presence, deepening our current defence relationships, and building new ones, is critical to UK security. The new Envoy aircraft will transport members of The Royal Family, government and military leaders around the world more quickly and efficiently than before. The Envoy can fly further, faster, and more sustainably than the aircraft it replaces.

    The name reflects the role of the aircraft in defence diplomacy and relationship building. The original Envoy aircraft in RAF service was known as the Envoy III. It was a twin-engine light transport aircraft, used by the RAF before and during World War 2 in the communications role; one of which served with the ‘King’ s Flight’ – a precursor to today’s No 32 (The Royal) Squadron.

    Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Strategy), Air Vice-Marshal Simon Edwards said:
    “I am delighted to be able to announce the naming of our new Command Support Air Transport aircraft as the Envoy IV. The name reflects our proud heritage, heralds the arrival of a new aircraft type, and recognises its important mission. The fleet – and those who make it fly - play a key role in the future of UK Defence, moving quickly to build and strengthen partnerships, relationships and influence across the globe”
    (Photos courtesy of the RAF)
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  • PHILIPPINE SEA (May 17, 2022) Sailors direct the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)
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    PHILIPPINE SEA (May 17, 2022) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Singley)

    U.S. Special Operations Forces members fly over Tampa Bay, Florida in a U.S. Army MH-60 helicopter during a SOF capabilities demonstration May 18, 2022. SOF Week is the premier gathering for theSOF community and industry, bringing together more than 11,000 attendees, including representatives from more than 100 countries to collaborate on new initiatives and capabilities needed for SOF professionals to compete and win in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Cook)

    A U.S. Air Force F-16C pilot assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron, taxis down the runway at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 18, 2022. The 8th Operations Group is the backbone of the 8th Fighter Wing, providing the aircrews who fly the wing's F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)
    16C Pilot Assigned To The 80th Fighter Squadron Taxis Down The Runway At Kadena Air Base Japan May 18 2022
    A Polish Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter flies to engage targets during a Defender Europe 22 multinational live fire training, Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, May 17, 2022. Defender Europe 22 is a series of U.S. Army Europe and Africa multi-national training exercises in Eastern Europe. The exercise demonstrates U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s ability to conduct large-scale ground combat operations across multiple theaters supporting NATO. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Tobias Cukale)
    24 Attack Helicopter Flies To Engage Targets During A Defender Europe 22 Multinational Live Fire Training Drawsko Pomorskie Poland May 17 2022
    SEATTLE, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and International Airlines Group (IAG) today announced an order for a combined total of 50 737-8-200s and 737-10s, plus 100 options.

    "The addition of new Boeing 737s is an important part of IAG´s short-haul fleet renewal. These latest generation aircraft are more fuel efficient than those they will replace and in line with our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050," said Luis Gallego, IAG´s chief executive.

    The 737-8-200 will enable IAG to configure the airplane with up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and reducing fuel consumption.

    The largest model in the family, the 737-10 seats up to 230 passengers in a single-class configuration and can fly up to 3,300 miles. The fuel-efficient jet can cover 99% of single-aisle routes, including routes served by 757s.

    "With the selection of the 737-8-200 and larger 737-10, IAG has invested in a sustainable and profitable future, as both variants will significantly lower operating costs and CO2 emissions," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Today's agreement for up to 150 airplanes, including 100 options, is a welcome addition of the 737 to IAG´s short-haul fleets and reflects our commitment to support the Group's continued network recovery and future growth with Boeing's unrivalled family of airplanes."

    The 737 incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 family of airplanes is on average 14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s and 20% more efficient than the original Next-Generation 737s when they entered service.

    Today's announcement finalizes a commitment made by IAG for the 737 at the 2019 Paris Air Show and is subject to approval by IAG shareholders.
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  • An F-16 assigned to the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing disconnects from a KC-135 Stratotanker after receiving fuel, May 19, 2022. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar)

    PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2022) An E-2C Hawkeye, from the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, makes an arrested gear landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared Mancuso)
    2C Hawkeye From The Sun Kings Of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116 Makes An Arrested Gear Landing On The Flight Deck Of The Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz
    PACIFIC OCEAN (May 19, 2022) An E/A-18G Growler, from the “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin McTaggart)
    18G Growler From The Cougars Of Electronic Attack Squadron 139 Launches Off The Flight Deck Of The Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz
    PACIFIC OCEAN (May 19, 2022) A C-2A Greyhound, from the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, prepares to make an arrested gear landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN68). Nimitz is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin McTaggart)
    2A Greyhound From The Providers Of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 Prepares To Make An Arrested Gear Landing On The Flight Deck Of The Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz
    A French Dassault Rafale flies over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, April 29, 2022. U.S. Central Command service members consistently train with partner nations to strengthen our military-to-military relationships, promote regional security and improve interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Sokolov)

    U.S. Marines and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) members work together to refuel a RAAF F-35A and an F-18D Hornet during Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) training during Black Flag 22-1 at Nellis AFB, May 13, 2022. FARP training prepares U.S. and Allied forces to effectively refuel aircraft in austere locations when air-to-air refueling is not possible or when fueling stations are not accessible. (U.S. Air Force photos by William R. Lewis)



    Geneva, Switzerland, May 20, 2022 – Embraer announced today that Flexjet is the first Legacy 500 customer in the world to install Ka-Band, which provides fast, home-like connectivity, as an aftermarket modification on its European fleet of the business jet model. This new capability is available through a service bulletin for the Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets. Embraer also offers the Ka-Band from the factory, as an optional item, for the Praetor 600 and the Praetor 500.

    “We saw demand in the market for Embraer to offer this aftermarket solution and now we are able to proceed with the installation of this feature in the field,” said Marsha Woelber, Vice President of Worldwide Executive Jets Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales, Embraer Service & Support. “This modification is available to customers who desire this high-speed capability which provides the best experience and connectivity on board.”

    The Ka-Band provides high-speed internet access for the fastest in-flight connectivity, enabling customers to access e-mails, exchange files, stream video content, among other features, allowing several devices connected at the same time.

    Flexjet European Managing Director, Marine Eugène, said: “With Ka-Band already available on our Praetor 600s in Europe, we know what a tremendous addition it is to the onboard experience for our passengers. They can remain productive in their work or enjoy endless entertainment options as they fly. We were delighted to work with Embraer to add this facility to our Legacy 500s, making us the only large fleet operator in Europe to offer Ka-Band on every aircraft.”

    Embraer and Flexjet enjoy a long-standing, successful partnership. Flexjet’s 2019 order for, and subsequent deliveries of, the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600 marked the fourth time Flexjet’s management team introduced new Embraer aircraft to the fractional market. Previous introductions were the Legacy Executive in 2003, the Phenom 300 in 2010 and the Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500 in 2016.
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    French Mirage 2000 fighters of the 3rd Fighter Squadron joined RMAF Mirage F1's to take part in Exercise "Swap" Air Morocco 2022 ", from May 16 to May 27.
    (Photo courtesy of the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace )
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