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  • USAF prepares for all MQ-9 force

    For the past 21 years the Air Force has flown the remotely piloted MQ-1 Predator in combat, and for the last 10, the MQ-9 Reaper. Combined with a skilled aircrew, these aircraft provide consistent support in daily engagements making an impact downrange. While the MQ-1 has provided many years of service, the time has come for the Air Force to fly the more capable MQ-9 exclusively, and retire the MQ-1 in early 2018 to keep up with the continuously evolving battlespace environment.
  • The evolution of the combat RPA

    In the 1980s, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency added modern day technology to the decades old idea of using remotely piloted aircraft for reconnaissance purposes. Little did DARPA or the Air Force know how impactful this development would be. As a result the Air Force immediately purchased a long endurance remotely piloted aircraft called the GNAT 750 resulting in the creation, production and development of the RQ-1 Predator of the early 1990s. By 1996, operators were flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over the Balkans providing an eye in the sky during a period of unrest.
  • 4th MXG Airmen work together to complete TCTO

    Airmen from the 4th Maintenance Group worked together to complete a Time Compliance Technical Order. A TCTO is a specific task or inspection directed by depot engineers that must be completed on an aircraft within a specific date range. The 4th MXG received the TCTO to complete a one-time inspection of the right and left canopy sill longeron, which is where the canopy rests when it’s sealed, on 26 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
  • ACC commander: Airmen make a difference daily

    The success of today’s Air Force is a product of the Airmen who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way for the defense of the nation, the commander of Air Combat Command told thousands of Airmen, members of industry and airpower advocates during the Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 20.
  • Air Combat Command vice Commander discusses value of Air Superiority to House of Representatives

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. J.D. Harris, vice commander of Air Combat Command, discussed the F-35 during a field hearing of the House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force here, June 18. The purpose of the hearing was to receive testimony on air dominance and the critical role of Fifth Generation fighter aircraft.
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