USAF removes Thunderbirds commander

The US Air Force has taken the unprecedented step of removing the commander of its Thunderbirds flight demonstration team only half-way through his two-year posting, citing a loss of confidence. Lt Col Jason Heard was relieved of his command on November 20 by 57th Wing commander Brig Gen Jeannie Leavitt … [Read more...]

Third RAAF F-35 completes production

The Royal Australian Air Force’s third F-35A Lightning II aircraft has rolled off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ production facility in Fort Worth. The aircraft, A35-003, wears 3 Squadron markings which were applied in early November, the final stage in the production process ahead of … [Read more...]

Romeo flight trials with new Air Warfare Destroyer

An MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter from 816 Squadron lands on HMAS Hobart's flight deck during a flight deck trial alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (Defence)

The Royal Austalian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Trials Unit has conducted preliminary deck handling trials between a 816 Squadron Romeo Flight 6 MH-60R Seahawk landing on board the new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), HMAS Hobart, in Sydney Harbour. In the planning since May, the … [Read more...]