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Air Force selects next C-130J locations

The Air Force has selected Louisville Air National Guard Base, Kentucky; McLaughlin ANGB, West Virginia; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas; and Savannah ANGB, Georgia as the preferred locations to receive C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to replace their aging C-130Hs, pending the outcome of environmental assessments.
The C-130J is the latest model and incorporates state-of-the-art technology, which reduces manpower requirements, lowers operating and support costs and provides life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models. The Louisville Air National Guard Base, Kentucky; McLaughlin ANGB, West Virginia; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas; and Savannah ANGB, Georgia have been selected as the preferred locations to receive C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to replace their aging C-130Hs, pending the outcome of environmental assessments. (U.S. Air Force photo)

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2427896/air-force-selects-next-c-130j-locations/ DoD News

Maxwell AFB selected as location for MH-139 FTU

The MH-139 FTU’s mission is to train pilots in providing security and support for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile fields spanning Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska. The MH-139 mission will replace the mission of the Air Force Reserve’s 908th Airlift Wing’s aging C-130Hs currently at Maxwell AFB.
MH-139A

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2423445/maxwell-afb-selected-as-location-for-mh-139-ftu/ Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

USAF’s first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

The 23rd Wing and 347th Rescue Group leadership received the Air Force’s first two HH-60Ws. The delivery of the new model is significant to the personnel recovery mission as it begins the transition from the predecessor, the HH-60G Pave Hawk model, which has been flown for more than 26 years.
Photo of first HH-60W Jolly Green II Nov. 5, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2407824/usafs-first-hh-60w-jolly-green-ii-arrives-at-moody-afb/ 23rd Wing Public Affairs

DAF awards contract for first lot of F-15EX fighter aircraft

The contract, awarded to Boeing, provides for the design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, including spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support.
F-15EX decals affixed to F-15QA4 jet in Building 67, Final Assembly_St. Louis, MO. Purpose of the photo is to show aircraft readiness to our USAF customer (F-15EX contract award).  MSF20-0024 Series.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2272575/daf-awards-contract-for-first-lot-of-f-15ex-fighter-aircraft/ Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

F-22 crashes on Eglin AFB range

The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was transported to the 96th Medical Group hospital on Eglin AFB for evaluation and observation. He was listed in stable condition. The name of the pilot has not been released.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2188511/f-22-crashes-on-eglin-afb-range/ DoD News

Air Force makes final basing decision for next two Air National Guard F-35A bases

F-35A Lightning IIs will begin to replace many of the older fourth-generation aircraft but the Air Force will continue to fly a mix of fifth and fourth-generation fighters into the 2040s. This will allow the Air Force to maintain enough fighters to meet combatant commander requirements, provide required training, and allow a reasonable and uninterrupted deployment tempo for the force.
F-16 Fighting Falcons fly with F-35 Lightning II

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2151179/air-force-makes-final-basing-decision-for-next-two-air-national-guard-f-35a-bas/ DoD News

Air Force, Boeing agree on final KC-46 RVS 2.0 design

RVS 2.0 will include 4K color cameras with proper viewing geometry, operator stations with larger screens, a laser ranger for refueling aircraft distance measurement and boom assistance augmented reality. With the help of scientists and engineers from both enterprises, the Air Force will lead design reviews and approve specifications to drive the partnership toward initial fielding in 2023.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2135364/air-force-boeing-agree-on-final-kc-46-rvs-20-design/ Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs