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Airborne 02.16.21: F-15EX Progress, French MoD Buys TBMs, Coulson FireLiners

Also: Lunar Outpost Launch Assignments, SWA Pilot's Union, NATA Schools Washington, Embraer 2020 Deliveries

The first F-15EX completed its initial flight in St. Louis Feb. 2. It was announced in August 2020 that the 173rd Fighter Wing will begin transitioning as the F-15EX formal training unit in 2024.

“Being selected as the F-15EX formal training unit is an outstanding mission for the 173rd Fighter Wing,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW commander. The French Ministry of Defense has announced a framework agreement to acquire four Daher TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft for use by the country’s flight test centers, along with associated services for the operation of these airplanes. Delivery of the TBM 940 fleet will begin in the summer of 2021, replacing TBM 700 versions that have been used since 1992 by the Flight Test division of the French Defense Ministry’s DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) procurement agency. The TBM’s duties include flight testing and safety support, as chase airplanes, in liaison flights, and for operations away from the primary test center locations. It must be QUITE the sight... In something that has been rarely seen in aerial firefighting in Australia, three large air tankers have been working in Western Australia (WA) together as part of the aerial effort to support emergency services and protect communities under threat of fire. Two 737 FireLiner's and a C-130 were working closely together laying lines of fire retardant that made a real difference to minimizing the danger and impact to communities under threat of fire. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.16.21 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, February 16th, 2021... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Kimberly Kay. Kimberly is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

  • F-15EX First Flight Starts What Could Be 144 Airplane USAF Buy
  • French Ministry of Defense Buys 4 TBM 940s
  • Coulson Aviation FireLiners Dominating Australian Skies
  • NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost
  • SWA Pilot's Union Opposes Medical Testing Before Flight
  • NATA Schools Washington On Realities of COVID-19 Travel Policy
  • Embraer Delivers 71 Jets In 4Q20 And 130 Total Jets In 2020

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