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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Pivotal Delivers Quartet of BlackFly Aircraft to USAF

Testing Aims to Develop Doctrine, Assess Capabilities of Newfangled Aircraft

Pivotal has delivered 4 of 8 of its eVTOL BlackFly aircraft to the US Air Force for evaluation, kicking off a test regime to carve out doctrine for the next generation of lightweight aircraft. The BlackFlys were accompanied by a pair of flight simulators leased to Modern Technology Solutions, Inc (MTSI), a prime support contractor for the AFWERX program. They appear to be the bunch spearheading the testing program, emblazoning previous BlackFly aircraft with combined Opener/MTSI branding.  

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Tue, Feb 27, 2024

Mississippi ANG AH-64 Crashes, Killing 2

Rash of Fatal Military Training Flights Continues in Worrying Turn

An AH-64 Apache on a routine training flight crashed near Booneville, Mississippi according to the National Guard there. The incident took place at around 1400 hrs local time, not quite the inclement, dangerous night missions often associated with fatal Apache incidents. The type's mission to hug the ground has always been a factor in crashes since its introduction, but the incident only raises eyebrows in a time when every week brings fresh news of another training crash.

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Mon, Feb 26, 2024

B-29 Doc Has to Reschedule Wichita Flights

"...Our Team Has Been Impacted By Unforeseen And Unplanned Delays"

The scheduled ride flights announced in Wichita, KS, for March 8 and 10 at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center have been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. “During our planned and scheduled annual winter maintenance season, our team has been impacted by unforeseen and unplanned delays that ultimately led to the decision to make a change to our ride flight schedule in Wichita on March 8 and 10,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director. 

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Sun, Feb 25, 2024

41 Hour Sortie Keeps Missouri ANG’s 139th Airlift Wing Up All Night(s)

Ouch... Cumulative Flight Time Was 41.5 Hours, With The Engines Running Continuously For 45 Hours

The 139th Airlift Wing has set a new milestone by pushing the boundaries of the C-130H Hercules aircraft. From Feb. 13-15, multiple aircrews flew a mission in which the aircraft’s cumulative flight time was 41.5 hours, with the engines running continuously for 45 hours. The first Missouri Air National Guard aircrew took off from Rosecrans Air National Guard Base. Approximately 10 hours later, the crew landed back at Rosecrans for the first refuel. Three separate crews took turns operating the aircraft, each flying roughly 10 hours, with one crew completing two shifts. When the final crew landed Feb. 15, the aircraft’s engines had operated for 45 hours.

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