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Air Force replaces T-38C with T-X for pilot training

Air Force replaces T-38C with T-X for pilot training

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force said that the Advanced Pilot Trainer, or T-X, aircraft would replace the T-38C Talon aircraft at existing undergraduate pilot training bases.The Air Force said they expect to award the contract for the new trainer sometime in 2018.Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas has been selected to be the first base to received the first additions of the T-X, which are set to be delivered in 2022."As we bring the T-X training aircraft into service, we'll base them at our current undergraduate pilot training bases which have the airspace and runways needed for the mission," Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson said in a press release.The T-X aircraft is a two-seat, 5th generation, jet trainer aircraft that seeks to provide "student pilots wit...
Past of 'cocaine cowboys' pilot may come back to haunt him

Past of 'cocaine cowboys' pilot may come back to haunt him

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The colorful past of a pilot who has long bragged about flying loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era in the 1980s may come back to haunt him in an auto fraud case. A federal judge agreed Friday to let prosecutors use as evidence much of Mickey Munday's open bragging about his past in media interviews, social media posts and in the 2006 documentary "Cocaine Cowboys." But U.S. District Judge Robert Scola ruled that most direct drug references can't be introduced. "I'm trying to minimize the term 'cocaine cowboy' being used," Scola said at a hearing. "It's very prejudicial." What Scola will allow in the auto fraud trial, which starts Tuesday, are references Munday frequently made about his prowess as a pilot, driver and boat captain. Prosecutors say it's r...
Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'

Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'

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Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Pilot shortage that has dogged the U.S. Air Force has gotten worse as the service's top officials say the shortage has surged to about 2,000 airmen.In September, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Goldfein told attendees at the annual Air Crew Summit at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland that the service is "in a crisis" that could compromise its ability to defend the nation. According to Goldfein and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, it's gotten worse."Last summer, we were reporting to people that we were about 1,500 pilots short in the Air Force -- and we expected it to get worse," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters on Thursday. "Almost 2,000 pilots short of a force that has 20,000 pilots, so that's one in 10 that we're short."At the Air Crew Summit, Goldfein...
Lockheed test pilot reaches 100 hours in proposed 5th generation trainer

Lockheed test pilot reaches 100 hours in proposed 5th generation trainer

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that their test pilot, Lt. Col. Mark "Red" Ward, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, reached a new milestone by becoming the first pilot to reach 100 flight hours in the T-50A, Lockheed's advanced pilot training.The T-50A is aimed at training future pilots for 5th generation aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II."This has been a great opportunity to be involved in a project that is so important to the U.S. Air Force and the foundation for pilot training," Ward said. "It's a great plane to fly and will make an excellent trainer for generations of pilots to come."The T-50A is similar to flying the F-16, as well as the F-22 and F-35, as it "creates better pilots, in less time, for less cost by enabling student pilots to focus t...
US F-35 fighter jets grounded over pilot oxygen supplies

US F-35 fighter jets grounded over pilot oxygen supplies

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The US Air Force has grounded a fleet of F-35 fighter jets indefinitely over concerns over pilots' oxygen supplies, according to a spokesman. F-35 air operations were paused at an Arizona air base after pilots suffered symptoms resembling hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, Captain Mark Graff said. Lockheed Martin, which built the jet, said it still plans to show the plane at the Paris Air Show this month.Air Force officials said F-35 fighter jets at other bases were still in use. Luke Air Force Base, located northwest of Phoenix, cancelled local flying operations for its F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Friday after five incidents were reported in which pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.But they continued to be grounded on Monday as the Air Force investigated the issue with pilots, maint...