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After 17 years of upgrades, the Air Force’s biggest plane is ready to stay in the air for decades

Lockheed Martin says it has delivered the last of 52 upgraded C-5M Super Galaxy transport planes to the aircraft, after carrying out a number of modifications that are supposed to keep the plane flying until the 2040s.

Military researchers think spider silk may keep US troops lighter and cooler in combat

Artificial spider silk, while a bit pricey, could improve existing body armor and other materials, like tents and parachutes, by adding flexibility and better regulating temperatures.
Two US soldiers guard an F-117 Stealth fighter at Spangdahlem airbase, southwest of Bonn, Germany April 4, 1999.

The Air Force retired its first stealth aircraft more than a decade ago, but it’s still lurking in the skies over the US

The F-117 Nighthawk came into service in the early 1980s as the Air Force's first stealth aircraft and left service officially in 2008, but in the years since, Nighthawks have been spotted in the skies.
US Air Force airmen during the remote "R" device presentation ceremony at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, July 11, 2018.

The Air Force just gave its first award to pilots who were nowhere near the battlefield

The Pentagon is relying more and more on drones and unmanned aircraft to hunt terrorists and other adveraries, and it just awarded its first devices specifically designated for pilots and aircrews operating far from the battlefield.
A KC-46A Pegasus tanker takes off from Boeing Field, Seattle, June 4, 2018.

The Air Force says the struggling KC-46 tanker program has completed the final tests needed for delivery

The KC-46 tanker program has been underway for years, but it has hit numerous delays and setbacks. The first one is now expected to arrive by October.
Capt. Michael Slotten climbs into an F-35 Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, July 7, 2017.

The Air Force says it’s making progress on fixing its pilots shortage, but some units are still taking ‘a leap into the unknown’

The Air Force has struggled with getting enough student pilots through the long training pipeline. First it was the lack of instructor pilots, and then complicated by a month long stand-down on training aircraft after frightening incidents that deprived fliers of oxygen.
Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000, or Air Force One, during its final flight, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio, May 20, 1998.

Step aboard the SAM 26000 — the first jet-powered aircraft ever built for the president of the United States

In 1962, the first jet-powered aircraft built specifically to carry the US president arrived. The SAM 26000 would go on to carry eight presidents, numerous dignitaries, and countless diplomats during its 36 years in service.
Aircrew members do preflight checks on a B-1B Lancer bomber as part of an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, August 13, 2014.

The Air Force has picked a base to test the military’s new long-range anti-ship missile

The Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile is being developed as a standoff weapon for the Navy and Air Force, and Global Strike Command just cleared it for operational testing for the first time.
A US Special Forces Soldier, attached to Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, engages the enemy in the Achin district of Nangahar province, Afghanistan, October 2, 2016.

The US is on pace to bomb Afghanistan more than ever this year, but the nominee to be US commander there ‘can’t guarantee … an end d...

The US continues to increase its activity in Afghanistan, but the nominee to be the next US commander there says there's no end date in sight for the 17-year war.
A KC-46 Pegasus takes its first flight at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, September 25, 2015.

Boeing and the Air Force have reached an agreement on the long-delayed KC-46 tanker, but Congress is already eyeing the next thing

The Air Force wants to buy 179 Boeing's KC-46 tankers to begin replacing its aging KC-10 and KC-135 tankers, but the plane maker has struggled to get the Pegasus ready to operate.