The 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., is conducting flight tests with seven C-17s to see how well Globemaster III pilots can fly their aircraft in proximity to other C-17s using the airplane’s newly modified formation flight system. This equipment is meant to enable C-17 pilots to maintain a formation with other C-17s at the same altitude and distance in any weather condition. Tests are scheduled to continue this week, building upon a Sept. 14 drill. The test unit is using three C-17s that flew in from JB Charleston, S.C., three from JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., as well as one C-17 assigned to Edwards. Kenji Thuloweit, Edwards’ spokesman, told the Daily Report Monday that the FSS modifications are part of the C-17’s Block 17 upgrade. (Includes Edwards report by Kenji Thuloweit)
May 23, 2022
The Department of the Air Force announced the retirements of several key leaders within the Air Force and Space Force on May 23, while also unveiling more than a dozen new assignments for current or future one-star generals.