McConnell KC-46 Crews Shaping the Future of Refueling

LE BOURGET, France?Despite extended delays and some continuing problems, the Air Force?s KC-46 operating base is now flying a steady stream of firsts and setting milestones.

Last week, the KC-46 made its international debut at the Paris Air Show. To mark the occasion, crews onboard the trans-Atlantic flight from McConnell AFB, Kan., to Ramstein AB, Germany, made filet mignon on board. On the way back this week, the KC-46 crews will mark the occasion by taking on space-available passengers for the first time in the Pegasus program.


Lockheed hypes F-35?s upgrade plan as interest in ?sixth-gen? fighters grows

LE BOURGET, Paris ? As European defense firms drum up publicity about the sixth-generation fighters they plan to build, Lockheed Martin executives promoted the F-35 as the proven fifth-gen option that could blur the lines with sixth-gen planes as it is upgraded into the 2020s and beyond.

?It?s a compliment to the F-35 that many countries are looking to replicate fifth gen and then extending that to sixth gen,? Michele Evans, Lockheed?s head of aeronautics, told Defense News at the Paris Air Show on June 19. ?I think it really does reflect on the value of what F-35 is bringing to the pilots and the battlespace. In terms of technology, we?re not going to let F-35 go static.?