An HH-60 Pave Hawk from Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, sits on a ramp at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Sept. 27, 2021. The arrival of the retired aircraft has been 30 years in the making as a request was submitted in April 1991 to have the HH-60 brought to Sheppard to be used as a ground instructional training aircraft for 363rd Training Squadron armament and munitions Airmen in Training. The aircraft could also be used by other technical training programs here. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Logan Thomas)

1A - Aircrew Operations


MH-139 Grey Wolf

AFOTEC published a series of periodic reports based on their observations and participation in the test program.  These periodic reports highlighted several areas of risk in the system design, sparking a recommendation to develop an event-driven schedule that supports adequate test and evaluation program that informs acquisitions and operational decisions.

KC-46A Pegasus

Initial air refueling (AR) testing in 2016 revealed boom structural limits, sparking the redesign of the boom control system.  As of October 2020, AFOTEC completed 63 percent of all planned IOT&E test points and the Cyber Vulnerability Penetration Assessment.

The Stars and Stripes of the American flag are on display in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon as the pilot prepares to refueling from a KC-10 Extender from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 25, 2021. The mission, on Christmas Day, was part of the U.S. Air Force’s continued support of partners and allies in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dan Heaton)

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