On May 20th, an Air Force KC-10 aerial refueling tanker performed an emergency abort during take-off at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst after the aircraft experienced a fire, smoke, or fumes incident, according to Military.com. Once the aircraft came to a halt, the crew performed emergency egress procedures to evacuate the stricken aircraft, only to discover that both emergency slides had failed to properly deploy, stranding them until firefighters could extract them via ladder truck.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton
The Marine Corps made history yesterday, when 2nd Lt. Lillian Polatchek became the first female Marine to graduate from the Army’s Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course. Not only is Polatchek a trailblazer for being the service’s first female tank officer — she also graduated at the top of her class.
A multi-billion dollar next-generation aerial tanker program managed at Wright-Patterson has completed mid-air refueling tests and awaits the Pentagon’s approval to buy the first batch of aircraft, according to the Air Force.