Boeing Delivers First Two KC-46A Pegasus Tankers to U.S. Air Force

EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 25, 2019 – The first two Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46 Pegasus aircraft departed Everett’s Paine Field this morning for McConnell Air Force Base, where the 22nd Air Refueling Wing will be the first unit to have the world’s newest air refueling tankers.

McConnell, in Wichita, Kan., will receive two more tankers in the weeks ahead. Then Oklahoma’s Altus Air Force Base will receive four planes to support aircrew training.

The Air Force will soon begin evaluating the KC-46’s systems in operationally realistic scenarios, which is required before the aircraft can be used in combat. It will also continue validating the KC-46’s refueling capabilities, with aircraft including the B-2 bomber, C-5 cargo plane, and F-35 fighter. Prior testing involved the B-52 bomber, C-17 cargo plane, and F-15E and F/A-18 fighters, among others.

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Charles Ramey
KC-46 Tanker Program
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Source : Boeing WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 Final Four confirmed


Abu Dhabi: The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 final four line-up has been confirmed, with host nation United Arab Emirates joined by former winners Japan and Islamic Republic of Iran and first-time semi-finalists Qatar.

With the remaining teams all having proven their quality, the scene is now set for two mouth-watering semi-finals, with the winners to progress to the AFC Asian Cup Final at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1.

Who, when, where?


Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain – 18:00, January 28

With seven AFC Asian Cup titles between them, the first semi-final brings together two of the competition’s most successful ever sides.

Four-time champions Japan have been the competition’s dominant team in the modern era, lifting the trophy in 2000, 2004 and 2011 after breaking through for the maiden crown in 1992, while three-time winners Iran haven’t held the crown since 1976.

Quarter Finals: Vietnam vs Japan

With both sides yet to taste defeat so far in the UAE, something has to give in Al Ain, and football fans are already anticipating what looms as an instant classic between Carlos Queiroz’s Team Melli and Hajime Moriyasu’s Samurai Blue.

Despite their proud records in the AFC Asian Cup, the two sides have only met twice in the competition. They played out a scoreless draw in Doha in 1988, while a goal from a youthful Kazuyoshi Miura sealed a 1-0 win for Japan in Hiroshima four years later.

Quarter-final: China PR vs IR Iran


Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi – 18:00, January 29

Five straight wins, including three in a row against former champions, have rocketed Qatar to the final four for the first time in history, while Alberto Zaccheroni’s United Arab Emirates side continues to gather steam when it counts most.

Having beaten Korea Republic and Australia in their respective semi-finals, Qatar and United Arab Emirates are now potentially 180 minutes away from becoming Asian champions, a title neither has ever held.

Quarter-final: Korea Republic vs Qatar

Felix Sanchez’s Qatar side boast seven-goal tournament scoring leader Almoez Ali, while the Emiratis feature Ali Mabkhout, who won Golden Boot at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, and has aleady found the back of the net four times in this tournament.

The nations have previously met four times in the Continental Finals, winning twice each, with a Mabkhout-inspired United Arab Emirates prevailing 4-1 in their last meeting in this competition in Canberra four years ago.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 UAE 1-0 Australia

Al Ain: Australia’s defence of their AFC Asian Cup title came to an end on Friday evening as Ali Mabkhout’s second half goal earned tournament hosts the United Arab Emirates a 1-0 win over the Socceroos and set up a semi-final meeting with Qatar.

Mabkhout took advantage of an under-hit back pass midway through the second half to steal in behind the Australian defence and round Maty Ryan to register the only strike of the game.

Alberto Zaccheroni’s side will now take on Qatar with a place in the final at stake as the hosts moved one step closer to emulating their run to the deciding game when the tournament was last held in the UAE in 1996.

With Tom Rogic unavailable due to suspension, Graham Arnold went for a tactical switch that saw Australia start with Jamie Maclaren and Apostolos Giannou paired together in attack while Robbie Kruse and Chris Ikonomidis patrolled the flanks.

There were changes, too, for the hosts. Ismaeil Mattar made his first start of the tournament alongside Mabkhout as Zaccheroni also introduced Walid Abbas, Fares Juma, Majed Hassan and Mohamed Ahmad as he made five changes to the side that eventually saw off Kyrgyz Republic.


Zaccheroni’s alterations were the first to take effect as the Emiratis started brightly. With less than a minute on the clock, Ismail Al Hammadi controlled Ali Hassan’s ball into the area before forcing Ryan to palm the ball clear.

In a lively opening, Trent Sainsbury sent his looping header of Ikonomidis’ corner over the bar as both teams started with few inhibitions.

Ryan was on hand once more to deny the hosts as the clock ticked towards the 20 minute mark when Al Hammadi, again, threatened after stepping inside Sainsbury to fire off an effort that the Socceroos keeper pushed away.


Neither side was prepared to sit back in an open and entertaining first half, with Australia taking advantage of the space in midfield to dominate for periods without finding a way through the well-drilled Emirati defence.

With five minutes left in the half the Socceroos did find a way through as Giannou was presented with the time to set his sight on goal, but Khalid Eisa swatted that shot clear. At the other end, Ali Mabkhout missed the chance of the half, heading over from close range.


Australia ramped up the pressure in the second period as Degenek and Jackson Irvine both saw their headers from corners miss the target and Ikonomidis dragged his shot just wide. Giannou then had the ball in the net following the introduction of Mathew Leckie for Maclaren, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

There was to be no such intervention, though in the 68th minute when Mabkhout put the UAE ahead with their first opening of the second period, the Al Jazira forward alert enough to step in to intercept Degenek’s backpass before rounding Ryan to score.


Australia grew increasingly desperate as the clock ticked down, with Arnold throwing on Awer Mabil and Andrew Nabbout in an attempt to claw back an equaliser but the Socceroos came up short to end their reign as Asian champions and allow the UAE advance.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 Korea Republic 0-1 Qatar

Abu Dhabi: A superb second-half Abdelaziz Hatim goal proved the difference as Qatar beat Korea Republic 1-0 to claim a place in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals on Friday.

Hatim’s thunderous effort from distance settled a tense yet absorbing affair, one which sees Qatar head into their first-ever AFC Asian Cup semi-final in what is the nation’s tenth appearance in the competition.

By way of contrast, the Koreans exit the tournament by the slenderest of margins having failed to make amends for their defeat in the final of the 2015 edition in Australia.

Qatar will now meet either host nation the United Arab Emirates or Australia, who meet later on today, in the last four on Tuesday.

After a distinctly cautious start by both sides, Korea Republic slowly but surely began to gain a foothold and it was they who threatened first when Jung Woo-young fired well over from distance on 16 minutes.

Content to sit back and soak up the pressure, Qatar were nevertheless a threat going forward as first a fierce Hasan Al Haydos effort was blocked by a wall of red Korean shirts, and then the highly regarded Akram Afif brought a smart save out of goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu shortly after the half-hour mark.

Moments later, and in what proved to be the final genuine opportunity of the opening half, midfielder Hwang In-beom curled a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area after Qatar had failed to adequately deal with Lee Yong’s free-kick.


Qatar emerged for the second period clearly eager to take the game to their opponents, although it was Korea Republic who once again came closest to breaking the deadlock, this time Hwang Ui-jo controlling the ball superbly before bringing a fine save out of Qatar custodian Saad Al Sheeb.

With captain Son Heung-min a growing influence, Korea Republic continued to press, Lee Chung-yong missing a glorious chance at the far post after Al Sheeb had misjudged the flight of Kim Jin-su’s deep cross.

Tournament leading goalscorer Almoez Ali was to have his first sight of goal on 60 minutes when the livewire forward forced Kim Seung-gyu into another excellent stop as the Qataris remained a threat on the counter-attack.


Kim Jin-su then grazed the outside of an upright with a delightful free-kick, before Qatar took the lead in sensational fashion. Gathering possession some 25 yards from goal, Abdelaziz Hatim sent the ball rocketing past Kim Seung-gyu’s despairing dive and into the bottom corner.

Within seconds Hwang Ui-Jo had a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for offside, while Boualem Khoukhi’s spectacular overhead kick was expertly repelled by Kim Seung-gyu.

Late and intense Korea Republic pressure failed to find the equaliser they so desperately craved, leaving Qatar to progress amid scenes of jubilation.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 China PR 0-3 IR Iran

Abu Dhabi: A consummate performance by Sardar Azmoun laid the foundation for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 3-0 win over China PR as Team Melli eased into the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals on Thursday.

The livewire 24-year-old forward was in superb form throughout, setting up Mehdi Taremi for the Iranian opener and scoring himself to further underline his burgeoning reputation.

Azmoun’s excellence and Iran’s victory saw Carlos Queiroz’s charges make it five wins and as many clean sheets from their five matches at Asia’s premier event, and take a step nearer to claiming the nation’s first Continental title since 1976.

The Iranians are now set to face Japan – albeit minus Taremi who will be suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the competition – in the semi-finals on Monday.

The Iranians then spurned a glorious chance to double their advantage when Mohammad Kanani found Taremi from captain Ashkan Dejagah’s free-kick only to see the Al Gharafa star somehow miss the target from only three yards.

With Omid Ebrahimi pulling the strings to great effect in midfield, Iran’s second was, however, not long in coming, as another long ball caught saw Azmoun out-muscle Liu Yiming before the 24-year-old rounded goalkeeper Yan Junling to score shortly after the half-hour mark.

To their credit, two-time runners-up China held firm in the wake of Azmoun’s strike to head into the interval with a glimmer of hope following what had been an exhilarating first half display by their opponents.

In truth, the pattern of play changed little after the break as Taremi and Kanani looped headers narrowly over the bar, before Alireza Jahanbakhsh curled an effort narrowly wide of Yan’s left-hand upright on 58 minutes.

With China struggling to find a way back into the game, Yan then produced a fine stop to deny Ehsan Hajisafi as Iran threatened to add a third and put the result beyond doubt.

Substitute Yu Dabao missed from close-range with 10 minutes remaining to realistically end Chinese hopes of a revival, leaving Azmoun to depart the scene to a standing ovation in the final moments and Karim Ansarifard to net another for Iran after yet another defensive error.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 Vietnam 0-1 Japan

Ritsu Doan-Japan-Goal

Dubai: Japan advanced to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals after defeating Vietnam 1-0 in an absorbing last eight tie that saw the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) twice being called into action.

Introduced from the quarter-final stage, VAR first denied and then benefited Japan as the Samurai Blue stayed on track for a record-extending fifth AFC Asian Cup title.

VAR was first called into play in the 24th minute when Maya Yoshida’s goal was ruled out for a handball and again in the 56th minute when Vietnam’s Bùi Tien Dung was ultimately judged to have brought down Ritsu Doan.

Doan converted the spot-kick and Japan will face the winners of Tuesday’s later last eight tie between Islamic Republic of Iran and China PR in Monday’s semi-final.

Japan, having opted for a defensive approach in their Round of 16 tie against Saudi Arabia, were back at their attacking best from the start as they pressed high to keep Vietnam in their half.

The lion’s share of possession, however, didn’t translate into clear openings for Hajime Moriyasu’s side as a disciplined Vietnamese backline kept the Samurai Blue at bay.


Koya Kitagawa’s pass in the 23rd minute gave Genki Haraguchi a sight at goal but before he could unleash a strike, Vietnam defender Do Duy Manh slid in to send the ball out of play.

The resultant corner saw Haraguchi send in a curler that found a surging captain Yoshida, who headed the ball into the back of the net.


However, the Video Assistant Referee was called into action for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup and much to Vietnam’s relief, referee Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed of UAE disallowed the goal as Yoshida’s header had deflected off his arm.

A buoyant Vietnam then took the game to Japan, with Nguyen Công Phuong ending a surging run by just sending the ball wide.

With Vietnam in the ascendancy, the Japanese defence came under pressure and goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda was forced into making his first save of the game as Phan Van Duc came close in the 37th minute strike, before being called into action again a minute later to deny another close-range attempt from the Song Lam Nghe An midfielder.

Dang Van Lâm ensured his side went into the break level with a superb save after Ritsu Doan found Takumi Minamino inside the box, only to see the Vietnam goalkeeper stretch out a hand to send the ball out of play.


Japan kept their foot on the pedal in the second half and their slick passing and penetrative runs had Vietnam defending desperately.

One such move saw the surging Doan’s run blocked by Bui and referee Mohammed, after referring to the VAR, awarded a penalty which the Japanese midfielder converted in the 57th minute.


Having taken the lead, Japan kept a stranglehold on possession as Vietnam hardly got a touch of the ball.

One rare Vietnam foray upfront saw substitute Nguyen Phong Hong Duy coming close in the 73rd minute as his low drive missed the upright by mere inches.

That was to be it for the Southeast Asians as their fairytale run came to an end while for Japan, a fifth AFC Asian Cup title remains in sight.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE