A Marine Corps F/A-18C pilot died Thursday night when the
aircraft crashed during a training mission near Marine Corps Air Ground Combat
Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.
The slow rate of F-35 buys hinders aviation readiness,
the Marine Corps’ aviation boss and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David
Deptula said Friday.
Echoing the Marine Corps aviation leader’s concerns about his service’s readiness crisis, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula reported Friday that “over 50 percent of our Air Force can’t fly because of lack of maintenance.”
The Marine Corps is designated the force in readiness
by Congress, but after 15 years of “hard fighting,” aging aircraft and a
shortage of spare parts, “the numbers of aircraft in an up status is
not what it needs to be,” Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Jon
Davis said Friday.
Air Frame: Three F-22 Raptors from the
Hawaii Air National Guard’s 199th Fighter Squadron and the Active
Duty’s 19th Fighter Squadron await refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker—operated by the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker AFB, Okla.—over JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 26, 2016.
The US government delivered 24 RQ-11B unmanned aircraft systems to the Ukrainian government Wednesday.
US Central Command found six airstrikes in Iraq and
Syria resulted in the deaths of 14 civilians, according to the results
of several civilian casualty investigations announced this week.
Lancers are headed to Guam for the first time in 10
years, as US Pacific Command replaces the nuclear-capable B-52s with
conventional B-1s as part of the continuous bomber presence mission.
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