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The Air Force has two disparate options for how it could base and use a new light attack aircraft, depending on how many it chooses to buy at the end of the light attack experiment, the head of Air Combat Command planning said Friday.
—John A. Tirpak
Defense Secretary James Mattis’ directive that the Air Force achieve 80
percent mission capable rates on its F-16, F-22, and F-35 fighters
depends largely on the availability of parts, Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly,
USAF’s director of operations, said at an AFA Mitchell Institute event
Air Force and NATO’s joint pilot training wing is testing a new
training program, heavy on technologies such as virtual reality, in an
effort to increase the number of USAF and international pilots trained
as well as the overall quality of training.
In his first official speech as chairman of the Senate Armed
Services Committee, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) outlined his six priorities for
the committee moving forward.
—John A. Tirpak
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has officially entered Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, a major program milestone that, when successfully completed, will pave the way for full-rate production of the Lightning II, which is already operating with three US services and six foreign air forces.
USAF OC-135 observation aircraft conducted an “extraordinary” Open
Skies flight over Ukraine on Thursday, demonstrating the US commitment
to defending Ukraine and other European countries against Russian
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