A B-1B bomber was damaged March 7 during a ground mishap at Andersen AFB, Guam, but there were no injuries, Air Combat Command spokesman Maj. Tom Crosson tells the Daily Report. The B-1B had stopped on the island while transiting home to Ellsworth AFB, S.D., from the Singapore Air Show, Crosson said. The bomber had taken off from Anderson for home, but then returned shortly thereafter after the aircrew declared an in-flight emergency, he said. Upon landing, the aircraft taxied to the designated spot off of the runway to be met by emergency response vehicles. The aircraft stopped there, but then unexpectedly began to move again, rolling into two emergency vehicles, causing the damage, Crosson said. He did not know the extent of damage to the aircraft as information was still trickling in from the scene, but reiterated that neither aircrew nor first responders suffered injuries. Guam TV news station KUAM News reported that the incident occurred at around noon local time. This is the second incident involving a bomber at Guam in the past two weeks. On Feb. 23, a B-2A stealth bomber crashed after takeoff from Andersen as a four-ship pack of B-2s was heading home to Whiteman, AFB, Mo., after a four-month deployment to the island. They were there as part of the continual bomber presence that the US maintains in the region on a rotational basis to dissuade aggression. Replacing them is a unit of B-52Hs that arrived in late February and will be there for the next four months.
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.