The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas lawmakers who said earlier this year that the Air National Guard at McConnell AFB, Kan., was in line to get a squadron of T-38s to perform a fighter training mission now say the Air Force has put the move under study. ANG’s 184th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell is slated to lose its KC-135 tankers to another Kansas ANG unit under BRAC 2005. Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R) are pursuing other options, says the newspaper.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.