Qualifying First Iraqi Aircrew Leads to MacKay Trophy: Five hand-picked USAF airmen who trained and flew the initial qualifying flight with the first Iraqi Air Force on an operational mission will receive the MacKay Trophy for 2005. The US airmen comprising “Train 60” who made the historic flight in an IAF C-130E on Feb. 13, 2005, are: Maj. Michael Frame, instructor pilot, Pope AFB, N.C.; Maj. Brian Lewis, IP, Pope; SMSgt. John Spillane, instructor loadmaster, Little Rock AFB, Ark.; MSgt. Thomas Lee, instructor flight engineer, Ramstein AB, Germany; and MSgt. Corey Turner, instructor loadmaster, Dyess AFB, Tex. The airmen will receive their award from Gen. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff, in November.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.