Gen. Paul Hester, head of Pacific Air Forces, has invited delegations from China to visit and observe various exercises in the Pacific in recent months, particularly one on Guam—and they have accepted every one. However, Hester told Air Force Magazine during an interview Sept. 26 at AFA’s Air & Space Conference in Washington, that there has not yet been a reciprocal invitation to observe exercises or visit air facilities in mainland China. The US was invited to observe joint Sino-Russian exercises in Russia, and the US sent “three lieutenant colonels” to those, he noted, adding that progress in engaging his counterparts in China have been “slow, plodding.”
May 26, 2022
More than two and a half years after the Air Force finished its first round of re-winging efforts for the A-10, Boeing started delivering new wing sets to the service earlier this month, the company announced May 25.