Flight training has commenced as part of the C-21A instructor pilot course at Scott AFB, Ill., for the first time since the base’s 458th Airlift Squadron regained the C-21 training mission. The 458th AS earlier this year assumed responsibility for the training from the 45th AS at Kessler AFB, Miss. The Scott unit also conducts normal operational airlift missions with its C-21s, which are militarized Lear business transports. The first course flight took place on July 6. (Scott photo caption by SSgt. Brian J. Valencia)
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.