Daily Report

Dec. 4, 2007

More Raptors Coming?

The continued grounding of the majority of the F-15 fleet has caused defense officials to reconsider limiting the purchase of new F-22A Raptors to just 183. Jim Wolf of Reuters got an unnamed “senior Defense Department official” to confirm that...

Brass Tacks

In the December issue of Air Force Magazine, Editor in Chief Robert Dudney addresses the brewing roles and missions debate, declaring: “It is unseemly to pretend the other services aren’t pushing beyond their traditional roles.” There are two issues in...

A Falcon for an Eagle

The Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing has picked up the air defense alert mission for the northeast, replacing the Massachusetts ANG’s 102nd Fighter Wing earlier than expected because of the grounding of the F-15 fleet, reports the Burlington...

BASIC is In

A new spy satellite program, dubbed BASIC, is in the offing and will be “significantly less ambitious” than the Future Imagery Architecture program cancelled two years ago, reports Associated Press. Details of the National Reconnaissance Office program are classified, but...

J Model Undergoes Radar Tests

Test personnel at Edwards AFB, Calif., have been testing the latest in radar warning receivers, the ALR-56M on the C-130J, to determine whether fixes to earlier problems are sufficient, said Lt. Col. David Coppler, commander of the 772nd Test Squadron....

The New Virus Persists at Lackland

The center for Air Force basic training is still reporting a significant number of recruits with adenovirus serotype 14, but the number has come down from earlier this year, reports the San Antonio Express-News. The new strain killed one airman,...

Altitude Error Caused Mid-air

An accident investigation board reviewing the mid-air collision of an F-15C with an F-16 near Eielson AFB, Alaska on June 11 has concluded the pilot of the F-15 wasn’t paying attention to his altitude. The F-15 pilot from the 1st...

Galileo Gets EU OK:

European Union ministers have voted to pursue the Galileo satellite navigation system, approving a design framework and funding after a five-year delay, reports the Financial Times. A European Commission official told the newspaper that Galileo would give Europe “strategic independence,”...

Bronze Stars for 12

The Air Force has awarded the Bronze Star medal to 12 airmen deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 70th Medium Truck Detachment in Iraq. The detachment comprises some 160 airmen who drove more than 5.5 million miles on 220...

Memories of “Sun Run”:

Some of the airmen involved in Operation Sun Run 50 years ago gathered at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, last week to commemorate the event. On Nov. 27, 1957, six pilots flew RF-101C from Los Angeles, setting three new transcontinental speed records. One of the participating aircraft, the one named Cin Min for the pilot's two daughters, is on display at the museum. (Report by Sarah Parke.)

Thieves Hit Historic Crash Site:

The Maine Historic Archeological Sites inventory list includes the crash site of a B-52 that went down on Jan. 24, 1963 on Elephant Mountain, but that hasn’t stopped people from stealing pieces of the wreckage, reports the Bangor Daily News....

Air Sorties in the Global War on Terrorism

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2007 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total ISR 52 16 68 CAS/Armed Recon 84 77 161 Airlift 276 276 Air refueling 75 75 Total 136 93 351 580 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance Airlift includes...