Daily Report

Dec. 15, 2016

Thunderbird Felled by Sticky Button

The Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team F-16 that crashed in Colorado on June 2—minutes after a flyby of the Air Force Academy graduation, attended by President Obama—was done in by a stuck button on the throttle, the service announced Wednesday. Normally...

Iraqi Forces Have Claimed a Quarter of Mosul

Iraqi forces have retaken about a quarter of the ISIS-held city of Mosul, an approach that is moving slowly because of a “360 degree” threat from the group, including car bombs and tunnels. US Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander...

Most Wonderful Drop

Airframe: A1C Alejandra Vargas, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules loadmaster, pushes a bundle during Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen AFB, Guam, Dec. 5, 2016. Australian and Japanese aircrews joined US? airmen to execute the humanitarian aid/disaster relief training event where...

US War Manual Clarifies Rules on Human Shields

A new version of the Defense Department’s Law of War Manual, released Wednesday, clarifies protections for civilians used as human shields on the battlefield. The document includes new language requiring that, in targeting enemy combatants, “feasible precautions must be taken...

Offutt Goes Electronic

Pilots and navigators at Offutt AFB, Neb., are replacing their traditional flight bags with iPads. Instead of carrying around as much as 250 pounds of paper manuals with detailed safety procedures and operating instructions, Offutt airmen will now have electronic...

Seymour Johnson Strike Eagles Get New Radars

The Strike Eagles of the 4th Fighter Wing are about to get better eyes and ears. Airmen at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., and Boeing employees earlier this fall began work on the first F-15E at the base to receive the...