Daily Report

May 22, 2015

No Plan B Yet on F-35 Maintainers

The Air Force still doesn’t know where it will find some 800 maintainers it needs for the F-35 fighter, service F-35 integration chief Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian said Thursday. Speaking at an AFA Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event in...

And No Fix On Fifth Gen Comms

Not only hasn’t the Air Force solved the problem of how to get its fifth-generation F-22s and F-35s talking to each other, it still hasn’t figured out whose job it is to fix the problem, service F-35 integration director Maj....

The Bumpy Path to F-35 IOC

The Air Force is holding to its Aug. 1, 2016, initial operational capability date for the F-35A, but this date should be seen as merely a “pit stop” on the way to a more robust capability, Air Force F-35 integration...

Features Becomes Upgrades

Some capabilities planned for the F-35 Block 3F—the planned all-up configuration for all three services flying variants of the fighter—will migrate to the Block 4 upgrade, Air Force F-35 integration director Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian explained Thursday. Most of the...

Boneyard Boss Relieved of Command

Col. Margaret Romero, commander of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., was relieved of command “due to a loss of confidence” in her “ability to effectively lead the organization,” according to an Air Force statement....

USAF Releases 20-Year Strategic Plan

The Air Force released the unclassified sections of its 20-year strategic master plan, which aims to outline the practical applications of the 30-year strategy published last year. “We must be more flexible in our posture at home and overseas, …...

Fighter Aces Receive Congressional Gold

Congress bestowed its highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, upon the 1,447 American fighter aces on May 20 for their “heroic service to the United States throughout the history of aviation warfare,” according to a statement from House Speaker...

China Exercises Bombers Over Miyako Strait

H-6K bombers with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force carried out an exercise over the Miyako Strait for the first time on May 21, according to PLA officials and the Xinhua state news wire. The exercise, which the PLA said...

USAF Awards Contract Mod for Eight More MQ-9s

As the Air Force attempts to rebalance its remotely piloted aircraft force structure, it continues to buy more aircraft for the booming mission. On May 20, USAF announced a $72 million contract modification award to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for...

Winnefeld Addresses Missile Defense Misconceptions

Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined three common misconceptions regarding ballistic missile defense during a recent speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The first, “and most obvious,” he...

Speckled Trout Shuffle

The 412th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., officially inactivated in a ceremony there earlier this month, bringing an end to the unit’s combined senior leader airlift and test mission, officials announced. The squadron’s single modified KC-135 “Speckled Trout”...