New JSF Training Alternatives

The Air Force has expanded the potential beddown locations for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter joint/international schoolhouse operation from Eglin AFB, Fla., proper to area airfields within the broader Eglin reservation, so officials revealed during the public scoping...

The Law and an Inadequate Budget

In a new Heritage Foundation paper, Mackenzie Eaglen says that Congress should care about sustaining the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for several reasons, including the fact that it’s new Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act requires “competition...

All C-5Bs Have AMP

Lockheed Martin has delivered the last of the 50 C-5B aircraft that have received the Avionics Modernization Program upgrades, according to an Aug. 25 release. The company is continuing to upgrade C-5A models to complete all of the 108 mammoth...

WGS-2 Now Under STRATCOM

US Strategic Command has taken command and control responsibility for the Wideband Global SATCOM-2, the second new communications satellite that USAF placed in orbit in early April. Air Force Space Command’s 3rd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo., will...

17th AF Spearheads Nigerian Herk Fix

Officials of 17th Air Force set up a two-week trip for 12 Tennessee Air National Guard aircraft maintainers to assist the Nigerian Air Force by demonstrating how to repair one of its C-130 Hercules transports. Nigeria has eight Herks but...

Demo Shows Manned, Unmanned ISR Hook-up

Taking part in US Joint Forces Command’s Empire Challenge 09, Northrop Grumman demonstrated that crews aboard USAF E-8 Joint STARS ground surveillance aircraft could receive unmanned aerial vehicle sensor imagery, analyze it, and add it to the Global Command and...

Showing Off the New Stuff

Airmen at US Air Forces in Europe’s Air Ground Operations School recently spent a week familiarizing Estonian and Swedish forward air controllers with some of the new equipment and techniques available to conduct close air support sorties. The AGOS worked...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Aug. 23-24, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 53 65 118 10,182 CAS/Armed Recon 52 168 220 22,678 Airlift 279 279 30,985 Air refueling 111 111 11,059 Total 728 74,904 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...