Winds of Protest?

Northrop Grumman issued a statement Tuesday from Paul Meyer, who is leading its effort to capture the Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract, expressing the company’s concern that it is at a competitive disadvantage going into the new round of the...

One Boeing Tanker, So Far

Despite a published report Monday at the online journal DOD Buzz claiming that Boeing has opted to offer both a 767- and a 777-derived tanker for the Air Force’s KC-X program, no such decision has been made, a Boeing spokesman...

When the Time is Right

The US military will maintain U-2 surveillance aircraft on the Korean peninsula until there is no doubt that there are enough RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles in the Pacific region to take over the U-2’s missions, Army Gen. Walter...

Human Error Caused Fatal F-16 Crash

The pilot's failure to recognize his altitude during nighttime training mission while practicing low-altitude, high-angle strafing led to the crash of an F-16 on June 22 at the Utah Test and Training Range about 100 nautical miles southwest of Hill AFB, Utah, Air Combat Command announced Monday. The pilot, Capt. George Houghton, was killed upon impact, and his F-16, assigned to Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing, was destroyed, ACC said, citing the findings of its accident investigation board. The AIB determined that Houghton was “likely focused on visually positioning himself for an attack and was unaware of his low altitude.” There was no evidence that he attempted to recover from the diving approach on the target or that he attempted to eject. The AIB found that Houghton’s relative inexperience flying F-16s—he had 155.6 flight hours—contributed to the mishap. (ACC release) (AIB executive summary)

US Leaves Ecuadoran Base

The US military has vacated Forward Operating Location Manta at Eloy Alfaro AFB, Ecuador, and formally returned the installation to the control of the Ecuadoran military. According to press reports, the handover occurred on Sept. 18. The end of the...

We Could Sure Use You

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has initiated two voluntary recall to active duty programs for retirees and Reservists and expanded the number of eligible Air Force specialties for a third program to help minimize the service’s critical shortage of rated...

Celebrating Practical Flight

The Air Force, National Park Service, and National Aviation Heritage Alliance are sponsoring the flight of an authentic replica of the 1905 Wright Flyer III aircraft on Oct. 5 at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The event is to commemorate the 104th...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Sept. 26, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 26 26 52 12,104 CAS/Armed Recon 24 82 106 26,069 Airlift 157 157 35,535 Air refueling 52 52 12,870 Total 367 86,578 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...