F-35 Basing Short List

The Air Force on Thursday issued its list of 11 candidate bases that are the potential beddown locations for the first 250 to 300 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that are scheduled to enter its inventory by 2017. On the short...

End of the Road

With the number of new fixed-wing military aircraft projects dwindling down to single digits, the US is on the verge of entering unchartered, risky territory next decade in its defense aerospace sector, says Rebecca Grant, director of the Mitchell Institute...

Raptors to Middle East

It turns out that the press reports from early October were correct. The F-22 will indeed be making its debut appearance in the Middle East next month by performing in the Dubai Air Show in the United Arab Emirates. In a release Thursday, Air Forces Central said the F-22 is “scheduled to perform an aerial demonstration” at the show, which runs Nov. 15-19. Normally the F-22 demonstration team, based at Langley AFB, Va., sends two Raptors to an air show and each performs over the course of the show, 1st Fighter Wing spokeswoman 1st Lt. Georganne Schultz told the Daily Report Thursday. AFCENT said a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet is also scheduled to perform at Dubai, and there will be static displays of a C-130, E-3 AWACS, F-15, MQ-1 Predator, Navy E-2C and F/A-18E/F, and an Army Shadow remotely piloted vehicle.

The Big 190

The Air Force took delivery of its 190th production C-17 on Wednesday and then flew it to its new home at Charleston AFB, S.C., where it joined Air Force Reserve Command’s 315th Airlift Wing. Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, AFRC boss,...

More Eyes on the Prize

Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that it has created three new positions within its F-35 leadership hierarchy to ensure that the next-generation fighter is successfully introduced into the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy inventories and reaches initial operations on schedule...

Building Block

Boeing announced Thursday that it has received an $84 million contract from the Air Force to perform additional software upgrades of the B-1B bomber’s avionics. The new deal authorizes the company to commence work on sustainment block 16. “This major...

Right on Course

Air Force officials on Oct. 26 formally turned over a new a suite of navigational aids installed at Kirkuk AB, Iraq, to the Iraqi air force. This state-of-the-art digital airport surveillance system, which replaces aging and often-malfunctioning equipment at Kirkuk,...

Back Home, at Last

The remains of Sgt. Robert Stinson, who died in September 1944 at age 23 when his B-24 Liberator bomber was shot down in the Western Pacific, were returned to his family on Wednesday, ending 65 years of separation. The Sun...

Air Sorties from SWA 10-24-09

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Oct. 24, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 21 29 50 13,707 CAS/Armed Recon 18 67 85 28,914 Airlift 159 159 39,678 Air refueling 42 42 14,275 Total 336 96,574 OIF=Operation Iraqi...