Do We Have Liftoff?

The Air Force has issued a request for information from industry on the in-production helicopter designs that are well-suited to be the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform, the much-desired replacement to the service’s Vietnam War-era UH-1N Huey helicopters. Those Hueys...

Bigger, Broader

Air Force Global Strike Command, charged to oversee USAF’s nuclear forces, plans to expand “Bomb Comp,” the newly revitalized bomber competition held by Eighth Air Force, into a broader test of readiness and skill across all of the service’s nuclear...

Keep’em Coming

The number of new C-130J transports delivered to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein AB, Germany, now stands at 10, with the arrival of two more airframes in December. Brig. Gen. Michael Callan, vice commander of 17th Air Force (Air...

Coming into View

The Air Force has announced the successful completion of critical design reviews for the sensor payloads that will reside on the next batch of Space Based Infrared Sensor satellites, which are designed to warn of ballistic missile launches. This group encompasses the payloads for the next two geosynchronous satellites in the SBIRS series, GEO-3, and GEO-4, and the payloads dubbed HEO-3 and HEO-4 that will reside on classified intelligence spacecraft. Members of the Air Force's SBIRS Wing at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., along with officials from Lockheed Martin's industry team, carried out the reviews. “Payload CDR culminates 21 months of effort replacing obsolete parts and implementing lessons learned from our first two GEO and HEO payloads,” said Col. Scott Larrimore, SBIRS Space Group commander, in the service's Dec. 29 release. HEO-1 and HEO-2 are already on orbit. GEO-1 is slated for launch in 2011, followed by GEO-2.

Remembering Linebacker II

Airmen and local leaders gathered at Andersen AFB, Guam, in mid-December to commemorate Linebacker II, the intense 11-day bombing campaign of North Vietnam in December 1972 credited with bringing the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table and leading to...

Sign of Commitment

The Britain Ministry of Defence will purchase a third F-35B test aircraft, Lockheed Martin, the strike fighter’s manufacturer, has announced. This aircraft, which Lockheed will assemble during Lot 4 production, will support the F-35 program’s upcoming operational test and evaluation...

Top Female Jock

MSgt. Karrie Warren, security and requirements supervisor of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall AFB, Fla., is the Air Force’s 2009 female athlete of the year. The 32-year-old airman was recognized for her talent on the softball...

Air Sorties from SWA 123009

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Dec. 21, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 28 31 59 16,960 CAS/Armed Recon 22 88 110 34,337 Airlift 159 159 48,171 Air refueling 40 40 16,752 Total 368 116,220 OIF=Operation Iraqi...