Still on Fire

The Air Force’s fleet of high-flying U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft has proved to be such an invaluable tool in fighting the counterinsurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq that there is no rush to retire these venerable Cold War platforms until...

NPR Delivery Slips

The Obama Administration will not deliver the ongoing nuclear posture review to Congress until March, rather than February, the most recent target date. So reported The Cable, an online news service of Foreign Policy Magazine, on Tuesday, saying defense officials...

For Families of the Fallen

The Air Force on Wednesday opened a new center on the grounds of Dover AFB, Del., for families of fallen warfighters who travel to the base to witness the return of their loved ones’ remains. Dover hosts the sole US...

Instant Mobility Force

In a first-of-its-scale Total Force exercise last month at Travis AFB, Calif., airmen of the 60th Air Mobility Wing and Air Force Reserve Command’s 349th AMW successfully conducted a mass launch of 11 aircraft within 15 minutes. Dubbed Operation Team...

Giving Them a Lift

Airmen of the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group’s aircraft maintenance section at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, say the Afghan National Army Air Corps soldiers whom they are mentoring have come a long way in the past 20 months in their capacity...

Making the Transition

Pratt & Whitney says it has delivered the final F135 test engine in the configuration designed for USAF’s F-35A and Navy F-35C variants and is poised to begin deliveries later this month of the production-version of this engine. Warren Boley,...

UAE Orders C-17s

Boeing announced Wednesday a contract signing to supply the UAE with six C-17 transports by 2012. Under the contract terms, the UAE will take delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and two the following year. Financial terms were not disclosed....

Keep Swinging

Officials at Travis AFB, Calif., have shelved plans for now to solicit ideas to develop a 19-megawatt solar energy project on the base’s 205-acre Cypress Lakes Golf Course. “The business case for the project was strong, but recreation facilities like...

Air Sorties from SWA 010710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Dec. 31, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 30 33 63 17,550 CAS/Armed Recon 16 62 78 35,306 Airlift 133 133 49,705 Air refueling 37 37 17,156 Total 311 119,717 OIF=Operation Iraqi...