Extension Chord

No decision has been made about whether to extend the May 10 deadline for industry to turn in proposals to win the Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff, said Tuesday during an Air Force Association-sponsored...

Move It

The Air Force has pushed hard to move cargo for the Afghanistan troop surge, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Tuesday. Speaking at an Air Force Association-sponsored Air Force Breakfast Series presentation in Arlington, Va., Schwartz said that USAF...

Fighter Dump

The Air Force “will deliver” a spate of reports to Congress by Thursday’s April 1 deadline detailing what it will do to keep its fighter force relevant while the F-35 matures, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Tuesday. USAF...

STARTing Up

The Obama Administration intends to submit the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia to the Senate for its consent “in the late spring” and to seek the agreement’s ratification “by the end of the year,” Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of...

Pilot Error Doomed Predator

Air Combat Command announced Monday that operator error caused the loss of an MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft flying out of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009. ACC's accident investigation board determined that "channelized attention"—the lack of comprehensive situational awareness—by two Predator operators during the handover of the aircraft's control between the pilot in the war theater and the pilot back in the US led to the MQ-1 crashing in rugged Afghan mountainous terrain and being destroyed on impact. The Predator was carrying one Hellfire missile. The total loss is valued at approximately $3.8 million, according to ACC. (Langley release) (AIB executive summary)

New Fuel Blend Debuts

An A-10C ground-attack aircraft on March 25 became the first aircraft to fly running on a new 50-50 blend of traditional JP-8 fuel and a biomass-derived hydrotreated renewable jet fuel during a test sortie from Eglin AFB, Fla. All mission...

Going 3-D

The aircrew of a C-17 transport assigned to the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, on March 19 completed the first improved container delivery system, or ICDS, airdrop using new three-dimensional weather technology that improves delivery accuracy. “We’ve done ICDS...

New Reserve Group for F-15Es

Air Force Reserve Command has stood up the 414th Fighter Group at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., to work with the active duty 4th Fighter Wing in operating the wing’s F-15E fighters under USAF’s continuing Total Force Initiative. By September 2011,...

Airman Receives Bronze Star

Special Agent Bradley Maxwell, superintendent of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ Det. 301 at Scott AFB, Ill., recently received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during a six-month deployment to Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq. His actions...

Hit the Books

RAF Lakenheath, Britain, home to the 48th Fighter Wing, recently opened the first national testing center in that nation, allowing airmen to continue their education while deployed there. The center, which is administered by the University of Maryland University College,...

Air Sorties from SWA 032610

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, March 26, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 26 43 69 5,062 CAS/Armed Recon 18 70 88 7,681 Airlift 197 197 14,039 Air refueling 48 48 3,538 Rescue 29 29 609 Total...