What’s Plan B?

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) bluntly stated during his air and land forces panel hearing last week that it’s “quite possible” the F-35 delivery schedule “will slip again” and “even more possible” program cost will go higher, forcing the Pentagon to...

In the Crosshairs, Again

According to the chairman of the House Armed Services air and land forces panel, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Congress plans to keep tabs on the Air Force as it works through tactical airlift issues, namely its hotly contested plan to...

About the C-27J Requirement

Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard director, said the next C-27J candidate bases list should be out “shortly.” That list will cover potential sites for the last 14 of the current 38-aircraft program of record; the National Guard Bureau...

Aircraft Basing Announcements

Late Friday USAF announced plans related to basing for C-17, C-27J, and MC-12W aircraft. Additional C-17 candidate bases are Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport at Martinsburg; Memphis International Airport, Tenn.; and Stewart International Airport, N.Y.—all must undergo an environmental impact...

Potential New RPA Ground Station Sites

On Friday, in addition to several aircraft basing announcements (see above), USAF issued a candidate list to host MQ-1 and MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft ground control stations: Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Langley AFB, Va.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Whiteman AFB,...

Friday Postings

Daily Report posted items Friday on Thursday’s two launches: 1) the Boeing-built reusable X-37B orbital test vehicle aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V in its trimmed down 501 configuration (see X-37B Boosted into Space); and 2) first launch of...

C-17 Sets Payload Extraction Record

The 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., on April 14 set a record for the heaviest single payload extracted out of a C-17 during flight, according to an April 21 release. The payload was a 77,000-pound jumbo drop...

Lorenz to Receive Enlisted Honor

The enlisted airmen of Air Education and Training Command plan to induct Gen. Stephen Lorenz, AETC commander, into the Order of the Sword during a July 16 ceremony at Lackland AFB, Tex. CMSgt. Robert Tappana, AETC command chief master sergeant,...

WWII MIA Airman Identified

The remains of an airmen listed as missing in action from World War II have been identified as those of TSgt. Walter A. McClellan, according to a DOD POW/Missing Personnel Office April 22 release. McClellan was a gunner on a...

Air Sorties in SWA 041910

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, April 19, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 29 35 64 6,676 CAS/Armed Recon 22 83 105 10,074 Airlift 171 171 18,496 Air refueling 49 49 4,615 Rescue 28 28 1,370 Total...