Operation Everest Yields New Heights

Members of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron have set a new airdrop mark for a C-17 unit. Over the course of a week, these airmen dropped nearly 1.2 million pounds of supplies to 22 different drop zones in Southwest Asia...

The New Operational Domain

The Defense Department must recognize that cyberspace is the newest “operational domain” before it can fully prepare for the “uncertain future” in that realm, said Zachary Lemnios, director of defense research and engineering. However, that’s no simple feat given that...

US Mission in Iraq Changing

On Sept. 1, US military forces in Iraq will formally switch from combat operations to an advise-and-assist role. Along with that, Operation Iraqi Freedom will end and the new civilian-led Operation New Dawn will begin. During New Dawn, US personnel...

WGS-7 Contract Let

Boeing will begin production of the seventh Wideband Global Satcom spacecraft, WGS-7, under a $182 million contract that the Air Force announced Thursday. These funds will cover “the necessary items” to begin the satellite’s manufacture, according to USAF’s contract announcement,...

Wing Puts Intelligence System Under the Microscope

Sentinel Focus 10B, the next evaluation of the Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground System, begins Sunday and runs for five days. This event marks the third time that the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing at Langley AFB, Va., will...

‘Mini Me’ Version of Airborne Laser?

The Airborne Laser Test Bed is “a remarkable physics experiment, but operationally, it’s a challenge,” says the Pentagon’s top scientist. Because the 747-based ALTB is far too big and complex to be operationally viable, the Defense Department is pursuing smaller-sized...

C-130 AMP Displays Cleared for Primary Role

Pilots flying in the new cockpit that Boeing has designed for legacy C-130H transports may now use the cockpit’s head-up display and head-down primary flight display as their primary flight reference, the company announced Thursday. This comes after the displays’...

F-16 Pilot Reaches 4,000 Flying Hours

Lt. Col. Douglas Schaare, an F-16 pilot from Shaw AFB, S.C., this month became just the 34th Viper pilot to amass 4,000 flying hours. “I never thought it would happen,” said Schaare, who is currently deployed to Joint Base Balad,...

Energy Efficiency in the Desert

Ongoing energy conservation efforts at Holloman AFB, N.M., are expected to save the installation more than $1 million annually. The base’s daily energy consumption currently costs $18,000, which means nearly $6.6 million annually. So those projected savings would run about...

World War II ‘Hump’ Pilots Get Exhibit

The new exhibit honoring the American and Chinese pilots of the China National Aviation Corporation opened Thursday at the National Museum of the US Air Force near Dayton, Ohio. These fliers pioneered the air routes over the Himalaya Mountains, known...

Air Sorties from SWA 081310

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Aug. 13, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 28 70 98 15,851 CAS/Armed Recon 20 93 113 21,472 Airlift 194 194 39,122 Air refueling 63 63 10,446 Rescue 36 36 4,829 Total...