A New CAPE Cost Estimate for the F-35

Thanks to a new cost-estimating model, the Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office’s numbers on the F-35 strike fighter are “a lot closer” to Lockheed Martin’s own internal estimates than ever before, says Dan Crowley, chief operating officer of...

Alternative Future for C-5As?

Lt. Gen. Thomas Owen, Aeronautical Systems Center commander, thinks it would be “a good idea” to perform the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program modifications on the 37 C-5A aircraft that the Air Force intends to retain, but are not...

C-5As for CRAF?

Lockheed Martin officials have been talking with cargo companies and the Air Force about putting retiring C-5As into the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, says Mark Johnston, the company’s director of government air mobility programs. “We just think there’s a better...

Building a Joint Force

The Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Ala., has launched a new, year-long elective designed to help students integrate into the joint environment, Brig. Gen. Anthony Rock, ACSC commandant, told the Daily Report. The cross-domain operators course is...

Raptor Final Steps

Raptor’s Final Steps: The last of the Air Force’s 187 planned F-22s will enter the production line at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Marietta, Ga., in November, and will emerge from the No. 1 station about nine months later, according to...

MADL Integration on F-22 May Slip

The Multifunction Advanced Data Link, planned for the F-22’s increment 3.2 software update, is probably out until further notice, according to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 program manager, George Shultz. Speaking with reporters last week at the company’s F-22 plant in Marietta,...

More “FF” Tails

Visitors to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 production line at Marietta, Ga., last week saw aircraft in the bays with the “FF” tailcode, indicating they would belong to the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va. when delivered. But Langley has had...

New Home for 11th Wing

The Air Force last week shifted its historic 11th Wing from Bolling AFB, D.C., to JB Andrews, Md. The unit assumes the duties of Andrews’ 316th Wing, including Presidential support. On Oct. 1, Andrews officials reflagged the 316th Wing as...

Osan Inaugurates New Passenger Terminal

Officials at Osan AB, South Korea, last week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the base’s new, 82,000 square-foot passenger air terminal. Flights are set to begin from there Monday. It will serve as the new transit...

Amos Confirmed for Top Marine Job

The Senate last week approved the nomination of Gen. James Amos to be the Marine Corps Commandant. He is slated to assume the post on Oct. 22. He will be the 35th leader of the leathernecks in their storied history...

Air Sorties from SWA 092610

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Sept. 26, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 23 70 93 19,864 CAS/Armed Recon 14 95 109 25,066 Airlift 178 178 46,657 Air refueling 54 54 12,966 Rescue 20 20 5,921 Total...