Getting There

The Air Force is well on its way to meeting a chief energy goal, having cleared all but four of its aircraft types to run unconstrained on the 50-50 blend of traditional JP-8 aviation fuel and synthetic paraffinic kerosene. Only...

B53 Dismantlement Authorized

The National Nuclear Security Administration has announced that dismantlement of the B53 nuclear bomb inventory will soon begin at the Energy Department’s Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Tex. The United States introduced this thermonuclear bomb type into its stockpile in 1962....

Max Thunder Tests US-South Korean Surge Capacity

Amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, Max Thunder, the USAF-South Korean air force joint exercise, aims to forge interoperability, while rehearsing rapid forward deployment of large-sized forces during a conflict. During the Red Flag-style exercise, which runs through Friday,...

Nuclear-Monitoring Organization Set for New Headquarters

Construction of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s new headquarters complex is set to begin next spring at Patrick AFB, Fla. This will be the Air Force’s largest construction project within the United States, reported FloridaToday.com, citing Brig. Gen. Ed...

Multinational F-16s Over Jordan

USAF F-16s on Monday joined F-16s from Jordan, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates at Azraq Royal Jordanian Air Base for this year’s Falcon Air Meet, a two-week competition. “The Jordanians are impeccable hosts,” said Maj. Gerrod McLellan, Air Forces...

F-15 Pilots Take on the Gripen

Pilots of the 493rd Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, Britain, recently squared off against Swedish Gripens as their F-15s escorted RAF Tornados on strikes against simulated targets across Britain during Operation Joint Warrior 2010. Flying the adversary role, the Swedish...

Make That Three

EADS North America announced Monday that the third Australian A330 multirole tanker transport aircraft has made its maiden flight. It took to the skies for four hours from the plant in Brisbane, Australia, where workers converted it to its military...

Operation Halyard Architect Honored with Bronze Star

In the summer of 1944, OSS agent George Vujnovich orchestrated the largest ever rescue of American airmen from behind enemy lines during a covert operation known as Halyard in Nazi-occupied Serbia. This past Sunday, Vujnovich, now 95, received the Bronze...

Air Sorties from SWA 101010

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Oct. 10-12, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 60 213 273 21,281 CAS/Armed Recon 38 277 315 27,733 Airlift 552 552 49,466 Air refueling 157 157 13,807 Rescue 70 70 6,311 Total...