Lightning Strikes Thrice

AF-3, the third Air Force F-35A test aircraft, has arrived at Edwards AFB, Calif., for flight testing, Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday. It joins AF-1 and AF-2, the first two F-35A test platforms, there. “AF-3 will focus on testing advanced technologies...

NATO AWACS Request may hinge on Germany

Army Gen. David Petraeus, who commands US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has requested NATO E-3 AWACS aircraft to alleviate management of air traffic over Afghanistan. Since that nation lacks an integrated air traffic control system, USAF AWACS platforms currently...

GPS Software Upgrade Completed

The 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo., has completed a software upgrade for the Global Positioning System ground control system, Air Force Space Command officials announced Tuesday. They finished the upgrade, described as a sustainment activity, ahead of...

First SBIRS Satellite Completes Integrated Test

The Air Force and its industry partners have completed the final integrated system test of GEO-1, the first Space Based Infrared System satellite, according to prime contractor Lockheed Martin. This is an important step in preparing the spacecraft for its...

Reservist Awarded Airman’s Medal

Lt. Col. Richard Lowe, a flight instructor with Air Force Reserve Command’s 39th Flying Training Squadron at Randolph AFB, Tex., has received the Airman’s Medal for rescuing passengers and crew from a burning commercial airliner on Dec. 20, 2008. A...

Groundbreaking at Peterson for Space Campus

Air Force Space Command officials broke ground at Peterson AFB, Colo., for the new Space Education and Training Center facility. The state-of-the-art, $14.4 million building will house the National Security Space Institute and Advanced Space Operations School. Since 2004, AFPSC...

Cause of Minot Airman’s Death Identified

Misaligned equipment led to the death of SrA. Richard Gallelli on April 29 during a cruise missile loading drill at Minot AFB, N.D., Air Force accident investigators have determined. Gallelli, a member of Minot’s 17th Munitions Squadron, was on a...

Keeping a Tidy Uniform, Underground

Air Force maintenance personnel have begun refurbishing “Uniform-1,” the instructional, non-operational ICBM launch facility and Minuteman silo at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. As part of this, a special maintenance team from Hill AFB, Utah, carefully removed the 47,000-pound missile support...

F-4 Goes on Display at NORAD Site

A restored F-4 Phantom II fighter fitted with de-militarized AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles now sits on permanent display atop a pedestal outside NORAD’s Eastern Air Defense Sector headquarters in Rome, N.Y. “The elevated pedestal is a fitting...

Air Sorties from SWA 120510

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Dec. 5, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 21 72 93 26,277 CAS/Armed Recon 16 79 95 33,393 Airlift 169 169 58,798 Air refueling 46 46 16,458 Rescue 30 30 7,715 Total...