Global Hawk Block 30 IOC

The RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 variant achieved initial operational capability last week. “The basic requirement for Block 30 IOC is to support one continuous Block 30 24-hour orbit for 30 days,” announced Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command boss,...

A Vexing Problem

DARPA officials think the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle-2 impacted the Pacific Ocean along its intended flight path, but they can’t be sure because an unknown anomaly caused them to lose the signal more than nine minutes into the flight. The...

DADT Repeal Training Nears Completion

The Air Force has nearly completed the mandated training intended to prepare airmen for the repeal of the controversial Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law on Sept. 20. All airmen going through basic training have already completed the training, as well...

Super Committee Finalized

Congress has named all 12 members of the joint committee charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. The 12-member committee, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, has until Thanksgiving to reach a compromise and present it to...

Flawless Flying Machines

Air Force Reserve Command crew chiefs from the 302nd Airlift Wing, attained faultless maintenance scores on two C-130s within a fortnight at Peterson AFB, Colo. “Two Black Letter aircraft in two-week’s time is a rare and extraordinary accomplishment that was...

Divided Is Sometimes Better than United

Two economic development groups are fighting to keep Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, in two separate congressional districts. Thanks to a declining population, Ohio must give up two of its 18 congressional districts. The base currently sits in both the 3rd district,...

Communications, Robinson Caruso Style

Airmen of the 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron embarked on a no-notice tactical communications exercise, arriving on Okaloosa Island, Fla., last week. Communicators set up an improvised ground-to-air communications site, relaying with AC-130U gunships, and downloading information streams from remotely...

Another Successful Jump Week

US airmen, marines, and soldiers were among the 200 paratroopers from six NATO countries who participated in International Jump Week, Aug. 8-11. It was the third annual jump week hosted by the 435th Contingency Response Group, which falls under the...

AFRL’s Energy Directorate Lends Artifacts to Museums

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s directed energy directorate will provide lasers, high-powered lenses, and electromagnets used by organization from the 1970s through the 1990s to two museums as part of a new education partnership. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum...