Last Troops Out of Iraq

Iraqi-Kuwaiti border—The last US troops rolled across the Kuwaiti border here just before 8:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, completing the phased withdrawal of the US military from Iraq and the end of its mission there after nearly nine years....

Last US Military Flight Leaves Iraq

Iraqi-Kuwaiti theater—Sixty-two airmen and 55 soldiers assigned to Camp Adder, known to the Iraqis as the Imam Ali Base, on the outskirts of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq, boarded a C-17 from Travis AFB, Calif., on Dec. 17 for a flight...

USAF Expeditionary Units Inactivated

Kuwait—The Air Force inactivated the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq, along with the 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, 368th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, and 467th Air Expeditionary Group Sunday afternoon local time. The ceremony took place in a...

Bomber Not Derailed by Sentinel’s Loss

Despite an RQ-170 Sentinel and its stealth secrets falling into Iranian hands—and, presumably, those of patrons in Beijing and Moscow—the Air Force isn’t changing its plans for the future long-range-strike bomber, a service spokesman told the Daily Report. The Air...

No ORD, Nothing to Change

An operational requirements document spelling out the specific capabilities desired in the future long-range-strike bomber had not been nailed down by early December, according to Lt. Gen. Chris Miller, USAF’s deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs. “That’s...

Combat Egress Maneuver Doomed Weight-Imbalanced F-15E

An F-15E exceeded its angle-of-attack parameters during a combat maneuver over northern Libya in late March, leading to an unrecoverable spin that caused the aircraft's crash near Benghazi, according to the findings of US Air Forces in Europe's accident investigation. Both the pilot and combat systems officer ejected and survived the crash with minor injuries. The Strike Eagle pilot was attempting to egress the target area using "an Air Force-approved" maneuver—albeit at a previously untested altitude—after dropping a bomb, states the summary of the accident investigation board's report. A contributing factor was the aircraft's weight imbalance. The F-15E suffered a software glitch rendering it impossible to drop ordnance mounted on its right wing, reported Stars and Stripes, citing USAFE's investigation lead. This weight imbalance issue was exacerbated by the failure of an underwing right-side fuel tank to empty properly. The fighter was assigned to RAF Lakenheath, Britain, but was operating out of Aviano AB, Italy, in the early days of NATO's air campaign over Libya. The lost aircraft and associated equipment were valued at $48.2 million. (AIB report; caution, large-sized file.) (See also USAFE release on the findings.)

First Afghans Graduate Laughlin’s Specialized Pilot Training

The first three Afghan airmen to undergo specialized undergraduate pilot training in the United States graduated at Laughlin AFB, Tex. “I’m proud of my country and proud of the United States government, especially the Air Force, for providing this opportunity...

B-1B Enhances Quiver Against Moving Targets

The Air Force has cleared the B-1B bomber to employ the GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition—a moving target killer—thanks to an upgrade to the Sniper targeting pod. The bomber has used Sniper in combat since 2008. The Sustainment Block-14B/Laptop...

Crowned With Many Crowns

Technicians are replacing the entire upper-fuselage skins of a C-5C Galaxy for the first time at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia in order to address fatigue issues during regular depot maintenance. “We’ve never changed multiple skins like this,”...

Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2012 Class

The National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, announced the names of the four individuals elected for enshrinement in 2012. They are: Geraldyn Cobb, record-setting pilot and the first and only woman to pass all of the Mercury astronaut...