Historic View from the Cockpit

Two F-16 pilots flew the final US manned combat mission over Iraq, protecting the last US military ground convoy until it passed through the gates at Khabari crossing on the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border, thereby completing the US military’s phased Iraq withdrawal....

Air Force Issues Interim Report on Dover Discipline

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley provided Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with an interim report on the disciplinary actions that the service has taken to date in response to substandard management practices and procedures at the USAF-run military mortuary at Dover...

Wideband Satellite Family Gets Wider

The Air Force recently exercised a $296 million contract option with Boeing for production of WGS-8, the eighth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft, announced service space officials Wednesday. This option builds upon the $58 million that Boeing received in August for the long-lead-time parts and activities associated with fabrication of WGS-8, bringing the cost of this satellite to $354 million, they said. WGS-8 acquisition is part of the WGS Block II follow-on contract that encompasses WGS-7, -8, and -9. Already the Air Force operates three WGS Block 1 satellites in geosynchronous orbits. They support simultaneous X-band and Ka-band communications for US military personnel across the globe. WGS-4, the first, more capable Block II spacecraft, is scheduled for launch into space next month from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. WGS-5, -6, and -7 are currently in various stages of production.

F-16 Pilot Reaches 4,000 Flight Hours

Lt. Col. Brian Egger, an instructor pilot with the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, became only the 34th USAF pilot to amass 4,000 flight hours in the F-16, according to members of the unit. “This is very rare,”...

Dyess Gets 13th C-130J

The 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Tex., took delivery of its 13th new-build C-130J transport. Brig. Gen. Michael Kim, mobilization assistant to Air Mobility Command’s director of operations at Scott AFB, Ill., delivered the new Super Hercules to the...

Total Force Vipers Soar over South Korea

A team of active duty and Reserve airmen from Hill AFB, Utah, is achieving impressive stats during its 180-day deployment to South Korea, according to members of this group. F-16 pilots and maintainers from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing...

Multinational C-17 Unit Hits 6,000 Flight Hours

Multinational C-17 Unit Hits 6,000 Flight Hours: In less than three years of operation, the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa AB, Hungary, has amassed 6,000 flight hours with its three C-17 transports. The unit hit this milestone on Dec....

Proposed C-27J Sale to Australia

The Pentagon notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of 10 C-27J transport aircraft and associated equipment and logistical support to Australia. The deal would be worth up to $950 million, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency release....

Travis Gets New Massive Fuel Tanks

Three new jet-propulsion fuel tanks are expected to go operational next month at Travis AFB, Calif., increasing mission efficiency and safety at the West Coast air mobility hub. The $58 million construction project took 18 months to complete under a...