Rollout of First Re-winged Warthog

Boeing and the Air Force rolled out the first re-winged A-10 ground-attack aircraft in a ceremony at Hill AFB, Utah, announced the company on Thursday. “This enhanced wing assembly will give the A-10 new strength and a new foundation for...

No MQ-X

The Air Force will not pursue the notional MQ-X stealthy mid-altitude remotely piloted aircraft that service officials once eyed to perform the MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper mission in contested airspace. “At this point, we don’t see a need to invest in...

Aviano, Spangdahlem Losing Units

The Air Force will inactivate the 81st Fighter Squadron, an A-10C unit, at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, and the 603rd Air Control Squadron at Aviano AB, Italy, announced Pentagon officials on Thursday. These moves are part of the broader changes to...

A Non-traditional Study

Although the Air Force just finished a study across its intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance enterprise to assess its information-gathering needs in the next 10 years, it has a few more studies to do in order to get a solid handle on requirements, said...

Top-Shelf Treatment

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping got quite the reception during his visit to Washington, D.C., this week, including a grand ceremony at the Pentagon’s Potomac River entrance with an unprecedented 19-gun salute and greeting from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Xi...

For 70 Years, a Parachute Bouquet

Eight C-130Js of the 37th Airlift Squadron celebrated the unit’s 70th birthday with a massive parachute drop not far from the unit’s home at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. “As a modern-day squadron, we stand on the shoulders of giants,” said...

Stiff Upper Lip and a Steady Aim

Testers at Eglin AFB, Fla., successfully fired laser-guided rockets from a Hawker Beechcraft AT-6, announced the company. With these tests, “the AT-6 became the very first fixed-wing aircraft to launch a laser-guided rocket,” according to the company’s release. Derek Hess,...