The Ultimate Flexibility

While the Air Force leadership seeks to divest the C-27J airlift fleet in Fiscal 2013, saying it cannot afford to keep these aircraft given tightening budgets, the tiny transports are earning high marks from operators in Afghanistan. “While the US...

Pave Hawk Pilots Recognized for Heroism

Capt. Marcus Maris and Capt. Christopher Palmer, HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilots assigned to the 512th Rescue Squadron at Kirtland AFB, N.M., received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for their heroism during separate rescue missions in Afghanistan in November...

Rainy Day Friends

F-16s and more than 70 airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan, returned from Exercise Commando Sling where they practiced air-to-air combat tactics with the Republic of Singapore Air Force at Paya Lebar Air Base in northeast...

Predators Get New Fueling Companions

Holloman AFB, N.M., is home to the first two new aviation gasoline trucks in Air Combat Command’s inventory that were specifically designed to support MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft. “They were uniquely designed, ordered, and built for the MQ-1 mission...

Air Force Academy Wins Cyber Exercise

The Air Force Academy triumphed over the other services’ military academies in the National Security Agency’s 6th annual cyber defense exercise. “I believe one reason behind our success was a focus on fundamental security principles, rather than specific tools,” said...

Right on Track at the Halfway Point

The Air Force’s Active Duty component, the Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve met their fiscal-year-to-date recruiting accession goals through March, the halfway point for Fiscal 2012, according to the Pentagon’s latest recruiting statistics, issued on April 23. In...

Afghans Get Advanced Helicopter Simulator

Afghan Mi-17 helicopter pilots in Kabul now have a state-of-the-art simulator to hone their aviation skills in a safe, low-risk environment, announced their US air advisors. “In 21 years, I don’t think I have flown in a better simulator,” said...

Playing Glider

Air Force test pilots successfully restarted the F-35A’s F135 engine for the first time in flight during recent test flights at Edwards AFB, Calif. “The pilot literally turns the engine off and then he can either use ram air effect...

Building Caring Relations

US Air Forces in Europe hosted its inaugural international health symposium for military medical personnel from 11 NATO and Partnership for Peace countries at Ramstein AB, Germany. “When we looked at the countries we support, one of the common gaps...