Welsh Nominated as Next Chief of Staff

President Obama has nominated Gen. Mark Welsh, current US Air Forces in Europe commander, to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff, announced Defense Secretary Leon Panetta during a Pentagon press briefing on May 10. If the Senate confirms...

KC-46A Preliminary Design Review Completed

Air Force and Boeing officials completed the preliminary design review for the KC-46A tanker, announced the company. The review demonstrated that the KC-46A’s preliminary design “meets system requirements and establishes the basis for proceeding with detailed design,” states the company’s...

F-22 Pilots in 60 Minutes Piece Want to Resume Flying

The two Virginia Air National Guard pilots who just days ago told the nation that the F-22 fighter wasn’t currently safe to fly now want to resume flying the jet. The pilots are more comfortable about operating the aircraft now...

Silver Star for Air Guardsman

TSgt. Tavis Delaney, a tactical air control party member assigned to the Washington Air National Guard’s 116th Air Support Operations Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, received the Silver Star Medal for his valor during the Battle of Do Ab in...

Pave Hawk Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross to Capt. Elliot Milliken, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilot, during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Milliken was co-pilot of “Pedro 83,” one of two Pave Hawks dispatched...

Nothing Good Old Engineering Can’t Fix

Maturation of the F-35 strike fighter is proceeding well and the challenges facing the F-35 program aren't inherently different from those of past fighter development programs, said Vice Adm. David Venlet, F-35 program executive officer. "Every issue that we have in view today is very much in the category of normal development for fighter tactical aircraft," Venlet told the Senate Armed Services Committee's airland panel May 8. He added, "Good old-fashioned engineering is going to take care of every one of those." While there's still risk in the program, "I have confidence in the resilience of the [development] plan to absorb expected further learning discovery and stay on track," said Venlet. He noted that his observations and assessments over the past year lead him to believe that "the basic aircraft and engine designs are sound." In fact, the "engines are doing very well," he said. (Venlet's written testimony)

Beyond Supersonic

An experimental supersonic-combustion ramjet successfully accelerated to Mach 8 after launching atop a rocket from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, announced Air Force Research Lab officials. The Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program test shot yielded “unique scientific...

So Happy Together

The commanders of the Active Duty 15th Wing and Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing formally defined the command relationship between their associated units at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, by recently signing a memorandum of understanding, announced base officials. “Maintaining...

Astronaut Hall of Fame Inducts Chilton

Retired Gen. Kevin Chilton, former head of US Strategic Command, joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Astronaut Hall of Fame during its annual induction ceremony. Chilton became part of an elite company of 82 astronauts now in the hall...

Canadian Super Hercules Order CComplete

The last of Canada’s 17 new-build C-130J Super Hercules transports joined the Royal Canadian Air Force ranks in a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Marietta, Ga., announced the company. “The aircraft [type] has already proven its worth around the...