Airmen Identified in Fatal C-130 Crash

The North Carolina Air National Guard announced that four if its airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte died on July 1 when their Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 crashed while fighting a woodland fire in southwestern South Dakota....

C-130s Resume Firefighting Operations

The Air Force’s small fleet of Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s is resuming flight operations on July 3 to help battle wildfires in Colorado and several northwestern states, announced US Northern Command officials. The resumption of flight activities comes one...

C-130 Firefighting Operations Suspended After Deadly Crash

Air Force officials on July 2 temporarily stood down flight operations of the specially configured C-130s fighting wildfires in several northwestern states to review safety procedures after one of these airplanes crashed on the previous day, killing some of its...

F-16 Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

Maj. John Caldwell, an F-16 operational test pilot with the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin AFB, Fla., recently received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism in protecting a special operations team that came under enemy ambush on...

Flight Testing Starts with Alcohol-based Fuel Blend

The Air Force last week began flight testing at Eglin AFB, Fla., with a new type of alternative fuel blend derived in part from alcohol. Eglin’s 40th Flight Test Squadron commenced the flights on June 28 with an A-10 aircraft....

Instructor Pilot Receives Top Safety Award

Capt. Frank Baumann, an instructor pilot with the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard AFB, Tex., received the 2011 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy, the Air Force’s top flight safety award. Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented Baumann with the...

Missing Airmen’s Remains Identified

Defense Department forensic scientists have identified the remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Warren G. Moxley, 23, of Charleston, Mo., a pilot missing since World War II. They’ve also identified the remains of 1st Lt. Robert E. Bennett III,...

Creative Thinkers Wanted

A member of the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron at Buckley AFB, Colo., wondered why the back of street signs on base needed to be painted brown. His idea not to paint the signs’ backs—leaving them their “natural” galvanized color—has saved...

Code of Conduct Issued for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International on July 2 published an industry code of conduct for remotely piloted aircraft operations. The document is meant to be a set of guidelines to those who design, test, and operate RPAs for public and civil use, including recommendations for safe, non-intrusive RPA operations, according to AUVSI's release. Central to the code is the need for "safety, professionalism, and respect" in all aspects of RPA use, according to the release. "The emergence of unmanned aircraft systems represents one of the most significant advancements to aviation, the scientific community, and public service since the beginning of flight," said Michael Toscano, AUVSI president and CEO. He added, "With a commitment to safety, professionalism, and respect, we can ensure unmanned aircraft are integrated responsibly into civil airspace."