Missing F-16 Update: Debris Found in Adriatic

Italian search teams recovered debris in the Adriatic Sea believed to belong to an F-16 fighter from Aviano AB, Italy, that went missing on Monday during a nighttime training mission, announced base officials on Tuesday. US military officials are coordinating...

F-16 Goes Missing over Adriatic

An F-16 from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB, Italy, went missing during a training mission over the Adriatic Sea on Monday and was presumed to have crashed in the water, announced wing officials. A search effort was underway,...

Mali Air Bridge Continues

The Air Force continues its airlift support of the French military as the US ally’s combat operations proceed against Islamist terrorists in northern Mali. As of Jan. 27, C-17 transports completed a total of 15 missions, carrying 329.5 tons of...

Industry Heads to Wright-Patt to Discuss T-X

Members of industry will gather on Tuesday at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for several days of discussions on the options available for T-X, the Air Force’s next-generation Advanced Pilot Training family of systems. T-X is envisioned as the replacement to the...

Legislation Presented to Curb Sex Assaults at BMT

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would prevent a consensual relationship between a trainee and a military training instructor at Basic Military Training from being used as a defense for sexual assault. H.R. 430, cosponsored by Rep. Joe Heck...

Inhofe Urges White House to Delay F-16 Transfer to Egypt

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member, called on President Obama to delay the handover of F-16 jets to Egypt over concern about the Egyptian government's commitment to peace and stability. "The recent transfer of four F-16 Block 52 fighter jets to Egyptian armed forces is troubling, and future deliveries of the remaining 16 jets scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013 should be delayed until Congress has had time to review further this foreign military sale," wrote Inhofe in his letter to Obama, dated Jan. 24. The United States is supplying 20 new-build F-16 jets to Egypt under a military aid package. The first four Lockheed Martin-built airplanes left the United States on Jan. 22 for Egypt, according to press reports. Inhofe has argued that the F-16 deal was agreed to when Egypt was under different leadership, before current President Mohamed Morsi took power. Since then, "there has been constant instability" in that nation, wrote Inhofe. Plus, the Egyptian government's behavior "calls into serious question" whether Egypt will uphold its peace treaty commitments with Israel, he wrote. (See also Inhofe's Jan. 25 release.)

Boneyard Reanimates Last F-4 for Drone Use

Technicians at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., are on track to finish the final conversion of a retired F-4 fighter into a target drone around mid-February, according to a base release. This aircraft will be...

Getting JP-8 Back on Tap at Altus

Army civil engineers began a $9 million underground pipeline project at Altus AFB, Okla., to channel JP-8 fuel directly to the flight line from the base’s fuel storage farm, announced base officials in a release. “We’re putting [in] roughly 14,500...

A Letter for Dad

Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, an F-22 pilot with Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Fighter Squadron at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, carried precious cargo in his flight suit during a sortie from the base last week: a boy’s letter to his deceased...