Getting More BUFF

A perennial B-52 upgrade idea—re-engining—is being considered again, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, head of Air Force Global Strike Command, said Thursday. Speaking at Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event in Arlington, Va., Wilson said plans call for the B-52 to...

…And a New Radar Would Be Nice

The 51-year-old B-52H needs a new radar, and Global Strike Command chief Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson said Thursday he would be quite satisfied having the AN/APG-81, which equips the F-35 fighter, installed on the bomber. Speaking with reporters after Mitchell...

The BUFF as a Boomer

Equipping the B-52 with new, long-range and faster—potentially hypersonic—standoff missiles would create a capability comparable to that of a nuclear submarine, Global Strike Command chief Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson said Thursday. A bomber with cruise missiles that can reach the...

Keltz to Lead 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz has been tapped to lead 19th Air Force, which officially stood up on Oct. 1, after being inactivated in 2012. Keltz previously served as director of intelligence, operations, and nuclear integration at Air Education and Training...

First Operational Crew Flies Upgraded B-1B

Two crewmen from the 7th Bomb Wing took part in the first post-operational testing flight of a B-1B Lancer enhanced with the Sustainment Block 16 upgrade earlier this month. A pilot and weapons system officer from the 9th Bomb Squadron...

Oil Leak Caused Predator Crash in Afghanistan

A rapid oil leak that resulted in an engine seizure caused the April 26 crash of an MQ-1B Predator near Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, according to a summary of an Air Combat Command accident report released Thursday. The Predator, which was...

Fogleman Inducted in Airlift Tanker Hall of Fame

Former Air Force Chief of Staff retired Gen. Ronald Fogleman was inducted into the Airlift Tanker Hall of Fame at Scott AFB, Ill., Thursday, honoring his 34 years of service that included heroic conduct during the Vietnam War and a...

Correcting the Record

An entry in the Oct. 8 Daily Report should have said retired Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, former commander of 14th Air Force, was the first military woman in space. The original entry has been corrected.