Ghostrider Test Schedule Delayed

Although the Air Force delivered the second MC-130J for conversion to the AC-130J Ghostrider configuration in September 2014, changes to the intercommunication system as well as the delayed delivery of certain information and equipment has bumped back the availability of...

Ghostrider’s Crew

The Air Force should consider entering initial operational test and evaluation of the AC-130J Ghostrider gunship with an eight-person crew instead of the planned nine “to more accurately evaluate tactics and workloads,” according to the Fiscal 2014 Director, Operational Test,...

Beyond the Hyper

The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hope to start flying follow-ons to the X-51 hypersonic testbed circa 2018, Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, head of Air Force Research Laboratory, told Air Force Magazine in a Wednesday interview....

Aligned with Third Offset

The Air Force is participating in a series of technology development committees supporting Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work’s new “Third Offset” strategy, which is looking for leap-ahead capabilities that can put the US well ahead of its military adversaries again,...

Continuing CAS in Afghanistan

Even though the President touted the end of combat operations in Afghanistan during his State of the Union speech Tuesday, the residual force taking part in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel continues to prosecute combat missions in certain circumstances, and according to...

What Constitutes Treason?

At a recent meeting of the Tactics Review Board at Nellis AFB, Nev., the second in command at Air Combat Command reportedly instructed the gathering they were not to speak to Congress regarding USAF’s plan to retire the A-10 outside...

Kadena Begins Phasing In Commando IIs

The 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena AB, Japan, began its transition from MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft to the new MC-130J Commando II in December. The first Commando II, which is replacing the 17th Special Operations Squadron’s Combat Shadows, landed...

AFMC Tops 2014 Small Business Award Goals

Air Force Materiel Command surpassed its goal of awarding contracts to small businesses in Fiscal 2014—the first time in nine years, according to a Jan. 20 release. A perennial leader when it comes to small business awards, AFMC gave 12.03...