The Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing flew its last F-16 sortie Sept. 11, according to a Journal Gazette report. The wing, which has flown Vipers for the past 19 years, learned in early 2009 that it would transition to the A-10 Warthog, which Indiana elected officials believe will keep the unit viable for a longer time. The 22nd FW’s F-16s are destined for the boneyard at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. According to the Journal Gazette, the conversion to the A-10 will take about three years, with the first of the Hogs flying out of the wing’s Fort Wayne facility later this year.
A majority of panelists convened by the Atlantic Council to assess the situation in Ukraine believe that Russia will have enough forces—and recent practice in Belarus—to invade Ukraine within a month. A senior Air Force official concurred, saying the service expects the conflict soon.