Over the past decade, the Air Force has retired nearly a quarter of its legacy aircraft in order to free up resources, testified AFA President Craig McKinley during the first public hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force on Tuesday. Now, the service is left with a fleet of A-10s “riddled with structural cracks,” airmen who are learning to fly on trainers twice their age, B-52s that “pre-date the Cuban missile crisis,” a shortage of fifth generation F-22s, and F-15s that are being extended to 18,000 hours, noted McKinley. “This modernization crisis has also precipitated challenges for maintaining the balance with the Active Duty, [Air Force] Reserve, and Air National Guard,” said McKinley. “There are simply not enough aircraft in the Air Force inventory to sustain all units that currently exist within the Total Force.” Army Maj. Gen. William Wofford, Adjutants General Association president, said the commission must ensure that the “reserve components have the capacity needed to support current and future homeland defense and disaster-assistance missions” inside the United States. Wofford said the greater challenge, however, will be making sure new equipment is fielded concurrently with Guard modernization. Until that happens, there will never truly be a Total Force, he said during the June 4 hearing.
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.