December 2011

Vol. 94, No. 12

Out of Reserve

Air Force Reserve Command is posturing itself to meet the modern reality—that it is an integral part o

Tora Bora

Osama bin Laden’s trail went cold right as al Qaeda’s leadership, being pummeled by airpower, appeared

Air Force World

Back in the Air (Again) F-22 Raptors at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., and JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, were briefly grounded for a second time this year, following the fleet’s return to the skies in September after a lengthy down period. Two pilots...


Price to Pay “At a minimum, [new budget cuts] would slash all of our investment accounts, including our top-priority modernization programs such as the KC-46—the tanker—the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, and the future long-range strike...

J35 Draken

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A Note From a Survivor I read Colonel Boyne’s excellent article on efforts to destroy the bridge at Thanh Hoa with great interest [“Breaking the Dragon’s Jaw,” August, p. 58]. As the only surviving C-130 navigator from Operation Carolina Moon,...

AFA National Report

Orientation for the Field At AFA’s Region and State Presidents Meeting, Suzie Schwartz, wife of USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, fields a question from the audience, while AFA Board Chairman Sandy Schlitt (foreground) listens in. Nearly 40 Air...

Pinetree Line

These extraordinary photos document a year’s deployment on