April 2018

Vol. 101, No. 4

Red Air for Hire

The Air Force needs every fighter it can spare for real-world missions. Are private aggressors the wav


SSgt. Jonathan Young prepares to upload the X-51A WaveRider hypersonic flight test vehicle to a B-52 for fit testing at Edwards AFB, Calif. Photo: Chad Bellay/USAF ISIS AFTER ISIS The bomb-dropping phase to exterminate the so-called Islamic State may be...

Forward Deployed

An F-16 Falcon is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker. A new program called Jigsaw allowed CAOC planners to ditch the whiteboards previously used for tanker planning. Photo: MSgt. Phil Speck/ANG Maj. Eric Bow used to spend most of his workday...