The Air Force last month delivered a 195,000-pound Peacekeeper missile to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, N.M. “This significant object will be one of the largest items in our already-extensive collection,” said museum director Jim Walther. Divided into stages for airlift aboard a C-5 transport, museum officials intend to display the missile immediately, albeit in pieces, until workers fully reassemble it over the next several months. Retired in 2005, the 71-foot-tall Peacekeeper was regarded as the Air Force’s most destructive and accurate ICBM. Walter said this Peacekeeper unit is thought to be the last of its kind available for pubic display, adding that the “museum is fortunate to receive and preserve it for future generations.” (Albuquerque report by Jeanette Miller)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.