USAF let a contract for a light CAS aircraft destined to provide the backbone of the Afghan air force to an Embraer consortium two weeks ago, angering supporters of Wichita-based Hawker-Beechcraft, who argued that their AT-6 derivative of the T-6 Texan II trainer ought to get a “made in America” preference.
Stuff and nonsense, [...]
This holiday season, the Air Force has “separated” (that is, fired) 157 officers on the eve of their retirement, including pilots flying dangerous missions, to avoid paying their pensions. According to Department of Defense Instructions, those within six years of their 20-year retirement (with no disciplinary blemishes on their record) have the [...]
Into the wild blue yonder:
The Air Force is planning to lift the four-month grounding of its F-22 Raptor fleet, although it has yet to figure out what went wrong in the aircraft’s oxygen system, sources said.
Service officials will meet Friday to determine what restrictions will remain on the planes, the culmination of [...]
The Air Force is pushing to procure its next generation bomber using the same kind of rapid deployment capability it used for the MC-12 Project Liberty aircraft:
The effort will use “what we have determined will be a more streamlined management process going forward, where we are using the Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to [...]
The Air Force Chief-of-Staff has delivered to Congress the approved answer on why the F-22 Raptor did not see action in the opening days of the Libyan adventure – it was too far away:
Lockheed Martin Corp. F-22 fighters haven’t been used over Libya to attack air defenses or counter Libyan jets because they’re [...]
The Air Force Times blames a combination of coalition politics and a relatively weak air-to-ground capability for keeping USAF’s exceptionally stealthy but exorbitantly expensive F-22 Raptor from yet another bug hunt:
Experts inside and outside the Air Force said international politics, a broadening of the mission based on United Nations Security Council resolution 1973, [...]