AirForceTimes.com has tried to quantify what airmen often discuss among themselves - which Air Force bases are best, and which ones you want to stay away from.
Using data from 68 US bases and the surrounding areas, this study looks at things like:
The USAF has released its request for proposal to industry for its Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) this week, with proposals due by the fall of this year and evaluations completed in early 2015.
Although the details of the request for proposal are unknown, some of the requirements of the new bomber are thought to be a large payload capacity, the ability to be optionally-manned, be based on mature technologies that will also be easily upgraded and expanded, and will come into service sometime in the mid-2020s. Read more »
Thirty-four nuclear missile officers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the largest single cheating scandal in the USAF's nuclear force. Read more »
The US Air Force has upped the maximum age for enlistment - a surprise to many, in this time of shrinking budgets and forces.
The new maximum age for new enlistees into the USAF is now 39, which applies to all USAF enlisted - not just those signing up for certain jobs. The maximum enlistment age under federal law is 42, but every service sets their own specific age limit. The US Army's max age is 35, the US Navy's is 34, and the Marines are now the lowest at 28. Read more »
The US House of Representatives has voted to block the Pentagon's proposal to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft next year.
The 300-114 vote shows a clear majority supported the amendment to save the A-10 from the chopping block. The sponsor of the amendment, Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), said that "The Air Force wants to save money, but they don’t have an adequate follow-on at this time, and, with what’s happening in Iraq and the Middle East, eliminating the A-10 is the absolute wrong move". Read more »
An opinion piece by Army Lt. Col. Paul Darling titled "The A-10 needs to go" has been published over at AirForceTimes.com.
Lt. Col. Darling, an infantry officer in the Alaska National Guard, lists three "myths" that are perpetuated about and around the A-10 and Close Air Support (CAS) in general.
The three ideas that Darling tries to disprove are:
If you think the low-level scenic flights through valleys and other scenic landscapes is just for fighter jocks, this video taken from a C-130H from the 36th Airlift Squadron may just change your mind!
Earlier this month the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved a bipartisan amendment to the Nation Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that both continues funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt through the end of fiscal year 2015, and calls for a study to determine the effectiveness and cost of other aircraft performing the close-air-support (CAS) mission. Read more »
Back in May of 2012, you may remember that "60 Minutes" had a report on oxygen problems with the USAF's newest fighter, the F-22 Raptor. That report featured two pilots, Maj. Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Joshua Wilson, both F-22 pilots in the Virginia Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Squadron sharing their personal experiences with oxygen deprivation in-flight. Read more »
It looks like the fight for the USAF A-10 aircraft is far from over. Congressional lawmakers allege that the Air Force is inflating the savings from eliminating the A-10 as well as breaking the law by prematurely cutting back A-10 flying hours in 2014. Air Force officials are frustrated by the lawmakers claims that the USAF is "walking away from close air support", said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Read more »