Retired Lt. Col. Dick
Cole, the last surviving member of the famed Doolittle Raiders, died on
April 9, 2019, at the age of 103. Air Force photo.
Infographic: The Cost Of Training U.S. Air Force Fighter PilotsThe RAND Corp. recently released an interesting
report examining the cost of training pilots on various US Air Force platforms. The cost of training a basic qualified fighter pilot adds up to an estimated $5.6 million for an F-16 pilot, $10.17 million for an F-35A pilot, and $10.9 million for an F-22 pilot.
Air Force Explores New Fitness Assessment for Airmen That Could Be Gender Neutral The Air Force is exploring a fitness assessment that would plug a value for an airman’s 1.5-mile run time into an equation that would include waist and height measurements. The result: A fitness-fatness index that could be gender neutral.
War is BoringGuam EPA Fines Andersen Air Force Base for Sanitizing Drinking Water with 'Pesticide'The Guam Environmental Protection Agency has fined Andersen Air Force Base for sanitizing some of its drinking water with chlorination tablets made for sanitizing swimming pools, a 36th Wing spokesman said in a statement Saturday.
Stars and Stripes via Military.comThe Latest: Iran Responds to US, Labels CENTCOM TerroristIran’s Supreme National Security Council says it has designated the United States Central Command, also known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as terrorist and labeled the U.S. as a “supporter of terrorism.”
APWhat About JMS? Air Force Reanimates ‘Old Clunker’ Space Tracking System
JMS was supposed to revolutionize how the US tracks objects in space. Its billion-dollar bust means the Air Force must revive SPADOC, a widely reviled vestige of the 1980s.
Breaking DefenseBush Foundation Wants Retired Air Force One Plane in MuseumThe George and Barbara Bush Foundation has asked that an Air Force One plane set for retirement in 2025 be permanently exhibited at the late president’s museum at Texas A&M.
APOne More Thing ….Dutch F-16 Makes Emergency Landing After Plane Shoots ItselfA Dutch F-16 fighter jet flying a training exercise over the Netherlands scored a direct hit — on itself — when the pilot fired the aircraft’s 20mm rotary cannon.
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