Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • F-35A Lightning II

    The F-35A Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter combining advanced aerodynamics, survivability in high-threat environments and an enhanced ability to provide pilots and allied assets across operational domains with robust situational awareness. The F-35 is the result of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program to develop a single-engine, stealthy, multi-role fighter to replace an aging […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses December 10, 2018
  • Persistent Engagement

    In October 2018, Airman Magazine sat down for a conversation with Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Twenty-fourth Air Force commander; Air Forces Cyber commander and Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He is responsible for providing Air Force component and combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces to plan, direct and […]

    Airman Magazine No responses December 3, 2018
  • Out of the Box

    Dr. Richard Joseph, chief scientist of the Air Force, believes “failures have their seeds planted in success.” Bureaucracies within the Air Force perpetuate what works. Yet, they often cling to ideas, systems or methods beyond the point of effectiveness – producing failure from that success. They also tend to eliminate ideas and people that challenge […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses November 26, 2018
  • HH-60G Pave Hawk

    Based on the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, the HH-60G Pave Hawk is a highly modified version with upgraded communications and navigation suite. The forward-looking infrared system, color weather radar and an engine/rotor blade anti-ice system, enables the Pave Hawk to fly in bad weather. The in-flight refueling probe and auxiliary fuel tanks allow the Pave […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses November 13, 2018
  • Joint Investigation

    Brig. Gen. Edward L. Vaughan is the Air National Guard Special Assistant to Maj. Gen. Scott F. Smith, the Director of Training and Readiness, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. The directorate, encompassing seven divisions and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation, is responsible for policy, guidance […]

    Airman Magazine No responses October 16, 2018
  • Flying Sergeants

    Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance is the number one most requested capability by combat commanders and for more than a year enlisted Airmen have been helping the Air Force meet this demand by piloting the RQ-4 Global Hawk. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein has continually expressed the importance of the ISR force and […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses October 15, 2018
  • The Agile 99th

    Weight was the issue. The B-25B, carrying a full combat load, was just too heavy to takeoff from the deck of the USS Hornet. While the nation was still reeling in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, Chief of Staff of the Army Air Force, assigned Lt. Col. James […]

    TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses October 15, 2018
  • Redefining History

    Last year, when Hurricane Irma, a monster Category 5 storm, barreled toward Florida’s southern peninsula and Homestead Air Reserve Base, The Air Force Reserve commander had a lot of decisions to make. Thankfully, history – in the form of Air Force historians – was on her side. The Air Force Reserve Command history office pulled […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses October 9, 2018
  • The Flying First

    The young pilot struggled against dust and wind that swirled 10,000 feet above valleys sandwiched between Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains. He had only a rudimentary pair of plain glass goggles to protect his face. Yet he was determined to find the trail of the rebel bandit Pancho Villa who had recently led a raid into […]

    Airman Magazine No responses September 14, 2018
  • Sweet Taste of Freedom

    Seventy years ago, with Adolf Hitler’s crumbled Third Reich still fresh in their memories and Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union having a choke hold on their future, Berlin’s children were starving. With the Nazi surrender in 1945, the Allies divided the defeated Germany. The French, British and Americans took the western half of the nation spreading […]

    Airman Magazine No responses September 10, 2018