• Big Solutions from Small Places A pilot scans the screen on his helmet-mounted display, monitoring air speed and information about his ground target. Then in a quick turn and ascent, he pushes the plane through the flickering gloom of a stratus layer up to a brightly lit flight path above the clouds. For intermittent moments, his helmet-mounted display screen washes […] Airman Magazine No responses October 1, 2018
  • The Lever of Culture All of the enduring missions of the Air Force begin with the shaping, training and education of young officers and enlisted Airmen. Airman magazine interviewed the commander of Air Education and Training Command, Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast at AETC headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph, Texas, to discuss the evolution of training […] Airman Magazine No responses September 24, 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
  • KC-135 Stratotanker “Nobody kicks ass without tanker gas.” While it may sound cliché, it’s a common motto within the tanker community. For more than 60 years of continuous service, the KC-135 Stratotanker has been the core aerial refueling capability for U.S. operations around the world. The KC-135 provides the Air Force with its primary mission of global […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses August 13, 2018
  • Airman to be awarded Medal of Honor HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — by Staff Sgt. Ryan Conroy, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The White House announced July 27, 2018, that Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Aug. 22, for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, in March 2002. According […] Airman Magazine No responses July 30, 2018
  • In Perpetual Mission Retired Master Sgt. Dan Holmes is a man in perpetual motion. When his hands are not actively building or repairing something, the gears in his head are churning – formulating a workaround or a new piece of art. It has been decades since he has had clean fingernails or a decent night’s sleep. “I have […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses July 24, 2018
  • C-5 Galaxy Since 1969 the C-5 Galaxy has dwarfed all other airframes in the Air Force inventory. Providing the U.S. Air Force with heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability capable of carrying oversized loads and all air-certifiable cargo, including the M-1 Abrams Tank. Development and Design During the Vietnam War, the USAF saw the necessity of moving large […] TSgt Perry Aston No responses July 16, 2018
  • Stop the bleed, save a life When Master Sgt. Nancy Turner drops her 9 year old son off at school, she worries. Not about his grades, or if he finished his homework, or if he’ll eat a good lunch. Instead, she worries he might be involved in an active shooter incident or some other form of mass casualty event. So, she […] Master Sgt. Matthew Bates No responses July 2, 2018
  • Finding Answers The Air Force’s pilot shortage has been well-documented over the past few years. Senior leaders – including the Secretary of the Air Force and its Chief of Staff – are aware of it and are continually looking at ways to remedy the issue. A task force was also recently created to specifically address pilot manning. […] Airman Magazine No responses June 27, 2018
  • Speed and Fusion On Oct. 14, 1947, then-Capt. Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane at Mach 1 and broke the sound barrier. Since then, the Air Force has continually stretched and pushed the limits of speed – finding new ways to make its aircraft fly faster and farther. However, the U.S. is not alone in this […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 15, 2018