Airframes

Airframes from the past and present used by the U.S. Air Force

  • Maintaining Success

    Airmen at aircraft maintenance squadrons around the service have begun innovating with new scheduling, accelerated hands-on training courses and virtual reality simulators to get new maintainers proficient quickly; keeping more aircraft ready to fly and improving operational readiness.  We begin a continuing series of video vignettes at Travis Air Force Base, California, highlighting Airmen who […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 7, 2019
  • Maintenance Solutions

    Air Force Aircraft maintenance addresses key areas to readiness recovery in building a more ready, lethal force After decades of readiness decline, the Air Force is working to accelerate its recovery, ensuring the service is prepared to combat rapidly evolving threats. Today, more than 75% of the Air Force’s core fighting units are combat ready. […]

    Airman Magazine No responses September 30, 2019
  • Closing the Gap

    By the end of 2015, after decades of unpredictable budgets, a period of sequestration, forced personnel reductions and a relentless operations tempo, the Air Force was facing a huge hurdle to achieving its operational readiness goals – a shortage of roughly 4,000 aircraft maintainers across the service. In response, the Air Force began to move its […]

    Peter Ising No responses September 23, 2019
  • Guarding the Nation’s Skies

    Following the events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Defense identified flaws in its security procedures within the airspace surrounding the National Capital Region. In response, Operation Noble Eagle was created to protect the skies of North America. An important training element of Noble Eagle, Fertile Keynote exercises utilize the Air Force’s civilian […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 19, 2019
  • CV-22 OSPREY

    The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. Design and Development The CV-22 Osprey is the […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 15, 2019
  • Talent and Total Force

    Airman Magazine: Can you recall a specific time when you failed or took a calculated risk which ultimately propelled you forward, either personally or on a specific mission? Brig. Gen. Leavitt: When I graduated from pilot training, the law had changed to allow women in combat, but the Department of Defense policy did not allow women […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses April 15, 2019
  • B-17 Flying Fortress

    The B-17 Flying Fortress is a success story born from disaster. In fact, it could be argued no other aircraft has had a more horrible first impression, especially for a machine that would eventually revolutionize American aviation history in more ways than one. In 1934, during the golden age of flight and with a dire […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses March 25, 2019
  • Stearman Kaydet

    The Stearman model 75, or Stearman Kaydet, was the primary trainer for Army and Navy pilots for more than a decade. The two-seater biplane’s simple and sturdy design made it ideal for novice pilots. “This was usually the first airplane that they (Army Air Corps cadets) flew, so they got some ground school and then […]

    MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses March 11, 2019
  • T-6A Texan II

    For nearly two decades the T-6A Texan II has been the gateway for hopeful students to enter into the realm of becoming Air Force pilots. The Texan II is a two-seat, single-engine aircraft capable of aerobatic maneuvers and has a zero altitude/zero airspeed ejection seat for student safety. Development In the 1980s, aircraft performance and […]

    MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses January 28, 2019
  • B-2 Spirit

    With its precision, stealth, long-range capability and payload capacity, the B-2 Spirit is one of the most versatile airframes in the Air Force’s inventory. The combination of its unique capabilities enables global reach and allows the Air Force to bypass the enemy’s most sophisticated defenses. The B-2 Spirit’s low-observable, or stealth, characteristics give it the […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses January 14, 2019