Airframes

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

  • Arctic Challenge

    According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Arctic sea ice extent has declined by 40% since 1979. The loss is transforming Alaska’s climate while also accelerating coastal erosion. “In a diminishing ice environment in the Arctic region, we’re seeing there’s more opportunity for industry, more opportunity for resource extraction, if done in a […]

    Robbie Arp No responses December 2, 2019
  • Engaging the Arctic

    In 1935, Billy Mitchell, former U.S. Army brigadier general and airpower advocate, testified before Congress that Alaska was the most strategic place in the world. From there, he said, U.S. Army aircraft could reach any capital in the northern hemisphere within nine hours.  Much of that flight time was over unoccupied polar ice, as only the […]

    Robbie Arp No responses November 18, 2019
  • Based in Trust

    Growing trust between the local community and U.S. service members, and fostering good relationships with the government in the area surrounding a new base increases the chance of local support for Airmen deployed there in an effort to bring stability to the region. The U.S. Army’s 411th Civil Affairs Battalion are experts in nurturing relationships […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses November 12, 2019
  • Built from Scratch

    For three years, RED HORSE Airmen have been rotating every six months to Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, to participate in the largest troop labor construction project in Air Force history. RED HORSE stands for Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers. The Air Force built the base and its 6000-foot […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses November 5, 2019
  • Air Base 201

    After 1000 days, and barriers including dust storms, thunderstorms, and the isolated location, US Air Force Airmen at Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger have completed the largest troop labor project in history. Air Base 201’s 6000 foot runway will give the Air Force a constant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance presence in a increasingly active […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses November 1, 2019
  • 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