Less than 24 hours ahead of a funding deadline that
would have shut the government down at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, lawmakers
approved a bill giving themselves another week to figure out how to fund
the government through September.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History,
in Albuquerque, N.M., is raising funds to refurbish two Cold War-era
aircraft, an F-105D Thunderchief and an A-7 Corsair II.
Twelve F-15C Eagles landed in Bulgaria April 26 as part of a theater security package. Two days later, USAF sent two F-35As to the country along with 20 supporting airmen for training.
Airmen and F-16s from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter
Squadron, based out of Aviano AB, Italy, recently deployed to Bagram
Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Air Force’s fifth generation F-22s and F-35s flew alongside the best
British and French fighters for the first time in a large-scale exercise
here, but the aircraft is not the focus of the event. For USAF commanders planning and
flying regularly in Exercise Atlantic Trident 2017, the pilots and
maintainers themselves are the important focus of the trilateral
are flying daily in support of anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria,
carrying weapons and also keeping a close eye on what Syrian air
defenses are doing.
The increasing involvement of Air National Guard and
Reserve pilots into Active Duty flying units has been a “shock absorber”
of the growing pilot crisis and enabled USAF to keep some wings
healthier than others.
The Air Force is dealing with a readiness crisis that
leaders say impacts the service’s ability to conduct the “high-end”
fight, but it isn’t evenly spread across all of aircraft communities.
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