Author Brian Everstine

The Air Force Academy football season kicks off in less than a month, with the Falcons taking on Morgan State to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Falcons look to build on a 2014 season where they finished 10-3, with a 38-24 win over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USAFA will take on Navy on Oct. 3 and Army on Nov. 7. The Academy won last year’s Commander in Chief’s Trophy, for the winner of the triangular rivalry between the service academies. The Air Force has won the trophies the most of the three, with…

The Air Force Academy this week unveiled new uniforms for its football team. The Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniforms are new for this year’s season, and are made of new lightweight and flexible material. The jerseys feature American flags and an Academy patch on each shoulder. The Falcons kick off the season Sept. 5 versus Morgan State.

Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has its new F-35 squadron, but does not have the jets yet. The 34th Fighter Squadron reactivated during a ceremony July 17 at the base, which will be the first operational home for the Air Force’s variant of the stealth fighter. The squadron returned to life after being deactivated as an F-16 unit in 2010. The squadron can trace its lineage back to World War II through Vietnam, according to the Air Force. The maintainers who will work on the jets have been at the base for two months to prepare for the arrival. The…

  The Air Force’s main F-35 pilot training base this month activated another squadron of the next-generation stealth aircraft. The 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, stood up earlier this month during an assumption of command ceremony on June 5. Lt. Col. Gregory Frana, previously the F-35A director of operations for the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke, will command the new unit. The squadron will begin receiving jets next month, and will train alongside pilots from Norway and Italy. “We will focus our efforts on what we’ve been doing for three generations – training and delivering combat…

Air Education and Training Command today released a full investigation into last year’s F-35 mishap that caused one of the jets, tail number 10-5015, to be almost completely destroyed by fire during takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The investigation board found that part of an engine rotor broke free during takeoff, cutting through the fan’s case, engine bay, internal fuel tank and hydraulic fluid lines. The fuel and hydraulic fluid ignited, causing a fire that burned the rear two-thirds of the aircraft. The pilot was able to abort the language and exit the aircraft, and emergency responders extinguished the…

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is hanging up his Air Force blues. Graham, who has served as a judge advocate general in the Air Force Reserves since 1995 and had previously been on both active duty and the South Carolina Air National Guard, is turning 60 this summer, and hitting the mandatory retirement age. “Although I would cherish the opportunity to continue to serve, I know that the time has come for me to end my service and transfer to the retired reserves,” Graham, a colonel and senior individual mobilization augmentee to the judge advocate general, said in a statement…

Ten F-35s flew from their training site at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, for two weeks this month in the first test of how the jets, pilots and maintainers could move and operate from a new base. This first training “deployment”  tested half of Luke’s fleet at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, from April 4-18. “Operating away from Luke has been a huge success for the wing, Team Nellis and the F-35 program in general,” Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the commander of the 56th Figher Wing, in a news release. “We are learning lessons that will be hugely important for our pilots…

To celebrate the Air Force Reserve’s birthday and black heritage day in Major League Baseball, the Air Force sent out an airmen who represents both. Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris, commander of 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, presented the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to commemorate her service, the command and diversity both in the Air Force and out. “They asked would I be willing to help celebrate the Air Force Reserve’s 67th birthday at a Nationals game? I said ‘Of course I would, I would be honored,” Harris said.…

The first operational training base for the F-35A this week hit a new milestone: 1,000 flights. Maj. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, on Tuesday flew the 1,000th sortie at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. It is now the fastest wing to reach 1,000 sorties in the F-35, according to the Air Force. The flight occurred about one month before the first official class of student pilots is set to get started at the training center on base. The milestone was the second in a week at the base. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, flew…

The first production drone version of the F-16 has touched down at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and will get ready for its demise. On March 11, the first production version of the QF-16 aerial targeting drone landed at the base. The aircraft has been in testing to eventually replace the legacy QF-4 Phantom aerial target. “Today culminates five years of hard work and dedication beginning with a development program, completing a rigorous test and evaluation phase that has ultimately led to the first operational delivery of the QF-16,” said Michele Hafers, director, test and training division at Eglin Air…

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