Israel successfully tested the Arrow–2 anti-missile
missile Tuesday morning, intercepting an incoming rocket at high
altitude, the Defense Ministry announced. It was the 11th test of
Israel's anti-ballistic missile system. The United States has put
up most of the funding for the Arrow program and US officials were
on hand for the test.
Describing the test launch as "routine," a defense ministry
statement said its objectives were to demonstrate the Arrow's
systems improved performance against incoming targets at a higher
The following is a joint message from Secretary of the Air Force
Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P.
“It was the most significant 12 seconds of the last 100
“On Dec. 17, 1903, two bicycle builders from Ohio, Orville
and Wilbur Wright, launched the world on a path to the heavens when
their rudimentary airplane of wire, wood and canvas wings lifted
off a windy, grassy hill at Kitty Hawk (N.C.).
“Since their marvelous achievement, aviation has enabled our
expansion, enhanced our commerce and expanded our
Across the Wright Brothers National Monument on Monday, there
were a variety of uniforms. Plenty of guys and gals in flight
suits, then a pack of Naval Officers in their blues, with white
covers, an Air Force Major in his blues, and then another set of
blues with some serious gold braid around the cuffs. Wait a
minute…that would be an Admiral, right?
In Blues? Hmm.
That sort of cuts it down to the Coast Guard, and it turns out to
be Rear Admiral Jim Olson, call sign "Ox" who has the distinction
of being the "Ancient Albatross" of the Coast Guard, the aviator
who has been on duty the longest period of time… the senior
aviator, based on when he got his wings.
For Admiral Olson, that would be in May of 1972. If you're
like me…that makes you feel
He is Whiteman 7. He is Spirit 36. He is "GQ." He is the first
Whiteman-trained B-2 Spirit instructor pilot. And now, he is the
project officer for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
Spirit of Missouri’s arrival at Whiteman today. Col. Scott
Land, 509th Operations Group deputy commander, who has been
assigned here three times during the last 10 years, has been a part
of the B-2 program from its infancy.
As the saying goes, it's what's on the inside that counts. That
is the case for a 45-plus-year-old KC-135 Stratotanker that has
recently gone through an interior sprucing-up, by airmen of the
92nd Maintenance Squadron’s equipment excellence shop.
"These improvements are critical to our mission," said Col. Anthony
M. Mauer, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. "It's no small task,
but the folks in maintenance are doing an incredible job keeping
this aircraft (ready)."
With equipment older than many of its users, air traffic control
services here present some unique challenges for the 32 people
keeping Air Force and Army aircraft operating safely.
Adapting to the challenges, airmen working in the 506th
Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron are responsible for
Kirkuk’s airspace and all the airspace of northern Iraq,
Lockheed Martin and the Air Force have started flight testing
the latest block of software developed for the C-5 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP). Testing began on Dec. 12 with a
4.8-hour flight from the company's facility here in an upgraded
C-5B. Called Block 2.1, this is the third of four major software
builds in the modernization program. It alone represents one third
of the total amount of software code to be developed for AMP. More
than 90 percent of the code to be developed for AMP is now in