Tag: U.S. Air Force

Capt. Zoe Kotnik, First female Viper demo team pilot, relieved of command after two weeks
Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander, relieved Capt. Zoe Kotnik from command Feb. 11 due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team. Capt. Zoe Kotnik, the first female pilot to head the F-16 Viper demonstration team (VDT), has...
California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing’s Pissgate investigation
On a March morning four years ago someone urinated in 144th Fighter Wing Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pineda’s boots: there are allegations that evidence was destroyed to cover up the incident and a pilot who tried to help the female NCO faced retaliation. The U.S. Air Force Inspector General’s Office has been requested...
USAF retires its last C-5A
“The majority of my flying time has been on these A-models, they have taken me all over the world. I always enjoyed flying on them more than the newer models,” Senior Master Sgt. Nicholas Perna, 337th Airlift Squadron, loadmaster for last C-5A flight An unmistakable sound echoed across the sky above Westover...
The Story of The Four Horsemen, the C-130 Demonstration Team
During one performance, the number three Hercules lost one of the outboard engines which had to be shut down. The crew feathered the prop and continued with the air show routine without a hitch! It was tough going if you were assigned to one of the USAF Tactical Air Command's Troop Carrier...
How the Battle of Robert’s Ridge turned the F-15E Strike Eagle into the perfect CAS platform
A Strike Eagle team, led by then Maj. Christopher M. Short, flew overhead during the early part of the Battle Robert’s Ridge. “And so we shot 500 rounds, 75 feet from friendlies,” Short said. “And my wingman made five passes and shot 500 rounds, having never done it before.” The national recognition...
The Palomares Broken Arrow Accident
The B-52’s incoming speed was too fast and caused the aircraft to collide with the KC-135’s fueling boom. Major Larry G. Messinger, one of the bomber co-pilots, recalled, “All of a sudden, all hell seemed to break loose.” The U.S. military uses the term “Broken Arrow” to refer to an accident that involves...
Edwards' F-16s were activated at last minute to fire AQM-37D supersonic targets at HMAS Hobart
The F-16s are certified to fire the AQM-37D supersonic targets and a conflict in scheduling meant they were urgently required to support the joint testing by U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy off the coast of California Two F-16s and a KC-135 from Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) were activated at last minute...
Edwards AFB Test Team verifies F-35 crash recovery procedures
Different methods were verified such as using an aircraft sling attached to the F-35 to be lifted by a crane; “belly bands” that can be placed underneath the jet and attached to a crane; and inflatable airbags or lifting bags that can be used to raise a crashed or disabled F-35 Even the...
First Female Pilot for USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
Capt. Zoe “SiS” Kotnik is the Air Force’s first female single-ship aerial demonstration pilot and has over 1,000 flying hours in her eight years of military service Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, certified the new F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot and commander ahead of the 2019 season, Jan....
Will Taiwan buy F-15 or F/A-18 fighters to boost its defense capabilities?
“An F-15 will never be an F-35. Never. But I need capacity,” U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has said that his service will only buy new F-15X fighters if funds are allocated. Goldfein stressed...