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  • It all often depends on the invisible mandatory requirements. Like who's turn is it or who is offering the best 'incentives' etc.

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    • Here's when an F-15 is better than an F-22 or an F-35

      The F-15 is a traditional air-superiority fighter of the fourth generation. It's big, fast, agile, and carriers lots of weapons under the wing where everyone can see them. For that last reason, it's terrible at stealth, but the other side of the coin is that it's perfect for intercepting enemy aircraft.

      Bronk says that when it comes to interception, a plane must "get up right next to the aircraft, fly alongside, show weapons, go on guard frequency, tell them they're being intercepted, that they're on course to violate airspace, and to turn back immediately."

      An F-22 or F-35 shouldn't, and in some cases, can't do that.
      http://www.businessinsider.com/when-...r=US&IR=T&IR=T

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      • https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...for-the-fight/

        JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland — In a gymnasium here on Jan. 9, about 100 tactical air control party airmen got a glimpse of the future of their fitness test — and possibly yours. Some ran figure-eights around cones to test their agility, leaning heavily to one side as they curved around, lightly touching the floor to maintain their balance. One TACP’s feet slipped out from under him, and he skidded on the ground, prompting laughter and a pained “Oh!” from his fellow TACPs.


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        • USAF plans to re-open A-10 re-winging contract

          https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ntract-445228/

          Meanwhile, the USAF is leaving the schedule open for making that decision, Holmes says. Boeing has delivered enough wing-sets to support six of the nine A-10 wings. It’s possible the USAF will decide to retire some A-10s as their squadrons are replacing by incoming Lockheed Martin F-35As. So far, new F-35A squadrons have stood up to replace F-16 units.

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          • Report: Medal of Honor approved for Air Force combat controller Tech. Sgt. John Chapman

            https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...-john-chapman/

            Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, the combat controller who was killed during the fierce Battle of Roberts Ridge in Afghanistan in 2002, will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, according to a report in Task and Purpose.


            Chapman would be the first airman to receive a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, for actions since the Vietnam War.


            Chapman originally received an Air Force Cross, the second-highest valor award an airman can receive, for his heroism during the March 4, 2002, battle against al Qaida fighters.


            But newly-enhanced video from a Predator drone showed more evidence that Chapman was not dead, but instead unconscious, when a team of Navy SEALs withdrew from the battle under withering fire.




            The video analysis suggested Chapman regained consciousness and resumed fighting al Qaida members approaching on three sides. Chapman is believed to have crawled into a bunker, shot and killed an enemy fighter charging at him, and killed another enemy fighter in hand-to-hand combat.


            This new evidence prompted former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in 2016 to recommend his Air Force Cross be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

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            • Boeing, U.S. Air Force At Odds Over KC-46

              http://aviationweek.com/defense/boei...dds-over-kc-46

              The most pressing issue is improving the Rockwell Collins Remote Vision System (RVS), an advanced sensor suite that allows the crew to operate the refueling boom remotely from near the cockpit.
              One has to ask what was wrong with the old system?

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              • http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Displ...bility-to-acc/

                WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced the service’s cyber responsibilities will realign to Air Combat Command from Air Force Space Command.

                “This move will drive faster decisions as we fight by realigning the cyber operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions under the same command,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said.

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                • Won't effect mission readiness, nah, no problem!

                  https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...arental-leave/

                  The Air Force on Friday announced an expansion of parental leave for fathers, same-sex couples, and adoptive and surrogate parents. Female airmen who give birth were previously allowed to take 12 consecutive weeks of maternity convalescent leave, according to a release Friday. Airmen whose spouse gave birth also were previously allowed to take 10 days of non-chargeable leave.

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