September 24, 2021

F-16 Crash at Airventure 2011

An F-16 from the Alabama Air National Guard overshot the runway at EAA Airventure 2011 Airshow in Oshkosh Wisconsin.

The pilot was not hurt, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

F-16 Crash at Airventure 2011 in Oshkosh

F-16 at Airventure. Photo by Mike Rollinger

Photo by Mike Rollinger:  Flickr

No air show visitors were harmed.

Officials don’t know the cause of the crash, but speculate that there could have been an equipment malfunction.

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Air Force Instruction on Dress and Personal Appearance is Updated

“The United States Air Force has completely revised their dress code, adding new items and getting rid of others. The policy was previously revised before the release of the Airman Battle Uniform and focused on clarifying certain aspects of appearance such as length of fingernails, what color cell phone a soldier can carry while on duty, and how many rings a female soldier can wear.

Unlike that moderate revision, the Air Force Instruction 36-2903 is a complete overall of the policy which now includes more tables and photographs.

“”Individuals learn and retain information differently,”"said Ruth Ewalt, a senior official at the Air Staff. The hope is that the newly formatted visual aids will add to the usability of the AFI and allow airmen to better understand what is expected.

There was also a need to consolidate the information from the 98th virtual uniform board and other revisions that have been approved in the last five years to eliminate contradictions. A major difference in the new AFI is the way it is organized. Instead of soldiers having to flip to numerous different pages to see the specifications for one uniform, each uniform has its own section ranging from formal wear to utility and distinctive uniforms. In the first three chapters are sections on the basic philosophy of the Air Force, appropriate occasions for certain uniform items, places to purchase uniforms, and grooming and appearance standards. Chapters four through seven lay out the instructions for every uniform worn by members of the air force and details on all outer garments, headgear, and accessories. While The remaining chapters offer customizations of uniforms in respect to badges, awards, and decorations. In addition to the usual topics the AFI added across the board regulation for tattoo sizing. The current standard still applies, in that the tattoo should not cover more than twenty-five percent of the body part. Any tattoo that is considered excessive requires commander-approval.

The newly revised AFI was designed with the help of input from airmen of all ranks and areas of the Air Force. Senior officials wanted everyone whether they be commanders, recruits, training officers, or recruiters, because of the all encompassing effect of the new Air Force Instruction.”

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U.S. Air Force Press Release

AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel

Air Force Dress Codes

Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia

Air Force dress code requirement

World War 2 Bombing Raids Caused Climate Change

“A new study has revealed that allied bombing raids leaving Britain during World War II may have affected the weather.

World War 2 Bombing Raids Caused Climate Change

Rob Mackenzie of the University of Birmingham, and Roger Timmis of the British Environment Agency studied weather records between 1943 and 1945. They found that the areas the planes flew over when conducting the huge air raids were cooler than nearby areas.

The vapor trail (contrail) left by an airplane is the result of hot exhaust fumes blasting into the cold air in the upper atmosphere. They can block the sun’s rays, causing the area underneath the contrails to become cooler.

The researchers studied the areas in England where the bombing raids originated. Commercial and civilian air traffic was rare in these areas, but when the bombing raids began, there was a huge increase in traffic in a specific area. This made it easy to distinguish between climate data in this area compared to unaffected areas nearby. They found that the area below the airplanes’ path was an average 1.44 degrees F cooler than the surrounding areas.

This data can be used to study the effect that airplane contrails have on contemporary climate.”

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World War II Bomber Contrails Show How Aviation Affects Climate

Final Space Shuttle Launch

“Friday July 8th, 2011, marked the final time that a space shuttle made lift off. Hundreds of thousands of people converged on the Kennedy space station at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to watch Atlantis make NASA’s 135th and final launch into space.

Final Space Shuttle Launch

NASA was aided by military, government civilians and contractors from the 45th Space Wing of the US Air Force, who provided Eastern range support to the mission.

The launch was not without problems, with weather issues, and a two minute delay thirty one seconds prior to lift off, due to concerns about whether a venting arm had retracted properly.

When Atlantis touches down from the planned twelve day mission, it will mark the end of the shuttle program, which has been in operation for thirty years. It is thought that it will be at least four years before another US launch. This isn’t unusual, as there was a six year gap between the end of the Apollo program and the initial shuttle launch in 1981. Program delays, technical issues and disasters have also led to extended gaps between launches.

Not surprisingly, there are mixed feelings about the retirement of the shuttle.

“”After this mission, we will no longer have the ability to send American astronauts into space ourselves. And, arguably, we will no longer be the leaders in human spaceflight until we get that capability back.”" said former astonaut Leroy Chiao, on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’.

Cady Coleman, who has recently returned from a long stay at the space station, shared the same feelings, but she thought that NASA needs to take this time to refocus its budget on new technology and vehicles.

“”Going further is what we’re all about, so it’s a hard change. It’s necessary. And in some ways, I think, it’s OK just to take some time to grieve.”" said Coleman.

Brigadier General Ed Wilson, commander of the 45th Space Wing commented “”It’s been our honor to support the space shuttle program the past three decade. The partnership between the Air Force and NASA here on the Eastern Range in support of human spaceflight has truly set the standard for others to follow around the world.”"

He went on to say “”We’re all saddened to see this historic era come to an end, but we look forward with hope and enthusiasm for what lies ahead in our nation’s human spaceflight program here on the Space Coast. Finally, we wish the crew of Atlantis a safe, successful mission and will be ready to support their landing in the days ahead.”"

For thirty years, Atlantis and its four sister shuttles have been considered a powerful US symbol, but have also shown their fragility. Both Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) were destroyed in accidents, resulting in the deaths of fourteen astronauts.

The shuttles, which were originally anticipated to eventually become a routine ‘transportation system’, turned out to be much more complicated, dangerous and expensive than expected.

After the Columbia accident investigation released its finding in 2004, the Bush administration made to the decision to retire the fleet once the International Space Station was completed.”"Columbia’s failure to return home is a harsh reminder that the Space Shuttle is a developmental vehicle that operates not in routine flight but in the realm of dangerous exploration”" reported the board of investigation.

A downside to the end of the shuttle program is the US’ increased dependency on Russian rockets, lasting at least through 2015, when it is hoped that a new US space capsule will be ready for lift off. While the Obama administration has cancelled the planned successor due to it being behind schedule and over budget, NASA is confident that the work already done will contribute to the long term goal of exploration beyond Earth’s orbit, eventually reaching Mars.”

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45th Space Wing Supports Successful Final Shuttle Launch

Striking NASA Photo Shows Last Shuttle Launch From Above

Paris Air Show

“American military aircraft and personnel were out in full force at the 49th International Paris Air Show, which began Jun 20 at the Le Bourget Airport near Paris. From fast strike fighters like the F-15 Strike Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the huge C-17 Globemaster and the C-5 Super Galaxy, there was something for every aviation aficionado.

Paris Air Show

Held every two years, the Paris Air Show has been drawing aircraft lovers young and old for over one hundred years. Some people, like Steven and Sheila Waters from Georgia, even plan their honeymoon around the show. Over 340,000 professional and public visitors are expected at this year’s show.”

Air Force Intercepts Aircraft

Air Force Intercepts Aircraft

For the second time in several weeks, a small plane wandered into the airspace surrounding Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Frederick County, MD. Only six miles from Camp David airspace, NORAD picked up the strayed 2-seat plane, which had taken off in Salisbury, MD. An F15 fighter jet was sent to investigate and, ultimately, guide the pilot and his craft to a landing strip in nearby Hagerstown, MD. President Obama and his family were in residence at Camp David for the 4th of July weekend. The pilot was met on the ground by local authorities, who determined the breach was an accident.|

Air Force Pilot Unable to Eject, Crashes

An Air Force pilot who was killed in an training exercise in late June was unable to eject from the plane before it crashed, according a U.S. Air Force investigation.

Air Force Pilot Unable to Eject, Crashes

Captain Eric Ziegler took off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 7 miles north of Las Vegas, in an F-16C Fighting Falcon before it crashed 20 miles west of Caliente, Nevada on June 28. He was in a “”dogfight”" training exercise when the crash happened.

According to Brigadier General T.J. O’Shaughnessy, the commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis, Ziegler was conducting a simulated air-to-air combat exercise and was not able to eject in time before the crash. The crash occurred about 5:30 P.M., followed by extensive helicopter search and rescue efforts conducted throughout the next two days. Ziegler’s death was confirmed by the Air Force officials on June 30. The exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined, according to authorities.

“For the next several weeks, a trained investigation board will focus its exclusive efforts on collecting and protecting evidence from the scene and gathering and analyzing all relevant data with the specific purpose of determining the cause so we may prevent future mishaps,” said O’Shaughnessy.

Ziegler, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, graduated from West Fargo High School in 1999. He was remembered as a natural leader as a member of the West Fargo football team, helping them to the North Dakota State Football Championship in 1999.

He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2003, and logged more than 1,200 flight hours in the United States, Kusan Air Base, South Korea, and Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Ziegler also served two tours in Iraq. He earned a master’s degree in 2010, and was awarded an Aerial Achievement Medal and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Before the crash, Ziegler was picked to attend an elite weapons school at Nellis, according to base officials.

Ziegler was the father of an eight month old daughter, Anna, and was married to another Fargo native, Sarah, who also works for the Air Force at Nellis. A private memorial service is planned for Tuesday, July 5, at the base.

US Air Force Uses AC-130 Gunships to Back Libyan Rebels

“The widespread unrest and rebellion in Libya has forced a UN coalition that includes the United States to send their fighter planes to the country to in order to help the anti-Khadaffi rebels to try to bring back normalcy in the country.
AC-130 Gunships
AC- 130 Gunships have been believed to be a part of the US Air Force participation in the air attacks on Khadaffi forces.
The AC-130 Gunships are low-flying aircraft and are a variant of the C-130 cargo planes, used mainly to transport convoy and arms from one place to another.  The main difference is that a powerful armament of high caliber machine guns have been added.
AC-130 Gunships are generally accompanied by A-10 aircrafts, which generally are used in anti-tank missions and for hitting ground targets.
These aircrafts, along with the fighter jets that have been involved since the beginning of the air campaign, are helping the global community to put pressure on Khadaffi’s Libyan government to step down and agree to the demands of the rebels.
The US Air Force has helped a great deal to bring normalcy in the region by actively helping the civilian rebel forces and keeping a check on ground movements of the Khadaffi military forces.
Libyan unrest is part of a trend of wider discontent and rebellion in the Middle East, that has spread to other countries.”

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Air Force Academy

The US Air Force Academy provides elite military training and as well as an advanced university education. The main departments in the academy are structured like many other Air Force bases in the country. However some of the departments such as the Dean of faculty, superintendent, commandant and cadet wings are structured more like civilian higher learning institutions.

To understand a little more about the Academy, the Superintendent is the commanding officer. His functions include responsibility for military training in the base, academics and other programs such as athletics and personal development initiatives. The Commandant is in charge of the over four thousand member cadet wing.

It is also the Commandant responsibility to oversee more than three hundred Air Force and civilian support personnel. Other duties found in his docket include taking care of cadet military training, Airmanship education, supervisory activities and offering logistical support.

The Dean of Faculty of the Air Force Academy is responsible for the mission element which is comprised of seven hundred people. His duties include overseeing yearly college design, how instructions are given for more than five hundred courses. The program entails thirty two academic disciplines. He is also responsible for overseeing five different support staff agencies. The Dean of faculty also directs faculty resources.

The Air Force Academy includes the 10th Air Base Wing. It is made of more that three thousand military, civilian and contract personnel. They provide support activities at a base level. Some of the duties performed by the personnel include law enforcement, force protection, engineering, logistics, communication, financial management, medical, and military services. These duties are provided for a military community of twenty five thousand people.

The Air Force Academy was established in the early 1950s. Its creation was authorized by congress and it was not until 1955 that it admitted the first class. The group was made up of three hundred and six men. The construction of the Academy began in the later part of 1955. The Academy received accreditation in 1958.

The institution has various symbols which help to represent what it stands for. The falcon was selected as the Academy mascot because it symbolizes courage, nobility, grace during flight, and alertness. Some notable entries in the Academy were made in 1978 under the leadership of Superintendent Lt Gen James R. Allen. The first group of 157 women joined the academy in the same year and was to later graduate in 1980.

The process used for admission focuses on the qualities that are emphasized at the Academy. These include academics, leadership, athletics and character. Candidates are selected according to the procedures laid out in the U.S code, Title 10. The process is also governed by public law.

The US Air Force Academy carefully chooses the admission criteria. This is weighted to make sure that only potential candidates are enlisted to the program. Only those who display the potential to succeed in the Academy are given appointments. The four year program provides trainees with instructions and experience designed to offer knowledge and character in leadership, and the motivation to become career officers.

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How To Join The Air Force

Finding a position that’s right for you is not a difficult thing to do. In fact, as more and more years go by the number, and different types of positions that are available in the armed forces continues to grow. You have to be prepared to join the US Air Force, which is one of the most prestigious branches of the United States military.

Having said this, you are going to want to take a little bit of time to understand some of the requirements to be accepted into this branch of the military. In this article, you are going to get a good introduction to a few of the necessary requirements that will get you in, or perhaps keep you out, of the Air Force.

One of the very first things that you will be asked to do, before anything else in most cases, would be to sit down with a recruiter to talk about your future. You are going to want to make decisions based on what you would like to do with your life, namely if you would like to make the Air Force your primary career choice and make a lifetime commitment to the service of your country. There is always the Reserves, which only require an small commitment of weeks out of the year.

Once you have made the choice determining whether a full time or a part time commitment is what you are best for, you are going to have to take the ASVAB. This is a test that will give placement positions in the military a better means to get you in a job that you will excel in. You can fail this test, and doing so will prevent you from being accepted for a certain amount of time. You need to study and learn the kinds of scores you need to get the job that you really want.

Physical requirements are also very important to the military. They would like for most of the applicants to be in fairly good shape, both regarding their physical fitness and their endurance regarding exercise. There are specific requirements for men and women. The variables of these do not change very much, though there are three main categories of achievement based on the standard of performance.

Men have requirements in the lowest standard setting such as being able to run/jog 1 1/2 miles within a minimum of approximately 12 minutes. The lowest setting of required push ups will be 45. When it comes to the lowest required amount of sit ups, the required amount will be 50. While there are no required pull ups for the lowest standard, it might be to your benefit to achieve at least a few of them.

For women, the requirements are similar in nature to the lowest standard of acceptance. To pass the physical fitness test in the lowest grade, women will need to complete the 1 1/2 mile trek in approximately 14 minutes, they will need to be able to do 27 push ups, they will need to be able to do 50 sit ups and perform in some fashion regarding pull ups.

While there might be other things that play into the acceptance into the United States Air Force, these are among the most common. If you were curious how to join the US Air Force, this will give you a good place to start this process.

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