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Above and Below: With the change in U.S. Presidents on 20 January 2017, ‘Marine One’ was once again tasked to transport an outgoing Chief Executive and adopt the call sign of ‘Executive One’.
Above: Icons retire. A formation of QF-4 Phantoms flew over hundreds of spectators during the QF-4 “Phinal Phlight” event 21 December 2016 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The event included an air demonstration, formal retirement ceremony and a “pet-the-jet” expo with static displays of the QF-4 Phantom, QF-16 Fighting Falcon and E-9 “Widget” to mark the end of the type’s 53 years of service to the U.S. Air Force.
Above: A U.S. Navy 11th November 2016 press release and the Air Force Association (via a 16th December 2016 electronic newsletter story) are reporting that Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force, pilots have been test flying Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs off US aircraft carriers as part of the United Kingdom’s “regeneration” of carrier strike capability. The British and Australian pilots have been operating from USS America. (The history of joint shipboard training with the Mother Country and Commonwealth forces is notable; for instance, during the Second World War some Royal Navy pilots were carrier qualified upon successfully completing deck landings aboard the U.S. Navy’s Lake Michigan-based training carriers USS Wolverine and USS Sable.) In exchange, and commencing in 2021, U.S. Military F-35Bs will operate from the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. The U.S. Navy press release states the following: “The integration of the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy within joint squadrons and operations worldwide hearkens back to RAF Harrier and Royal Navy Sea Harrier initiatives to economize and streamline operations by leveraging resources and personnel operating across common platforms.” For the most part the referenced British programs were undertaken in the 1970s and 1980s.
Tom Butkhalter, author, adventurer & world traveler
Civil Air Patrol integrating with U.S. Air Force after joining the “Total Force.”
The January 2017 issue of the Air Force Association’s Air Force Magazine reports (CAP Joins the Total Force by Tim Mathews) that the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), which has been in existence for 75 (and U.S. Air Force’s auxiliary for 68) years, is now increasingly a partner in major missions. In August 2015 U.S. Air Force (USAF) updated its doctrine to include CAP’s volunteers in its definition of the service’s “Total Force,” which had previously consisted only of Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and civilian personnel employed by USAF. USAF command leaders are now directed to consider all Total Force elements “when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission.” CAP operates border-to-border and coast-to-coast within the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. In recent years, the emergency services mission has expanded into counterdrug surveillance, fighter interceptor training, critical infrastructure surveillance, and noncombat support missions. Currently, CAP members fly nearly 100,000 hours per year performing missions under the direction of Air Force, state, and local agencies. In Fiscal 2015, CAP aircrews flew 79,003 hours on Air Force-authorized missions alone, 47 percent more than a decade earlier. CAP possesses a fleet of about 550 aircraft. The Fiscal 2015 buy included 21 Cessna 172S aircraft, and Fiscal 2016 saw the purchase of 17 Cessna 182Ts and two Cessna 206s. In fact, with 35 Cessna 206s, 194 Cessna 172s, and 343 Cessna 182s, CAP operates the most Cessna aircraft in the world. Read the full article by clicking here.
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