Feb 07 2009
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U.S. Air Force photo
The C-17 that landed at Bagram airfield with it’s landed get retracted has been removed from the runway by DOD civilians and contractors. There were no significant injuries on board after the landing but the incident did cause a problem for operations at Bagram.
A lengthy runway closure is our worst nightmare at Bagram…The Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers on the 455th AEW team work extremely hard every day to make sure coalition forces all over Afghanistan can count us to be there with close-air support, airdrop and airlift, personnel recovery, and electronic attack, when and where they need it. We knew we would have to find a way to keep doing our job while our runway was closed. – Brig. Gen. James M. “Mike” Holmes, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander.
This is the first incident of this type in the 16-year history of the C-17 and it sounds like the recovery crews did an exemplary job of getting this aircraft removed quickly and operations restored. The one thing I have not heard is that there was any type of emergency declared prior to landing so I’m assuming that either the gear collapsed or they were never put down initially? A safety board has been convened to investigate. You can read more here.
Feb 03 2009
From Air Force Times
By Bruce Rolfsen – Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Feb 3, 2009 7:20:40 EST
A C-17 Globemaster made a “gear up” landing at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan late Friday.
The crew got off the plane safely, but there was a small fire and extensive damage to plane’s underside, according to Air Force reports.
The plane, assigned to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., was landing at Bagram around 10 p.m. when the accident occurred, reports said. The emergency resulted in the temporary closure of runway at the largest military airport in Afghanistan. Air operations resumed Saturday.
Accident and safety investigation boards are looking into what caused the accident.
Friday’s accident was the second bad C-17 landing in Afghanistan during the past two months.
There were no injuries Dec. 23 when a C-17 from Charleston rolled off the runway at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan while trying to land at 6:20 a.m.
Feb 02 2009
The Air Force will begin operational testing of a synthetic jet fuel made by Rentech of Commerce City, Colorado after lab tests confirmed that it met Air Force requirements for synthetic fuel. The biodegradable, cleaner-burning fuel has a longer shelf-life than existing petroleum-based fuels and can be used with no modifications to the engines.
Read the rest here.
Feb 01 2009
TACOMA, Wash. – U.S. Air Force aircraft and personnel are being relocated from Alaska to McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma as a precautionary measure due to heightened activity at Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano.
The relocation, while temporary, is expected to last two to four weeks at a minimum, said Master Sgt. Dean J. Miller, a spokesman for the McChord base.
The aircraft and personnel are coming to McChord from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, which is located about 100 miles from the Redoubt volcano.
The mountain began rumbling back to life several days ago, and activity has been increasing ever since. Gas and steam billowed from the mountain’s flank over the weekend.
Alaska volcanoes typically start with an explosion that can shoot ash 50,000 feet high and into the jet stream. The ash can damage or foul aircraft engines in the vicinity.
The Redoubt volcano last erupted in 1989, when it sent out an ash cloud that flamed out the jet engines of a KLM flight carrying 231 passengers on its way to Anchorage. The jet dropped more than two miles before pilots were able to restart the engines and land safely.
Read the rest here.
Jan 31 2009
From The Arizona Republic
A law designed to keep communities from getting too close to Luke AFB may be on the verge of getting overturned leaving the F-16 training base with fewer options for flight paths. Maricopa County is trying to reverse the law saying that it deprives land owners of the value of their land. Luke, one of the locations being considered as a home for the F-35 is worried that the base will be shut down as the F-16s are phased out.
“If the county policy goes forward, as they are trying to justify, I think we will have additional residential encroachment, and that is a very, very negative message to send to the folks in the Air Force when they are making a decision about where the Joint Strike Fighter is going to be bedded down and where the training is going to take place,” – Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
My 2 cents? Maricopa County may get exactly what they want, but what will they say if Luke is forced to close and they take with them the 2 billion in revenue that’s pumped into the economy every year?
Read more here.