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  • Idaho deployment to push F-35 limits

    Eight F-35A aircraft and 160 personnel from Hill Air Force Base will depart this week for rigorous operational testing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, through June 17. This marks the first time Hill's operational F-35s will travel out of state for training.The F-35A pilots and maintainers from Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and
  • Piecing the puzzle together, RPAs provide crucial CAP capabilities: Planning the mission

    It’s a common myth that remotely piloted aircraft (RPA’s) such as the MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper fly themselves as autonomous super machines. Another misconception surrounding RPA’s is the aircraft require only a single pilot and sensor operator to function. In fact, the RPA enterprise of MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers is maintained or operated by multiple Air Force Specialty Codes, each one playing a key role in supporting every combat air patrol (CAP) thus enabling combatant commanders access to 24/7/365 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.