Alabama Air National Guard Lt. Col. Scott Patten has surpassed 3,000 flying hours in F-16, marking his 3,000th during a mission Sept. 11 over Iraq. Patten is a member of the 187th Fighter Wing at Montgomery. The wing deployed some 300 airmen to Iraq earlier this summer for 50 days. The latest deployment marks the third to Iraq for the 187th FW. According to a unit history, the 187th was the first unit to use the 500-pound GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition in combat.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.