Instructor pilots with the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph AFB, Tex., brought their T-6A Texan II trainers to Cannon AFB, N.M., where they hoped to entice a few fighter pilots to cross over into the IP world, reports CMSgt. Gary Emery. Since Cannon is giving up its F-16 force, the 12th Operations Group commander, Col. Christopher Weggeman, himself a former Viper pilot, thought he might garner a few volunteers to help “forge Air Force aviators with a combat mentality early on,” says Maj. Paul Dupuis. He and Maj. Tommy Hudnall got the call to provide orientation rides on the Texan and apparently sparked some interest.
An Active-Duty Airman set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy this afternoon, the Air Force confirmed to Air & Space Forces Magazine. The man, who was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, has not yet been publicly identified.