Air Mobility Command has just celebrated transporting home from Southwest Asia the 500,000th passenger for rest and recuperation leave since AMC began the R and R flights in 2003. TSgt. John Jung reports that AMC officials greeted the half-millionth troop at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport last week. AMC-organized commercial airlifts fly 420 military and civilian personnel from the war zone daily to two hubs in the US, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta.
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.