Retired Col. Vincent Fonke has just been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions as a bomber pilot during World War II. Lt. Gen. Christopher Kelly, Air Mobility Command vice commander, and Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.), whose office helped Fonke get the medal, were on hand for the event last week at Pope AFB, N.C., reports journalist David Tijerina. Fonke, who ended his 30-year career at Pope, received the DFC because his B-17 crew was attacked while they were attacking the Siebel aircraft factory in Halle, Germany. His plane’s No. 2 engine got destroyed and the right wing caught on fire after being hit between the No. 3 and No. 4 engines.
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.