For years, airmen have been telling Air Force officials that they don’t like the service dress uniform. In fact, one comment is that it “resembles a cheesy business suit.” Ouch! So, the service is taking a look at some alternatives—digging into its history for a couple of possibilities. Two airmen at the Pentagon recently adorned themselves in prototype Billy Mitchell (high-neck) and Hap Arnold (belted) uniforms. Don’t line up to buy them, because the service plans to do a survey and run them through the standard uniform board review process.
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.