June 2008

Vol. 91, No. 6

Hail and Farewell

At Columbus AFB, Miss., the Tweet called it a career, leaving the mission to other trainers.

Billy Mitchell and the Battleships

July 21, 2021, marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Ostfriesland, a former German battleship, by aerial bombardment from a brigade led by Brig. Gen. William Mitchell in a demonstration of the superiority of airpower. To commemorate the occasion, Air Force Magazine is republishing this 2008 magazine feature recounting the historic episode.

How Many Nuclear Warheads?

Eighteen months from now, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) will expire, raising questions about what takes its place. Six months from now, a Congressional commission will report its ideas about the future shape of US strategic forces. Today,...

Air Force World

IEDs Kill Three Airmen Three airmen deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq were killed by improvised explosive devices in March and April during operations supporting coalition forces. TSgt. William H. Jefferson Jr., 34, of Norfolk, Va., died March 22 from wounds...


Major Strategic Victory “The surge has done more than turn the situation in Iraq around—it has opened the door to a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror.”—President Bush, speech at Pentagon, March 19. Rockefeller’s Spitball “McCain was...


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The Mega Force

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Cliffward Bound I agree with your assessment [“Editorial: Lurching Toward a Cliff,” April, p. 2] that the 2009 budget request does not adequately fund Air Force investment programs. The nation needs at least 381 F-22 fighters, many more C-17s than...

AFA National Report

In Honor of Air Attachés Foreign air attachés from more than 30 countries gathered for Air Force Magazine’s 28th annual reception held in their honor in March in Arlington, Va. Air Force Association Chairman of the Board Robert L. “Bob”...