January 2009

Vol. 92, No. 1

UAV Pilots

There aren’t enough of them. The Air Force is determined to do something about that.

The John Young View

The F-22 is a pain. The F-35 is a marvel. The tanker program is a mess. So is space. Any questions?

The Taiwan Problem, Alive and Kicking

If “secessionist forces [cause] Taiwan’s secession from China, or … possibilities for a peaceful reunification [are] completely exhausted, the state shall employ non-peaceful means.” —China’s 2005 anti-secession law. (Staff map by Zaur Eylanbekov) Beijing could not be more blunt. China...

Air Force World

Airman Dies in Iraq SSgt. Brian P. Hause, 29, of Stoystown, Pa., died Oct. 23 of noncombat-related medical causes while deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, from the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Shaw AFB, S.C. He was serving as...


Remembering Pearl Harbor “Roosevelt had become President on his public pledge not to go to war, so in order to start a war between the United States and Japan, it had to appear that Japan took the first shot. …...

PBY Catalina

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Airpower’s Magna Carta

“Air Organization and the Direction of Aerial Operations” Gen. Jan Smuts London August 17, 1917 FULL TEXT VERSION In summer 1917, London was rocked by German bomber attacks. The World War I British Cabinet appointed a committee—Prime Minister David Lloyd...


Editorial: Hard Times I take exception to your statement in the editorial, “Hard Times,” in the November issue [p. 2] of Air Force Magazine “that the expense of simply maintaining today’s 1.4-million-strong US force has gotten wildly out of hand”...

AFA National Report

Air Force Ball in Los Angeles Brig. Gen. Susan J. Helms received the prestigious Gen. Thomas D. White Space Award at the Los Angeles Air Force Ball, hosted by the Gen. B. A. Schriever Los Angeles Chapter at the Beverly...