A KC-135 tanker with the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing had to return to its home station at Mitchell airport in Milwaukee on Tuesday due to engine trouble, according to local Milwaukee press reports citing airport and wing officials. The aircraft was en route to a refueling track near Duluth, Minn., to support Air Guard F-16s from Duluth when the aircrew lost the function of one inboard engine due to an apparent compressor failure. The pilots turned the KC-135 around and headed back to Milwaukee, safely landing the aircraft with three engines. None of the four airmen onboard was injured. (WISN.com report and MSNBC report)
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.