According to a report in the State Journal-Register, the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Fighter Wing this week will lose its final F-16 fighter, courtesy of BRAC 2005. Some of the Air Guardsmen that supported the F-16 mission, namely firefighters and some maintainers, got a one-year reprieve earlier this month, with the assistance of the state’s Congressional delegation. The state is still pursuing a flying mission for the wing, but so far there’s none in the offing. The Springfield Air Guard is to open an air and space operations center and a new Centralized Intermediate Repair Facility, which should keep some maintainers engaged with the F-16’s General Electric engine. Wing aircraft mechanics also will continue to provide maintenance for F-16s of other units to help the Air Force cut down on a backlog.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile apparently fell short of expectations, but the AIr Force isn't saying how, reporting only that the test met "several of the objectives" of the test. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control recently said he company is "ready to go" to…