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Air Force Light-Attack Experiment team wins Order of Daedalians Weapon System Award

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A multi-functional team of experts from across several major commands received the 2017 Daedalian Colonel Franklin C. Wolfe Weapon Systems Award at a Sept. 20 ceremony at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Club for their efforts during Phase I of the Light Attack Aircraft Experiment.


Lt. Col. Richard Cole, last of the 80 Doolittle Raiders, turns 103

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — On April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers lined up on the USS Hornet and prepared to drop bombs onto Japan for a much-needed comeback following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Bataan Death March. Leading the way for 80 men was Lt. Col. James Doolittle, giving them the title “Doolittle Raiders.”


12th FTW continues heritage of aviation innovation

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —Two 12th Flying Training Wing instructor pilots demonstrated the latest innovation of Air Force training for members of renowned pilot associations at an event hosted by the Order of Daedalians Aug. 27 at the Parr Club at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.


RAND Research Report:
Is the USAF Flying Force Large Enough?

The U.S. military has mostly operated at a high operational tempo since the end of the Cold War, and there appears to be no significant reduction in demand on the horizon. However, the U.S. military has few analytical tools for identifying the force requirements associated with ongoing operations, and there are no systematic efforts within the Department of Defense to collect data on the nature of operational demands over time. This report is intended to help address this imbalance.

Air and Space Power Journal:
Africa & Francophonie

Air University Press announces the release of the Fall 2018 edition of Air and Space Power Journal (ASPJ)–Africa & Francophonie, a forum for the dissemination of original research ideas. This issue features articles from global scholars about the European Union’s military cooperation and national defense role; peace building; Islamist violent extremism; Syria’s opposition-held areas; and the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process in South Sudan.

BLUE: Episode 25: Pilot Pipeline

The Air Force’s pilot shortage is a complex issue. To get more pilots from the classroom to the cockpit, Airmen are using technology and processes in innovative ways. Take a journey through the pilot pipeline to see solutions Airmen have implemented in each stage of fighter pilot training.


Solving the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage Problem

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies has published a Policy Paper on “Protecting the ‘Pipeline’: Overcoming the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage.” Click on the image to read the paper by Michael C. Sirak, Senior Visiting Fellow, and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Lawrence A. Stutzriem, Director of Research, both with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Air Force leadership must remain vigilant in monitoring the shortage. Experienced pilots are a valuable commodity, and many are voicing specific concerns that tie to their desire to remain in the service. They should not have to deal with an unresponsive, indifferent bureaucracy when seeking a solution to remain in uniform.



Membership Directory Update

PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) is producing the new Daedalian Membership Directory. Members may receive phone calls, emails or postcards asking them for personal information. Please click the button to view Frequently Asked Questions about this project.

Click here to view the 2018 Daedalian Annual Report