Under New Command fOR MORE THAN FORTY years Strategic Air Command was the sole operator of the US Air Forces fleet of bombers and the majority of its tankers. However on June 1, 1992 SAC, along with Military Airlift Command (MAC) and Tactical Air Command (TAC) were replaced by two new organisations. Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Mobility Command (AMC) were formed that day to help streamline USAF operations as the twenty first century approaches. ACC is based broadly along the lines of TAC even to me extent of having its headquarters located in the former Tactical Air Command building at Langley AFB, Virginia. AMC operates from Scott AFB, Illinois from the building previously housing the headquarters of MAC.

All aircraft formerly assigned to MAC, SAC and TAC and which are home based in the continental United States have been transferred to one of the two new Commands, resulting in new markings and colour schemes being applied. Whereas ACC has assumed virtually all of TAC’s assets and AMC has been given the majority of MAC’s aircraft types, the 1,000 plus bombers and tankers of SAC have been divided between the two organisations.

As its title suggests Air Combat Command has the primary role of strike and air defence with an area of responsibility encompassing not just the United States

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UNBEARABLE DEFICITS

Declining budgets challenge France as it seeks fiscal control, defense autonomy

The top priority of France’s newly elected president, Francois Hollande, is to slash government debt. Although this is no surprise, such a primary goal requires sacrifices as well as new priorities in an environment such as the current very challenging one: The economy is weak, growth is minimal, and the aerospace and defense industry’s production costs are too high to efficiently sustain competition.

Initial steps to kick off a difficult recovery effort are being devised and defense budgets are not expected to be significantly reduced. France benefits from a

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UMMERSTAGE

The free performances continue, as the exemplary Philadelphia hip-hop outfit Illstyle & Peace Productions hits Queensbridge Park (Aug. 8) and Bloomingdale Park (Aug. 9) for short morning shows and Marcus Garvey Park (Aug. 11) for an early-evening kids’ show. Also at Marcus Garvey Park (Aug. 9 and 10), the troupe joins the spirited but musty Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the more current Camille A. Brown & Dancers. At East River Park (Aug. 16), the leggy and chic Francesca Harper presents «Modo Fusion: Art Prototype», a multidisciplinary deconstruction of beauty pageants. See city parks foundation.org for details.

«ERASING BORDERS»

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ULTRA WIDE-ANGLES

THE VFRSATILITY OF AN ULTRA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM MAKES IT A MUST-HAVE OPTIC FOR EVERY DSLR USER. WE TEST FOUR POPULAR ZOOMS THAT CAN BE USED WITH FULL-FRAME AND APPS-C SENSORS

WITH A WIDE-ANGLE LENS, your first thought is probably landscapes — and they’re certainly great for capturing broad, sweeping views. Another good time to grab a wide-angle is in tight spaces, particularly interiors when there just isn’t room to move back.

Wide-angles can also play to your creative side, making everyday subjects look excitingly dynamic with exaggerated perspective effects. This is not a characteristic of the lens itself, as perspective

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Ukraine sell Blackjacks

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE have reached preliminary agreement on the sale of some Ukrainian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Moscow. The agreement was reached during a two-day visit to Kiev by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets, and was subsequently endorsed by the Ukrainian National Security Council and Defence Minister Valery Shmarov.

Air Force Commander Volodymyr Antonets said Ukraine was no longer capable of supporting the Tu-160, and would rely in future on its remaining 24 Tu-95 Bears. It has not been announced how many of the 18 Tu-160s based at Priluki, 75 miles (120km) north of Kiev, are to be

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UK visitors

AIRCRAFT FROM FOUR nations began arriving at RAF St Mawgan for Exercise Resolute Response on April 27. The maritime exercise involved aircraft from Germany (Tornados from MFG.2), Norway (P-3N and P-3Cs from 333 Skv), USA (an EC-24A from FEWSG, plus P-3Bs from VP-64 and VP-66) and the UK The exercise finished on May 15.

Other aircraft taking part in Britain included eight F-16As from the 169th FS/Illinois ANG, which arrived at RAF Fairford on April 30 accompanied by four KC-135Es from 108th AREFS/Illinois ANG. For many, this was the last chance to see the unit operating its F-16s, as it

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