Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Airpower use still soaring

July 6, 2010

Halfway through the year, the U.S. Air Force is on track to substantially outpace last year's aerial surge in total sorties in U.S. Central Command, which comprises both Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year's month-by-month total grew throughout the year, spiking to over 10,000 per month late in the year. So far in 2010, the number is already over 70,000 [on pace for potentially about 140,000, closer to 12,000 flights per month].

Air sorties, often around 400 per day, are tracked daily by AIR FORCE Magazine's Daily Report.

Photo: An E-3 Sentry receives fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker May 25, 2010, while flying over Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Zickmund)

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