March 21, 2019


Air Force considers clean-sheet F-16 successor

The US Air Force is studying the potential for a clean-sheet design to replace the F-16, a successor aircraft described by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown as “something new and different, that’s not the F-16 — that has some of those capabilities, but gets there faster and uses some of our digital approach.” The aircraft could be included in the 2023 budget. Full Story: Breaking Defense

US basing of F-35 goes international The US Air Force has established the first overseas unit to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the 495th “Valkyries” Squadron based in the UK. So far the Air Force has received 284 F-35s from Lockheed Martin and is expanding basing locations of the fighter jet. Full Story: Jane’s Information Group

AT-6E Wolverine joins Air Force fleet Beechcraft has completed delivery of the first AT-6E Wolverine to the US Air Force, a plane configured for light attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. A trio of AT-6E Wolverines could be enlisted to support the Airborne Extensible Relay Over-Horizon Network. Full Story: The Drive


Paul Dias, Honorary Commander with the 355th Wing

Read this months Honorary Commander Spotlight in the pdf below.


Nancy Cole, Director Pima County Project Management Office,
with the 355th Contracting Squadron

Read this months Honorary Commander Spotlight in the pdf below.


SAVE THE DATE – August 5, 2020!

Desert Thunder Squadron members:
Due to the Covid19 virus, our Annual Meeting plans have been moved back. The format of the event has also been changed to a virtual meeting via Zoom. We will have the meeting on August 5th from 1600 to 1800. More details along with the agenda will be forthcoming. We look forward to having your involvement in the meeting and in the upcoming year’s activities as well.

The DTS Board hopes you are all well and we look forward to connecting with you next month!


Photos by Bruce A. Wright

Quarterly Reception at Green Feet Brewing

563d RQG Airmen rescue injured Mexican fishermen

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine Legate)

354th Bulldogs Deployment

Shirts for sale

At the Annual Meeting we will be taking orders for Desert Thunder Squadron embroidered T-shirts at $37 each