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Air Force

C-17 Globemaster III

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can…

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KC-10 Extender

Posted March 4, 2016 by

General Characteristics Primary Function: Aerial tanker and transport Contractor: The Boeing Company Power Plant: Three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans Thrust: 52,500 pounds, each engine Length: 181 feet, 7 inches (54.4 meters) Height: 58 feet, 1 inch (17.4 meters) Wingspan: 165 feet, 4.5 inches (50 meters) Speed: 619 mph (Mach 0.825) Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)…

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MQ-1B Predator

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The MQ-1B Predator is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons, it provides a unique capability to perform strike, coordination and reconnaissance (SCAR) against high-value, fleeting, and…

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B-1B Lancer

Posted March 4, 2016 by

Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1 is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force. It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time. The B-1B’s blended wing/body configuration, variable-geometry wings and…

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T-6A Texan II

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The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training, or JPPT, students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. Produced by Raytheon Aircraft, the T-6A Texan II is a military trainer version of Raytheon’s Beech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II. Stepped-tandem seating in the…

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AC-130W Stinger II

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General characteristics Contractor: Lockheed Power plant: four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops Thrust: Thrust 4,300 shaft horsepower each engine Speed: 300 mph Ceiling: 28,000 feet Maximum takeoff weight: 155,000 pounds Range: 2,500 nautical miles; limited by crew duty day with air refueling Crew: two pilots, two combat system officers, flight engineer, two special mission aviators Armament: 30mm…

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Women’s History Month, playing a key role in RPA aviation

Posted March 2, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — Many people say you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been. For some this quote may not mean much, but for the women of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing who provide the Air Force’s largest remotely piloted aircraft enterprise with support this statement rings true….

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Character

Posted March 2, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Karl McGregor

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) – (The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Defense Department or the U.S. Government.) “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they…

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Hill’s F-35s drop first weapons

Posted February 29, 2016 by Nathan Simmons

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS) — Airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range the week of Feb. 25, marking the first time an F-35 Lightning II combat unit has deployed weapons from the F-35A. Lt. Col. George Watkins, the 34th Fighter Squadron commander, said…

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AF stands up Chief Master Sergeant Academy

Posted February 29, 2016 by Phil Berube

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Chief Master Sergeant Academy faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base is preparing for the first class of students in April. The academy’s activation re-establishes the fourth level of enlisted professional military education and marks the first time the Air Force has had a stand-alone faculty and facility dedicated…

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