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T-6A Texan II

Posted March 4, 2016 by

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

Posted March 4, 2016 by

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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Learning my role

Posted February 24, 2016 by Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California — Time and time again I hear, “Everyone makes senior airman, and it’s no big deal.” If it wasn’t a big deal, something to be proud of or a stepping stone, why is there a rank in the first place? I put on senior airman earlier this year and I can tell…

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Air Force warns Airmen against talking politics on social media

Posted February 24, 2016 by Mitch Shaw

HILL AIR FORC BASE, Utah — In a year that will undoubtedly be headlined by politics both national and local, the Air Force is warning Airmen to watch what they say and how they say it. With the 2016 presidential election just nine months away, the Air Force released an informational video, reminding Airmen of Department of…

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General: Airpower key to ISIL fight; strikes to continue

Posted February 23, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)  — The head of Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign said Feb. 18 the “most precise air campaign in history” has severely hurt terrorist plans across Iraq and Syria, with more airstrikes to come. “There is no doubt coalition airpower has and continues to dramatically degrade Daesh’s ability to fight and conduct…

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a UAV

Posted February 19, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS)  — Due to popularity and past holiday sales, the amount of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have soared. The Federal Aviation Administration estimated more than one million UAVs were sold during the year-end holiday season. With that many new drones added to existing numbers, federal, state and local officials are concerned…

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