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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at D-M

Posted April 12, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2012 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating...

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USMC MV-22 Ospry Demo

Posted April 12, 2012 by

The MV-22 Osprey flight demonstration is one of the most sought-after aerial demonstrations offered by the U.S. military. The demonstration is performed by the same aircraft and the Marines who train and deploy in support of real-world contingencies, including ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MV-22 Osprey is one of the newest aircraft to…

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Desert Rats

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The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak-18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version…

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History of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Posted April 12, 2012 by

Charles Lindbergh dedicates Davis Monthan Field: September 23, 1927 In 1925, Tucson’s City Council purchased 1,280 acres of land southeast of town to relocate the city’s municipal airport. Unknown at that time this new site would become the nucleus of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Six years earlier Tucson had the proud distinction of opening the…

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D-M named best installation in the Air Force

Posted March 29, 2012 by 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Penetta announced D-M as the winner of the 2012 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award today. The CINC IE Award is a Department of Defense award given to the best installation in each military service annually along with a $1 million prize for quality of…

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SM-3 IIA team completes TDACS preliminary design review

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has completed the preliminary design review of the SM-3 Block IIA’s throttleable divert and attitude control system. Essentially a rocket motor with four main divert nozzles and six attitude control nozzles, the TDACS’s precision propulsion will enable the SM-3 Block IIA to intercept incoming ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy. “The TDACS…

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AFAF kicked off March 23

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicked off March 26 and will run through May 4. Four major charities receive contributions from the AFAF: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Air Force Enlisted Villages and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. These charitable affiliates…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin/Released
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55th Rescue Squadron takes flight

Posted March 29, 2012 by

The primary mission of the 55th Rescue Squadron is worldwide combat search and rescue in support of combat air forces.

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AF announces 2012 aviator continuation pay program

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials released the details of fiscal 2012 Aviator Continuation Pay program this week, with continuing focus on retaining highly-qualified manned and remotely piloted aircraft rated crew members. The ACP program gives some pilots and combat systems officers the opportunity for a financial bonus in exchange for…

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Air Force ends pilot travel card program

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently decided to transition existing Controlled Spend Account travel cards to an enhanced Government Travel Card by the end of fiscal 2012. “The CSA, a pilot travel card program, provided some enhancements for travelers, but also brought about significant challenges for our most frequent travelers and those with unique…

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