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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Nellis to support Hurricane Irma rescue operations in Florida

Midafternoon Sept. 8, the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Maintenance Squadron assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received a call from the U.S. Northern Command to ready teams to support FEMA search and rescue efforts in the Florida Keys following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which later made landfall Sept. 10.

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48th RQS provides Hurricane Harvey rescue support

Courtesy photograph Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airmen deployed Aug. 29, 2017, to southeast Texas, for Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. Approximately 20 members of the 48th Rescue Squadron are providing their special skills of swiftwater and technical rescue to Hurricane Harvey victims. Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., responded to…

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Compass call reshapes OIR battlefield with electronic warfare domination

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly An EC-130H Compass Call travels along the taxiway at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 27, 2017. Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system that uses noise jamming to disrupt enemy command and control communications and deny time-critical adversary coordination essential for enemy force management….


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Airman participates in EOD immersion

Posted  July 14, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Leaving a career field can be a scary proposition for an Airman who has been performing and learning the ins and outs of their job for the better part of a decade. The new career they choose may or may not be a good fit. Despite that, Staff Sgt. Michael…

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Starter-generator failure led to intentional crash of RPA

Posted  July 13, 2016

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — A ground control station error in the wake of a starter-generator failure led to the intentional crash of an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in the CENTCOM area of responsibility Nov. 24, 2015, according to an Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report released today. The aircraft, valued at $9.9 million, was…

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Northrop Grumman surpasses $1 billion subcontracted to small businesses

Posted  July 13, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va., — Northrop Grumman Corporation has exceeded $1 billion subcontracted to small businesses under the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract (JRDC). The company celebrated the milestone with two events last month – in Huntsville, Alabama and Colorado Springs, Colorado – as small businesses in those two…

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59th MDW brings normalcy to wounded patients

Posted  July 13, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Most people may have no idea what “maxillofacial” means, but to wounded warriors with traumatic injuries the word inspires hope. Disfigured by circumstances while abroad or at home, maxillofacial prosthodontics gives wounded warriors and civilians a chance at living a normal life. “The specialty improves quality of life by…

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Given its pedigree, little bird looks to have a big future

Posted  July 12, 2016

Boeing’s newest attack helicopter is known by its nickname and smaller size compared with the AH-64 Apache—but those attributes don’t define the AH-6 “Little Bird.” The light attack and reconnaissance helicopter has a pedigreed background. U.S. Special Forces have used a variant of the AH-6 model for years, and the model’s heritage can be traced…

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