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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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The Planet Hunters: Our telescopes are discovering new worlds. Will the next one hold life?

Posted  July 12, 2016

High above the surf and tanned beaches of Hawaii lies one of the Pacific’s highest mountains: Mauna Kea. Capped at 13,796 feet (4,205 meters), it’s the perfect perch for some of Lockheed Martin’s employees in Hawaii. There they study the sky to inform the science community about space junk, and—much farther away—planets. In fact, they…

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Carter announces 560 US troops to deploy to Iraq

Posted  July 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad on July 11. He commended them for the recent progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the capture of a strategic airfield near the town of Qayyarah that…

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Battlefield Airmen use science to beat the heat

Posted  July 11, 2016

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Of all the threats facing battlefield Airmen and other special operations forces, heat doesn’t typically come to mind; however, heat-related illness is a critical factor for personnel operating in extreme temperatures. Dr. Reginald O’Hara and his exercise physiology research team at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine,…

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Ask a Badwater finisher…if you can find one

Posted  July 11, 2016

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — Ever wonder what it might be like to run more than 100 miles? If so, ever consider adding 100-degree heat and more than 14,000 feet in cumulative elevation gain? An Airman will find out in July. Capt. Jared Struck, an aircraft maintenance officer with the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, is training…

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Changing Air Force healthcare through innovation

Posted  July 9, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va.– Innovation is a buzzword often associated with new technology platforms or successful sports teams, but in reality innovation can apply anywhere someone comes up with a new idea or way of doing something. When it comes to health innovation and research, it’s all about finding new solutions to improve healthcare throughout the…

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