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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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Thunderbolts prepare for Air Force 70th Birthday

Sept. 18, 1947, is seen as the official birth of the Air Force which has a rich history that revolutionized how the U.S. military functions as we know it today. Today’s Air Force is comprised of more than 680,000 Airmen, made up of active duty, reservists, guardsmen and civilians all who have answered our Nation’s…

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Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

It was a regular day on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Modern Day Air Force

Modern Day Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000…


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STREET BEAT

Posted  November 4, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 3 through 30 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 66 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 4: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the base exchange parking garage. There were no injuries….

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Solo student handles in-flight emergency

Posted  November 4, 2016

A Buckeye, Arizona, man maintained calm while following his training when he responded to an in-flight emergency that resulted in a safe landing of the airplane with no damage to pilot or aircraft. Nick Sherman, 18, took off from Glendale Municipal Airport during a training solo and was not expecting to deal with a broken…

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Events

Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted  November 4, 2016

Col. Robert Sylvester, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Airman 1st Class Ariel Ciprian, 56th Comptroller Squadron milpay technician, conclude the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month festivities with a cake cutting at a luncheon Oct. 14 at Club Five Six. “Un Corazon Flamenco” performed, retired Chief Warrant Officer II Roy Delgado, now a city of El…

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‘Q4Z’ aims to eliminate on-duty fatalities, injuries

Posted  November 4, 2016

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The new fiscal year brings a renewed emphasis from Air Force occupational safety professionals to the Quest for Zero initiative, which sets a goal of zero on-duty injuries and fatalities. “I’m often asked why we promote Quest for Zero,” said Bill Parsons, the Air Force chief of occupational safety….

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Tech Report: Biofuels

Posted  November 2, 2016

In this episode of Tech Report, we learn the important role biofuels play in reducing dependence on crude oil.

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