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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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In Brief November 20, 2015

Posted  November 19, 2015

Fitness center construction The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center has begun renovations. Access to the facility and exercise equipment will be limited during the renovation. New hours of operation are 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Equipment will be moved to make room for the work. The weight and racquetball rooms…

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Health & Safety

Cooler weather, holidays bring fire hazards

Posted  November 25, 2015

The high cost of home heating fuels has caused Americans to search for alternate sources of home heating. The use of wood burning stoves is growing, space heaters are selling rapidly and fireplaces are burning wood and manmade logs. These methods of heating may be acceptable; however, they are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The…

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National & World Briefs

Posted  November 25, 2015

Two dead in U.S. military helicopter crash in South A U.S. military helicopter crashed in South Korea during a routine training mission Nov 23, killing both pilots on board, the U.S. Army and South Korean police said. The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed on a road in Wonju, about 80 miles east of Seoul, a Wonju…

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Luke military working dogs

Posted  November 25, 2015

Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Boss, 56th SFS MWD, search for explosives during training with local police departments at Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Gonzalez stayed back to allow Boss to search freely. Boss detected nearly 260 pounds of explosives during the training. SSgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th…

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Arizona tankers, NATO E-3s connect over Germany

Posted  November 25, 2015

Air National Guard photograph by Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson Mission accomplished. An Arizona Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker finishes refueling a NATO E-3A Sentry over northern Germany during a training mission Nov. 16. Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix are supporting aircrew training operations Nov. 9-20 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen,…

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