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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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F-35s first B-course takes flight

Posted  February 10, 2017

The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.

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New construction of fourth F-35 squadron

Posted  February 8, 2017

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building.

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Luke Chaplains welcome Airmen anytime to give support, guidance

Posted  February 8, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Volunteers from the 56th Fighter Wing Chaplain office serve free meals to Airmen and their families during the monthly flight line feast, Feb. 2, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The flight line feast is one of many community outreach events the chaplain’s office holds…

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 7

Posted  February 8, 2017

On this look around the Air Force theU-2 surpasses the 30,000 flight-hour barrier, this month’s edition of Airman magazine covers the Joint Communications Support Element, and the USO is looking for service member of the year nominees.

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Free tax software, support available for Soldiers, families

Posted  February 6, 2017

With the tax season upon us, service members and their families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes. Military members and their families can visit the Military OneSource website or call 1-800-342-9647 for the no-cost “MilTax” software, explained Erika Slaton, a program analyst with…

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