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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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Annual load crew competition

Posted  February 3, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Airman 1st Class Kathryn Decker 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team member, prepares a GBU-12 bomb during the Annual Load Crew Competition Jan. 27, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Teams consisted of three Airmen each from various AMUs working together to successfully load…

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Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen

Posted  February 1, 2017

The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System in less than a year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during 2017. Airmen eligible for the new BRS will begin receiving email notifications in…

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 1

Posted  February 1, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, a $2.1 billion contract is approved for the third Low Rate Initial Production lot of KC-46A Pegasus tankers, the military deputy of the assistant secretary of Air Force acquisition talks tech, and a repair network enhancement program has saved over $5 million.

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Air Force buys next lot of Pegasus tankers

Posted  January 30, 2017

The Air Force has awarded a $2.1 billion contract to Boeing for the third Low Rate Initial Production lot of KC-46A Pegasus tankers.

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Around the Air Force: Jan 27

Posted  January 30, 2017

On this look around the Air Force the preferred Reserve led F-35 base is announced, Airmen aid Kurdish refugees, and the Air Force is focusing on cost-effective, cleaner energy solutions.

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