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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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2016 in Photos — 11

Posted  January 6, 2017

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Tech. Sgt. Steven Dauck, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, holds the Purple Heart Nov. 30 at Luke Air Force Base. Dauck received a Purple Heart for his actions during a route clearance patrol where an improvised explosive device hit him Oct. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan. Senior…

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2016 in Photos — 10

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Sparky the Fire Dog waves to base housing residents during the National Fire Prevention Week parade Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. The parade consisted of members and vehicles from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services and the Hall of Flame Fire Museum. Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman…

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2016 in Photos — 9

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron finance technician, and Senior Airman Vernon Sparks, 56th Force Support Squadron career development technician, clean kayaks Sept. 21 during the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic held in San Diego. Senior Airman James Hensley Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, greets Casey O’neal,…

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2016 in Photos — 8

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland A monsoon approaches Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8. From June 15 until Sept. 30, strong storms affect Luke with heavy rain, lightning, thunder, extreme winds and dust. Denise Willhite Tech. Sgt. Charles Gonzalez, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 aircraft armament craftsman, aided Senior Airman Karim Castro, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit…

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2016 in Photos — 7

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the Airmen July 13 for the first time during the 56th FW change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Brian Ward FROM LEFT: Hydraulics maintainers Tech. Sgt. Kevin Gray, Airman 1st Class Garrett Byers, and Airmen Jonathan Edwards and Aaron Castro-Zulueta,…

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