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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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Cassini spacecraft ends historic exploration of Saturn

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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Supervised autonomy the goal in Army aviation, says major general

With all of the publicity surrounding autonomous cars in America, people might wonder if autonomous aircraft or unmanned aerial systems are to follow, particularly in the military.

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Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.

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Airmen, Marines ‘TRAPped’ in desert

Posted  March 6, 2017

The thunderous sound of an MV-22 Osprey echoes over an open field as it lands. Emerging from its lowered door is the I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, Calif., who advance on the New Mexican desert to fulfill their objective: find the downed aircrew and bring them home safely.

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XTI Aircraft, Bye Aerospace form alliance on hybrid/electric vertical takeoff airplane

Posted  March 6, 2017

XTI Aircraft Company and Bye Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced March 6 that the two companies have entered into an agreement to develop a hybrid/electric prototype of XTI’s revolutionary TriFan vertical takeoff airplane. “We’re continuing with our plan,” said Robert J. LaBelle, XTI’s chief executive officer, “but we’ve made two important changes. First, with the engineering expertise…

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Headlines – March 3, 2017

Posted  March 3, 2017

News Russia buzzed NATO aircraft four times in a single day – NATO aircraft had four close encounters with Russian planes in separate incidents on Feb. 10, the Air Force’s top general in charge of its forces in Europe said March 2.   National security adviser to make rare appearance before Senate Armed Services Committee…

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News Briefs – March 3, 2017

Posted  March 3, 2017

Abu Dhabi hosts military drill amid Yemen war, Iran tensions A choreographed military exercise in the capital of the United Arab Emirates drew hundreds of cellphone-filming onlookers March 2 — but they weren’t the only intended audience for the re-enactment of a hostage rescue. The pinpoint parachute drop and fast-rope assault on a ship from…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  March 3, 2017

Bill Blair had many friends here in the Antelope Valley and a fair share of history also. I got to know him while working on the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and from day one I could see why he never had an enemy but loads of friends from all age groups.

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