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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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Contract Briefs

Posted  May 4, 2016

Navy Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $1,271,800,000 not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 advance acquisition contract N00019-16-C-0033 for aircraft added by the U.S. services in fiscal 2016 budget deliberations and by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.  This modification…

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NASA to provide coverage of May 9 Mercury transit of sun

Posted  May 4, 2016

NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Due to its diminutive size, viewing this…

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UTC Aerospace Systems expands presence in Alabama

Posted  May 4, 2016

UTC Aerospace Systems is expanding its existing footprint in Foley, Ala., by adding a new manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility that is estimated to bring 260 new jobs to Baldwin County. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp, is one of Alabama’s largest aerospace manufacturers as measured by number of employees. The new…

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Navy SEAL killed in action in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

Posted  May 4, 2016

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, was killed in action in northern Iraq May 3. Keating died from injuries sustained in combat, during an attack by Islamic State forces on his team. Keating and elements of his team were responding to a local Peshmerga force’s request for support during…

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Air University wargamers battle to keep America’s lights on

Posted  May 4, 2016

Air Force graphic by William Blankenship Cyber experts from across the military, government agencies and private industry joined forces at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., April 27, 2016, to mitigate future cyberattacks within the U.S. The Air Force Cyber College’s two-day wargame brought the CIA, FBI, Goldman Sachs and others into participation. Security experts analyzed…

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