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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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Northrop Grumman partners with Lufthansa Technik on Australian KC-30A support program

Posted  January 18, 2017

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services, a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG for the provision of services in support of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Northrop Grumman IDS is the prime contractor for MRTT Through-Life Support. “This agreement between Northrop…

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Navy training aircraft involved in mishap at NASA Meredian

Posted  January 18, 2017

Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss., reported a T-45C Goshawk jet aircraft assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 9, crashed Jan. 17 at approximately 1:53 p.m. while conducting a training flight. The incident occurred off the east runway onboard the installation. The student and instructor pilot were able to eject safely near the airfield. NAS first responders…

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New munitions replace cluster bomb rounds that pose danger to civilians

Posted  January 18, 2017

Officials hope a new artillery warhead that will replace a cluster-bomb round could help eliminate unwanted casualties in the future.

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Raytheon completes qualification testing of GPS Launch, Checkout System

Posted  January 18, 2017

Raytheon reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System. GPS OCX will unleash dramatically increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide. Raytheon…

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New year, new Sentry – DRAGON

Posted  January 18, 2017

The first E-3 Sentry aircraft with the glass flight deck modification known as DRAGON (Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation) arrived at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Jan. 9.

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