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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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Headlines – October 21, 2016

Posted  October 21, 2016

News American service member and civilian killed in Afghanistan attack – The troops and civilians were “conducting duties as part of the larger NATO mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security services,” the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said.     Business Saab buys Danish defense company – A Danish naval company that designs…

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News Briefs – October 21, 2016

Posted  October 21, 2016

U.S. general says Apache helicopters on attack in Iraq Islamic State fighters are likely to put up a stiff defense of Mosul but eventually lose their grip and morph into an insurgency, a U.S. Army general said Oct. 19. Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of U.S. and coalition land forces in Iraq, said this transition…

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Now it can be told -– The 10percent rule -– about the F-117 ‘stealth fighter’

Posted  October 21, 2016

A group gathered recently to be honored for their once-secret work weren’t the “Men In Black” with cool shades who do battle with interplanetary extraterrestrial threats. They were the men in cool shades in the black planes who dealt with the Cold War existential threat.

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Future USS Rafael Perlata completes Alpha trials

Posted  October 21, 2016

Navy photograph The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builder’s trials off the coast of Maine. Future guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed Alpha trials Oct. 18 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. The trials were conducted by…

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AEDC supported testing of the motor for the Orbital ATK Antares rocket set to launch tonight

Posted  October 21, 2016

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend An Alliant Techsystems, Inc.’s (ATK) CASTOR® 30XL developmental rocket motor recently underwent testing in AEDC’s J-6 Large Rocket Motor Testing Facility. Test Engineers at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., assisted in the testing and development of the Orbital ATK CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor…

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