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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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Technology

NASA seeks proposals to guide development of ultra-efficient transport X-planes

Posted  July 22, 2016

NASA photograph by Lillian Gipson NASA and its partners plan to design, build and fly X-planes fueled by green energy, that use half the fuel and are only half as loud. NASA is looking for partners in its efforts to design X-planes to help demonstrate greener, quieter airliner technologies. The agency has put out a…

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Defense

Airmen practice rescuing downed pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2

Posted  July 22, 2016

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs make low passes over mountaintops, providing cover fire for two HH-60 Pave Hawks carrying Air Force rescue teams as they all coordinate to find downed pilots behind enemy lines.

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Local

412th Maintenance Group change of command

Posted  July 22, 2016

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer (left), 412th Test Wing commander, hands the 412th Maintenance Group guidon to the group’s new commander, Col. Stephen Grotjohn July 13, 2016. Col. Robert Lepper relinquished command of the 412th Maintenance Group at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Col. Stephen Grotjohn July 13. Brig….

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Defense

Lab tests armored vehicles with auto industry ‘dummies’

Posted  July 22, 2016

Army photograph Aberdeen Test Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., employs an expansive inventory of “anthropomorphic test devices,” otherwise known as crash test dummies, to ensure armored vehicles will protect their occupants from roadside bombs. Employees working in the Anthropomorphic Test Device Laboratory spend upwards of two weeks repairing, In an unassuming warehouse on Aberdeen…

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Veterans

Carter inducts Vietnam vet Charles Kettles into Hall of Heroes

Posted  July 22, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter inducted Vietnam veteran retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes July 18, 2016, a day after President Barack Obama presented Kettles with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor. Vietnam Hero Carter said that for 50 years Kettles has been content to let his…

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