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  • Sonic Boom

    Sonic boom is an impulsive noise similar to thunder. It is caused by an object moving faster than sound -- about 750 miles per hour at sea level. An aircraft traveling through the atmosphere continuously produces air-pressure waves similar to the water waves caused by a ship's bow. When the aircraft exceeds the speed of sound, these pressure waves
  • Space Based Infrared System

    MissionThe Space Based Infrared System program is the follow-on capability to the highly successful Defense Support Program. The SBIRS program was designed to provide a seamless operational transition from DSP to SBIRS and meet jointly-defined requirements of the defense and intelligence communities in support of the missile early warning, missile
  • Special Operations Weather Team

    Special Operations Weather Team Airmen are Air Force meteorologists with unique training to operate in hostile or denied territory. They gather, assess, interpret environmental data and forecast operational impacts from forward deployed locations, working primarily with Air Force and Army Special Operations Forces. They collect critical weather,
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape Specialists - 1T0XX

    Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialists are the only DoD specialty specifically trained, equipped, organized, and employed to conduct SERE operations for the duration of their career. They are the DoD's subject matter experts to prepare and support personnel designated as High Risk of Isolation. SERE Specialists are
  • T-1A Jayhawk

    Mission The T-1A Jayhawk is a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialized undergraduate pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft. It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international services. Features The swept-wing T-1A is a
  • T-38 Talon

    Mission The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. Air Education and Training Command is the primary user of the T-38 for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training. Air Combat
  • T-6A Texan II

    Mission The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training, or JPPT, students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. Features Produced by Raytheon Aircraft, the T-6A Texan II is a military trainer version of Raytheon's Beech/Pilatus PC-9 Mk II. Stepped-tandem
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance - 2A5X3

    Mission Tactical Aircraft Maintenance personnel are responsible for the condition of the Air Force's flying fleet, and for the safety of its flying team. Their job is to see that aircraft are operationally ready by performing scheduled inspections, functional checks and preventive maintenance both before and after flights, and ensuring that the
  • The Twenty-Fifth Air Force

    The Twenty-Fifth Air Force, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, Texas, first activated October 20, 1948, as the United States Air Force Security Service. It has had a number of organizational realignments and redesignations throughout its history, and today reports as a Numbered Air Force to Air Combat Command.  Twenty-fifth Air
  • The U.S. Air Force

    World War II had been over for two years and the Korean War lay three years ahead when the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the U.S. Army to become a separate service. The U.S. Air Force thus entered a new era in which airpower became firmly established as a major element of the nation's defense and one of its chief hopes for deterring
  • Thunderbirds

    MissionThe U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, performs precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The squadron exhibits the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these
  • Tops In Blue

    Tops In Blue is the Air Force's premier entertainment showcase for the entire family. It brings the best in music, dance and comedy -- all performed by men and women in blue who perform 90 minutes of non-stop live entertainment. MissionThe unit's goal is to enhance mission productivity for Air Force members and their families, especially those in
  • U. S. Air Force Honor Guard

    The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard is the official ceremonial unit of the U.S. Air Force with headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. The Honor Guard reports to the 11th Wing, Air Force District of Washington. Mission The U. S. Air Force Honor Guard's primary mission is to represent Airmen to the American public and the world.The
  • U.S. Air Force Special Operations School

    The U.S. Air Force Special Operations School is a primary support unit of the Air Force Special Operations Command, the Air Force component of the U.S. Special Operations Command.  The school is collocated with and directly supports USSOCOM's Joint Special Operations University at Hurlburt  Field, Fla.Mission The USAFSOS prepares special operations
  • U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA), with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is a major command of the U.S. Air Force. It is the air component for two Department of Defense unified commands - U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). Mission As the air component for both USEUCOM and
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