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Innovator's Spotlight: Col. Guion S. Bluford
A quiet boy who dreamed of reaching the stars, Bluford did indeed reach his dreams by simply doing things he enjoyed and being persistent in doing them. It was just also enough to be the first African American in space.
Renowned test pilot Chuck Yeager dies
Probably his most notable achievement was piloting the Bell X-1 experimental rocket plane, in which he became the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound in 1947, shortly after the founding of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service.
Rated Preparatory Program now accepting applications for FY21 spring class
Active duty Department of the Air Force officers and enlisted Airmen and Space Professionals interested in becoming a rated officer have until Dec. 31, 2020 to apply for the Spring 2021 Rated Preparatory Program.
Pilot successfully ejects at Holloman AFB
An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 49th Wing crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force Base at approximately 6 p.m. MDT July 13.
UPDATE: Shaw AFB deceased pilot identified
One pilot was killed when their F-16CM Fighting Falcon crashed at approximately 11:30 p.m., June 30, at Shaw Air Force Base.
Around the Air Force: Pilot Height, Fitness Tests Suspended and Keesler AFB Basic Training
Today’s look Around the Air Force highlights the historic SpaceX launch, as two American astronauts launched from U.S. soil for the first time in 10 years. Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi begins basic military training as a secondary location for COVID-19 surge operations, and the Air Force suspends physical fitness testing force-wide. (Hosted by Staff Sgt. Trevor Zens)
Air Force removes initial height requirement for officer aviators
As part of the Air Force’s on-going effort to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants to pursue careers in aviation, the minimum height requirement for officer applicants who wish to fly has been removed as of May 13, 2020.
F-35 crashes at Eglin AFB
The pilot successfully ejected and was transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital for evaluation and monitoring.
Nigerien Air Force’s first female pilot trains at Little Rock AFB
According to Capt. Ouma Laouali, the Nigerien air force’s first female pilot, her interest in aviation began as a child while chasing planes overhead, imagining what it would be like to be in the sky.
Training for the joint fight
This predeployment training was focused on the Marine Corps integration into joint personnel recovery.
Learn to Fly: An AFROTC cadet's journey to becoming a pilot
In the video, Torius Moore, an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at Tuskegee University, tells his story of becoming a pilot and the lessons he's learned through AFROTC and how he hopes to use those moving forward.
HH-60W ‘Jolly Green II’ follows footprints of rescue giants
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett revealed the name at the 2020 Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Feb. 27.
14th FTW innovation flight augments pilot training through VR technology
Columbus Air Force Base’s Innovation flight created a flexible syllabus containing the essential building block approach of basic mission elements to accommodate each student’s different learning habits while still hitting the intangible aspects of a successful aviator.
Around the Air Force: Air Force Flu Fighters, MTIs Return to Academy, Pilot Qualification
Today’s look Around the Air Force features how the Air Force is aiding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with fighting the flu, the Air Force Academy’s move to bring back Military Training Instructors, and the Air Force’s efforts to identify the best potential pilots for training. (Hosted by Senior Airman Marqus Williams)
Newest F-35A squadron brings fifth-generation capabilities to Red Flag
The exercise, which takes place from Jan. 27-Feb. 15, is meant to give at least 10 combat-representative sorties to younger pilots to better prepare them for real combat against very capable adversaries. The 421st Fighter Squadron is the most recent squadron to transition to the F-35A in the 388th Fighter Wing.
Pilot Training Next, Air Force ROTC partner for distance learning instruction
For the first time ever, Air Force ROTC cadets with Detachment 536 at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, received real-time instruction remotely from a fully qualified Air Force instructor pilot sitting an airport in Louisiana.
Tuskegee Airman receives promotion to brigadier general
On Feb. 4, retired Col. Charles E. McGee found himself in the Oval Office at the White House being promoted to brigadier general by President Donald Trump.
Using science to stay ahead of the weather
Weather-flight Airmen assigned to the 9th Operational Support Squadron propel the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s operations through discipline and attention to detail of the skies.
DRAGON simulator to augment AWACS training
DRAGON, replaces 1970s analog technology with digital, automated aircraft navigation functions, and it ensures E-3 aircraft are compliant with current and future air traffic control requirements.
Air Force ROTC cadet pursues dream career as pilot, uses height waiver process
Even though women have been Air Force pilots since the 1970s, Tighe’s 5 feet, 1 inch stature could have stood in her way. Tighe, however, never thought of the 5-feet-4-inch height standard as an eliminating factor, merely an obstacle.
approved Maxwell Elementary Middle School
as the first site for a four-year pilot program to open en…
and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft operating out of Morón Air Base, Spain, are demonstrating U.S. commitment…
Service Center launched a new website to serve as a single point of information for
: Check out this view of the McDonnell XH-20 Little Henry, Bensen X-25A Gyrocopter and the American Helicopter Co. XH-26 Jet Je…
helped build Cherokee
homes in Oklahoma as part of the
during his visit to
: "You’re the best of our country. Less than 1% of Americans…
: High energy lasers kill one target at a time, & high powered microwaves can kill groups or swarms, which is one reason that TH…
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: 10 cadets and midshipmen from the
will deliver decision superiority to the
. This is all-domain command and contr…
The 2-week training will focus on
Action Order C: Competition by dissecting the g…
Building on women’s hair updates announced in February 2021, beginning June 25 when hair is secured behind the head…
“When you look at the numbers, 500,000 is a lot of [
] vaccinations. That reflects every
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is sponsoring a research project with the
's National Inst…
recently hosted an
Weapons School Integration exercise that taught graduate-level instructor…
Industry and government operators, engineers, and test professionals assessed the ability to do medical evacuation,…
: As part of the
's state partnership with Morocco,
Airmen are taking part in African Lion 21…
“This office is the first organization that will stand-up from an enterprise-wide perspective to address digital ne…
is a series of training events designed to engage Airmen in developing a combat skillset out…
"I'm probably not the first to be qualified, but the first to have the opportunity."
sat down with…
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSA...
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube:
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Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It&
the spirit we fly by!
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth ...
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride alon...
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northe...
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given oft...
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it&
not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith&
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Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are award...
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.