Research & Technology

Research and technology advancing the U.S. Air Force and enhancing capabilities

  • T-38 Talon

    For more than 50 years, the Northrop T-38 Talon has been the principal supersonic jet trainer used by the U.S. Air Force. The twin jet-powered aircraft, which has tandem-seats for the instructor and student pilot, is the world’s first supersonic trainer. Air Education and Training Command is the primary user of the T-38 for joint specialized undergraduate pilot […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 4, 2018
  • KC-135 Stratotanker

    “Nobody kicks ass without tanker gas.” While it may sound cliché, it’s a common motto within the tanker community. For more than 60 years of continuous service, the KC-135 Stratotanker has been the core aerial refueling capability for U.S. operations around the world. The KC-135 provides the Air Force with its primary mission of global […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses August 13, 2018
  • Thawing The Middle

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright spoke directly to senior NCOs and junior officers during the 2018 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, about the need to free Airmen to innovate by eliminating the “frozen middle.” Quoting Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, Wright said, “The boss […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 6, 2018
  • Power Conductor

    Gen. Darren W. McDew is the commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense. McDew was commissioned in 1982 following his graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his flying career at Loring AFB, Maine. His staff […]

    Airman Magazine No responses June 25, 2018
  • Speed and Fusion

    On Oct. 14, 1947, then-Capt. Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane at Mach 1 and broke the sound barrier. Since then, the Air Force has continually stretched and pushed the limits of speed – finding new ways to make its aircraft fly faster and farther. However, the U.S. is not alone in this […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 15, 2018
  • Staying on Track

    Dr. John Paul Stapp earned the title “the fastest man on Earth” when he rode the Sonic Wind I rocket-propelled sled at the Holloman High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on December 10, 1954, to a land speed record of 632 mph in five seconds. He sustained the greatest recorded […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses May 31, 2018
  • Byte-size Learning

    Since before cyber was even called cyber, the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio has been the center of gravity for research and education about warfare within the digital realm. Ironically, that education in operating on the digital battlefield has largely been administered within a brick and mortar schoolhouse. […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 8, 2018
  • U.S. Air Force Chief Scientist

    You’ve been in this position for eight weeks now. Stepping into such an interesting time, especially when all of our attention has been shifted over to being competitive and innovative and the Air Force has gone through all these challenges to make their Airmen innovative, what’s it like for you to be stepping into that […]

    Airman Magazine No responses April 27, 2018
  • Forecasting Success

    From flying operations to special tactics missions to deciding whether or not to wear a jacket with a uniform, weather plays a large role in everyday activities around the Air Force. “In military operations, weather is the first step in planning and the final determining factor in the execution of any mission,” said Gen. Carl […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses March 26, 2018
  • Citizen Cyber

    See more Citizen Cyber photos on Flickr Embracing rapid continuous change in the cyber environment and having the willingness to consider new ideas in organization, procurement and operations, regardless how “out of the box,” are key to the Air Force’s advancement in the cyber realm, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, U.S. Cyber Command commander, National […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 13, 2018