• 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
  • Target Acquired For decades the F-16 Fighting Falcon was the world’s premier fighter jet.  Small, maneuverable and fast, it has been used for air-to-air operations and air-to-ground operations.  Even today, with its current upgrades, it is one of the world’s most advanced fighters. This is why they are blowing them up. In a small compound on the […] Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses May 24, 2018
  • B-1B LANCER For more than 30 years the B-1B Lancer has proven itself as an essential part of America’s long-range strategic bomber force. Capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force, the B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in […] TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses May 17, 2018
  • No detail too small You’re sitting in a pizzeria enjoying a slice with aromas of melting mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and pizza dough baking in the wood-fired oven filling the air. Then, the sound of tires skidding to a halt outside is quickly followed by two men barging through the front door, firing a pistol into the ceiling and […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses April 9, 2018
  • The Disease Detectives After slowly using a blade to cut through thick tape, a technician in a protective gown and glasses opens the flaps of a cardboard box revealing a polystyrene container. As her gloved hands cautiously remove the lid, a wisp of vapor rolls slowly over the edge of the box, clinging to its surface as it […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 27, 2018
  • Formation of Friendship In the summer of 2008, on a lush grass field in Bealeton, Virginia, Sue Tucker Brander approached the blue and yellow plane of her new friend, civilian pilot and Air Force Reservist David Brown. In her hand was a framed black and white photograph. The photo showed a young man wearing a leather helmet and […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses November 20, 2017
  • Optimizing the Data Loop See more Data Loop photos on Flickr Col. John Boyd, an Air Force fighter pilot and military theorist, put forward the key concept of aerial combat known as the Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action (OODA) loop. Within this theory, the key adversary is not the capabilities of the opposing pilot or his aircraft, but time. He […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 21, 2017
  • Standing in the Door See more “Standing in the Door” photos on Flickr In his book, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” Charles Lindbergh admits that he wasn’t completely sold on the idea when contemplating his first parachute attempt, “The thought of crawling out onto the struts and wires hundreds of feet above the earth, and then giving up even […] Airman Magazine No responses November 18, 2015
  • Ties that bind Brothers find common ground through military experience Airman Magazine No responses October 26, 2015