History

Pieces centering around the history of the U.S. Air Force

  • Preparing for a Storm

    Operation Desert Storm had important implications for the Air Force, with the tenet of air superiority taking on new meaning as the air campaign became the initial phase of the war. During this time, the U.S. developed a new strategic concept for the use of airpower that continues to influence air operations today. The lessons […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 22, 2021
  • Airframe: F-117 Nighthawk

    Editor’s Note – The Air Force retired the F-117 from active service, but pilots from the Air Force Test Center still fly them for limited research activities. The F-117 Nighthawk was a twin-engine stealth attack aircraft designed to exploit low-observable stealth technology. The design was a tectonic shift in combat aircraft design, combining a minuscule […]

    Staff Sgt. Timothy Dischinat No responses March 18, 2021
  • B-52: Global Strike Workhorse

    In its sixth decade of operational service, the B-52 Stratofortress is the most combat capable bomber in the U.S. inventory and can perform the greatest variety of missions of any bomber platform in the fleet. Due to its high mission-capable rate, large payload, long range, persistence and ability to employ both nuclear and conventional precision […]

    travisburcham No responses November 9, 2020
  • Failing Forward

    Senior U.S. Air Force leaders are embracing and promoting the concept that if their Airmen are not failing, then they are, more than likely, not moving forward. They believe pushing the envelope is necessary to keep the U.S. Air Force dominant and the occasional failure should be viewed by supervisors not as a negative, but […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 5, 2020
  • Failing Forward

    Senior U.S. Air Force leaders are embracing and promoting the concept that if their Airmen are not failing, then they are, more than likely, not moving forward. They believe pushing the envelope is necessary to keep the U.S. Air Force dominant and the occasional failure should be viewed by supervisors not as a negative, but […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 8, 2020
  • CMSAF Wright looks back

    As he approaches retirement, Wright examines his tenure as CMSAF By Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett / Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force carries a smile with confidence, which reflects his easy nature of engaging everyone wherever he goes. Who would have expected young dental technician […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 12, 2020
  • An Airman: First, Last, Always

    As Goldfein’s service as 21st Chief of Staff comes to a close, his bond to Airmen remains strong  By SSgt Jeremy L Mosier, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Gen. David L. Goldfein’s four-year tenure as the 21st U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff is coming to an end. As he takes stock of […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 3, 2020
  • Everybody Looks Up

    In this video, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a member of the Defense Innovation (Unit) Board, talks about how space exploration, and the development of technologies that make it possible, can inspire a new generation to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As with the Apollo and space shuttle missions of previous generations, the […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 2, 2020
  • Last of the Raiders

    Lt. Col. Richard Cole was the last surviving member of the 80-man U.S. Army Air Forces Unit, forever known as, the Doolittle Raiders (Editor’s Note – To commemorate the 78th anniversary of a legendary mission, the following is an updated repost of a story with retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last surviving member […]

    Airman Magazine No responses April 17, 2020
  • Reconstructing Tyndall

    In September, nearing the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael striking Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Airman sat down for an interview with Brig. Gen. Patrice A. Melancon, Tyndall Air Force Base Reconstruction Program Management Office executive director. More than 60% of Tyndall AFB’s facilities were significantly damaged in the hurricane and, at the direction of […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses January 13, 2020