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  • Flashback: The 1924 International Air Races

    In Rheims, France, six years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, the world’s first air meet took place where prizes were awarded for various events such as highest altitude reached, longest flight, most passengers carried, and the fastest one, two, and three laps over a set 10-kilometer course.
  • History in Two: Early Beginnings to Privatized Housing

    Prior to the Military Housing Privatization Initiative that took place in Fiscal Year 1996, several privatization efforts were undertaken by the DoD – Wherry and Capehart acts in the late 1940s through to the 1950s – to provide family housing for our military members. Following World War II, military service members faced severe family housing
  • Flashback: The Navaho Missile: Part 2

    Note:  This is part two of a series on the Navaho Missile. Part one can be viewed at The Navaho Missile: Part 1.As Phase 1 testing of the X-10 Program came to an end, the flight test portion for Phase 2 began to ramp up at the Air Force Missile Test Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. From the beginning, North American Aviation (NAA) designed the
  • 78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

    April 18 marks the 78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Forces, and Vice Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., U.S. Navy, led a joint bombing operation on the Japanese mainland aimed to inflict both material and psychological damage upon the enemy following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
  • Looking Back to…the First Around the World Flight

    “A Look Back” is a product produced by the Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command History Office that provides a photographic essay of a particular topic.
  • Flashback: The Navaho Missile: Part 1

    During the 1950’s and 60’s the United States pushed the limits of aerospace vehicle evolution attempting to go faster and higher while exploring the edge of the unknown.  As contractors hoped to clutch a big production contract, new designs jumped off the drawing boards at a rapid pace with many making it to the prototype stage.  At locations
  • History in Two: New Power for an Old Soldier—Re-engining the B-52 Stratofortress

    There is an old joke that runs through the bomber fleet that when the B-1 and B-2 bombers are retired, the pilots will be flown home from the boneyard in the B-52 Stratofortress. With the recent proposals to re-engine the Boeing B-52 fleet, that may have some truth to it. This legendary aircraft has outlived nearly all of the air-craft designed to replace it.
  • X-1 Mustang now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

    An X-1 Mustang named after the first aircraft to break the speed of sound is now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Mustang was one of two custom-built cars commissioned by the Air Force Recruiting Service in 2009 for its Project Supercar recruiting campaign.Built by Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, Calif., this fully
  • Air Force Research Lab’s famed YF-16 transfers to aviation museum

    ROME, N.Y. – After using the airframe in various tests during the past 40 years, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate transferred its famed YF-16 from the Antenna Measurement Research Facility in Newport, N.Y. to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum in Texas.Ultimately, this prototype enabled decades of Air Force engineers to
  • 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.
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