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  • Hundreds gather for Hill Air Force Base’s 80th Anniversary Celebration

    The inaugural event held to commemorate Hill Air Force Base’s 80th anniversary was held at the Hill Aerospace Museum Jan. 18. Hundreds attended throughout the day to admire the museum’s aircraft and exhibits, and to witness the first of a number of celebratory activities that will take place during the year.
  • FLASHBACK: Back to the Future: The Resurgence of the Flying Wing in the 21st Century

    The highly anticipated B-21 Raider—named in honor of the legendary “Doolittle Raiders” who bombed Tokyo, Japan in April 1942—under development by Northrop Grumman, will be the first Air Force bomber manufactured in the twenty-first century. The concept of the “flying wing,” however, is over 100 years old, originating in the early 1900s. First, on
  • AFMC history program recognized for excellence

    A complete overhaul of the focus, mission and vision of the Air Force Materiel Command History Office proved a complete success as they were recently named the recipients of the Air Force History and Museums Program’s Excellence in History Program Award, Major Command level, for 2019.
  • FLASHBACK: Gliders...from Wright Field to the Netherlands

    “I’ll tell you straight out. If you’ve got to go into combat, don’t go by glider. Walk, crawl, parachute, swim, float – anything! But don’t go by glider.”[1]Walter Cronkite, American war correspondentGlider training had become a requisite for Luftwaffe flight training post-World War I and by 1935, in direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles of
  • Contributions of Edwards Air Force Base to the Moon Landing

    A number of aspects of the joint U.S. Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and U.S. Navy X-15 flight research project that began in 1958 had an impact on the development of several technologies used in Project Apollo. In particular, it influenced both the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) and Lunar Landing Training Vehicle
  • 91-year-old restoration volunteer preserves service heritage

    Aircraft are some of the most complex pieces of machinery. From concept, to fabrication, testing and maintenance, and eventual retirement, the behind the scenes work and effort required to maintain even the smallest parts of an aircraft are often not thought of by many. But for the restoration workers and volunteers at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the smallest of details are often the most crucial as they perform their duties. John Rumpf is a restoration volunteer at the museum, and he understands exactly what it takes to keep aircraft “museum ready”.
  • History in Two: The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. Over a decade prior to this, and nearly four years before President Kennedy’s famous speech, ARDC’s Ballistic Missile Division began research on high thrust space vehicles capable of lunar flights. In January 1957, the ARDC (Air Research and Development Center) invited the N.A.C.A (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) to collaborate on future space plans and projects. With the decision to use civilians for space flight, NASA was formed in July 1958 and began operations in October to carryout the flights to the moon. Among the many undertakings for landing on the moon, a Lunar Landing Research Vehicle project was begun, even before NASA had selected the strategy to use a Lunar Module.
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