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The Sixties Get Groovy With Aviation – A Yearly Timeline

The 1960s was a time of great achievement in aviation. From the first weather satellite launching in 1960 to the first human walking on the moon in 1969, the Sixties was a time that saw many great advances in flight as well as some tragedies along the way. The decade...

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Gold Star Teens Hit the Streets of Franklin on June 19

 Franklin downtown businesses, you’re going to want to pay attention to this announcement. Gold Star Teen Adventures (GSTA) is geared up for another exciting summer visit to Franklin, NC. This organization provides adventure experiences to the surviving youth of...

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Jet Friday: All the Fighter Jets in the U.S. Air Force

In 1907, the U.S. Air Force, which was originally part of the United States Army as the Aeronautical Division using balloons for observation, took its first steps to leave the earth by requesting bids for heavier-than-air aircraft. In July 1909, with President Taft...

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A Renaissance of the Mechanically Scanned RADAR

High power tube-driven Mechanically Scanned Antenna (MESA) RADARs ruled the skies for decades. They were the backbone of the weapon systems on board the F-16, F-15, F-18, and were produced by the thousands. But where have they gone and why? Have Actively and Passively...

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Comparing U.S. Military Refueling Tanker Aircraft

A training mission flight that includes four F-15 Eagles, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft loaded with AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, is preparing to begin from a desert runway. The flight is tasked to rendezvous with an E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft...

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Jet Friday: An F-18 Screaming Through Downtown Chicago

We have shared video footage of F-18 Hornets piloted by the Navy’s Blue Angels as they put on air shows in previous Jet Friday posts. We have also shown you low flying jets on training maneuvers just above the landscape, zipping through canyons and into snowy mountain...

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The United States Oldest Active Military Air Squadrons

The first instances of military aviation applications included lighter-than-air balloons. In 1903, the Wright Brothers flew the first heavier-than-air glider 120 feet across the dunes in North Carolina. The next few years of experimentation found the airframe...

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What is a Radar Warning Receiver, or RWR?

A fighter pilot is flying their jet on a routine patrol over a canopy of a tropical forest. There has not been a report of enemy aircraft operating in his area of operations in over a month. Suddenly, an alert pops up with a blip on a screen alerting him to a mobile...

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Jet Friday: An F-5 Low-Level Flight, Skimming Lake Tahoe

The F-5 Tiger II is a light fighter that was developed to be a high-performance day superiority aircraft. When loaded, the F-5 weighs only 15,745 lb compared to the F-16 at 26,500 lb. Combine that with its two turbojets propelling it to a maximum speed of 1,060 mph, a...

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Electronic Warfare for A Successful Mission

Control the Skies Using Electronic Warfare A mission package of two EF-18 Growlers and an EA-6B Prowler are preparing to launch from the USS Ronald Reagan. Their intended target is a mobile radar site used to detect aircraft and direct a surface-to-air missile (SAM)...

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Closed Military Bases – What Are They Doing Now?

From time-to-time as our country goes through various stages of readiness, the United States federal government will recognize a need to increase Department of Defense (DoD) efficiency by realigning or closing some U.S. military bases. This process is called Base...

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9 Facts About the C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III is the USAF’s primary strategic, large transport aircraft developed to replace the C-141 Starlifter. The C-17 is operated by three crewmen: a pilot, copilot, and loadmaster. The first production C-17 was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base in...

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