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Kaman HH-43BKaman HH-43B
Kaman HH-43B

In Southeast Asia, HH-43 “Pedros” rescued downed aircrews and wounded personnel requiring immediate evacuation from combat areas. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Kaman HH-43B


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Posted: 11/5/2014

Kaman HH-43BKaman HH-43B
Kaman HH-43B

HH-43 crew practicing Local Base Rescue/Firefighting. Downwash air from the rotors opened a path for rescuers to spray foam from the red and white fire suppression kit in the lower right. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Kaman HH-43B


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Posted: 11/5/2014

Astronaut Clay AndersonAstronaut Clay Anderson
Astronaut Clay Anderson

Astronauts like Clay Anderson can float through the space station. (NASA photo)
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Posted: 11/4/2014

Astronaut Bruce McCandlessAstronaut Bruce McCandless
Astronaut Bruce McCandless

NASA Astronaut Bruce McCandless became the first person to make an untethered spacewalk during STS-41-B in 1984. (NASA photo)
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Posted: 11/4/2014

High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm CameraHigh-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait. (Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems)
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Posted: 10/23/2014

REPUBLIC P-47REPUBLIC P-47
REPUBLIC P-47

Republic P-47N-5 three ship formation (S/N 44-88576, 88589, 88577). (U.S. Air Force photo)
REPUBLIC P-47


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Posted: 10/7/2014

Lafayette EscadrilleLafayette Escadrille
Lafayette Escadrille

Lt. Col. William Thaw, a World War I flying ace who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, was responsible for the acquisition of the squadron's mascots, lion cubs Whiskey and Soda. The mascots were popular with the men of the Escadrille, and were afforded a great deal of freedom to roam as they pleased. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 10/6/2014

Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1
Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1

Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 Barling Bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 9/17/2014

Atlantic-Fokker XA-7Atlantic-Fokker XA-7
Atlantic-Fokker XA-7

Side view of the Atlantic-Fokker XA-7. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 9/5/2014

Titan 4BTitan 4B
Titan 4B

A Titan 4B at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 in 1997. This vehicle, similar to NMUSAF's but with a shorter payload fairing, carried the Cassini-Huygens probe into space to study Saturn. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Titan 4B


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Posted: 8/27/2014

Titan 4BTitan 4B
Titan 4B

A Titan 4B rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40. This vehicle is similar to the NMUSAF's rocket, but has a slightly shorter payload fairing. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Titan 4B


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Posted: 8/27/2014

Titan 4BTitan 4B
Titan 4B

A Titan 4B rocket launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 on Sept. 9, 2003. The rocket carried a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Titan 4B


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Posted: 8/27/2014

Stearman PT-13D KaydetStearman PT-13D Kaydet
Stearman PT-13D Kaydet

The Kaydet was a primary trainer -- the first airplane a cadet would fly. Even more importantly, this was the aircraft they would solo in before receiving their pilot wings. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 8/1/2014

Stearman PT-13Stearman PT-13
Stearman PT-13

The majority of World War II pilots in the U.S. learned how to fly in a Kaydet. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Stearman PT-13


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Posted: 8/1/2014

AN/MRC-108 Communications SystemAN/MRC-108 Communications System
AN/MRC-108 Communications System

AN/MRC-108 being used by a Combat Control Team (CCT) in Southeast Asia (ca. 1971). (Photo courtesy of Combat Control Net)
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Posted: 7/11/2014

Douglas C-47Douglas C-47
Douglas C-47

Troop carrier Douglas C-47s tow Waco CG-4A gliders during the invasion of France in June 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Douglas C-47


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Posted: 6/13/2014

Phosphorus BombsPhosphorus Bombs
Phosphorus Bombs

The result of phosphorus bombs and how they worked on a Betty and a Zeke on Lakunai Field during the attack at Rabaul. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Phosphorus Bombs


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Posted: 5/6/2014

Beech AT-10Beech AT-10
Beech AT-10

Beech AT-10 Wichita. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Beech AT-10


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Posted: 2/25/2014

Beech AT-10Beech AT-10
Beech AT-10

Beech AT-10 Wichita. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Beech AT-10


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Posted: 2/25/2014

Beech AT-10Beech AT-10
Beech AT-10

Beech AT-10 Wichita. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Beech AT-10


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Posted: 2/25/2014

W53 Thermonuclear BombW53 Thermonuclear Bomb
W53 Thermonuclear Bomb

Maintenance personnel removing the Mk-6 re-entry vehicle from a Titan II missile. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/24/2014

W53 Thermonuclear BombW53 Thermonuclear Bomb
W53 Thermonuclear Bomb

Launch of a Titan II missile. A W53 fit into the Mk-6 re-entry vehicle on top of the missile. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/24/2014

SEA Signals IntelligenceSEA Signals Intelligence
SEA Signals Intelligence

The linguists and mission specialists who operated the airborne radio direction finding (ARDF) equipment were assigned to the 6994th Security Squadron of the USAF Security Service. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

SEA Signals IntelligenceSEA Signals Intelligence
SEA Signals Intelligence

An EC-47 crew included a pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and mission specialists. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

SEA Signals IntelligenceSEA Signals Intelligence
SEA Signals Intelligence

The Air Force had two ground-based signals intelligence intercept sites at Danang, South Vietnam -- one at the air base and another, pictured here, on nearby “Monkey Mountain.” (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Lockheed EC-121KLockheed EC-121K
Lockheed EC-121K

Specialized EC-121s -- like this EC-121K RIVET TOP -- listened in on radio calls between MiG fighters and their ground controllers. The EC-121 crew then passed on real-time warnings to U.S. pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Lockheed EC-121K


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Posted: 1/14/2014

Boeing RC-135MBoeing RC-135M
Boeing RC-135M

Highly-capable RC-135s -- like this RC-135M COMBAT APPLE aircraft -- conducted communications and electronic intelligence. For most of the Southeas Asia War, unarmed RC-135s maintained a continuous, 24-hour orbit near the border of North Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing RC-135M


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Posted: 1/14/2014

Boeing RC-135CBoeing RC-135C
Boeing RC-135C

RC-135Cs played an important role in gathering electronic intelligence on North Vietnamese air defense systems. It was nicknamed the “Chipmunk” for its large “cheeks.” (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing RC-135C


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Posted: 1/14/2014

Boeing RB-47HBoeing RB-47H
Boeing RB-47H

The RB-47H flew missions early in the air campaign against North Vietnam (an RB-47H is on display in the museum’s Cold War Gallery). It was replaced by the RC-135. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Boeing RB-47H


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Posted: 1/14/2014

RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

Unlike later RPAs, the Firebee could not take off or land on its own. The Firebee was air-launched and controlled from a DC-130 director aircraft. After flying its mission, the AQM-34 was directed to a safe recovery area where its parachute was deployed. Then it would typically be retrieved with the Mid-Air Recovery System (or MARS). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

DC-130 taking off on a mission in Southeast Asia, carrying two AQM-34s. Firebees flew using a pre-programmed guidance system or by remote control from the DC-130 crew. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

An AQM-34L took this photograph as it flew underneath electrical lines in North Vietnam. The image distortion was a normal effect caused by the type of lens used. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

Photos of a communist anti-aircraft battery taken at low altitude by a Firebee. The seven gun positions are marked with arrows. The inset photo was shot with the Firebee’s panoramic camera. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

RPAs in Southeast AsiaRPAs in Southeast Asia
RPAs in Southeast Asia

AQM-34L "Tom Cat" flew 68 missions over North Vietnam before being shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Hanoi. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Optical Reconnaissance CameraOptical Reconnaissance Camera
Optical Reconnaissance Camera

A typical aerial camera had a removable film magazine on top and an interchangeable lens cone below. Longer lens cones were for higher altitude or longer distances, while shorter cones were for low altitude.
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Chicago Aerial Industries KA-45 Optical CameraChicago Aerial Industries KA-45 Optical Camera
Chicago Aerial Industries KA-45 Optical Camera

This illustration of an RF-101C camera configuration has four KA-45 cameras with various lenses -- one pointed forward, one pointed straight down, and two angled to the side (called oblique).
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Posted: 1/14/2014

McDonnell RF-101CMcDonnell RF-101C
McDonnell RF-101C

The RF-101C could carry many different types of optical cameras, as displayed here. The aircraft’s three camera bays are open (nose tip, nose and under the national insignia). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/14/2014

Capt. Jack Weatherby Capt. Jack Weatherby
Capt. Jack Weatherby

In November 1965 Maj. Gen. John Meyer presented the Air Force Cross on display to Capt. Jack Weatherby's widow, Barbara Weatherby, son Richard and daughter D’Ann. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/13/2014

Capt. Jack Weatherby Capt. Jack Weatherby
Capt. Jack Weatherby

Capt. Jack Weatherby was one of the most experienced reconnaissance pilots in Southeast Asia, having flown PROJECT FIELD GOAL and ABLE MABLE missions earlier in the war. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/13/2014

Photo-reconnaissance in SEAPhoto-reconnaissance in SEA
Photo-reconnaissance in SEA

A small number of RB-66Bs -- like the one pictured here at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam -- flew reconnaissance missions in Southeast Asia from 1965-1966. An RB-66B that flew combat missions in Southeast Asia is on display in this gallery. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo-reconnaiss


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Posted: 1/13/2014

Photo-reconnaissance in SEAPhoto-reconnaissance in SEA
Photo-reconnaissance in SEA

Photograph taken on an RF-4C mission, showing three burned-out communist trucks. The RF-4Cs could take photographs day or night using optical cameras, infrared cameras or radar. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo-reconnaiss


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Posted: 1/13/2014

Photo-reconnaissance in SEAPhoto-reconnaissance in SEA
Photo-reconnaissance in SEA

Enemy activity required constant monitoring. This December 1972 photo shows repairs to an important bridge just east of Hanoi, North Vietnam. It had been bombed earlier that year. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo-reconnaiss


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Posted: 1/13/2014

Photo-reconnaissance in SEAPhoto-reconnaissance in SEA
Photo-reconnaissance in SEA

Photo interpreters carefully analyzed reconnaissance images. Using highly-specialized knowledge and skills, they provided valuable intelligence about enemy activities and threats. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo-reconnaiss


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Posted: 1/13/2014

RF-4C CrewRF-4C Crew
RF-4C Crew

Camera technicians Staff Sgt. Gerald Richey (left) and Tech. Sgt. Harold Cockrum quickly retrieve film from an RF-4C. Rapid photo processing, analysis and distribution were top priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo)
RF-4C Crew


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Posted: 1/13/2014

RF-101C CrewRF-101C Crew
RF-101C Crew

Two RF-4C aircrews fully outfitted for a mission. Unlike the single-seat RF-101C, the RF-4C carried a pilot in the front seat and a pilot/navigator in the back seat. (U.S. Air Force photo)
RF-101C Crew


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Posted: 1/13/2014

McDonnell Douglas RF-4CMcDonnell Douglas RF-4C
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C

An early, uncamouflaged RF-4C in a protective revetment. The first RF-4Cs deployed to Southeast Asia with the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in the fall of 1965. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/13/2014

McDonnell RF-101CMcDonnell RF-101C
McDonnell RF-101C

RF-101C pilot deploying the braking parachute upon landing after a mission over North Vietnam in 1967. Flights over North Vietnam were especially hazardous, and many aircraft were shot down. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/13/2014

Early USAF Reconnaissance in SEAEarly USAF Reconnaissance in SEA
Early USAF Reconnaissance in SEA

The first ABLE MABLE pilots in front of an RF-101C: Front row (left to right) 1st Lt. Fred Muesegaes, Maj. Ken Harbst and 1st Lt. Jack Weatherby; Back row (left to right) Capt. Ralph DeLucia, Capt. Bill Whitten and 1st Lt. John Linihan. Muesegaes, Weatherby, Linihan and Whitten also flew RT-33A PROJECT FIELD GOAL missions. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/13/2014

    

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