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Capt. Haldane King Jr. in the Southeast Asia War. (Note: Not pictured wearing the flight suit on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/9/2014

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Lt. Haldane King in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Prisoner of War letter from Lt. Lloyd "Scotty" Hathcock's mother. Notice the information blacked out by the wartime censor. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Captured in Italy during the summer of 1944, Lt. (later Maj.) Lloyd "Scotty" Hathcock spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft III and Stalag VII-A prison camps. After the war, Hathcock stayed in the service and helped to desegregate the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Wearing the jacket on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Capt. (later Col.) Edward C. Gleed (right), the 332nd Fighter Group’s operations officer and Lt. (later Lt. Col.) Woodrow W. Crockett (center) plan for a mission in March 1945. Note that Gleed later removed the 15th Air Force emblem from the jacket’s left sleeve. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Red Tails in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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1st Lt. Roscoe Brown Jr. (right) and crew chief Marcellus G. Smith working on the engine of a 100th Fighter Squadron P-51 Mustang. On March 24, 1945, Brown shot down a German Me 262 jet fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (1912-2002) became the USAF’s first African American general officer in 1954 and retired as a lieutenant general in 1970. He received his fourth star in 1998. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis pins the Distinguished Flying Cross on his son, Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. discusses a just completed strafing mission with two of his pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Red Tails of the 332nd Fighter Group take off to escort heavy bombers sent to bomb enemy oil fields at Blechhammer, Germany, on Aug. 7, 1944. Note the P-51s have wing tanks for the extra fuel needed for such long missions. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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1st Lt. Walter Westmoreland with his P-51C nicknamed Dopey. A member of the 302nd Fighter Squadron, he was shot down by enemy ground fire near Lake Balaton, Hungary, in October 1944 while returning from an escort mission to Blechhammer, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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On Oct. 6, 1944, 2nd Lt. Andrew Marshall of the 301st Fighter Squadron parachuted to safety when his plane was shot down by flak during a strafing mission over Greece. Greek partisans hid Marshall from the Nazis and helped him escape back to his squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Long, dangerous missions over enemy territory and bad weather sometimes meant that pilots returned to base with enough gas for just three minutes of flying time -- the time it takes to boil an egg. Some Tuskegee Airmen decided to form the “Three Minute Eggs Club,” with membership limited to those who landed within the narrow margin. Left to right are 1st Lt. Clarence W. Dart, 1st Lt. Wilson Eagleson, II and 2nd Lt. William Olsbrook (October 1944). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Living conditions were often difficult. Here, pilots are outside the parachute room at Ramitelli, Italy, before a mission (March 1945). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Tuskegee Airmen being briefed for a mission at their base in Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Staff Sgt. James McGee, shown working on one of the 332nd Fighter Group’s P-39 Airacobras in Italy, kept their aircraft combat ready. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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1st Lt. Robert W. Deiz was one of the 99th Fighter Squadron pilots who shot down 10 Fw 190s on Jan. 27, 1944. He shot down another one the next day. Interestingly, Deiz was the Tuskegee Airman depicted in the famous “Keep Us Flying” War Bonds poster. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/8/2014

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Throughout the war, the Tuskegee Airmen remained under the watchful eye of superiors in the War Department and the U.S. Army. Here, 99th commander Lt. Col. Benjamin Davis (left) meets with Secretary of War Henry Stimson (right) in Tunis as Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz, commander of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces watches. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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While escorting B-25 Mitchell bombers over Sicily, 1st Lt. (later Maj.) Charles Hall scored the Tuskegee Airmen’s first aerial victory. Seated in the cockpit of his P-40L Warhawk, Hall points to his freshly painted “kill” marking. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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99th Fighter Squadron P-40 flown by 1st Lt. (later Maj.) Charles Hall. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Tuskegee Airmen became heroes to the black community. Here, singer Lena Horne (center), one of their best known supporters, visits Tuskegee aviation cadets. Col. Parrish is on her left. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The first five fighter pilots graduated from Tuskegee on March 7, 1942. From left to right are R.M. Long (instructor); George Roberts; Benjamin O. Davis Jr.; Charles DeBow; Mac Ross; and Lemuel Curtis. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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At first, white instructors conducted basic and advanced flying school at Tuskegee AAF. Later, black combat pilots returned as flight instructors. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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[Side 2] Orders assigning the first aviation cadets to Tuskegee. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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[Side 1] Orders assigning the first aviation cadets to Tuskegee. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Capt. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (right) greets some of the first aviation cadets at Tuskegee. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Lt. Col. (later Brig. Gen.) Noel F. Parrish with an Aviation Cadet at Tuskegee. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Tuskegee students were judged on how well they flew their Stearman trainers. If they passed primary training, they advanced to basic and finally advanced training. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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An instructor teaches the parts of an Allison liquid-cooled P-40 engine to a class of white aviation cadets and black maintenance students. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Enlisted Tuskegee Airmen receive instruction in aircraft engine maintenance at Selfridge Field, Mich. In combat, pilots depended upon the skill and training of these ground crew. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Tuskegee Airmen, while not the only African Americans to serve in World War II, became a symbol of pride for many Americans. This 1943 poster appealed directly to the African American community. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/8/2014

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The MIRV warhead of the Peacekeeper made it a very powerful weapon. This timed exposure shows 10 MK-21 re-entry vehicles approaching an open-ocean impact zone near Kwajalein Atoll during a flight test. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 12/3/2014

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In Southeast Asia, HH-43 “Pedros” rescued downed aircrews and wounded personnel requiring immediate evacuation from combat areas. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 11/5/2014

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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)
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Posted: 11/5/2014

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

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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

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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

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Republic P-47N-5 three ship formation (S/N 44-88576, 88589, 88577). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 10/7/2014

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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

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

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

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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)
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Posted: 8/27/2014

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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)
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Posted: 8/27/2014

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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)
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Posted: 8/27/2014

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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

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The majority of World War II pilots in the U.S. learned how to fly in a Kaydet. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 8/1/2014

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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

    

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