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Posted: 1/23/2012

Douglas C-124Douglas C-124
Douglas C-124

Douglas C-124s unload their cargo at Phalsbourg Air Base, France, as part of Operation Stair Step. Federalized Air National Guard units, equipped with F/RF-84Fs and F-86Hs, moved into five airfields in northeastern France where they bolstered NATO forces from November 1961 to August 1962 before returning home. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/23/2012

Republic F-84FRepublic F-84F
Republic F-84F

F-84Fs of the Federalized Air National Guard in Newfoundland, November 1961, prior to flying the Atlantic to Europe in response to the Berlin Crisis. Because of the long over-water distance to the next airfield in the Azores, the planes were towed to the end of the runway prior to takeoff to conserve fuel. During this Operation Stair Step deployment of more than 200 fighter aircraft (the largest overseas movement of a fighter force since World War II), not a single plane was lost. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/23/2012

Republic F-84FRepublic F-84F
Republic F-84F

Arrival of an F-84F of the New Jersey Air National Guard at Chaumont Air Base, France, as part of Operation Stair Step. More than 100,000 ANG and Air Force Reserve personnel, with planes and equipment, were deployed to Europe because of the Berlin crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/23/2012

Explosive Ordnance DisposalExplosive Ordnance Disposal
Explosive Ordnance Disposal

This USAF poster, created by Ken Chandler, honors EOD Airmen by illustrating some of their equipment, protective clothing and their instantly recognizable specialty badge. (This image is copyrighted, is the property of Ken Chandler and is available only to members of the armed forces and military organizations.)
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Posted: 1/23/2012

HEXAGON KH-9HEXAGON KH-9
HEXAGON KH-9

HEXAGON mapping camera image of Moscow, USSR, April 6, 1979. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)
HEXAGON KH-9


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Posted: 1/20/2012

HEXAGON KH-9HEXAGON KH-9
HEXAGON KH-9

This drawing shows the extremely complex path of HEXAGON KH-9 main camera film. It ran through more than 100 rollers and precision “air bar” assemblies where it floated on a cushion of gas. The feed reels are on the right, and the four return capsules are on the left, with the cameras in the middle. Film moved at up to 200 inches per second inside the airtight, light-tight, pressurized, climate-controlled film path. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

HEXAGON KH-9HEXAGON KH-9
HEXAGON KH-9

Drawing showing the side-by-side arrangement of HEXAGON’s twin rotating KH-9 panoramic cameras. You can see both cameras on the underside of the satellite. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

HEXAGON KH-9HEXAGON KH-9
HEXAGON KH-9

Basic elements of the HEXAGON KH-9, with mapping camera. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
HEXAGON KH-9


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Posted: 1/20/2012

GAMBIT 3 KH-8 DiagramGAMBIT 3 KH-8 Diagram
GAMBIT 3 KH-8 Diagram

GAMBIT 3 KH-8 launch, operation and recovery sequence. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

GAMBIT 3 KH-8 DiagramGAMBIT 3 KH-8 Diagram
GAMBIT 3 KH-8 Diagram

This diagram shows how light traveled between mirrors before being corrected for distortion and finally focused on the film plane. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

GAMBIT 3 KH-8 SchematicGAMBIT 3 KH-8 Schematic
GAMBIT 3 KH-8 Schematic

GAMBIT 3 KH-8 schematic showing the folded path camera, roll joint connecting the Agena and payload sections, and dual film return vehicles. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

6593rd Test Squadron6593rd Test Squadron
6593rd Test Squadron

Later informal emblem of the USAF’s 6593rd Test Squadron, which operated C-119 and C-130 aircraft to catch satellite payloads in midair. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

6593rd Test Squadron6593rd Test Squadron
6593rd Test Squadron

Early informal emblem of the USAF’s 6593rd Test Squadron, which operated C-119 and C-130 aircraft to catch satellite payloads in midair. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

6594th Test Wing6594th Test Wing
6594th Test Wing

Informal patch from the USAF 6594th Test Group showing a C-130 “bird” catching a satellite payload. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

6594th Test Wing6594th Test Wing
6594th Test Wing

Airmen of the 6594th Test Wing with a practice satellite payload. Note the falling star logo on their JC-130B Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

JC-130BJC-130B
JC-130B

An Air Force JC-130B practices catching a satellite “bucket” with grappling gear and winch at Edwards AFB, Calif., 1969. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

Satellite Catching GearSatellite Catching Gear
Satellite Catching Gear

Satellite catching gear deployed from an Air Force C-119J. These aircraft recovered CORONA satellite film capsules beginning in 1960, and later gave way to the faster, more powerful C-130 Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

GAMBIT 1 KH-7 SchematicGAMBIT 1 KH-7 Schematic
GAMBIT 1 KH-7 Schematic

GAMBIT 1 KH-7 schematic showing the arrangement of the camera, film supply and re-entry vehicle. (Photo courtesy of National Reconnaissance Office)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

Severodvinsk Shipyard Severodvinsk Shipyard
Severodvinsk Shipyard

GAMBIT KH-7 image of the Severodvinsk shipyard in the USSR, May 29, 1967. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

6594th Test Group6594th Test Group
6594th Test Group

Emblem of the USAF 6594th Test Group, Hickam Field, Hawaii, whose motto “Catch a Falling Star” perfectly captured their mission.
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Posted: 1/20/2012

Air Force Satellite Test CenterAir Force Satellite Test Center
Air Force Satellite Test Center

The Air Force Satellite Test Center, Sunnyvale, Calif. This facility was popularly known as the “Blue Cube.” (Photo courtesy of kadiak.org)
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Posted: 1/20/2012

National Reconnaissance OfficeNational Reconnaissance Office
National Reconnaissance Office

National Reconnaissance Office logo.
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Posted: 1/20/2012


"Dirty Thirty"

"Dirty Thirty" personnel with Lt. Col. Nguyen Cao Ky (top, second from right), the commander of the VNAF 43rd Air Transport Group. Ky later became the Prime Minister (1965-1967) and Vice President (1967-1971) of South Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/20/2012


"Dirty Thirty"

"Dirty Thirty" missions often received ground fire. VNAF Lt. Tam points to a bullet hole that pierced this aircraft’s fuel tanks. (U.S. Air Force photo)
"Dirty Thirty"


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Posted: 1/20/2012


"Dirty Thirty"

"Dirty Thirty" pilot with VNAF personnel at Pleiku, South Vietnam, in 1963. (U.S. Air Force photo)
"Dirty Thirty"


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Posted: 1/20/2012


"Dirty Thirty"

Formation of VNAF C-47s. This photograph was taken by a "Dirty Thirty" pilot from the co-pilot seat of another C-47. (U.S. Air Force photo)
"Dirty Thirty"


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Posted: 1/20/2012

Space Shuttle EndeavourSpace Shuttle Endeavour
Space Shuttle Endeavour

Endeavour lifts off on its 25th and final mission on May 16, 2011. (NASA image)
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Posted: 1/18/2012

STS-134 CrewSTS-134 Crew
STS-134 Crew

The crew of STS-134, Endeavour’s final mission. Pictured clockwise: NASA astronauts Mark Kelly (Capt., U.S. Navy, bottom center), commander; Gregory H. Johnson (Col., USAF, Ret.), pilot; Michael Fincke (Col., USAF), Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and the European Space Agency's Roberto Vittori, all mission specialists. (NASA image)
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Posted: 1/18/2012

Col. Joseph KittingerCol. Joseph Kittinger
Col. Joseph Kittinger

Col. Joseph Kittinger (center). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/18/2012

Col. Joseph KittingerCol. Joseph Kittinger
Col. Joseph Kittinger

Col. Joseph Kittinger in the Excelsior gondola. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/18/2012

Col. Joseph KittingerCol. Joseph Kittinger
Col. Joseph Kittinger

Col. Joseph Kittinger. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 1/18/2012

Fokker Y1C-14Fokker Y1C-14
Fokker Y1C-14

Fokker Y1C-14. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Fokker Y1C-14


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Posted: 12/29/2011

Fokker Y1C-14Fokker Y1C-14
Fokker Y1C-14

Fokker Y1C-14. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Fokker Y1C-14


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Posted: 12/29/2011

Bell UH-1P Iroquois Bell UH-1P Iroquois
Bell UH-1P Iroquois

Bell UH-1P Iroquois on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 11/17/2011

MiG-21MiG-21
MiG-21

MiG-21 in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo)
MiG-21


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Posted: 11/17/2011

Cornelia FortCornelia Fort
Cornelia Fort

Cornelia Fort (with a PT-19A) was a civilian instructor pilot at an airfield near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Cornelia Fort


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Posted: 11/3/2011

Operation Little VittlesOperation Little Vittles
Operation Little Vittles

A "Little Vittles" candy drop. Note the parachutes below the tail of the C-54. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 10/17/2011

Berlin AirliftBerlin Airlift
Berlin Airlift

C-47s unloading at Tempelhof, formed the nucleus of the airlift until September when the larger and faster four-engine C-54s capable of hauling 10 tons had been put into service. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Berlin Airlift


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Posted: 10/17/2011

Berlin Airlift MemorialBerlin Airlift Memorial
Berlin Airlift Memorial

The dedication of the Berlin Airlift Memorial in the Lufbruke Platz during the fall of 1952. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 10/17/2011

Berlin AirliftBerlin Airlift
Berlin Airlift

Navy and Air Force flight crews were briefed together for the day's missions in Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Berlin Airlift


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Posted: 10/17/2011

RAF C-47sRAF C-47s
RAF C-47s

Royal Air Force C-47s being unloaded in the beginning days of flight operations at Tegel. (U.S. Air Force photo)
RAF C-47s


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Posted: 10/17/2011

Tech. Sgt. John H. SchuffertTech. Sgt. John H. Schuffert
Tech. Sgt. John H. Schuffert

Tech. Sgt. John H. "Jake" Schuffert. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 10/17/2011

Convair F-106A CockpitConvair F-106A Cockpit
Convair F-106A Cockpit

Right side console of the Convair F-106A. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 10/17/2011

Convair F-106AConvair F-106A
Convair F-106A

Formation of F-106As. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Convair F-106A


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Posted: 10/17/2011

EtchbergerEtchberger
Etchberger

In 2010, Etchberger’s valor and sacrifice were fully recognized with the Medal of Honor. Pictured is President Barack Obama presenting the Medal of Honor to Etchberger’s sons, (l to r) Steve Wilson, Cory Etchberger, and Richard Etchberger, at the White House in September 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Etchberger


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Posted: 9/6/2011

EtchbergerEtchberger
Etchberger

CMSgt Etchberger’s wife, Katherine, received his posthumous Air Force Cross from U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen John McConnell at a private ceremony in the Pentagon in 1969. Sworn to secrecy, she could not even tell her sons what had happened. His Air Force Cross did not become public until 1998. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Etchberger


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Posted: 9/6/2011

EtchbergerEtchberger
Etchberger

CMSgt Richard Etchberger in 1968 -- photo not taken at LS 85. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Etchberger


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Posted: 9/6/2011

    

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