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  • Battle at Takur Ghar: Roberts Ridge

     Note: President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller, during a ceremony on Aug. 22, 2018 for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle at Takur Ghar. Click here to view the web page dedicated to Chapman as a Medal of Honor recipient.
  • Battlefield Airmen in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

    U.S. Air Force ground special tactics played a key role during the initial stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, small, highly-mobile U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy special operation forces inserted deep into the hostile mountains of Afghanistan to find, capture and destroy elusive Taliban and Al
  • Battlefield Airmen Overview

    Battlefield Airmen are extensively-trained, volunteer Airmen who provide unique air and space power expertise in a land combat environment, often far into hostile territory. This small, mostly enlisted group is essential to the Air Force mission, providing a key link between the air and ground. Battlefield Airmen conduct unique ground operations
  • Brute Force: B-52 Nose Art from DESERT STORM

    Almost from the beginning of flight, pilots and aircrews have personalized their aircraft by adorning them with nicknames, symbols or artwork. During World War II, the widespread practice of adding "pin-up girls," cartoons and other popular culture images to an aircraft's nose led to the term "nose art." Except for the wars in Korea and Southeast
  • B-58 Escape Capsule

    When the B-58 Hustler entered service in 1961, the three crew members had typical ejection seats, but ejection from the Hustler at very high speed proved extremely dangerous. To improve aircrew survivability, the Stanley Aircraft Corp. developed an ejection capsule which was retrofitted into the aircraft in late 1962. It allowed aircrew to eject
  • B-36 Remote Gun Turret

    Early models of the B-36 Peacemaker intercontinental bomber relied on concentrated fire from multiple gun turrets for protection from fighters. This concept had been used in World War II bombers, and the B-36 was the last U.S. bomber to employ massed gun turrets for defense.Early B-36s had six turrets like the General Electric model on display,
  • B-36 Fuel Injection System

    This fuel injection system was developed by Bendix for the Pratt & Whitney R-4360-53 engine used to power the B-36 and probably represents the highest sophistication achieved in the evolution of aircraft piston engine fuel injection. This system injected aviation fuel directly into each cylinder of the 28-cylinder radial engine and produced easy
  • Berlin Airlift Victory

    The blockade of West Berlin ended on May 12, 1949. This was not just a victory for the Allied Forces, but a victory shared with all of the citizens of Berlin. These were citizens who braved the hardships, the hunger and the cold. These were the citizens who toiled long hours unloading aircraft and making new runways. Berlin was no longer the
  • Berlin Airlift Honors

    A grateful nation honored the service personnel who participated in the airlift, primarily with three awards. The Air Medal was awarded for the completion of 50 flights into Berlin. An Oak Leaf Cluster was awarded for each 50 additional flights. The Medal for Humane Action was initially authorized by Congress on July 29, 1949, to honor the more
  • Berlin Airlift SCR-658 Radio Receiver

    This model SCR-658 Radio Receiver was installed at Tempelhof Central Airport in Berlin by U.S. occupation forces in 1945. During the Berlin Airlift, Air Force weather forecasters used it to track weather balloons, measure the wind's direction and speed, temperature, humidity and air pressure by using radio signals transmitted from the balloons.

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