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  • Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North

    The "100 Mission Patch" became a symbolic mark of courage during OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER. The achievement of 100 missions in the deadly skies over North Vietnam grew into a rich tradition with its own proud customs. "Instinctively, my eyes found the patch we coveted the most...the bold,   embroidered words read: 'North Vietnam--100 missions
  • Blinding the Enemy: EB-66 Electronic Warfare over North Vietnam

    Unarmed Douglas EB-66 electronic warfare aircraft detected and jammed enemy air defense radars. Though small in number, EB-66s and their crews remained in high demand as part of the total strike package in bombing missions against North Vietnam.The North Vietnamese used radar signals to detect incoming aircraft, guide their MiG fighters, and aim
  • Brig. Gen. Robin Olds: Combat Leader and Fighter Ace

    Brig. Gen. Robin Olds' hallmarks were boldness, courage and leadership. A World War II ace and Air Force Cross recipient, he gained widespread fame and respect as the aggressive commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing during the Southeast Asia War. Robin Olds grew up amongst military aviators and aircraft -- his father was a World War I pursuit
  • Boeing Bird of Prey

    The Bird of Prey is a single-seat stealth technology demonstrator used to test "low-observable" stealth techniques and new methods of aircraft design and construction. The secret Bird of Prey project ran from 1992 to 1999, and the aircraft first flew in the fall of 1996. The Bird of Prey was named for its resemblance to the Klingon spacecraft from
  • Beech QU-22B

    The QU-22B was to be an unmanned airborne relay for the Igloo White operation during the Southeast Asia War. Igloo White placed and monitored sensors to detect traffic along the main enemy supply line, the Ho Chi Minh Trail.Modified from the civilian Beech Model 36 Bonanza under the Pave Eagle II program, the 27 QU-22Bs delivered to the U.S. Air
  • Bell UH-1P Iroquois

    The UH-1 evolved from a 1955 U.S. Army competition for a new utility helicopter. The Army employed it in various roles, including that of an armed escort or attack gunship in Vietnam. The initial Army designation was HU-1, which led to the common unofficial nickname of "Huey." All U.S. armed services adopted the model as did several other
  • Boeing B-52D Stratofortress

    After it became operational in 1955, the B-52 remained the main long-range heavy bomber of the US Air Force during the Cold War, and it continues to be an important part of the USAF bomber force today. Nearly 750 were built before production ended in the fall of 1962; 170 of these were B-52Ds. The B-52 has set numerous records in its many years of
  • Brief Retrospect on Human Rights

    1901-1913Dayton police adopted the Bertillon identification system for criminals in 1902. This system recorded body measurements as well as mental and moral qualities. A similar system would be used during the 1930s in Germany to determine "Racial Purity."Whites rioted against black inhabitants in Springfield, Ohio. Militia units were called in to
  • Bob Hope: 50 Years of Hope

    Note: This exhibit is located in Kettering Hall.For more than 50 years, Bob Hope entertained men and women of the U.S. Air Force and the other services at home and overseas, in peace and in war. At least 10,000,000 G.I.s benefited from his efforts, and the United States Air Force thanks Bob Hope for those 50 years of memories. World War II Already
  • Birth of Jet Aircraft

    The Korean War served as the arena for history's first air-to-air combat by jet-propelled aircraft. U.S. Air Force pilots did not start scoring heavily against Russian-made MiG-15 jets until the swept-wing F-86A Sabre arrived in Korea in late 1950. Then the victories began to mount, and by the end of hostilities in July 1953, 38 USAF pilots had
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