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  • Combating the Insurgency: Air Force Combat Controllers at Najaf, Iraq

    In late January 2007, Iraqi police in Najaf went to arrest what they thought were only 30 members of the fanatical "Soldiers of Heaven" sect -- they were ambushed by about 800 heavily-entrenched insurgents. Two U.S. Army Special Forces teams that included USAF Combat Controllers Tech. Sgt. Bryan Patton and Staff Sgt. David Orvosh arrived to help.
  • Combat Controllers and Special Tactics Officers

    Air Force Combat Controllers (or CCT) deploy deep into hostile territory to direct paratrooper assault drops, identify potential aircraft landing fields and conduct special operations to support USAF and Department of Defense missions. They are trained to use demolitions to clear runways and to set up navigational aids. Moreover, as certified air
  • Casualty of the War on Drugs

    Counterdrug efforts in the 1990s included gathering intelligence information on drug traffickers. On April 24, 1992, a C-130H flown by the 310th Airlift Squadron at Howard Air Force Base, Panama, was on such a mission when it was intercepted 60 miles off the coast of Peru by two Peruvian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter fighters. Despite being clearly
  • Cold War in Space: Top Secret Reconaissance Satellites Revealed

    During the Cold War, the U.S. relied on photo reconnaissance satellites to track adversaries' weapons development, especially in the Soviet Union and China. From the early 1960s to mid-1980s, photography from space was often the only way to get critical data about nuclear threats.The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Department of Defense
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 dramatically proved the importance of the U-2 and aerial reconnaissance. On Oct. 14, 1962, two USAF U-2s photographed portions of Cuba, revealing Soviet offensive nuclear missiles based only 90 miles from U.S. shores. President John F. Kennedy placed U.S. forces on alert, and USAF U-2 and RF-101 reconnaissance
  • Catching an Air Force Spy

    Unfortunately, even some Air Force members have committed espionage against the United States. The case of Jeffrey M. Carney is a Cold War example of how people can be tempted to turn against their own country. Entering the Air Force in 1980, Carney became disillusioned with the USAF and intended to defect to East Germany. Instead of simply
  • Counterintelligence in the Cold War and Beyond

    Counterintelligence: Detection of espionage, sabotage, treason, sedition, subversion, disloyalty and disaffection.Espionage played an important role in worldwide tensions between the East and West during the Cold War. Among OSI's many functions, counterintelligence has been crucial for national security and protecting the USAF. The USAF and other
  • Cushman Model 39 Delivery Scooter

    This three-wheeled utility vehicle was built in 1943 for the U.S. Army. The Cushman company of Lincoln, Neb., began making scooters in 1936 and sold 606 Model 39s to the U.S. military during World War II. These utility scooters remained in service for many years moving various equipment and supplies. The Model 39 used a small one-cylinder engine,
  • Clarktor-6 Towing Tractor

    The Clarktor-6 Towing Tractor, built by the Clark Equipment Co., has been used by the USAF since the early 1950s for towing small to mid-sized aircraft and ground support equipment.Click here to return to the Cold War Gallery.
  • Convair XC-99 Model

    Using various types of wood, Lt Col Howard T. Meek (USAF, Ret) constructed this 1/72 scale model of the Convair XC-99 from scratch. The Convair XC-99, a transport version of the Convair B-36 bomber, made its first flight in November 1947. Designed to carry 400 troops, 335 litter patients, or 100,000 pounds of cargo, the double-decked XC-99 was
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