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  • Prime Readiness In Base Services

    Air Force Services provides organic capabilities for commanders to support deployed forces overseas. Services Personnel are organized into Prime Readiness In Base Services (RIBS) teams when deployed. The core missions of each Prime RIBS Team are Lodging, Food Service, Laundry, Fitness and Mortuary

  • Powerful New Cameras for the U-2

    Model A-2 Camera Set This system of three high-altitude aerial reconnaissance cameras was developed for the U-2 in the late 1950s. These Hycon model 732 cameras created much more detailed images than earlier cameras. For example, their lenses could "see" and record objects as small as two feet

  • Planes, Boats and Trains: The Berlin Airlift Team

    The success of the Berlin Airlift was the result of coordinated efforts between the U.S. Air Force and the other services. The U.S. Navy contributions to the Airlift were two transport squadrons -- VR-6 and VR-8. These squadrons were equipped with the R-5D aircraft which was the Navy's version of

  • Panavia Tornado GR1

    During the 1991 Gulf War, military planners made the elimination of Iraq's air defenses a top priority. At the start of Operation Desert Storm (called Operation Granby by the British), Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR1 aircraft attacked Iraqi air bases at low-level with Hunting JP233 anti-runway

  • Pratt & Whitney J58 Turbojet

    The J58 engine was developed in the late 1950s by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corp. to meet a U.S. Navy requirement. It was designed to operate at speeds of Mach 3+ and at altitudes of more than 80,000 feet. The J58 was the first engine designed to operate for extended

  • Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220

    The high performance Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engine is the powerplant for the F-15 Eagle and the majority of F-16 Fighting Falcons. Development of the F100 series began in the late 1960s for the F-X fighter program (which became the F-15 Eagle fighter). The F100-PW-220 version is used in the

  • Putting a Satellite into Orbit

    Sending a satellite into orbit around the earth is not simply a matter of overcoming gravity with the brute force of rocket power. Rather, rocket power helps us use gravity to place a satellite into orbit. The power of the rocket lifts the satellite out of the atmosphere so air friction at high

  • Peacekeeper Re-entry Vehicles & Deployment Bus

    The LMG-118A Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was more powerful and more accurate than the Minuteman III. It carried 10 nuclear weapons in its Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) warhead.The warhead was part of the missile's fourth stage, which consisted of

  • Protecting the Force: Air Base Defense

    "It is easier and more effective to destroy the enemy's aerial power by destroying his nests and eggs on the ground than to hunt his flying birds in the air."- Gen. Giulio Douhet, noted air power writer, in 1921In previous wars, most air bases were far behind the front lines. All of South Vietnam

  • Planes without Pilots: SAC Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)

    Remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) saw their first widespread combat use during the Southeast Asia War. Strategic Air Command (SAC) remotely piloted AQM-34 Firebees obtained excellent photography of dangerous areas without risking aircrews. First deployed to South Vietnam in 1964, AQM-34s flew

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