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  • Warrior Airmen

    Warrior Airmen play an active and essential role in combat operations on the ground in the Global War on Terror. Some, known as Battlefield Airmen, operate independently of air bases, providing specialized skills to enhance or execute air and space power. Others, known as Expeditionary Combat

  • Wall Panels from Southwest Asia

    These graffiti-covered wall panels came from the Air Terminal Operations Center (ATOC) at Al Udeid Air Base, about 25 miles west of Doha, Qatar. Newly arriving personnel and aircrews who passed who passed through Al Udeid in support of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom,

  • Willys Quarter-ton Jeep

    "[The] equipment ... among the most vital to our success in Africa and Europe were the bulldozer, the jeep, the 2 1/2 ton truck and the C-47 airplane. Curiously enough, none of these is designed for combat." - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower The jeep, first used by the U.S. military during World War II,

  • Williams International F107-WR-101 Turbofan

    The F107-WR-101 is an advanced, two-shaft turbofan engine that powers the USAF AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile. The engine's design emphasizes light weight and compact size because of the limited space in the ALCM. The F107-WR-101 uses a special high-density aviation turbine fuel that has more

  • W53 Thermonuclear Bomb

    Based upon the Mk-53 "hydrogen" bomb, the W53 was modified to be carried by the Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). With a yield in the megaton range, the W53 fit into a Mk-6 re-entry vehicle installed on top of the Titan II.This artifact is on loan courtesy of the National Museum of

  • Wild Weasels and Linebacker Operations: The War Ends

    Operations Linebacker and Linebacker II initiated the end of the Southeast Asia War. During those offensives, U.S. airpower stopped the North Vietnamese ground offensive and B-52s vigorously bombed previously untouched targets in North Vietnam. The Wild Weasels challenged North Vietnamese defenses

  • Wild Weasel Flight Gear

    A Wild Weasel crewman wore a hard helmet and an oxygen mask with an integrated microphone. A survival vest held a first aid kit, escape map, survival kit and other items useful should he be shot down or forced to eject. Over the waist and legs is a g-suit, which fills with air during sharp turns to

  • Wild Weasel Missions: Strike Support and Search and Destroy

    Strike Support: First In, Last OutOn strike support missions deep into North Vietnam, Wild Weasels ranged ahead of strike forces to suppress SAM sites and gun laying radars in the target area. Ideally, the Wild Weasels would destroy them, but intimidating the radars to shut down and keeping them

  • What is a Wild Weasel?

    "Wild Weasel" describes the specialized USAF crews, aircraft and missions that suppress enemy air defenses with direct attacks. It originates with the name of the USAF's first anti-SAM program in 1965 -- Project Wild Weasel.Click here to return to First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs.

  • War over Radio Waves: Signals Intelligence

    The Radar War: Electronics IntelligenceThe enemy's air defense system depended heavily on radar signals. Enemy radars detected incoming U.S. aircraft, guided surface-to-air missiles and directed anti-aircraft fire.Air Force RB-66C, RB-47H and RC-135 crews identified enemy radar locations and