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The RQ-4A Global Hawk, manufactured by Northrup Grumman, is seen here on the flightline at Edwards Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: RQ-4A Global Hawk
Manufacturer: Northrup Grumman Function: High-Altitude, Long-Endurance ISRService Date: 2001Speed: 357 mphProduction: 77 (planned)Inventory: 20Commentary: The RQ-4 provides high altitude, persistent (28+ hours) remotely piloted ISR capability. The system consists of an aircraft, GCS, and an integrated sensor suite.
0 12/19
2016
Four cadets received their diplomas and took their oath of office Dec. 14, 2016, at the Air Force Academy's winter graduation ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo) 4 pin on Lt bars at winter grad ceremony
Four cadets received their diplomas and took the oath of office Dec. 14 at the Air Force Academy’s winter graduation ceremony. Mark Adams of Rockmart, Georgia, earned a bachelor’s in economics. He’s scheduled to report to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, for remotely-piloted aircraft training. Samuel Highnote of Columbus, Georgia, earned a
0 12/16
2016
"The Reaper," also known as there MQ-9 unmanned aerial, is shown here on a test mission. (Courtesy photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: MQ-9 Reaper
Manufacturer: General AtomicsFunction: Remotely Piloted Hunter/KillerService Date: 2007Speed: 230 mphCrew: TwoProduction: 319 (planned)Inventory: 35 Commentary: Officially combat-operational in Afghanistan since September 2007, the MQ-9 Reaper is larger than the MQ-1, has eight times the range, and flies twice as high. An unarmed variant
0 12/13
2016
Brittany Bird, wife of retired Capt. Carson Bird, speaks to a crowd of family and friends at a memorial service for her husband Dec. 9, 2016, at the Cadet Chapel. Carson Bird, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, died Nov. 26, 2016, after battling Chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. (Jason Gutierrez/U.S. Air Force photo) Carson Bird lived life of grace, humor and love, says family at memorial
Brittany Bird spoke elegantly and affectionately of her husband, retired Capt. Carson Bird, at a Dec. 9 memorial service here in his honor. Carson, a 2008 Academy graduate, former Falcons football all-star cornerback, and special operations officer, died Nov. 26 at his grandmother’s home in Michigan after battling Chondrosarcoma, a rare form of
0 12/12
2016
Chief Release 1 Academy NCO selected for promotion to chief master sgt
The Air Force selected one NCO at the Air Force Academy for promotion to chief master sergeant Dec. 8: Senior Master Sgt. Heather Muse of the Academy's Headquarters Command Staff. Muse said many helped her on her professional journey to being selected for promotion to chief master sergeant, the Air Force's top-enlisted rank. “Thanks to my family,
0 12/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo Prep School students judge elementary school science projects
Air Force Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates judged 100 science fair projects Nov. 18 at Pioneer Elementary School in Colorado Springs.   According to Cadet Candidate Julio Rosales, the students presented their projects to the cadet candidates, who asked questions about the scientific process and how it relates to their experiment.“My
0 12/07
2016
Falcons' head coach Troy Calhoun leads Air Force on to the field at Falcon Stadium, Sept. 3, to take on the Abilene Christian University Wildcats. Air Force beat Abilene 37-21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Darcie Ibidapo) Falcons to compete in Arizona Bowl, Dec 30
The Air Force Academy Falcons will play the University of South Alabama Jaguars in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson on Dec. 30. Invites to the bowl were sent to Falcons’ head Coach Troy Calhoun and Jaguars’ head coach Joey Jones Dec. 4 from Chairman of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Ali Farhang.  The game will be played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson,
0 12/06
2016
The Air Force Academy announced areas will be off-limits to hunters during the Academy Natural Resources Office’s annual installation deer hunt, Dec. 10-12 and 17-19. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Van Winkle) USAFA announces annual hunt zones
The Air Force Academy announced areas will be off-limits to hunters during the Academy Natural Resources Office’s annual installation deer hunt, Dec. 10-12 and 17-19. Frequently used roads and trails leading into hunting areas will be posted with bright orange signs, stating “Area Closed -- Authorized Personnel Only.”  The Falcon Trail, Archery
0 12/05
2016
Default Air Force Logo Staying safe on winter roads
One big step toward staying safe on the highway during the holidays and bad weather is simple, said Air Force Academy law enforcement and safety experts: pay attention.  Lt. Col. Lance Spear, director of the Academy’s Safety Office, said distracted driving -- often caused by a driver using a cellphone -- is a common factor in vehicle collisions and
0 12/01
2016
Mark Carnes, the U.S. Air Force Academy's latest Cadet for a Day, and Capt. Daniel Norton, look out the control tower windows at the Academy airfield, Nov. 10, 2016. The Academy has teamed up with the Make a Wish Foundation to help children with serious medical conditions achieve their dreams of becoming an Academy cadet, through the Cadet for a Day Program. Norton is the flight commander for the Cadet Instructor Pilot Upgrade Program for the 94th Flying Training Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Darcie Ibidapo) Teenager becomes a 'cadet for a day'
A teenage lymphoma patient became the Air Force Academy’s latest cadet for a day Nov. 10, thanks to a longstanding partnership between cadets and the Make a Wish Foundation.  Mark Carnes, 15, and his mother, Gwendolyn Carnes, toured the airfield and control tower with cadets assigned to Cadet Squadron 20 and airfield staff, and watched a chemistry
0 11/28
2016
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