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The C-20A/B, the military version of the Gulfstream III, was selected in June 1983 as the replacement aircraft for the C-140B Jetstar. (U.S. Air Force photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-20 Gulfstream III
Manufacturer: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.Function: Special Air & Operational Support AirliftService Date: 1992Speed: 576 mphCrew: FiveProduction: 10Inventory: C-20B; 5 C-20H; 2Primarily used to fill the airlift mission for high-ranking government and DOD officials. Worldwide secure and non-secure passenger communication capability exists on both
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More than 1,000 young adults with appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy lined up near Doolittle Hall June 30, 2016, at the Academy to report for Basic Cadet Training. Basic Cadet Training is a six-week mental and physical training program designed to introduce cadet trainees to military life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Gutierrez) ) ‘Tip of the iceberg’: 1,168 start Basic Cadet Training
More than 1,100 young adults said goodbye to their parents and families June 30 and took their first military steps toward becoming commissioned officers.  In all, 1,168 appointees to the Air Force Academy were scheduled to begin Basic Cadet Training, a rigorous six-week mental and physical training program designed to introduce them to military
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The C-17A Globemaster III. (Courtesy photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-17A Globemaster III
Manufacturer: BoeingFunction: Cargo and Troop TransportService Date: 1993Speed: 518 mphCrew: ThreeProduction: 223 (planned) Inventory: 213Commentary: The first C-17 operational strategic brigade airdrop occurred in March 2003, when a formation of 15 aircraft delivered a US Army brigade, complete with equipment, directly into northern Iraq. 
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A Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy test aircraft takes of from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (Courtesy photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: C-5A/B/C/M Galaxy
Manufacturer: LockheedFunction: Outsize cargo transportService Date: 1970Crew: SevenSpeed: 518 mphProduction: 131Inventory: 94Commentary: The C-5 is the USAF’s largest transport aircraft. The C-5 is capable of carrying two M1 Abrams battle tanks, six Apache helicopters, or a quarter million pounds of relief supplies. The USAF is upgrading the fleet
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The B-52H Stratofortress. (U.S. Air Force photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: B-52H Stratofortress
Manufacturer: BoeingFunction: Heavy BomberService Date: 1955Speed: 650 mphCrew: FiveProduction: 744 Inventory: 94Commentary: The B-52 is the largest aircraft credited with air-to-air kills (2 in Vietnam). Specially modified NB-52s support NASA and USAF test programs, acting as the launch platform for the X-15, lifting body aircraft, and other test
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The B-2A Spirit flies over the Utah Testing and Training Range in 2003 at Hill Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Photo by Bobbie Garcia) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: B-2A Spirit
Manufacturer: Northrup GrummanFunction: Multi-Role Heavy BomberService Date: 1993Speed: Mach 0.85-0.95Crew: Two PilotsProduction: 21 Inventory: 20Commentary: Based on flying wing concept pioneered on Northrup test bombers YB-35 and YB-49 in the 1940s. The first use of B-2s in combat took place in 1999 in Operation ALLIED FORCE.
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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, GUAM -- A B1B Lancer from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flies over the Pacific Ocean in 2005. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Bennie Davis III)
The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: The B1-B Lancer
Manufacturer: Boeing Function: Long-Range, Multi-Role, Heavy BomberService Date: 1985Speed: 900+ mphCrew: FourProduction: 104 Inventory: 66Commentary: The B-1 was planned as a replacement for the B-52 but was cancelled in 1977. The USAF revived the program in 1981. The B-1B was first used in combat against Iraq during Operation DESERT FOX in 1998.
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The A-10A/C Thunderbolt II aircraft. (Courtesy photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: A-10A/C Thunderbolt II
Manufacturer: Fairchild RepublicFunction: Close Air Support, Airborne Forward Air ControlService Date: 1977Speed: 517 mphCrew: OneProduction: 713 Inventory: 355Commentary: The cockpit is protected with a titanium armor “bathtub”, capable of absorbing up to 23 mm rounds. A-10s were first used in combat during Desert Storm in 1991. The A-10 is
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Cadet 2nd Class Emily Martin, 21, is the operations NCO for Cadet Squadron 09 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She's a political science major at the Academy and will graduate in 2017. Martin is from Gilbert, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo)   ‘Little things in life’: Cadet Emily Martin celebrates family, friends, future
Scooby is a 200-pound English Mastiff living in Gilbert, Arizona. He snores when he sleeps, smells funny and makes a mess when he drinks water, but he’s loved by his owner, Cadet 2nd Class Emily June Martin.   “I miss Scooby,” Emily said. “He’s the best ‘snuggler’ ever. Mastiffs are so easy. He can’t go more than a block without sitting down. When
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A T-38 Talon aircraft flies over San Antonio, Texas, in 2004 Lackland Airfest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: T-38A/C, AT-38B Talon
T-38A/C and AT-38B TalonManufacturer: Northrup GrummanFunction: Advanced Jet Pilot TrainerService Date: 1961Speed: 812 mphCrew: TwoProduction: 1,100+ Inventory: 546Commentary: Most of the T-38s in service are used by AETC for advanced bomber/fighter training track in Undergraduate Pilot Training. Some aircraft are stationed with systems for
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