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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: 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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The T-1A Jayhawk, an advanced trainer for airlift and tanker pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hannen) The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapon Systems: T-1A Jayhawk
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 115 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Manufacturer: Raytheon Corp.Service Date: 1993Function: Advanced Pilot TrainerSpeed: 538 mphCrew: ThreeProduction: 180 Inventory: 178Commentary: First delivered to Reese AFB, Texas in 1992. First pilot training began in 1993. Used for
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The T-6A Texan II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo) The Contrails: Aircraft, weapon systems
 (Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 116 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)T-6A Texan IIManufacturer: Raytheon.Function: Entry-Level Pilot TrainerService Date: 2001Speed: 320 mph Crew: TwoProduction: 446 Inventory: 446Commentary: The Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) T-6A Texan II is based on the Swiss
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Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Uniform of My Country
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 157-158 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Over two hundred years ago, the first thread of the uniform I wear was woven. While great men and women dreamed of a country of free people, the army and navy that would win her liberty had already begun to organize. As the fledgling
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Retired Brig. Gen. Malhan  Wakin, the U.S. Air Force Academy’s professor emeritus of philosophy, gave an inaugural address celebrating the grand opening of Polaris Hall and the mission of the CCLD, and doubling as his retirement speech, April 25, 2016. Wakin began teaching at the Academy in 1959. He served as head of the philosophy department, humanities division chair and associate dean. Wakin retired from his active duty Air Force career in 1993.(U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) 1 event, 2 celebrations: Polaris Hall opens, Academy educator Wakin retires
When one door closes at the Air Force Academy, another opens. This was the case at the Air Force Academy April 25 when Polaris Hall, the tower housing the Center for Leadership and Character Development, officially opened for business and a longtime Academy educator retired from an his active 57-year teaching career. Retired Brig. Gen. Malham
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