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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 and 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: The 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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2016
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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Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Notable Graduates
 (Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 52-59 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Notable GraduatesThe Air Force Academy serves as a rallying point for the diversity of American culture; many walks of life, different ethnic backgrounds, and a variety of religions. From these backgrounds will come the leaders of tomorrow
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Marcelo Pedroso, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Public Authority, chats with Portuguese-language students at the U.S. Air Force Academy via video teleconference April 7. Pedroso spoke from his office in Rio de Janeiro and answered cadets' questions on how Rio will handle the massive undertaking of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Cadets chat with Brazilian Olympics official
The president of Brazil’s Olympic Public Authority told cadets here April 7 that hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer could be just the catalyst Brazil needs to show the rest of the world that Rio is a progressive, democratic city capable of hosting such a substantial event.    Marcelo Pedroso, the head of the OPA, leads a large group
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Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Leadership
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 175-176 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Leadership“The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is
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Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Quotations
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 172-174 and part of page 175 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Integrity First“He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells a lie without attending to it, and truths without the world
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Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Air Force Academy Displays
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 37-51 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Air Force Academy DisplaysAircraftMcDonnell-Douglas F-15A EagleLocation: Southwest corner of the terrazzoThis 1976 model F-15 flew most of its career with the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) located at Langley AFB, VA. The 48 FIS
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2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: The Medal of Honor and History of Decorations of Valor
The first formal system for rewarding acts of individual gallantry by the nation’s fighting men was established by Gen George Washington on August 7, 1782. Designed to recognize “any singularly meritorious action,” the award consisted of a purple cloth heart. Records show three persons received the award: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, Sergeant William
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