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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Contrails: Quotes

    (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
  • 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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