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Forget Drones, the Skies Still Belong to Fighter Pilots

Forget Drones, the Skies Still Belong to Fighter Pilots

Commentary by Hasard Lee, via Sandboxx U.S. Air Force Capt. Brad Matherne, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilot, views the flightline inside an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422nd TES will design the...

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AF Reserve Safety—Back Then: A Detailed Retrospective

AF Reserve Safety—Back Then: A Detailed Retrospective

By Thomas A. Duke, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret) After five years as Chief of Safety of the Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, in 1977 I got lucky and was chosen to become the Director of Safety for the Air Force Reserve Command headquartered at Warner Robins AFB, Georgia.  It was...

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Flying Right Into Open Architecture

Flying Right Into Open Architecture

by Kimberly Underwood via Signal Magazine The Navy’s acquisition strategy aims at open architectures in aviation programs. The U.S. military is using open architecture platforms on a greater scale, deploying interchangeable hardware and software systems to its major...

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Weapons of the future: Trends in drone proliferation

Weapons of the future: Trends in drone proliferation

Commentary by Dan Gettinger via Defense News In January 2001, a Predator launched an inert Hellfire missile at a dummy tank, marking the first successful missile test from a drone. Twenty years on, drones have become a feature of warfare to an extent that few at the...

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The Homing Pigeon

The Homing Pigeon

by Lt.Col. John Larrison, USAF (Ret.) This story took place when I was a captain back in 1962. I was an instructor pilot for the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) program flying the T-37 at Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma. This story involves an air national guard...

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Space Force’s First Battle Is With the US Army

Space Force’s First Battle Is With the US Army

by Tara Copp via Defense One The Army’s Kestrel Eye satellite provides imagery from low Earth orbit, where Space Force officials are looking to expand operations. (U.S. ARMY) The fight for control of space is brewing — not the competition with China, but between...

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Bring Back the Air Force Battle Lab

Bring Back the Air Force Battle Lab

Commentary by Mike Benitez via War on the Rocks The U.S. Air Force has established a new, innovative organization whose charter is to “create an environment where innovative ideas are rapidly harvested and evaluated, leading to swift fielding of proven...

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The Airplane Changed Our Idea of the World

The Airplane Changed Our Idea of the World

by Paul Glenshaw via Air & Space Magazine Six years after Wilbur Wright wowed the crowds at LeMans, Henri Salmet pilots his Blériot XI-2, The Daily Mail, along the scenic beaches of Nice in 1914. Though by that time airplanes were beginning to be more common, they...

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Army Wants To Accelerate FTUAS Drone

Army Wants To Accelerate FTUAS Drone

by Sydney J. Freeberg, Jr. via Breaking Defense The Army is asking industry if it can accelerate delivery of a new scout drone, FTUAS, to replace the aging RQ-7 shadow after a successful year of field tests of four competing prototypes, culminating...

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Don’t make space harder than it needs to be

Don’t make space harder than it needs to be

by Matthew Jenkins via The Space Review In February, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the Space Force “the plane of today”—a reference to media interest in the paint scheme of the new Air Force One—when asked whether the new administration supported the...

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From Mon Valley to the Moon: A Life Well Lived

From Mon Valley to the Moon: A Life Well Lived

Colonel Thomas J. Tredici, USAF (Ret.): August 27, 1922 to April 28, 2021 by Lt.Col. Bill Ercoline, USAF (Ret.) Colonel (Doctor) Tredici in front ot a B-17 in 1987 Thomas J. Tredici was born in 1922 in the small steel producing town of Monessen. The town is located in...

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Why We Need the Advanced Battle Management System

Why We Need the Advanced Battle Management System

Commentary by Gen. David Allvin, U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, via Defense One 6th Special Operations Squadron during an exercise showcasing the capabilities of the ABMS at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 17, 2019. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY TECH. SGT. JOSHUA J. GARCIA As...

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The F-35 Question – Value vs. Price Tag

The F-35 Question – Value vs. Price Tag

By Stew Magnuson via National Defense Magazine F35 front view close up flying to the camera with chem trails The knives are out again for the F-35 joint strike fighter. For anyone who has followed this program, periodic flurries of criticism are fairly regular...

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Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dies at 90

Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dies at 90

by Jessica Gresko, the Associated Press via Air Force Times In this June 19, 1969, file photo, Apollo 11 command module pilot astronaut Michael Collins takes a break during training for the moon mission, in Cape Kennedy, Fla. (AP) Apollo 11 astronaut Michael...

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The World’s Oldest Living Air Force General Just Turned 107

The World’s Oldest Living Air Force General Just Turned 107

by Oriana Pawlyk via Military.com Read about Daedalian Life Member 1,514, Lt. Gen. Harry E. Goldworthy in this feature on his life and service on the recent occasion of is 107th birthday. In 1960, then-Col. Harry Goldsworthy and his team were given the near-impossible...

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End of the High-Low Mix?

End of the High-Low Mix?

by John A. Tirpak via Air Force Magazine The Air Force is launching a new tactical aviation study in an attempt to rationalize its swelling portfolio of manned and unmanned combat aircraft programs. The goal is to harmonize its efforts with those of the other...

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One of Those Moments of Stark Terror

One of Those Moments of Stark Terror

by Lt.Col. (then Captain) John Larrison, USAF (Ret.) A-1E Skyraider making a napalm run in Vietnam Sometimes flying has been described as “hours and hours of boredom separated by moments of stark terror.”  I guess I have had very few of those moments but one of...

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From the Archives: Daedalian Founding Documents

From the Archives: Daedalian Founding Documents

From the important documents of the Order of Daedalians, 1934-1939, are some founding documents of our organization, including the organization’s history, information about our name and motto, and the legend of Daedalus, our namesake. As World War I opened in...

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Don’t Rush To JADC2: Army Gen. Murray

Don’t Rush To JADC2: Army Gen. Murray

By   Theresa Hitchens and Sydney J. Freeberg, Jr. via Breaking Defense Gen. Mike Murray WASHINGTON: The military must avoid getting swept away in a “rush to lockdown requirements” for the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy, cautions Gen. Mike...

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Redefine Readiness or Lose

Redefine Readiness or Lose

Commentary by Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. and Gen. David H. Berger via War on the Rocks In the halls of the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, military, civilian, and congressional leaders regularly discuss the “readiness” of our armed forces. Department of Defense...

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It’s a Family Affair: The Danielsons Legacy of Service

It’s a Family Affair: The Danielsons Legacy of Service

Ben Danielson as a Lieutenant, in front of his T-38 trainer. Cadet William Danielson is a junior in the AFROTC program at Washington State University. He was awarded a Daedalian Foundation matching scholarship tied to Inland Empire Flight 41 in December. However, the...

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TRUST AND TECH: AI EDUCATION IN THE MILITARY

TRUST AND TECH: AI EDUCATION IN THE MILITARY

by Joseph O. Chapa, via War on the RocksCommentary originally published March 2, 2021 The average life expectancy of a non-instrument trained pilot in instrument conditions is 178 seconds — or so says a 1954 study that pilots have referenced ever since. The...

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Desert Storm: 30 Years Later

Desert Storm: 30 Years Later

The AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release a special report on the 30th anniversary of the start of Desert Storm, Desert Storm: 30 Years Later. According to the U.S. Government Accounting Office, the Persian Gulf War of 1991 “was...

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Why Was the A-1E Used In-Lieu-Of Jet Aircraft in Vietnam?

Why Was the A-1E Used In-Lieu-Of Jet Aircraft in Vietnam?

by Lt. Col. John Larrison, USAF (Ret.) To answer this question, we need to go back to the French battles with the Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam.  The French used the B-26 in their failed combat actions to save the garrison at Dien Bien Phu.  With the downfall of...

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The Old Man and the New Plane

The Old Man and the New Plane

by Lt. Col. Michael A. Buck, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander 186th Fighter Squadron A History of the 186th Aero Squadron in the Great War, Part 3 28 August – 30 October 1918   The 186th left Le Havre, France, by rail on the morning of 29 August 1918.  The men rode...

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Bureacracy Never Dies

Bureacracy Never Dies

Shared by our friends at the DCMA Boeing Seattle Contract Management Office (CMO) Col. Corkille Col. John D. Corkille was an early U.S. Army Air Corps aviator who flew in WWI, the 1923 Bendix Air Races, the ill-fated Martin Bomber flight to Alaska, and was lead test...

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T-6 Gear Check via a Control Tower Fly-By

T-6 Gear Check via a Control Tower Fly-By

by Lt. Col. John Larrison (USAF, Ret.)  It is not uncommon for a pilot to request a control tower “Fly-By” for the tower personnel to provide a “visual” check of his landing gear when the pilot questions his cockpit indicators.  The following story took...

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NORAD Santa Tracker Celebrates 65th Anniversary

NORAD Santa Tracker Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Taylor E. Watson NORAD celebrates its 65th year of tracking Santa this December 24th. The tradition began in 1955 when a child dialed a misprinted number from a newspaper ad encouraging kids to call Santa. The phone was picked up by Colonel Henry Shoup, Director of...

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