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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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