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Photo: A Soviet An-225 aircraft sits on the flight line.  It is refueling at Elmendorf en route to an air show in British Columbia.Photo: Photo: Photo: 030315-N-9593M-011The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 15, 2003) -- A plane captain conducts a daily inspection of his F-14D Tomcat that is assigned to the ?omcatters?of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31). Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) are conducting combat operations in support of Operation Southern Watch.  U.S.Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Philip A. McDaniel.  (RELEASED)Photo: Photo: COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Senior Airman Russell Asbel inspects the rotor blade on his HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter after an Operation Unified Assistance mission here.  Airman Asbel, a crew chief, and others from the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, are helping move relief supplies to tsunami victims.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Val Gempis)Photo: KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: NEAR TUCSON, Ariz -- Pararescuemen from the 304th Rescue Squadron Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., practice their rescue skills with an HH-60 Pave Hawk and crew from the 305th RQS at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. During the exercise here, the 304th RQS Airmen practiced rescue scenarios and desert survival skills.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny)Photo: Photo: Photo: KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Dawn Ryan is hoisted by a Navy HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during water mass casualty training. The exercise provides a unique opportunity for Airmen and Sailors to work together in a maritime environment. Sergeant Ryan is assigned to the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Val Gempis)Photo: Photo: ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Crew chiefs from the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "The Thunderbirds," park six F-16 Fighting Falcons upon landing here. The Thunderbirds are performing a two-week tour in Latin America.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin D. Pyle)Photo: Photo: Photo: (Photo/Victoria Arocho)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 061002-N-5024R-001Pacific Ocean (Oct. 02, 2006) - The sun sets over the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis after a long day of flight operations. Stennis and embarked Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) are currently Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Johnnie Robbins (RELEASED)Photo: Twenty U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs fly over Charleston, S.C., Dec. 21, 2006.  The C-17s, assigned to the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., were part of the largest formation in history from a single base and demonstrated the strategic airdrop capability of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Richard W. Rose Jr.)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo" (Jimmy Dolittle Raid Fame) - Gary's FlightPhoto: Photo: Kenmore Air Charter Service - Lake Union to San Juan Islands and BC Points of InterestPhoto: An aircrew member inspects the weapons loadout on an MQ-9 Reaper before it takes of for a mission in Afghanistan Sept. 31. (Courtesy photo)Photo: An MQ-9 Reaper sits on a ramp in Afghanistan Sept. 31. The Reaper is launched, recovered and maintained at deployed locations, while being remotely operated by pilots and sensor operators at Creech Air Force Base, Nev.  (Courtesy photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: _GammaBreakpoint = 0.000110_Gamma = 2.200000_MappedFileIndex = -1_ScannedMedia = Kodak Portra III_ImageColorType = ICTypeReflectedIntensityPhoto: "Spirt of Make A Wish" 



Photo Credit: ©Paul HiffmeyerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Jet Airplane Landing at Sunset ca. 2000Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: -In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. During Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40 percent of all the weapons dropped by coalition forces. It is highly effective when used for ocean surveillance, and can assist the U.S. Navy in anti-ship and mine-laying operations. Two B-52s, in two hours, can monitor 140,000 square miles (364,000 square kilometers) of ocean surface. All B-52s are equipped with an electro-optical viewing system that uses platinum silicide forward-looking infrared and high resolution low-light-level television sensors to augment the targeting, battle assessment, flight safety and terrain-avoidance system, thus further improving its combat ability and low-level flight capability. (U.S. Air Force photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: KOREAN WAR: AIRCRAFT C-119COMBAT CARGO, KOREA - The 314th Troop Carrier Group C-119 Flying Boxcars do not start out for the "mountain" unless weather reports are good.  They must be able to see the tiny drop zone on the peak before they can drop.  But weather is so unpredictable in the high mountains, that often when the planes arrive, the entire area is "socked in" with heavy clouds.   In the radio contact with the "men on the mountains," the pilots circle hoping for a break in the clouds, or sometimes, to dive under the clouds and drop on the lower slopes.  On several occasions, the planes have had to return to Japan as many as three times without dropping.  But 314th Troop Carrier Group pilots are presistant, and eventually win through to drop successfully.  1952Photo: A young bog shields himself from the chilly winds as he watches the US Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the 2009 Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base on May 17, 2009. The JSOH allows members of the public an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with the men and women of the Armed Forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Renae L. Kleckner)(released)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: OVER CALIFORNIA -- Six F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation during combined developmental and operational testing of the M4.2-plus core avionics suite upgrade to the aircraft.  The formation consists of operational test aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and developmental test aircraft from Edwards AFB, Calif.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tom Reynolds)Photo: EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- The Thunderbird aerial demonstration team performs a loop while in the famous Delta formation here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean M. White)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: SONY DSCPhoto: Photo: Photo: 961205-D-0000P-001The U.S. Postal Service honored the Air Force during a Pentagon ceremony on Dec. 5, 1996, to unveil the design of the first-ever commemorative postage stamp highlighting the nation's youngest military service.  The stamp recognizes the Air Force's 50 years as the world's premier air and space force.  ?The stamp is an image of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The Thunderbirds perform precision aerial maneuvers at air shows throughout the world to demonstrate the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft. ?The Postal Service will issue and begin selling the stamp on Sept. 18,Photo: 961205-D-0000P-001The U.S. Postal Service honored the Air Force during a Pentagon ceremony on Dec. 5, 1996, to unveil the design of the first-ever commemorative postage stamp highlighting the nation's youngest military service.  The stamp recognizes the Air Force's 50 years as the world's premier air and space force.  	The stamp is an image of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The Thunderbirds perform precision aerial maneuvers at air shows throughout the world to demonstrate the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft. 	The Postal Service will issue and begin selling the stamp on Sept. 18,Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: FILE - This undated file image released by the U.S. Air Force shows the X-37B spacecraft. The X-37B Orbital Test vehicle was launched from atop a Atlas V Rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, File)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 27 July 08 RAF Air Sea Rescue helicopter “Rescue 131” winches one of the casualties aboard from Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat during the rescue of two men whose boat "Drowning Rat" had sunk off Tynemouth.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-52D Stratofortress at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing P-12E at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: One of three Air Force Global Strike Command B-2 Spirit bombers returns to home base at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, March 20, 2011 after striking targets in support of the international response which is enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya. The B-2s landed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri after a more than 25-hour mission in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. The bombers employed 45 guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions, each weighing 2,000 pounds, against hardened aircraft shelters in Libya. REUTERS/Kenny Holston/U.S. Air Force photo/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A World War Two era German Dornier 17 bomber is seen using high-tech sonar equipment, showing it to be largely intact and well-preserved on the sea floor, in an undated photo off the Kent coast. REUTERS/Port of London/handoutPhoto: Photo: The late BIll and Moya lear's composite LEAR FANS....about 1980 in Las Vegas, first flight.   While they didn't make the bit time, they were absolute pioneers into composites instead of metals.  It won them a space on the ceiling of the Smithzonian's Air and Space Museum.   Moya was quite a broad, supporting of her pioneer prrivate jet husband.   As an aviation reporter at KSNW TV Wichita in Reno, I felt to lucky to watch her launch her first flight, a testimony to her beloved aviation pioneer husband Bill Lear.  Greg Byron, KSNT TV WichitalWichita was always so home to small aviation in those days, Beech, Boeing, Cessna and Learjet.   We called Wichita, the "Air Capital City, and it so was in those days!Eventually Lear moved to Phoenix, I think.  Cessna, I dunno what happened to them.   Beach was bought out but a big corporation and Boeing's military stuff eventually moved away too.Major corporations never have loyalty to their home town's we've learned.   Only to their profits which is why cities should never invest too much in corporate LOYALTY!   Any more than workers should!.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 130206-N-ZZ99-140JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2013) A P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 is seen in flight over Jacksonville, Fla. (U.S Navy photo by Personnel Specialist 1st Class Anthony Petry/Released)Photo: Photo: Photo: A line of C-130 Hercules taxi during a Mobility Air Forces Exercise on Nov. 18, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Approximately 40 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-130s from Air Force bases around the U. S. flew about 400 Soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., for airdrops on the Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Rubi)Photo: DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas C-124C Globemaster at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)Photo: Photo: 960130-N-2302H-001
?A U.S. Navy air traffic controller watches his radar scope where he works as an Aircraft Approach Controller in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center on board the USS George Washington (CVN 73) on Jan. 30, 1996. The controller is responsible for ensuring the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic operating in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier. The nuclear powered aircraft carrier and its battle group are en route to the Mediterranean Sea for a scheduled six-month deployment.  While there, they will patrol the waters of the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Operation Joint Endeavor.  DoD photo by Airman Joe Hendricks, U.S. Navy.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: