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With powerful aircraft and fearless fighters, the Air Force is always armed and ready to lift off and fight from above.

Paul Barkera month ago
Everything You Need to Know Before Joining the Air Force
Enlisting in the United States armed forces is a serious commitment that requires a conscientious decision-making process. If you're thinking about joining the Air Force, it's a good idea to inform yo...
Dominic Martin4 months ago
Are Airborne Forces Fundamentally Flawed as an Instrument of Strategy?
Many states around the world have airborne units, but it’s not often that they are used in airborne operations in modern warfare. So, what is the need for airborne forces? Are they fundamentally flawe...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Werner Voss
Had Werner Voss survived the legendary dogfight on September 23, 1917 he could have gone on to rival his friend and colleague Richthofen as the greatest of all German World War One combat aces. As it ...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Rene Paul Fonck
The title of best of the Allied pilots in World War One rests on the shoulders of Frenchman Colonel Rene Paul Fonck, who succeeded in destroying 75 enemy aircraft during the conflict. In the confusion...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Philip Fletcher Fullard
Military aviation in the First World War was in its infancy and the history of the conflict is filled with accounts of men who should have achieved greatness but for that moment of pure bad luck, one ...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Joseph Christopher McConnell Jr.
Many American aerial aces started their careers during the Second World War and ended them in the heat and conversely the harsh cold of the Korean peninsula, one such pilot was Joseph Christopher McCo...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Ernst Udet
Many of the great wartime pilots of the First World War that survived those four years of savage conflict would go on to serve in the Second World War; but some like Ernst Udet, were unprepared for th...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Erich Hartmann
During the Second World War, Allied pilots came to know of Erich Hartmann through his daring and his skill as a fighter pilot. Such was his status that his comrades called him Bubi, but to the Soviets...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Edward Mannock
Legends of aerial combat were created during the First World War, but to be recognised as such you needed a certain image with the High Command. Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock was a superb pilot and destroy si...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Combat Air Aces: Adolf Galland
Airmen had a charisma all to themselves and no one personified this more than the dashing Adolf Galland. Known as Dolfo to his friends he would go on to score 104 aerial combat kills. He would fly in ...
Patrick Boniface5 months ago
Aerial Combat Ace: Douglas Bader
He may not have downed the most German aircrafts but the legend that has emerged around Douglas Bader through the film Reach for the Sky continues to this day. He personified the air of invincibility ...
Jake Pine5 months ago
How to Become an Air Force Pilot
Becoming an Air Force pilot, as one writer noted, is "no easy task. [But] if you make it, you will be among the elite of the elite in the United States armed services." Elite for two reasons: the firs...
Morgan E. Westling6 months ago
How to Prepare for Joining the Air Force
Joining the Air Force is a huge decision for anyone to make. For most men and women making this choice, going through the enlistment process is their first experience as an adult after receiving their...
Patrick Boniface6 months ago
Operation Manna
To the survivors of the innumerable bombing raids on The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden and Gouda the hundreds of bombers that flew in their skies ten days before VE Day must have terrified them. They, howe...
Mary Parkera year ago
Being a Brat
Most people seem shocked when I ask: "What do you mean by where I'm from? As in hometown? Where was I last? Where I call home?" More seem even more shocked when I answer with my hometown, Misawa Air B...
Jake Pinea year ago
Questions to Ask Before Joining the Air Force
When thinking about what military branch to enlist in, many people tend to overlook the Air Force. There are a few reasons for this, chief among them being the lack of all time great war movies dealin...
J.N. Liraa year ago
What's It Like to Have a Significant Other in the Air Force?
“What’s it like to have a significant other in the Air Force?” is a common question people ask me. I go through a series of answers in my head that sounds a lot like this: “I hate being so far apart.”...
Kevin Mosesa year ago
Best Three
As the plane slammed down on the tarmac in Albuquerque, I came to the swift realization there would be a significant shift in my existence. I was in the largest “metropolis” in New Mexico and the sens...