airforce

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

Grant Patterson25 days ago
Launch on Warning: A Novella (Pt 4)
NOVEMBER 11 OSCAR-01 0633 HOURS LOCAL 1233 HOURS ZULU Howe rose early, his head finally feeling somewhat better. Olerud had re-bandaged it last night, and a couple of tranks had kept the guilty nightm...
Grant Pattersona month ago
Launch on Warning: A Novella (Pt 5)
48.24.57 N 101.21.29 W 1510 HOURS LOCAL 2110 HOURS ZULU The sun was weak and low in the sky by the time they began to pass the first smashed and burned buildings on the base grounds. Howe could see th...
Grant Pattersona month ago
Launch on Warning: A Novella (Pt 3)
48.24.57 N 101.21.29 W 1211 HOURS LOCAL 1811 HOURS ZULU Most people living in and around Minot AFB heard the sirens. Some more attentive and knowledgeable residents, like the off-duty crews, might hav...
Grant Pattersona month ago
Launch on Warning: A Novella (Pt 2)
THE KREMLIN CONFERENCE ROOM 2035 HOURS LOCAL 1735 HOURS ZULU The old men filed out of the conference room into the hallway. Veterans of Stalin’s time, their circadian rhythms permanently shifted as a ...
Grant Pattersona month ago
'Launch on Warning': A Novella
NOVEMBER 9 48.49.28 N 101.16.55 W 0735 HOURS LOCAL 1335 HOURS ZULU The blue pickup sped down the featureless road, past the billiard-table flat farms, full of stupefied, staring cattle, leaning agains...
SKYLERIZED 7 months ago
Their Own Selfish Lives Part II: Careerism
Judge Advocate General, Lieutenant General Larca Wells sat down in her leather chair. Major General Magdalene McCorkell and Lieutenant Colonel Hendra Rizzano stood rigid at the position of attention. ...
Paul Barker9 months 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 Martina year 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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 Pinea year 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...