Air Force

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Graves at Arlington Cemetary

BY DAVID HOLZEL  MAY 20, 2019 (UPDATED: MAY 19, 2020) Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. It’s a time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. Here are some facts to give …

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Honoring the United States Armed Forces

Anthem Veterans Memorial

Anthem Veterans Memorial, Anthem, Arizona At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in …

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7″ Yorkie Saved 250 U.S. Soldiers

Yorkie in Soldier's helmet

Feb 15, 2018 Nikola Budanovic Dogs have been a part of warfare since the beginning of history. What people usually envisage is a German Shepherd or some other trusty and above all sizeable canine companion – probably not a 4 pound (1.8 kg) female Yorkshire terrier! The terrier, Smoky, indeed proved …

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The SLOWEST Blackbird Flight

SR-71 Blackbird in flight

— by Brian Shul, Retired SR-71 Pilot “What was the slowest you ever flew the Blackbird?” An article in “Plane and Pilot” Magazine As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I’m most often asked is “How fast would that SR-71 fly?”  I can be assured …

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Iraqi MiG story

2 F-16 Fighting Falcons

-- from airNEWS

The next time someone tries to tell you that American military forces are nothing but death-dealing, mindless killers, tell them to talk to Salam Shalaam, who flew MiG-23s with the Iraqi Air force during the 1991 Gulf War.

He was ordered to fly his aircraft to Iran, where it would be safe from the U.S. Air Force's far-reaching hand. He never made it.

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