Tag Archives: Air force

Are large air forces a thing of the past?

Rewind 71 years to the bleak skies over Schweinfurt, filled with dark clouds and exploding flak. Combat boxes of American heavy bombers, amounting to hundreds of aircraft from the now famous Eighth Air Force flying overhead. The objective? To carpet bomb the very same set of factories. Fast forward to Kosovo about 50 years later where we see a single ...

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USAF Nuclear-Powered Doomsday Machines

In the 1950’s, scientists and engineers were proposing and developing a lot nuclear-powered concepts from elevators and cars on up to aircraft, spacecraft, and ships to replace a number of things like petroleum.  However, biggest supporter of these nuclear-powered concepts were the U.S military which they’ve seen a lot of potential of these systems for a number of different roles. ...

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F-15E flies with new radar system

The F-15E Strike Eagle’s continuous technological evolution recieved a boost as officials from the 46th Test Wing launched the fourth generation fighter for the first time with a new and improved radar system, the APG-82(V)1. “We’ve been able to get more out of it, but at this point it’s pretty much maxed out,” said 1st Lt. Nathaniel Meier, a radar ...

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What is the importance of Scramble time to an Air force?

Scramble time is basically how fast an Air force can get its fighter planes in the air in case of an emergency, like an attack from enemy aircraft or in similar other  mission critical scenarios. To “scramble” combat aircraft means to get them started, the crews aboard, and in the air as fast as possible. Scrambling an aircraft means to ...

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