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03/31/2005
Raptor Bike
U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Dickerson, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, revs up the engine of the “Air Force Chopper,” a motorcycle built by world-famous bike builders, Orange County Choppers. The bike, which was officially unveiled at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Golden Corral 500, made its first Air Force appearance at Tyndall, March 22, 2005. The 10-foot-long bike was modeled after the F/A-22 Raptor, complete with Air Force symbol rims, riveted gas tank, Raptor exhausts and rear view mirrors in the shape of jets. U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman
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03/30/2005
New Bow
The 700-ton bow unit, the final keel section of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush, is lowered into place in the dry dock at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, March 8, 2005. The carrier is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship below the waterline are lowered into place in dry dock. It is the second carrier to have he new bulbous bow design that provides more buoyancy to the forward end of he ship and improves hull efficiency. Courtesy photo by Northrop Grumman Newport News
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03/29/2005
Swift at Bay
The High Speed Vessel 2 “Swift” is moored in Augusta Bay, Sicily, March 25, 2005. The Swift is a wave-piercing aluminum-hulled catamaran that can move at speeds greater than 45 knots. With a draft allowing it to navigate in only 12 feet of water, it can easily maneuver in and out of littoral environments. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Stacy Young
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03/28/2005
AIM High
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ralph Dutterweich, 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Langley Air Force Base, Va., downloads an AIM 9-X missile from an F-15 Eagle at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during Joint Red Flag 2005, March 23, 2005. Approximately 10,000 U.S. service members, from each branch of the services along with coalition forces, are participating in the Joint Red Flag 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Francisco V. Govea II
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03/25/2005
IED Buster
The 23-ton Buffalo is the most recent piece of equipment Operation Iraqi Freedom solders have to defeat improvised explosive devices. It is a heavily-armored vehicle designed for route clearance, giving patrols a closer look at suspected improvised explosive devices. U.S. Army photo | Story |
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03/24/2005
On the Move
A Landing Craft Air Cushion assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, quickly transits to Kuwait Naval Base from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry, March 5, 2005. The high-speed amphibious landing craft can carry a 60 to 75-ton payload. The Harpers Ferry is part of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and is deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard J. Brunson
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03/23/2005
Scan Eagle
Mark Preston, maintenance and field representative for the Aero Space Support Division of Boeing International, St. Louis, embedded with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, sets up the Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for a mission on March 13, 2005, on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ramsey
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03/22/2005
Nighthawk Talk
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robin Walker (left) and Staff Sgt. Greg Slavik prepare an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter to launch from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 21, 2005. This is the Defense Department's first Joint Red Flag exercise, in which more than 10,000 servicemembers from all four military branches, along with troops of some coalition forces, will train in an effort to improve joint training and experimentation capabilities. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald
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03/21/2005
Prowler Programming
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jaime Keith, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., programs the Haas Tool Room Mill to mill brackets for an EA-6B Prowler on March 15, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Elizabeth Acosta
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03/18/2005
Spirit Guard
Airman Keundra McFadden, of the 36th Security Forces Squadron, 36th Air Expeditionary Wing, guards a B-2 "Spirit" Stealth Bomber, March 2, 2005. The B-2s from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., are deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
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03/17/2005
Sidewinder Missile
U.S. Marine ordnancemen, assigned to the "Silver Eagles" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, carry an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile on their shoulders after unloading the ordnance from an F/A-18A+ Hornet on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman, March 4, 2005. The AIM-9X is a supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile that can be fired day or night and is currently the newest air-to-air missile in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Ryan O'Connor
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03/16/2005
Cargo Vehicle
Airmen test the Army’s new general-purpose cargo vehicle for loading compliance with a C-5 Aircraft at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., March 12, 2005. Defense Dept. photo by Air National Guard Master Sgt. Clarence Pence | Story |
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03/16/2005
Science Fiction
Explosive Ordinance Disposal team members take part in a scene, March 4, 2005, for the new television show "Fathom", on the pier next to the USS Ronald Reagan currently in port on board Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. "Fathom" is a science fiction television show about a pilot and his sea quests that will be aired on NBC . U.S. Navy photo by Airman Konstandinos Goumenidis
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03/15/2005
Spirit Bomber
A B-2 Spirit bomber, assigned to 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxis out to the flightline at Nellis AFB, Nev., March 8, 2005, during Red Flag 05-03. More than 100 aircraft and 2,000 service members from active-duty Air National Guard, U.S. Navy and Army are participating in Red Flag, which is a training exercise that provides aircrews and maintainers needed training before potential deployments. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald
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03/14/2005
Virtual Reality Goggles
Dave Dawson, training specialist with 19th Air Refueling Group at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., holds special training goggles that use virtual reality to simulate a parachute jump for the person wearing them. U.S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp | Story |
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03/11/2005
Globemaster Check Up
A C-17 Globemaster III P-127 sits in a hangar at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., during the aircraft's first home station check on March 7, 2005. The check is performed every 120 days for a total of five days for a complete systems inspection. U.S. Air Force photo by Denise Gould
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03/11/2005
Pilots Commute to Global Hawk University
For Global Hawk pilots, training is a little like going to a university with a large main campus and an extension campus a few miles away – make that half a world away. While that is one heck of a commute, it is necessary because the Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle used to provide real-time imagery, comes in very limited numbers. | Story |
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03/10/2005
First Surgery
Wilford Hall Medical Center's orthopedic spine surgery team at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas performs the Air Force's first total-disc arthoplasty procedure. Surgeons removed and replaced a failed disc in the back of Tech. Sgt. Loren Dick with a new three-piece medical device consisting of two metal endplates of medical-grade cobalt chromium alloy and a sliding core made of medical-grade plastic. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Silva | More Photos | Story |
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03/09/2005
Evolution in Flight
Two P-51 Mustangs and an F-16 Fighting Falcon fly in formation at the 2005 Heritage Flight Conference over Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Heritage Flight program was established in 1997 supporting the Air Force's 50th anniversary. It involves today's state-of-the-art fighters flying in close formation with World War II and Korean War vintage fighters. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina D. Kinsey | More Photos |
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03/09/2005
Wing Warp
NASA's modified Active Aeroelastic Wing F/A-18 completes a 360-degree roll during a recent research flight over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. This experimental flexible-wing jet has embarked on a final phase of flights to demonstrate wing warping performance advantages for future aircraft. NASA photo by Jim Ross | Story |
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03/08/2005
Shorts Test
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Wendell Morgan, flight officer with the 1st Security Forces Squadron, wears protective kevlar shorts being tested at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The shorts minimize fragment damage from the waistline to the knees. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dawn M. Bolen
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03/07/2005
New Destroyer
Sailors board the U.S. Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Nitze as they “bring her to life,” during the ship’s commissioning ceremony held on board Naval Station Norfolk, Va., March 3, 2005. This multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations. Nitze is capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Laurie L. Wood | Story |
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03/04/2005
Test Time
Airmen, with the 305th Aerial Port Squadron, 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., unload a C-17 Globemaster III after returning from a mobility exercise in Gulfport, Miss, Feb. 24, 2005. They tested McGuire's response to the four phases of a deployment: initial response, mission support, employment, and ability to survive and operate. U.S. Air Force photo by Kenn Mann
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03/03/2005
Medical Dummy
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael B. Smith examines the breathing rate of SimMan, a life-like dummy. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Digirolamo | Story |
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03/03/2005
Tank Upgrades
Four M-1 Abrams tanks are in various stages of upgrade on the reassembly line at Anniston Army Depot Combat Vehicle Facility, March 1, 2005. The depot is seeking soldiers about to leave service and retirees interested in working in specialties equivalent to several maintenance and equipment military occupational specialties. U.S. Army courtesy photo | Story |
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03/02/2005
Helicopter Plane
The third CV-22 Osprey test aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 26, 2005. The aircraft can take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matt Dillier | Story |
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03/01/2005
Engine Cover
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Stafford, aircraft electrician and environmental specialist, 305th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 305th Air Mobility Wing, N.J., ties the straps onto a C-17 Globemaster III engine cover after returning from a deployment to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., on Feb. 24, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Denise Gould
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