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War paint

From conception to application, nose art has predominantly been the sole responsibility of aircraft maintainers. As the popularity of nose art peaked in World War II, professional illustrators were hired to paint the sides of aircraft. Generational and social changes have been mirrored in the evolution of nose art. The usage has regressed since its peak during World War II but has been in a steady resurgence since Operation Desert Storm.


Air Force sets weight restrictions for F-35 pilots

Air Force leaders recently made a decision to restrict pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to safety concerns about the ejection seat in a portion of the flight envelope.


Generals’ aerial exchange demonstrates alliance, friendship

As a testament to the strong friendship and alliance between the U.S. and Japan, two top military leaders from both nations came together for a bilateral exchange flight here Oct. 14.


AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


A1C Stone released from hospital after stabbing attack

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was released from the University of California Davis Medical Center on Oct. 15 after receiving treatment for multiple stab wounds following an altercation in Sacramento last week.


Obama adjusts troop levels for continuing Afghanistan mission

President Barack Obama announced at the White House Oct. 15, that he will keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and a lesser number into 2017 to sustain coalition efforts to train and strengthen Afghan forces.


Yesterday’s Air Force: The U-2, Gary Powers incident

During an intelligence-gathering mission, flown by Capt. Francis Gary Powers, over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, the Soviets fired surface-to-air missiles at his U-2.


Hill commemorates new era in combat airpower

Hill Air Force Base officials and the Top of Utah community officially welcomed the F-35 Lightning II at a ceremony here Oct. 14, an event that formally marked the beginning of F-35 operations for the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings.


AF health officials stress need for breast cancer screenings

Breast cancer screening is the best method to detect breast cancer early and has been found to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.


Mental strength leads Airman through tough times

Surviving an unstable upbringing in Pittsburgh, she never expected to be grabbing onto the Eiffel Tower in Paris at age 21. What started as watching scenes of this historic landmark in movies led her to envision a life beyond her childhood confinement. This was it, the height of her bucket list. Senior Airman Augustine Thompson-Brown had a limited perspective about the world until she joined the Air Force at age 18 and moved on from the challenges she grew up with.

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