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Imagine a gun so powerful an airplane was designed around it. A gun whose trademark “BRRRT” it emits when fired brings relief to U.S. ground forces and terror to their enemies. A gun with so much firepower it slows the aircraft when fired. This is the GAU-8/A Avenger, the foremost representation of the Gatling gun. […]

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Aerial refueling, or air-to-air refueling (AAR), transfers fuel from a tanker to another aircraft (the “receiving” airplane) in mid-flight. These “gas stations in the sky” can keep aircraft aloft for amazing amounts of time and, thus, distances. It’s a critical force multiplier for mission planning and execution. During one mission, two U.S. Air Force B-2 […]

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  Have you ever transported an F-117 Nighthawk from one state to another, then positioned it into a museum gallery? If you haven’t, trust us, it’s no easy task. You have to secure permits, coordinate the logistics, arrange the proper escorts, reorganize an entire gallery full of aircraft, and much more. And did we mention […]

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July 14, 2020

Developed during the Cold War under the secretive Skunk Works division at Lockheed to meet increasingly demanding reconnaissance requirements, the SR-71 “Blackbird” broke speed and altitude records that have yet to be broken. It remains the world’s fastest and highest-flying production, air-breathing manned aircraft. The SR-71C at the Hill Aerospace Museum is one of a […]

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