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Northrop F-5
The Northrop F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E and F-5F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for the day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a capable ground-attack platform. The F-5A entered service in the early 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies
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Hill Aerospace Museum
Hill Aerospace Museum, located in Roy, Utah, is a U.S. Air Force museum that is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program.[1] The museum is located off Interstate 15 and is near Hill Air Force Base. The museum, founded in 1981[1] and moved to its current location in 1991,[1] displays over 90 aircraft[2] from around the world, in addition to a variety of munitions, equipment, auxiliary vehicles, and other items of historical interest. In 1996, the museum became the home of the Utah
Utah
Aviation Hall of Fame.[3]Contents1 The aircraft 2 Research and library 3 Admission, visiting and hours of operation 4 ACE Learning Center 5 Other Air Force museums 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksThe aircraft[edit] The collection of aircraft is quite large and includes a variety of aircraft from around the world
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Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base
(AFB) (IATA: EDW, ICAO: KEDW, FAA
FAA
LID: EDW) is a United States Air Force
United States Air Force
installation located in Kern County
Kern County
in southern California, about 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lancaster and 15 miles (24 km) east of Rosamond. It is the home of the Air Force Test Center, Air Force Test Pilot School, and NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. It is the Air Force Materiel Command center for conducting and supporting research and development of flight, as well as testing and evaluating aerospace systems from concept to combat
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Fighter Mafia
The Fighter Mafia was a controversial group of U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
officers and civilian defense analysts who, in the 1970s, advocated for fighter design criteria that challenged the conventional thinking and ideologies of the time:Air Force generals established the wrong criteria for combat effectiveness, ignoring combat history.[1] High technology and the focus on "higher, faster, and farther" increases costs and decreases effectiveness
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Pierre Sprey
Pierre Sprey, born in 1937,[1] is a defense analyst and record producer. As a defense analyst working together with John Boyd and Thomas P. Christie, he was a member of the self-dubbed 'Fighter Mafia', which advocated the use of energy–maneuverability theory in fighter design. Sprey has been described as having "helped conceptualize the design of the F-16 and A-10
A-10
fighters." [2] Sprey was born in Nice, France, and raised in New York.[3] He was educated at Yale, where he studied aeronautical engineering and French literature, and also at Cornell, where he studied mathematical statistics and operations research. He subsequently worked at Grumman Aircraft as a consulting statistician[1] on space and commercial transportation projects
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J79
The General Electric
General Electric
J79 is an axial-flow turbojet engine built for use in a variety of fighter and bomber aircraft and a supersonic cruise missile. The J79 was produced by General Electric
General Electric
Aircraft Engines in the United States, and under license by several other companies worldwide. A commercial version, designated the CJ805, powered the Convair 880, while an aft-turbofan derivative, the CJ805-23, powered the Convair 990 airliners and a single Sud Aviation Caravelle
Sud Aviation Caravelle
intended to demonstrate to the U.S
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Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
The Boeing
Boeing
B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
(USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons,[5] and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.[6] Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36
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ADM-20 Quail
The McDonnell ADM-20 Quail
ADM-20 Quail
was a subsonic, jet powered, air-launched decoy cruise missile built by McDonnell Aircraft
McDonnell Aircraft
Corporation. The Quail was designed to be launched by the Boeing
Boeing
B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber and its original United States Air Force
United States Air Force
designation was GAM-72 (GAM standing for Guided Aircraft Missile).[1]Contents1 Development 2 Design 3 Operational history 4 Variants 5 Operator 6 Survivors 7 See also 8 References8.1 Citations 8.2 BibliographyDevelopment[edit] In 1955 the USAF started a major effort to construct decoy missiles. The goal of this effort was to improve the ability of strategic bombers to penetrate air-defense systems
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United States Air Force
Department of Defense Department of the Air ForceHeadquarters The Pentagon Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.Motto(s) "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"[7] "Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do"[8]Colors Ultramarine
Ultramarine
blue, Golden yellow[9]          March The U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
 Play (help·info)Anniversaries 18 SeptemberEngagementsSee listMexican Expedition (As Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps) World War I
World War I
(As Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps
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North American P-51 Mustang
The North American Aviation
North American Aviation
P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II
World War II
and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation
North American Aviation
(NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation
North American Aviation
to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company, North American Aviation
North American Aviation
proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter
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North American Aviation
North American Aviation
North American Aviation
(NAA) was a major American aerospace manufacturer, responsible for a number of historic aircraft, including the T-6 Texan trainer, the P-51 Mustang fighter, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, the F-86 Sabre jet fighter, the X-15 rocket plane, and the XB-70, as well as Apollo Command and Service Module, the second stage of the Saturn V
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Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
The Lockheed T-33
Lockheed T-33
Shooting Star (or T-Bird) is a subsonic American jet trainer aircraft. It was produced by Lockheed and made its first flight in 1948 piloted by Tony LeVier. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80 starting as TP-80C/TF-80C in development, then designated T-33A. It was used by the U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy
initially as TO-2 then TV-2, and after 1962, T-33B. The last operator of the T-33, the Bolivian Air Force, retired the type in July 2017, after 44 years of service.[1]Contents1 Design and development 2 Operational history2.1 U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
and U.S
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Military Assistance Program
The Mutual Defense Assistance Act
Mutual Defense Assistance Act
was a United States
United States
Act of Congress signed by President Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
on 6 October 1949.[1] For US Foreign policy, it was the first U.S
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Dissimilar Air Combat Training
Dissimilar air combat training
Dissimilar air combat training
(DACT) was introduced as a formal part of US air combat training after disappointing aerial combat exchange rates in the Vietnam War. Traditionally, pilots would undertake air combat training against similar aircraft. For example, pilots of F-8s would seldom train against F-4 Phantom IIs, and almost never against A-4 Skyhawks and never as part of a formal syllabus. From 1965 to 1968, US pilots found themselves over the skies of North Vietnam pitted against the smaller, more nimble subsonic Soviet MiG-17
MiG-17
and the supersonic MiG-21. US pilots in USAF F-105
F-105
Thunderchiefs were barely able to exceed parity and pilots in Phantoms and Crusaders were not able to achieve the hugely lopsided win/loss ratio achieved over Korea[dubious – discuss] and in World War II
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Escort Carrier
The escort carrier or escort aircraft carrier (US hull classification symbol CVE), also called a "jeep carrier" or "baby flattop" in the United States Navy
United States Navy
(USN) or "Woolworth Carrier" by the Royal Navy, was a small and slow type of aircraft carrier used by the Royal Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy
Imperial Japanese Navy
and Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army
Air Force, and the United States Navy
United States Navy
in World War II. They were typically half the length and a third the displacement of larger fleet carriers. While they were slower, carried fewer planes and were less well armed and armored, escort carriers were cheaper and could be built quickly, which was their principal advantage. Escort carriers could be completed in greater numbers as a stop-gap when fleet carriers were scarce
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Cold War
The Cold War
Cold War
was a state of geopolitical tension after World War II between powers in the Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
(the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and its satellite states) and powers in the Western Bloc
Western Bloc
(the United States, its NATO allies and others). Historians do not fully agree on the dates, but a common timeframe is the period between 1947, the year the Truman Doctrine, a U.S. foreign policy pledging to aid nations threatened by Soviet expansionism, was announced, and either 1989, when communism fell in Eastern Europe, or 1991, when the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
collapsed
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