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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: August 29
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    This week's gallery of images includes just a bit of everything. We've got a few land vehicles, plenty of aircraft, including some great shots of the USS Carl Vinson's F/A-18 Hornets, an entire flock of KC-135 Stratotankers and a nighttime look at the USS America, at dock in Valparaiso, ...

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    Followup: Massachusetts ANG F-15 pilot never ejected, killed in crash
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    The unidentified Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot that was at the controls of an F-15C (like those shown above) when it crashed earlier this week never managed to eject from the single-seat jet. His body was discovered late last night. "Today was a tough day for the Massachusetts Air ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Combat air patrol
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    In case you haven't noticed, the military enjoys its abbreviations. That's especially true of the flying forces, which seemingly speak in nothing but shorthand. While we will endeavor to explain as many of those phrases as possible in this series, today, we'll focus on one of the most common ...

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    Report: Search resumes for missing pilot of Virginia F-15 crash
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    The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 is still missing after yesterday's crash in the Shenandoah Valley. Officials called off the search at midnight, although efforts were resumed at 8:00 AM this morning, Military Times reports. The unidentified pilot, part of Massachusetts' 104th ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: COM and all its varieties
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    Read enough about the military, and you're likely to stumble across a range of abbreviations that all start with COM, for commander. There's COMPACAF, COMPACFLT, COMSCOCENT and literally dozens and dozens of others. In short, when you see these designations, it's a reference to either the senior ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Decoding Aircraft Designations
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    The alphabet soup that is the military is most visible in the ships and aircraft that we see among America's armed forces. Some of these designations are fairly obvious. It's not hard to figure out that the "F" in "F-16" stands for fighter (the same is true of the F-14, F-15, F-22 etc.). What ...

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    The best military photos of the week: August 22
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    Today also sees the start of another new feature, which should really appeal to photography fans. We've raided the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System for the very best military photos of the past week, taken by the photojournalists of America's armed forces. Keep an eye open every ...

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    Read This: Making the case for more drone investment
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    Today, America's armed forces aren't known for its aircraft carriers, fighter jets, tanks or guns – it's known for its drones. Whether they be Predators, Reapers, Global Hawks or something that takes up slightly less headline space, the US use of drones has been the single most identifying ...

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    Read This: The air battles of World War I are alive and well in upstate NY
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    July 28 marked the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I, what was at the time the single most devastating war in human history. It was also a war of many firsts – chemical weapons, tanks and most notably, aircraft, took part in what was at the time called the Great War. These ...

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    Video: Watch the French Air Force honor the venerable Mirage F1
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    In the 1970s, America had the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. The Soviet Union had the MiG-21. For France, the iconic fighter of the era was the Dassault Mirage F1. Unlike the F-4 and MiG, which were eventually phased out in favor of newer aircraft, France has continued to employ the services of ...

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    Video: Watch Poland's MiG-29s take to the skies in Fulcrum Drivers II
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    It use to be that seeing a MiG-29 Fulcrum screech across the sky was an unheard of event. Then, communism came to an end, and the elusive fourth-gen fighter suddenly was in the hands of a number of US allies. Slowly but surely, its exposure increased, until videos like this started to pop up. ...

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    Official: Ford builds USAF Thunderbirds Edition Mustang for charity
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    Each year since 2008, Ford has created a one-off Mustang to celebrate military aviation, and the cars have been auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Gathering of Eagles charity event to raise money to inspire the next generation of aviators. This year's charity car is the ...

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    Custom Chevrolet Camaro is ultimate tribute to fallen servicemen
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    Tribute 2010 Chevrolet Camaro – Click above for high-res image gallery
    On Christmas day, 2007, Constandina Tutten was informed that her husband, Army Sergeant Joseph Tutten had been killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Sgt. Tutten was a squad leader with the 82nd Airborne, and had fallen to ...

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    Video: Car Stopper coming to a cop near you
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    Click above to watch the video after the jump
    The car chase was made famous by films like Bullitt and The French Connection, but for some reason, most Americans think of O.J. and the white Ford Bronco when they think of pursuits before either of those excellent films. The reason? The O.J. chase ...

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    U.S. Air Force builds two crazy custom pony cars for recruiting
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    Mustang X-1 and Challenger Vapor – Click either for high-res image gallery
    We're all about the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, but they need some help in the form of new recruits, and that's where good old fashioned recruiting comes in. But it's not like the old days where a couple ...

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    Saab sponsors Reno air show
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    Nurturing (or exploiting) its aerospace roots, Saab is sponsoring the Reno National Championship Air Races currently underway in the Nevada desert as part of its "Born from Jets" marketing campaign. The air show features the Thurderbirds (the US Air Force aerobatics squad) along with the Saab ...

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