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Gen. Raymond Sworn in as the First Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force

The United States Space Force (USSF) is the space operations service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new armed service since the establishment of the independent U.S. Air Force in 1947. It is organized as a military service branch within the Department of the Air Force, one of the three

Air Force to Schedule Nine Small Launch Missions in 2020

Small launch missions planned for 2020 include experimental satellites, a prototype rideshare and missile defense tests. WASHINGTON — The small launch division of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, based at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is preparing to launch nine missions in 2020, more than doubling the number of launches conducted

This Day In Aviation: The Legendary SR-71 Blackbird Takes First Flight

22 December 1964: Lockheed test pilot Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland made a solo first flight of the first SR-71A, 61-7950, at Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California. The “Blackbird” flew higher than 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) and more than 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 kilometers per hour) before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, 22

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